Dental Team – Weatherford, TX
Get to Know the Crew!
We know how to have fun here at Beacon Dentistry, but that's obvious thanks to our hardworking team of hygienists, dental assistants, treatment and insurance coordinators, and dental office administrators. They play a major role in ensuring the best customer service and dental care experience possible. Without them, Dr. Novak and Dr. Johannsen wouldn’t be able to provide the level of care that they do. To get to know them better, you can read their bios below!
Karen – Financial Coordinator
With over 30 years of experience in the dental world (thanks to being Tom’s wife), Karen is a true expert at getting to know patients and making connections that stand the test of time. She also loves all her teammates – they keep her engaged and laughing constantly! Over the decades, she’s become very talented at managing Tom and helping him do his best work possible, whether he’s hippity-hoppity, perky, or just plain crabby.
Karen and Tom have been married since 1989; today, they have four kids and two dogs. As a pair, they’re always up for good food, good wine, and most importantly, good friends. Regarding hobbies, she loves cooking all kinds of different meals, from Kimchi fried rice to Congee to a nice chimichurri. There’s not much that’s out of bounds! She also regularly serves as a cantor at church and sings for weddings and funerals, all without any formal training.
Cynthia – Insurance Coordinator
Cynthia’s dental expertise impressively spans nearly 35 years so far. When you have any questions about dental insurance and billing, she’s got plenty of answers to share in return. She loves her “work family” here at Beacon Dentistry and being able to help make each patient’s experience stress-free.
Originally from Weatherford, Cynthia has two daughters and five grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys hula hooping and gardening.
Linda – Hygiene Coordinator
Linda hails from Miles, and she studied dental assisting at UTSA. Today, her experience in the world of dentistry covers over 17 years! As our hygiene coordinator, she really enjoys getting to know each patient and building such meaningful relationships with them from appointment to appointment.
Linda and her husband David have been married for nearly 25 years. They have two kids and more importantly, a precious granddaughter. When she isn’t busy at work, her favorite hobbies include spending quality time with loved ones, going to estate sales, and antiquing.
Jenny– Treatment Coordinator
Jenny joined Beacon Dentistry in 2021, and her goal is to make getting the happier, healthier smile you deserve as seamless as possible. She loves being a part of such an incredible team and looks forward to coming to work every day. In addition to being extremely friendly, she is also bilingual in English and Spanish, making it easy for all of our patients to communicate their needs to our office.
Jenny comes from a very large family, and she and her husband stay very busy keeping up with her 21 nieces and nephews! On the weekends, you’ll often find her taking hikes and doing pretty much anything outdoors, though she also likes to curl up with a good book, listen to true crime podcasts, and relax with her chihuahua, Nina.
Jana – Dental Hygienist
Jana has been working in the dental field for over six years. She completed her degree at Austin Community College and is CPR-certified. She really loves the easygoing nature of Beacon Dentistry, as well as getting to hang out with the other team members – laughter is a big part of every day!
A Midland native, Jana has loud, crazy family that’s always up for having fun together. In her spare time, she and her husband, Ryan, like likes to hang out at the lake, read, snowboard, and play with her little boy. She’s also a PASSIONATE Cowboys fan and enjoys watching games at Ryan's place, the Parker County Brewing Company.
Lauren – Dental Hygienist
Lauren became a member of the Beacon Dentistry family in 2018. As for education, she completed her Bachelor’s at Angelo State and her ADH (Associate of Dental Hygiene) at Tarrant County College. She is originally from the San Angelo area.
At home, Lauren and her husband are the proud parents of three fur children (AKA dogs) and enjoy staying active in everyday life by traveling, exercising, and spending time outdoors. At the moment, they’re working on training their dog Bennie to become a therapy dog!
Lorie, Dental Hygienist
Lorie became a member of our team in 1997, and she’s been working in dentistry for 29 years overall. After attending San Jacinto College, she pursued her dental degree at UT Health Dental School of Hygiene. She is also certified in laser dentistry and ICAT-trained. Her favorite part of her work is helping people!
Originally from Deer Park, Lorie is married to Rick; Lorie has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter. Her hobbies outside of the dental office include gardening, sewing, and spending time with her friends and family.
Leslie, Dental Hygienist
Leslie is relatively new to our team, but her overall career in the dental world spans two full decades so far! Here at Beacon Dentistry, she couldn’t ask for a better group of people. She loves her coworkers, has great conversations with patients, and thoroughly enjoys the diversity of every day, all while performing a service that’s so uniquely designed for each individual. She struggled with serious dental-related fear as a child and a young teen, so that’s definitely made her more understanding of other people’s anxieties when they come in for an appointment.
Originally from Muenster, Leslie is the proud mom of Kennedy and the wife of Art, a United States Marine Corps veteran. They also have the most adorable dog at home: a Goldendoodle named Millie. In her spare time, she really enjoys hanging out with her four nephews, hiking, skiing, traveling, puzzling, curling up with a great book, or going on spontaneous adventures.
Alisa – Registered Dental Assistant
Alisa’s dental career amazingly spans over 37 years and she’s been working alongside Dr. Novak since 1996! A Weatherford native, her favorite part of this job is an easy answer: the amazing patients.
Alisa and her husband Steve have one daughter and one son-in-law and most importantly, a new granddaughter. In her free time, you can usually find her working on various arts and crafts or gardening.
Kirsti, Registered Dental Assistant
Kirsti has been working in world of dentistry for over a full decade now, and she loves helping our patients and their families feel genuinely comfortable at Beacon Dentistry! She attended Weatherford College and Remington College for her education. She’s also undergone advanced training in dental implants, the TRIOS intraoral scanner, and iCat technology. Whenever there's a question about computer anything, Kirsti is our go-to resource.
Kirsti is originally from Weatherford, and her lovely family consists of Branson (her husband), two daughters named Rylee and Addison, and two dogs named Jake and Gracie. When she isn’t busy caring for patients, her favorite hobbies include exercising, going to church, and spending lots of quality time with her loved ones.
Tatum, Registered Dental Assistant
Originally from Mineral Wells, Tatum received her dental education from the Texas Academy of Dental Assisting; she is also certified in CPR. Today, she’s thrilled to be working with such an amazing team!
Outside of working hours, Tatum spends lots of time with her older brother and sister – in fact, they all grew up doing rodeos together. Her other hobbies include hunting, fishing, working out, and doing pretty much anything in the great outdoors.
Angelica, Registered Dental Assistant
Angelica was born and raised in Mineral Wells! Today, she loves being a part of an incredible team, meeting new people, and interacting with patients. She joined our practice at the beginning of 2021 and has her CPR certification.
Outside the office, Angelica enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. One thing you may not know about her is that she is bilingual!
Erika, Insurance Coordinator
Erika is another native Texan! She may be relatively new to our team, but she has roughly three years of experience in the world of dentistry under her belt. For her, having supportive coworkers, learning different procedures, and being close to home are some of the most rewarding aspects of her job.
In her time off, you’ll most likely find Erika with her fiancé and their pets. Outside of dentistry, her interests include baking, completing DIY projects, and going to the gym.
LaDawn, Dental Assistant
With an impressive 14+ years of experience under her belt, LaDawn joined our team in 2021. Originally from Brock, Texas, she attended Howard College. She enjoys coming into work each day because it means she gets to build relationships with her patients, talking to them and treating them like family. Seeing their confidence transform on their smile journey is extremely rewarding for her!
LaDawn has a husband, Jimmy, and two children, Preston and Kinsley. Family is the most important thing to her, which is why she loves going on trips with them. She also enjoys BBQ’ing, attending various church activities, camping, and making people smile!