Meet Our Team
Dr. Dawn Baker - Dentist
Dr. Dawn Baker’s dream has been to create an office that gives each patient a positive, unique, relaxing and ethical experience. In 2016, she introduced PURE Dental, where patients find a comfortable, no-pressure environment focused on their needs and oral health.
Dr. Dawn Baker is a fun-loving, kind and smiling doctor who has the ability to make patients feel welcome and comfortable. Her personalized attention along with her high-quality clinical training allow her to deliver exceptional patient care and experiences.
Education & Professional
- BS – Education – The Ohio State University
- DDS – The Ohio State University
- ODA Foundation Scholarship
- Member, American Dental Association
- President, Psi Omega Dental Fraternity
- Member, Ohio Dental Association
- Member, Columbus Dental Society
- Board Member, Stonybrook Early Learning Center
- Former Board Member for various local community organizations
- Advanced training – pediatrics, sleep apnea and non-invasive treatment such as Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
- Hundreds of hours of continued education and training with many leaders in the dental industry
- Mentor and Leader for many other dentists and guest on podcasts
- Volunteer for local Charities
Dr. Baker’s dental career started as a dental assistant in 2004 and progressed to EFDA while in Dental School. She has worked all positions in an office and had some of the most amazing mentors. In 2015, her youngest son fell extremely ill to side effects from his chemo, treating his pediatric cancer. Dr. Baker chose to step away from the profession and stay by his side. During this time, she learned more about being a patient than being a doctor.
Those experiences, good and bad, have helped her develop a goal to always maintain the patient’s best interest and to advocate for her patients. These unique experiences have allowed her to become a detailed and compassionate dentist and also are the inspiration behind “Frankie’s Gift,” our internal charity program designed to support our community. Through Frankie’s Gift, we have donated over $12,000 to local charitable organizations.
When she is away from the office, Dr. Baker enjoys spending time with her husband and three young boys and 2 rescue dogs. She enjoys all of their activities as well as traveling, reading, swimming, and misses her horses from her childhood.
Ben Baker - Accountant and Financial Officer
Ben is from Centerville, Ohio and currently resides in Blacklick, Ohio with his wife, Dr. Dawn Baker, sons Patrick, Simon, and Frankie, as well as two dogs, Mara and Hank. Ben enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with family.
Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Ohio State University and has worked in accounting and finance for over ten years. His favorite part about dentistry is witnessing the ever-changing technology used to benefit the patients. His favorite part about Pure Dental is the welcoming atmosphere. Ben’s favorite food is pizza, favorite music is 90s alternative, and favorite place to visit is Key West, Florida.
Something unique about Ben is that his lifelong goal is to visit all 50 states…he has currently been to 38!
Simon Van Weerdenburg - Patient Care Coordinator
Simon is from Chester, United Kingdom. He currently lives in Blacklick, Ohio with his wife Nicki, daughter Poppy, son William, and dog (Buddy) and rabbit (Clover). Simon enjoys playing soccer, watching movies, and collecting vinyl records. He has worked in the dental field for just over two years and has a background in City Water.
Simon’s favorite part about Pure Dental is meeting a wide variety of people and the positive environment. His favorite food is pizza, favorite band is Led Zeppelin, favorite movie is “Die Hard”, and favorite places to visit are Disney World and Anna Mana Island. A unique fact about Simon is that he was on the cover, pictured in the crowd of an AC/DC DVD, “Live at Donnington.”
Shala Scott - Patient Care Coordinator
Shala is from Fort Wayne, Indiana and currently resides in Columbus with her husband and puppy. Shala enjoys traveling, eating, cave hiking, and cars. She has a degree in medical assisting and has been in the medical field for over fourteen years.
Shala’s favorite part about Pure Dental is that everyone, patients and staff, seem like family. Her favorite food is potatoes, favorite actor is Tom Hanks, and favorite music is Neo-Soul and LoFi Hip Hop.
She enjoys traveling Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia. A unique fact about Shala is that she loves to modify cars.
Dana Watson - Dental Assistant
Dana is from Columbus, Ohio and currently lives in Blacklick, Ohio with her husband Paul, her three children Kellieah Khaliyl and Khaleb, and her Pekingese dog, Kobe. She enjoys traveling and attending sporting events with her children.
Dana has worked in the dental field for 17 years, starting out in general dentistry, ortho residency programs and completed her EFDA in 2017. Her favorite part of dentistry is being able to help people discover optimal dental health and her favorite part about Pure Dental is the fun environment where everyone feels comfortable.
Dana enjoys trying new foods, her favorite music is old school R&B, her favorite movie is “Norbit” because it always puts her in a good mood, and her favorite place to visit is Miami, Florida.
Nina Kahn, Dental Assistant
Nina is from Columbia City, Indiana and currently resides in Hilliard. She has two dogs, Zaddikus and Zephyra and two cats, Cruella and Mela. Nina loves outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, bike riding paintball, horse back riding, camping, and fishing.
Nina has been in dentistry for over 9 years, graduating from Ross Medical Education. Her favorite part of dentistry is getting to meet so many people from different walks of life. She enjoys being able to help build self-confidence and self-esteem in others. Her favorite part of Pure Dental is being able to make a difference in our patients’ lives.
Nina’s favorite food is cheesecake and ice cream as well as salad with chips! Her favorite music is R&B as well as Motown and she enjoys horror films and true crime films. Nina loves to travel anywhere warm, especially St. George Island, Florida. A unique fact about Nina is she used to train and rehome rescue horses.
Sarah Herbert - Director of Charitable Givings
Sarah is from Dresden, Ohio and currently lives in Blacklick with her husband and two sons. She loves to travel and enjoys trying new restaurants. She also enjoys volunteering as much as she can.
Sarah’s favorite part of Pure Dental is the staff. “Dr. Baker is one of the most compassionate people and she has assembled a staff that mirrors her own values. From the kind way they treat each patient that walks through the door, to their community involvement, they are truly inspiring.”
Sarah’s favorite food is pizza and her favorite place visited is Ireland. The history, culture, and food were amazing. She hopes to travel their again soon!
Brittany Cook – Hygienist
Brittany is originally from Owosso, Michigan and currently resides in Canal Winchester, Ohio with her dog, Marshall and cat, Gracey. She has worked in the dental field for over six years and received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Detroit Mercy.
Brittany’s favorite part of dentistry is being able to help create a healthy, beautiful smile for the years to come. Her favorite part of Pure Dental is everyone is treated like family, whether you are a co-worker or a patient and that at Pure Dental, we pride ourselves on making everyone as comfortable as possible.
Brittany’s favorite food is nachos (and anything with potatoes)! Her favorite movies are “Jurassic Park,” “The Goonies,” and “Dirty Dancing.” Her favorite places to visit are family in Michigan and Oregon. A unique fact about Brittany is her unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs!
Ashley Hart – Hygienist
Ashley is from Sylvania, Ohio and currently resides in Westerville with her husband and two cats, Bart and Art. She enjoys painting, drawing, going on walks, spending time with family and is active in her church. Ashley has been in the dental field for two years and received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. She also received her EFDA and local anesthesia license.
Ashley’s favorite part about dentistry is meeting people and building relationships with them and encouraging good healthcare. Her favorite part about Pure Dental is the upbeat, positive energy of the staff, the teamwork atmosphere, and the quality of care.
Ashley’s favorite food is pizza, favorite movie is “Legends of the Fall”, and favorite place to visit is Siesta Key, Florida as well as her family cottage. One unique fact about Ashely is that she has an identical twin sister.