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Dentist in Gahanna, OH

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.


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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!


Dentist in Gahanna, OH

Brigit Kowalczyk - Hygienist

Brigit is from Uniontown, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Marion, Ohio with her husband Brett, four children, five dogs, and one bird. She enjoys exercising, reading, and traveling. Brigit has been a dental hygienist for twenty years and spent two years as a dental consultant. She has a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. Her favorite part of dentistry is the patient interaction and the relationships she’s made over the years.

Brigit’s favorite part about Pure Dental is that she is able to really invest her time into the patients and is encouraged to foster those relationships. “We don’t just present treatment needed, we educate our patients on their needs.” Brigit’s favorite food is shrimp and peanut butter (not together!), favorite music is 90’s alternative, favorite movies “Shawshank Redemption” and “Usual Suspects”, and favorite place to visit is anywhere down south with a beach. A unique fact about Brigit is that she was born with straight hair and it became curly as a teen.


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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.”


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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.


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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!


Dentist in Gahanna, Ohio

Alli Ours – Dental Assistant

Alli is from Canal Winchester, Ohio and currently resides in Baltimore, Ohio with her boyfriend, Kilt. Alli enjoys softball and writing. She has completed her dental assisting program at Newark Dental Assisting School.

Alli’s favorite part of dentistry and Pure Dental is watching people’s smiles transform and seeing the patient become more confident and comfortable with each visit. Her favorite part about Pure Dental is the team is friendly and inviting. She also enjoys how much she learns each day.

Her favorite food is burgers and any kind of potato. Favorite musicians are Alt-J, Glass Animals, and Sublime. Alli’s favorite place to visit is the beach.


Dentist Office in Gahanna, Ohio

Meg LaSpina – Patient Care Coordinator

Meg is originally from Philadelphia and currently resides in Galena, Ohio with her husband, Ralph and two miniature dachshunds, Pauley and Jaxson. Meg enjoys traveling and scrapbooking in her free time. She has worked in the dental field for over twenty years.

Meg’s favorite part of dentistry is getting to know the patients and making them comfortable. She enjoys everyone’s super friendliness at Pure Dental and the teamwork of the staff.

Meg’s favorite foods include Italian, lobster and shrimp. Her favorite music is country, favorite movie is “The Sound of Music”, and favorite place to visit is Yellowstone National Park.


Dentist Office in Gahanna, OH

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!

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