Meet The Team

Cynthiana Dentistry Team - Hygienists, Office Staff & Dental Assistants

Casey Kerns

Dental Practice Director

I have been working in dentistry for 7 years, including 3 years as a Dental Lab Technician. I was happy to join my family and the Primo Smiles team in 2011. As the Patient Concierge, I coordinate patients’ services, including greeting patients with a warm and welcoming smile whether it be in our office for a visit or a friendly phone conversation. Along with various other administrative task, I use my Dental Lab skills and assist with many smile enhancing treatments, such as esthetic photos, discussing smile options & shade matching. I enjoy building relationships with our patients and truly getting to know them and their families.

I am a graduate of HCHS, where Dr. Kerns and I met in 1999. I also attended Morehead State University were I earned a degree in Fine Arts and enjoyed being a member of the 23 time UCA College National Championship Cheerleading squad. I love spending time with family and friends traveling, exercising and experiencing new adventures.

Brenda Dennis

Dental Assistant

There are so many things I enjoy about working at Primo Smiles!  For one, we truly care about our patients and the relationships we build here are unbelievable. I love working with all of our patients, most of whom I know from the community, and making sure that they feel comfortable and cared for is my main goal. I have worked in the field of dentistry for over 40 years and have been at Primo Smiles formally Licking Valley Dental for my entire career. I love the fact that we are always learning new technology and giving our patients the very best in dentistry.

I was born & raised in Harrison County.  My husband Jerry and I have two wonderful children: Phillip & Bradley, who have blessed us with five beautiful grandchildren: Abigail, Lexi, Eli, Noah & Asher.  Outside of the office, my passion is spending time with my family and staying active in my church and community.


Judy McCown

Financial Coordinator

As a team member at Primo Smiles, I am truly excited to be a part of an office that provides outstanding care and compassion for our patients on a daily basis.  After a long career as a Realtor I began working in the dental field in 2007, and I joined my son-in-law, Dr. Kerns at Primo Smiles in 2011. At Primo Smiles I help patients coordinate their financial options and maximize their dental benefits so they can receive the care they deserve.

I was born in Ohio, grew up in Eastern Kentucky, and moved to Cynthiana in 1988 with my husband Luke and our daughter Casey. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, baking and hosting small gatherings with family & friends. I also love vacationing in tropical setting with my wonderful family. Surf & Sun!

Heather Royalty

Office Manager - Cynthiana / Scheduling Coordinator

Before joining the Primo Smiles team in 2018 Heather was looking for a
career that allows her to grow personally and professionally and in a
business that is committed to serving the community. After reviewing our
five start reviews and positive patient feedback proved that Primo Smiles
was exactly what she was looking for! Heather enjoys building relationships
with patients and her team and providing excellent customer service.

Heather is a fabulous leader and loves supporting our team & culture.

In her free time she loves spending time with her husband Brian & son Nick
at dirt track racing and boating. Heather enjoys staying active and even
does an occasional obstacle course race or white water rafting. Heather
worked at a veterinary clinic for 16 years prior to dentistry so you know
she is an animal lover. She has a golden retriever named Bristol and a cat
named Scruff.

Mandy Courtney


A Kentucky native, Mandy completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky and completed her hygiene degree at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Mandy lives to educate people about their oral health and truly enjoys getting to know and develop relationships with her patients. 

A day in the dental office can be stressful but because of the amazing teamwork of the Primo Smiles Dental team she loves coming to work. When she isn’t at work she has her hands full on her cattle farm as well as home schooling her children. Mandy and her husband Nathan have four children, Lucy Kate, Walker, Clara and Eva Grace as well as a Golden Retriever Hank and horse named Loretta Lynn.

Kara Mitchel

Bio Coming Soon......

Summer Rankin

Office Manager - Brooksville / Scheduling Coordinator

Summer is a native Kentuckian and has roots in all surrounding counties.
She was born in Cynthiana, grew up in Carlisle and graduated from Bourbon
County High School. Before starting her career in dentistry in 2019 Summer
has 11 years experience as a Vet Tech and was ready to provide excellent
customer and build relationships with “human” patients.

Summer wanted a work environment where achieving goals as a team and a
positive outlook is valued. As a patient of Primo Smile she knew it was a
fit when a job opportunity opened up.

Summer enjoys spending time with her family on her farm & caring for her
mini zoo which includes 1 horse, 2 cats & 7 dog.

Rachel Collins

Bio Coming Soon......

Hannah Gifford

Meet Hannah Gifford. She is one of our amazing Dental Assistant at Primo Smiles Brooksville.

Hannah was looking for a career that allows her to grow, make a difference in patients lives and serve her community. When Hannah saw an opportunity to serve her home town she knew Primo Smiles was for her!!

Hannah has a golden doodle named Josie and enjoys spending time with her family and friends doing all things outdoors, especially riding her razor!


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  • Cynthiana
  • 114 S. Main St.
  • Cynthiana, KY
  • 41031
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