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!

Janelle McDaniel

Dental Hygienist

I have worked in the dental field since 1994. I love working in a medical field where the atmosphere is relaxing, calm & enjoyable for our patients. At Primo Smiles, we provide many amenities  that you would not expect at a dental office. Massage dental chair, noise canceling headphones, aromatherapy, smiling staff, primo customer this a dental office or a spa? As a dental hygienist I love working with patients and helping them achieve a clean, healthy smile.

I was born & raised in Cynthiana. My husband David, an engineer at 3M have two wonderful daughters Jordan & Laurel. I am extremely proud of my girls and enjoy watching them play soccer & cheer. In our free time we love going to the lake and spending nights by the fire pit.

Heather Royalty

Scheduling Coordinator

Before I joined the Primo Smiles team, I was looking for a business that was committed to serving our community. The five star reviews and positive patient feedback proved that Primo Smiles was exactly what I was looking for. I enjoy interacting with the public; providing excellent customer service while building relationships. I also love the team work and the support of all employees. Together we can do so much! 

In my free time I love spending time with my family. I also love sports, racing, weight lifting Strong Man competitions and the occasional obstacle race. I have been married to my husband Brian for almost 16 years. My son, Nick, is a freshman at HCHS and I have an overweight cat that we rescued and a golden retriever that thinks he is a  lap dog! 

Mikayla Fryman

Dental Assistant

Born and raised in Kentucky, Mikayla has always been interested in the medical field and feels fortunate to have discovered her passion and love for dentistry as a dental assistant. She loves that the Primo Smiles Dental team is like a family that puts patient care first. 
Mikayla is very active in her church as well as supporting youth activities within the community. She is most happy eating and playing cards with her family and friends and is always up for an adventure. She has also has a cat named Smalls that goes with her almost everywhere. 

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.


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Office Location

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