Meet the Staff
Tina is a dental assistant to Dr. Nigro. She has 31 years experience in the field of dentistry and 23 years as part of our dental team at O-G Family & General Dentistry. With Tina’s experience in the dental field, she knows how to make our patients feel at ease during their dentist appointments. She even considers most of her patients as friends, which she takes much pride in! After hours, Tina can be found with her amazing husband Dennis (Zeke), with whom she has been married to for over 30 years. Together, they have a daughter, Kari and son-in-law, David who has blessed them with two beautiful granddaughters, Stella and Olivia. Her granddaughters are the pride and joy of her life! Tina and Dennis also have a son, Ryan and a future daughter-in-law, Jaimie and her daughter, Jasmine. Tina takes great pride in her family and in helping others by always trying to be the best person she can be!
Deb is a dental hygienist with over 40 years of industry experience. Keeping our patients’ smiles healthy and beautiful through regular cleanings, fluoride treatments, and education is her #1 priority. Deb tells us that working with the patient clientele, collaborating with the doctors, and making a contribution to the oral healthcare of each and every patient is gratifying. Outside the office, Deb can be found spending time with Gary, her husband of over 35 years, and serving others–from her work at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in Lima, the Primrose Retirement Community to the International Order of The King’s Daughters and Sons. She is also involved in the Honor Flight Program, which takes World War II, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans to Washington, D.C., for free.
Laurie is our dental hygienist and an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience. We have had the pleasure of having Laurie on our team since 1997. Cleaning teeth and conducting exams aren’t just a job for Laurie. Laurie told us that she looks forward to seeing her patients every six months for their exam and cleaning. She enjoys conversing with patients about their families and adventures! Laurie is married to husband, Jeff, and has three children who keep her plenty busy outside of the office. When she has a moment free, she can be found spending time with family and friends, camping, or boating.
Kim is our practice manager and the go-to person for almost anything at O-G Family & General Dentistry. Kim can help you schedule appointments, get answers to questions about your insurance coverage, and coordinate treatment plans, approvals, and scheduling. Her cheerful disposition and kindliness help explain why she has been serving patients in our practice for over 17 years! When Kim is not working, she is spending time with her husband, Roy, and their three children. Family time is the best time for Kim when she is away from the office.
Traci is Dr. Ellinger’s assistant at O-G Family & General Dentistry. With a wide smile and a certain helpfulness, Traci will put you at ease immediately. Traci loves her job here at
O-G Family & General Dentistry and takes great pride in her work here – helping others is what Traci loves to do! Traci enjoys assisting wherever she is needed at the office. She has been in the practice since 2006 and is very patient-focused. When Traci is done for the day, she enjoys time with her family and friends, especially with her husband, Rob, their four children and their two grandsons.
The first person you will see when you walk in our office is Renee! Renee is our front desk receptionist who always has a smile to share. Renee has worked in customer service her entire career. Her #1 priority is providing patients with the best customer experience possible. Additionally, Renee enjoys educating patients about their dental benefits and explaining to them about their treatment plan options. What she loves most about her job is working with the wonderful staff and that she feels very appreciated. Renee is married to Gary and they have 3 children, Lauren, Breann and Tess. In her free time, Renee enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Two of her favorite leisure activities are camping and boating.
Emily is one of our dental assistants and the person who juggles many jobs in our office. She enjoys learning new things about dentistry from the dentists, hygienists and other assistants. She always strives to give our patients a 5-star experience. Her goal is to always stay positive and be a problem solver to help our office flow efficiently. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys painting and being in the outdoors.
Brooke is one of our dental hygienists. A graduate of Owens Community College in Toledo, OH, Brooke’s #1 priority is providing patients with healthy and happy smiles! Brooke especially enjoys that she has the opportunity to brighten someone’s day! In her spare time, Brooke can be found with her family and friends. She likes to watch Sprint car races, go boating and play with the family dogs.