Melissa Mullane Padgett, DDS

General Dentist Accepting Children



Dr. Melissa About

Dr. Melissa

Dr. Melissa Mullane Padgett is a graduate of Ursuline High School and a Boardman native. She received her bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she majored in Nutrition and minored in Sports Medicine. She continued her education at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS). Dr. Melissa then completed a one-year general practice residency at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, where most of her patients were children or mentally handicapped. After her residency, she moved to Columbus and practiced both in private practice as well as in public health for over 5 years before returning to Youngstown to begin her own private practice in August of 2009.

Dr. Melissa is married to David and they have three children: Katie, Lauren and Andrew. She has a passion for treating children and strives to make her patients' visits as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


Dr. Andrea Browne

Dr. Andrea Browne is originally from Vineland, NJ. She was recruited to play softball at Brown University (yes, Ivy League!!!) in Providence, RI, where she earned an undergraduate degree in biology. She graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine where she earned her DMD degree. She then completed a General Practice Residency at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT. Knowing she wanted to specialize in pediatric dentistry, she continued her dental training at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Dr. Browne finds it important for children to have positive experiences while visiting the dentist and enjoys interacting with children and families while promoting good oral health practices.

She and her fiancée Aviva and their dog, Shaina, live in Cleveland Heights where she enjoys watching the Cleveland Indians, playing sports and attending live music events.


Dr. Eddie Walsh

Dr. Eddie Walsh is originally from just outside of Cleveland. After graduation from St. Ignatius High School, he attended The Ohio State University and earned a bachelor's degree in Biology. He then completed a Master's Degree program in Anatomy also at OSU. Not wanting to be anything but an Ohio State Buckeye, he completed dental school at Ohio State. He decided to furthered his dental education by completing a General Practice Residency at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown. During his dental training, Dr. Eddie realized that a child's first dental experiences go a long way toward how they feel about dentistry as they age. His future goals are to go back to school (likely at OSU!!!) to specialize in pediatric dentistry. He is very excited to work in our office serving the needs of our patients and making each child's experience as comfortable and fun as possible. He lives in Boardman and enjoys training for Strong Man competitions and walking his puppy, Stella, around Mill Creek Park.


Dr. Megan Turk

Dr. Megan Turk is a graduate of Boardman High School. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Miami University. She graduated from Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine where she earned her DMD. She then completed a general practice residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. After residency, she moved to the Columbus area and spent 4 years practicing in Zanesville, Ohio. Recently, she moved back to the Youngstown area with her husband Jim, and they are very excited to be back home among family and friends.


Lauren DeSantis, RDH

Lauren is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School and continued her studies at The Ohio State University where she graduated with a bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene. She has continued her studies and earned a Masters Degree in Dental Hygiene, also from OSU. As if that was not enough education, she also is becoming certified as an EFDA through YSU. This new license will allow her to place restorations after a dentist removes the cavity. ADDITIONALLY she teaches the dental hygiene students at YSU. She is married to her high school sweetheart, John, who is currently the Athletic Director at Ursuline High School. They reside in Poland. Lauren has been with the practice almost from the beginning and is a huge reason why patients love coming here!


Tammy Jordan, RDH

Tammy is a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She has always enjoyed going to the dentist since she was a little girl which sparked her interest in the profession. After high school, she attended Choffin to get her certificate as a Certified Dental Assistant. After a few years, she decided to further her education and went to Youngstown State University and obtained a degree in Dental Hygiene, graduating in 2003. She loves working with children and is excited to make their dental experiences as joyful as she remembers when she was younger! She is an avid runner. Tammy married her long time boyfriend, Tommy, and the live in Poland. They are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2018.


Heather Milligan, RDH

Heather is a Boardman native and a graduate of Ursuline High School. She earned a bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from Kent State University and then continued her studies at Youngstown State University, earning her degree in Dental Hygiene in 2011. She currently lives in Poland with her 2 dogs, Layla and Buckeye. Her interests include traveling, photography, tennis and reading. She also volunteers for Vision for Veterans and St. Balderick's Day, which is a charity for childhood cancer.


Mandy Brownlie, RDH

Mandy is a graduate of Indian Lake High School after attending Cardinal Mooney for 3 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree from Youngstown State University. She is married to her husband Brian and has four children Alexis, Chandler, Camden and Dominic and they reside in New Middletown. She has always wanted to be a dental hygienist and loves the opportunity to make going to the dentist a fun and positive experience for children.


Ashley Werner, RDH

Ashley is a graduate of East Palestine High School and continued her education at Youngstown State University. She obtained a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008. She worked for over 6 years in a pediatric practice in Pennsylvania before joining us. Ashley has always wanted to be a dental hygienist, as she was raised with a mom who was a dental assistant. She loves working with kids and brings a wealth of knowledge from her prior experience. She and her husband, Matt, have two small boys named Mason and Jayce.


Renee Louk, RDH

Renee is a lifetime resident of Columbiana County and is a graduate of Crestview High School. She began her dental career by earning her dental assistant certificate from the Dental Careers Foundation Center. She worked for over 15 years as a dental assistant for a local Edodontist's office before pursuing more dental education. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in the spring of 2019 and is excited to further her career in this new capacity. She is married to her husband, Shawn, and they have 2 daughters: Elaina and Madelyn. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and reading a good book.

Dental Assistants

Amber, CDA

Amber grew up in Niles, Ohio and is a graduate of Niles McKinley High School. She completed her Certified Dental Assistant training at Choffin Career Center. She worked for a few years as an orthodontic assistant. With that experience, she realized she loves working with kids so much that she wanted to work more closely with them in the dental fields. Amber is also furthering her dental education to become an EFDA which will allow her to place fillings after the dentist removes the cavities. Amber is newly married to her long time boyfriend, Nathan. She enjoys spending her free time with him as well as their furbabies, Mellie and Binx.


Kristin, CDA

Kristin grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and is a graduate of Chaney High School. She completed her Certified Dental Assistant training from the Choffin Career Center in 2011. She absolutely loves working in the dental field with children! Kristin is married to Mike and they have 2 daughters, Leah and Alexa. When she is not working, Kristin enjoys spending time with family and loves the outdoors.


Christina, CDA

Christina grew up in Edinburg, PA and graduated from Mohawk High School. She continued her education and graduated from The Choffin Dental Assisting School. She hopes to further her dental career more in the future. She lives in PA with her husband David. Working with kids was something she always wanted to do!


Caitlin, CDA

Cait is a native of Dallas, Texas and moved to Boardman with her family as a teenager. She graduated from Boardman High School and attended Youngstown State University where she played softball for the Penguins. Knowing that she wanted to work with kids in a health care field, she tried a few majors and decided that dentistry was for her. She transferred to Choffin Career Center to pursue dental assisting. She graduated during COVID19 and started at our office immediately! She loves working with kids and being super goofy with them and making them smile. She is a twin and has 2 younger brothers. When she isn't at work she enjoys hanging out with her family and playing softball.



Carrie joined the practice in January 2011. She works as a chair side dental assistant. She has over 20 years of experience in the dental field and working with children has always been her favorite. She is married to Mike and they have three adult children: Stephen, Ryan and Nicole.



Mickala grew up in Columbiana, Ohio and is a graduate of Columbiana High School. She continued her education at Ohio Valley College of Technology where she received an associates degree in dental assisting. She loves working with children and plans to continue her dental career in the future, ultimately becoming a dental hygienist. When she is not working, she likes to spend time with her boyfriend, Aaron and her fur babies: Oliver and Bella.


Harley, CDA

Harley is a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and currently resides in Boardman. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at the Choffin Career Center where she obtained her CDA certificate in 2013. As someone who loves dentistry (it runs in her blood...her mom is a dental hygienist), she is gaining more education by earning her EFDA certificate. She loves spending time with her children and her extended family. She has three children of her own: David, Cecelia and Bryson as well as a fur baby, Luna (aka, Luna Moona). Although she is new to our practice, she has worked in children's dentistry since she earned her CDA. Her favorite part of working with children is interacting with the kids and their parents in a fun manner and providing a comfortable and positive experience for both the children and their families.

Office Assistants


Nancy works at the front desk and always has a smiling face to greet you when you walk in. She lives in Canfield with her husband, Mud and their daughter, Katie (who you may see in the office from time to time) and with their dog.



Lauren was born in Lyndhurst, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland. She graduated from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, Jared. After getting married, they relocated to the Youngstown area. Lauren brings medical office experience with her to the business part of our practice and also helps out clinically when needed. She resides in Columbiana and she and Jared have two small boys, Charlie and Jack. Lauren is very happy to be working in the dental field because she enjoys helping people...especially children!



Yahsminn graduated from Boardman High School and always knew she wanted to work in the dental field, as her mom is in the field. She graduated from Choffin Career Center with a certificate in certified dental assisting. However, after working for many years as an assistant, she began to learn the administration side of dentistry and does that primary for our team (although she may work chair side as well!) Yahsminn loves children and spends a lot of time with her "tween" aged sister. She is engaged to Brandon and they are expecting their first baby boy in the late Spring of 2019. They also have a fur-baby doggy named Boo.



Kara graduated from Poland Seminary High School and worked for many years in the pharmacy world. She brings a wealth of clerical knowledge to our team. She lives in Poland with her husband, Joe. They have two furbabies: Sam and Oreo. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, reading and traveling.

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