Who's who at Columbia Healthy Smiles

All our professionals at Columbia Healthy Smiles maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.


Philip A. Batson, D.D.S.                                                                                       

Dr. Batson is excited to serve his hometown community with Columbia Healthy Smiles. A 2014 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, Dr. Batson enjoys working with the patients and staff of Columbia Healthy Smiles. He looks forward to continuing the family tradition of providing quality oral healthcare for the citizens of central Missouri.

Originally from Columbia, Mo, Dr. Batson attended Hickman High School and then the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Batson feels a deep connection to the city he has called home for most of his life and is excited to return after living in Kansas City. Dr. Batson is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, Central Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.

In his free time, Dr. Batson enjoys playing soccer, running, cooking, reading, playing with his dogs and spending time with his family and friends.

Aura Hinds, RDH                                                                                                 

Aura is the newest member to Columbia Healthy Smiles. Aura received her Associates degree of Dental Hygiene from State Fair Community College in Sedalia in 2014.

Aura is looking forward to getting to know all of the existing patients at the practice and all of the new ones as they join Columbia Healthy Smiles. Aura is excited to join the practice and continue providing the best dental care for its patients. Before attending hygiene school, Aura grew up on a farm just outside of Columbia, attended Fayette High School and worked in dentistry for six years as a dental assistant.

When she is not helping patients improve their oral health, Aura enjoys being in the great outdoors, riding her horse, spending time with her family and exercising.

Laurie Riggs, Dental Assistant                                                                           

Laurie has been with Columbia Healthy Smiles for 24 years as a dental assistant. Laurie received her training at Ozark Tech College.  She enjoys working with Dr. Batson, her co-workers and the patients of Columbia Healthy Smiles. Laurie likes the art and science of dentistry and working with her hands.

In her spare time she enjoys antiquing, gardening, sewing and playing with her two dogs.


Carolyn Straatman, Patient Coordinator                                                        

Carolyn has been with Columbia Healthy Smiles for 35 years. After graduating from Glasgow High School she attended dental assisting school in Kansas City.  She enjoys the rewarding environment of the practice. Carolynn likes meeting and working with our patients.

Outside of the office Carolyn enjoys antiquing and playing with her Corgi.