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Meet Our Columbia, MO Dental Team

Laurie Riggs, Dental Assistant

Laurie has been with Columbia Healthy Smiles for 27 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 38 years. After graduating from Glasgow High School she attended dental assisting school in Kansas City.  She enjoys the rewarding environment of the practice. Carolyn likes meeting and working with our patients.

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

Maggie Hand, Registered Dental Hygienist

Maggie entered the field of dentistry because she wanted everyone she came in contact with to have a great experience at the dental office. Her interest in dentistry began at an early age and continued through six years of orthodontic treatment. Maggie enjoys helping patients have the smiles of their dreams while also making sure to educate them on the importance of dental hygiene and the impact it has on their overall health. Maggie received her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from Ohio State University.

In her free time Maggie competes in bowling leagues, coaches bowling, and she and her husband started the bowling program at their high school during their senior year.

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