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Drake Dental | Meet the Staff in Kalamazoo

Drake Dental

465 South Drake Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49009


Dr. Katherine Khaghany-Duffy, DDS
Dr. Marisa Welburn, DDS

Meet the Staff


Becky, Office Manager

Becky has been working in the dental field in management and dental assisting since 2000.  She attended Washtenaw Community College where she completed the Advanced Dental Assisting Program with honors. She then became certified with the State of Michigan as a Registered Dental Assistant.  Becky was born and raised in northern Michigan.  She moved to Kalamazoo in 2013 to be closer to her family.  She has been married to her husband Charles since 1993 and has 2 amazing sons, Nicholas and Erik.  In her spare time she loves to travel, spend time with her family and scrapbook. 







Kim, Relationship Coordinator

Kim looks forward to greeting each patient at Drake Dental with a warm smile! Her Cheerful persona will help make you feel comfortable and welcome. She brings several years of experience to the office and is exceptionally helpful.  When Kim isn’t at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 daughters, and 2 dogs.  They love playing sports and enjoy the outdoors.







Pat, Hygienist

Pat comes to the practice with 25+ years of experience working in a local orthodontic practice.  After going back to school for her dental hygiene degree, she joined Drake Dental with an eagerness to take on a new challenge. She enjoys working with Dr. Khaghany-Duffy and Dr. Welburn as they are honest, informative, and very compassionate with their patients.  "The gentleness that they show towards their patients is very much appreciated."  Pat has been married to her husband Charlie for 30 years.  She has 2 daughters and 3 stepdaughters.  Her oldest daughter recently got engaged and lives in Arizona.  Her youngest daughter is working on her nursing degree.  Pat enjoys traveling, bicycling, rollerblading, gardening, and ballroom dancing.


Jessica K, Hygienist

Jessica  grew up in Coloma and now resides in Kalamazoo with her husband Scott, son Cooper, and bulldog Spike.  Jessica graduated from KVCC in 2004 with her degree in dental hygiene.  She has been with the Drake Dental team since 2010. What she enjoys most about hygiene is the interaction that comes with seeing patients and helping them improve their oral health.  In her free time Jessica likes camping in Northern Michigan, and spending time outdoors.







Lynelle, Hygienist

Lynelle graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008. Shortly after, she moved to Indianapolis to begin her career.  She is a Kalamazoo native and returned home in 2013. Lynelle enjoys spending time with her husband David and son Waylon.  She also enjoys exercising and running during the winter on frozen lakes.  In the summer she spends time boating and skiing on Pine Lake.






Jamie, Assistant

Jamie has been in the dental field for 8 years.  She really enjoys working with patients and ensuring their comfort for a great dental experience.  Outside of work, Jamie loves spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.  She loves traveling, biking, boating, and being outdoors. 





Vickie, Assistant

Vickie has been in dentistry for 26 years. She enjoys working with patients and ensuring their comfort for a great dental experience.  In 2004 she became a certified dental assistant from Washtenaw Community college and became a Registered Dental Assistant in 2005.  She has 10 years of experience in orthodontics.  Vicki was a Dental Instructor at Everest Institute for 4.5 years.  She has 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters.  She enjoys going to the beach, boating, camping, traveling, and being outdoors.




Ashlynn, Assistant

Ashlynn has been a dental assistant for 4 years- during that time she has gained considerable experience and is well versed in all aspects of dental assisting.  Ashlynn enjoys working closely with patients and takes pride in providing the highest quality of care to all patients.  She moved to Kalamazoo 5 years ago from Vanderbilt, Michigan to begin her career in dentistry.   Ashlynn loves spending her free time with her daughter Payton, and enjoys traveling.


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