Dental Staff

The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

 

 

Dr. Daniel S. Merker

Family Dentist in Zanesville, OH

Merker McAllister Dental

Dr. Daniel S. Merker

Dr Daniel Merker was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio. He attended West Muskingum High School, graduating in 1981. He chose Miami University for his undergraduate training, and in 1985, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology, graduating Cum Laude. His goal to attend dental school was realized, and in 1988 he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, again graduating Cum Laude. He was invited to the faculty there, and commuted to Columbus part-time to teach in the restorative dentistry department. His remaining time was spent working in his father's private practice in Zanesville. In 1989, realizing that private practice was his passion, he decided to discontinue the commute to Columbus and work solely in private practice. His father has since passed away, but Dan greatly enjoys carrying on the legacy he has left behind, side by side with his sister Dr. Holly McAllister.

Dr. Dan has made an effort to remain actively involved in professional as well as community and faith-based organizations. He is a two-time past president of the Muskingum Valley Dental Society, distinguished past president of the Zanesville Kiwanis, and currently enjoys the privilege of being an elder at the Muskingum Valley Vineyard Church. He is a member in good standing with the Ohio Dental Association, as well as the American Dental Association. Dr. Dan feels honored to have been recognized by his peers and enjoys fellowship in numerous dental honorary societies such as: Omicron Kappa Upsilon, The American College of Dentists, and The Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is also Invisalign certified.

Outside of work, Dr. Dan has several passions. First and foremost is his family. Dan has a wife of 25 years Leslie, and two children Brian, and Mae. Secondly is his faith and service to Jesus Christ. Dan has had numerous opportunities to combine his work with his faith, traveling with a team of people to areas of need outside of the country to share the love of Christ and provide dental care. Beyond that, he enjoys sports of any kind, and hobbies involving his hands (woodworking, stained glass, welding, auto body work, etc.)


Dr. Holly McAllister

Family Dentist in Zanesville, OH

Merker McAllister Dental

Dr. Holly McAllister

Dr. Holly A. McAllister was born and raised in the Zanesville, Ohio area. She graduated from West Muskingum High School in 1977. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree and certification in dental hygiene from the Ohio State University in 1981, graduating Suma Cum Laude. In 1998 she also graduated Suma Cum Laude as a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She has recently been certified as a provider of the Invisalign System. In 1998 she joined private practice with her father Donald B. Merker and her brother Daniel S. Merker. Dr. Don passed away in 2007 leaving a legacy of fine dentistry she still enjoys with her brother Dan.

She is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honors Fraternity, the Carl O. Boucher Prosthodontic Conference and is a fellow in the American College of Dentists. She is a member of good standing of the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association. She has enjoyed active participation in the Muskingum Valley Dental Society including the position of past president. She is a past member of the Zanesville Kiwanis Club and served as chairperson for Young Children Priority One for several years. She has served as president of the Tri Valley Middle School Boosters and has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the West Muskingum High School.

Dr. Holly currently attends the Zanesville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. She has attended the Newark Area Walk to Emmaus and has had the privilege of serving on the leadership team as well. She has been an active participant in home bible study leadership. Her most prized honors are her marriage to her husband John since 1982 and their blessing of being parents to five wonderful children, Jonathon, Donald, Anna, David and Tailer. She currently has two grandchildren.


Dr. Brian D. Merker

Family Dentist in Zanesville, OH

Merker McAllister Dental

Dr. Brian D. Merker

Dr. Brian Daniel Merker was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1989. He graduated from Tri-Valley High School in Dresden, Ohio in 2008. He did his undergraduate training at The Ohio State University. Upon completeing his requirements a year early, he then entered The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2015. He is proud to be the fourth generation dentist in our Zanesville practice.

Dr. Brian is a member of the Ohio Dental Association, a branch of the American Dental Association. He is also a member of several conservation organizations. 

Dr. Brian was married in May of 2015 to his beautiful wife Brianna. They currently reside in Zanesvllle, but look forward to the day when they can move to a more rural setting on the Merker family farm. He and his wife are both avid outdoorsman. Brian enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, woodworking and nature. The thing that brings him the most joy is his faith in Jesus Christ, to whom he owes everything. 


Debby Kirby

Debby Kirby

  • Began employment in 1986
  • Graduate of Elkhart University Dental Assisting Program
  • Ohio State Dental Board Certified Dental Radiographer

" I'm a wife of one, mother of two, and grandmother of four. I love to read (mysteries mostly), go to the movies,a nd play words with friends. I have a special cat named Bubba. My family, friends, and job are very important to me. "


Paula Theisen

Paula Theisen

  • Began employment in 1995
  • Associates degree in business from MATC
  • Minor in micro computers
  • Army PFCt
  • Ohio State Dental Board Certified Dental Radiographer

Lori Moyer

Lori Moyer

  • Began employment in 1997
  • Associates degree in computer science from MATC

"I graduated from Bishop Rosecrans High School in 1980, and MATC / Zane State in 1982 with an associates degree in Computer Science. I have been married to Steve Moyer since 1983. Together, we have 3 children: Scott, Beau, and Olivia. I have worked at Merker McAllister L.L.C. Dental Office since 1997. A fun fact about me is that I am a huge sissy about having dental work done. This office is responsible for helping me conquer that fear." 


Anna Agin

Anne Agin

  • Began employment in 1998
  • Ohio State Dental Board Certified Dental Radiographer

" I have been married for 33 years to Jay Agin. We have two grown sons: Adam (+ wife Shannon) and Josh (+fiancee Hanna Luburgh). We love animals, especially our pets. Dance is my passion especially with my dance group - " The Dancing Diva's. " I also teach tap through our Diva outreach program at the Muskingum County Center for Seniors. This group, known as The Platinum Performers, is very special to me. I also instruct Zumba classes at the senior center weekly.My family are members of St. Nicholas Church and we support all Rosecrans High School activities. 


Kelly Riley

Kelly Riley

  • Began employment in 1999
  • Associates degree in Secretarial Science from Bradford college
  • Ohio State Dental Board Certified Dental Radiographer

" I love my job!"  I was a patient here before my employment. I've been married to Don, my rock, since 1980. We have 4 children , Andrea, Lindsey, Shannon & Eric and 4 grandchildren. There is a lot of laughter in our family. We are so thankful for life's blessings."


Jasmin Williams

Jasmin Williams

  • Began employment in 2012
  • Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University
  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Certified Local Anesthetic Administrator

Kassie Graham

Kassie Graham

  • Began employment in 2011
  • Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene from the West Liberty University
  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Certified Local Anesthetic Administrator

"Over the course of the past years practicing Dental Hygiene at Merker McAllister L.L.C. Dental Office, I have been able to establish lasting relationships with many of my patients and their families. Serving my patients is not only my career, but also my passion and motivation. When I am not at the office I enjoy serving my family as a wife and mother of two. We live on our family farm near Frazeysburg, Ohio, where we are deeply rooted in the community. Leading a 4-H club of over 40 developing young adults is one of the ways that my husband and I serve our hometown. Providing encouraging  ministry at our local church also brings me great joy. Leading a life group and a personal finance ministry are just two ways that God is allowing me to connect with others. I look forward to serving you by maintaining and improving your overall oral health. "


Leslie Merker

Leslie Merker

  • Began employment in 1990
  • Many of years experience in dental assisting and Surgical Assisting
  • 3rd Generation Dental Assistant in our practice

" I am privileged to be able to work in a dental practice with my family, and with a close-knit staff that feels like family. We love our patients and I look forward to coming to work. My grandmother and mother both worked with Dr. Don Merker, so  along with our daughter, we have had four generations of dental assistants here. My  "days off " are spent practicing the domestic arts .... cooking, sewing, crocheting, or reading, but I really love reading my Bible and teaching the depths of truth and love found in God's  word. I welcome any opportunity to talk to you about our dental family , improving your oral health, and Jesus. "


Barbara Rich

Barbara  Rich

  • Began employment in 2014
  • Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty University
  • Registered Dental Hygienist
  • Certified Local Anesthetic Administrator
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 Mae Godfrey

  • Began employment in 2014
  • Ohio State Dental Board Certified Dental Radiographer
  • Fourth Generation Dental Assistant in our practice

" It is an honor and a blessing to be a part of the family dental practice. I enjoy spending time with my family in and ouside of my workplace. I love anything outdoors and can never pass up a walk or a hike. My relationship with Jesus Christ is what is most important in my life, but my family and friends are a close second. I enjoy cooking, reading, shopping, exercising, and new adventures. I am grateful for the blessing in my life and give all the glory to my Father in heaven." 

 

 

Alexus Allen                                                        

  •  Began employment in 2017
  •  Dental Assistant Associate Degree 
  •  Ohio State Dental Board Certified Dental Radiographer