Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Christina Kulesa
Dr. Christina Kulesa opened the doors of Northstar Family Dental in 2010. Inspired by the negative stigma that is often associated with a trip to the dentist, she has built the practice around the philosophy that oral health and cosmetic dentistry can be maintained in a comfortable, relaxing, even enjoyable environment.
Born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, Dr. Kulesa received her Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from Xavier University and went on to graduate top of her class from Case School of Dental Medicine, where she earned a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. She was active in the American Student Dental Association, on both the local and national level, holding a national trustee position for two years. She was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Honor Society for Dentistry, an organization that represents the highest achievements in dental scholarship, professionalism, and ethics.
She has devoted her professional career to all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry, and enjoys treating every member of a family, from children to grandparents. To keep abreast of the latest developments in dentistry, she exceeds the continuing education requirements of the profession. In order to better serve her patients, she completed an extensive sedation training program to become certified by the Ohio State Dental Board to perform both Oral and IV Sedation in her office.
Dr. Kulesa is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Columbus Dental Association, American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and is an Invisalign Preferred Provider. Additionally, Dr. Kulesa is an annual speaker at the Ohio State School of Dentistry.
Dr. Kulesa is the proud recipient of the Dr. Jeffery M. Gibbs Memorial Excellence in Dentistry Award by the Dental Network Group, for exemplifying the highest standards of excellence in the practice of dentistry. Dr. Kulesa is passionate about her involvement in the community and is an active participant in a number of Westerville organizations and charities. As a result, she has been recognized as one of Sunny95’s “Outstanding Women” in Columbus and as a “Hometown Hero” for her role as a female entrepreneur advocate and her charitable work in the community. She has also been honored by Smart Business Magazine as one of the top executives of the smartest 50 companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead savvy organizations. Dr. Kulesa has also been named as a “topDentist” as voted by her peers, every year since 2014.
Outside of the office, “Dr. K.,” as she is known to her staff, enjoys playing tennis and traveling. She spends most of her free time with her husband Steve, their two daughters, Sophia and Stella, and their adorable Pugs, Frankie and Rosie.
Dr. Nichole Pheifer
Northstar Family Dental was pleased to welcome Dr. Nichole Pheifer to our team during the summer of 2016. Dr. Pheifer joined us from Lexington, Kentucky where she spent several years practicing dentistry. We welcomed her to our expanding practice in the important role of Associate Dentist.
Dr. Pheifer felt a calling to the field because she was drawn to the biology, engineering and art that comprise great dentistry, which she now takes great pride to incorporate into her work.
After graduating with honors from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University. Today, she is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Dr. Pheifer says that her absolute favorite part of dentistry is meeting and helping new people everyday. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and their bloodhound, Priscilla.
Dr. Julie Park
Dr. Julie Park completed the Pre-Professional six year Dental Program at Case School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with Dean’s Honors in 2005.
Having found a specific passion for oral surgery, Dr. Park pursued a rigorous oral and maxillofacial training residency at Brookdale University Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She remained there as an attending staff member and participated in the training of future oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
Dr. Park credits her decision to specialize in oral surgery to the perfect balance that it offers between art, skill and knowledge. She appreciates the opportunity to work with her hands in a precise and meticulous manner with incredibly rewarding results.
“It is a privilege and honor to provide my services and skills to the community and collaborate with many general dentists to provide excellent care and personal treatment…I tailor my surgery specifically to each patient, taking their individual needs into consideration.”
Dr. Park is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Fellow of the American Associate of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons. She is a member of the ADA and is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
She spends much of her free time exploring Columbus with her husband and their Boston Terrier, Mia. She is also an avid yogi and Barre enthusiast. As an aspiring food blogger, she’s a self-proclaimed eater of all things!
Dr. Brianna Barnes
Northstar Family Dental was pleased to welcome Dr. Brianna Barnes to our team in 2019.
Dr. Barnes has always been drawn to healthcare and chose dentistry because of the opportunity to work with her hands and perform detailed work.
After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Dentistry and a minor and Chemistry. She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Barnes says that her favorite part of dentistry is helping nervous patients overcome their anxiety and helping patients revitalize their smile. Outside of the office, she enjoys trying new restaurants, working out, and practicing agility with her dog, Waffles.
Dr. Betsy Coughlin
Northstar Family Dental was pleased to welcome Dr. Betsy Coughlin to our team in 2020. We welcomed her to our expanding practice in the important role of Associate Dentist.
Dr. Coughlin chose a career in dentistry because of the creativity and science that surrounds the dental field. She loves caring for her patients and making them smile. Dr. Coughlin enjoys spending time with her patients and forming long lasting relations with them.
After graduating from Hilliard Davidson High School, Dr. Coughlin attended The Oho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.
Outside of the office, she enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and playing with her dog, Frankie. Her absolute favorite activity is traveling, especially to Europe and the Caribbean.
Dr. Michelle Otieno
Northstar Family Dental was pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Otieno to our team in 2020. We welcomed her to our expanding practice in the important role of Associate Dentist.
Dr. O felt a calling to the field when she was a young girl by the a an act of kindness from her Orthodontist. He graciously gave Dr. Otieno braces for free because her parents couldn’t afford them. That act of kindness majorly impacted her life and set her on her journey to help others.
After graduating from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Indiana University school of Dentistry.
Dr. O says that her absolute favorite part of dentistry giving her patients a beautiful smile. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, cooking/baking, pilates and watching romantic comedies.