Meet Our Doctors
Dr. Christina Kulesa
Dr. Kulesa grew up in Northeastern Ohio, but she has called Columbus home since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, and went on to the Case School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated in the top of her class. She was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the Nation Honor Society for Dentistry, an organization that represents the highest achievements in dental scholarship, professionalism and ethics. Dr. Kulesa has also recently earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Ashland University.
Dr. Kulesa has built Northstar Family Dental around the philosophy that oral health can be maintained in a comfortable, relaxing, and even enjoyable environment. She has devoted her professional career to all aspects of general and cosmetic dentistry,and enjoys treating patients of all ages. Dr. Kulesa is certified by the Ohio State Dental Board to perform both Oral and IV sedation and has a passion for helping patients who experience severe dental anxiety.
Northstar Family Dental has grown tremendously since opening in 2010. To keep up with the demand, she has assembled an elite group of doctors to provide expectational care to the growing practice. Although her first love will always be treating patients, Dr. Kulesa spends much of her time focused on the vision of the company and mentoring her team.
Community involvement is a fundamental part of the Northstar Family Dental’s core values. Both offices are active participants in a number of local organizations and charities. Dr. Kulesa has been recognized by 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 a top executive of one of the smartest 50 companies in the region based on her ability to effectively build and lead a savvy organization. Dr. Kulesa was selected by the Ohio Dental Association’s Executive Committee as the 2021 recipient of the Marvin Fisk Humanitarian Award, which is given to dentists who have provided oral health care to those in need by donating their time, skills, and personal resources.
Outside of the office, Dr. K, as she is know to her patients and team, enjoys playing tennis and traveling. She spends her free time with her husband, Steve, their two daughters, Sophia and Stella, and their adorable pugs – Frankie, Rosie, Bruno and Daisy.
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.
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 in providing to her patients. While she enjoys all aspects of general dentistry, Dr. Pheifer is passionate about continuing her education and knowledge of implant supported prosthetics.
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, the Central Ohio Dental Society, and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Dr. Pheifer says that her absolute favorite part of dentistry is meeting new people and exceeding their expectations in the dental setting. Outside of the office, Dr. Pheifer enjoys volunteering, hiking, gardening and spending time with her husband and their two children.
Dr. Julie Park
We welcomed Dr. Park to the Northstar team in 2017. She loves being a part of the Northstar team where she can collaborate daily with a caring team of dentists to make a positive impact on the lives of patients.
Dr. Park completed her Dental training in Cleveland at Case Western School of Dental Medicine and continued to specialize in oral maxillofacial surgery at Brookdale University Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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 also a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and Ohio OMS.
In her spare time, Dr. Park enjoys exploring the Columbus food scene and aspires to eat at every yelp reviewed restaurant in Columbus! She lives in Worthington with her husband, daughter and boston terrier. Dr. Park enjoys reading a good book, exercising and frequenting her favorite farmer’s markets.
Dr. Brianna Barnes
Northstar Family Dental was pleased to welcome Dr. Brianna Barnes to our team in 2019. Born and raised in southern Ohio, Dr. Barnes fell in love with Columbus during college. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Dentistry and a minor in Chemistry, she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Barnes was drawn to dentistry because she thrives on being able to work with her hands and the detail involved in creating a beautiful smile. She is passionate about helping transform the smiles of patients with dental anxiety by providing them a gentle and relaxing dental experience.
Outside of the office, she enjoys taking cooking classes to learn new cuisines, 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.
Dr. Coughlin pursued a career in dentistry because of the many ways to have a positive impact using both science and art, two subjects that she has always loved. She particularly enjoys getting to know each patient and going the extra mile to make sure they are comfortable.
A native of Hilliard, Dr. Coughlin attended The Ohio State University, graduating cum laude both with a B.S. in Microbiology and later a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Through her years in practice, she has taken hundreds of hours of additional training to stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry and cosmetics. She is pleased to offer Invisalign as well as Botox and dermal fillers to her patients as an enhancement to their traditional dental care.
Outside of the office, Dr. Coughlin and her husband Grant spend their time spoiling their dog, Frankie, and planning future travels. Their favorite places to visit are Spain and Italy.
Dr. Michelle Otieno
Northstar Family Dental was pleased to welcome Dr. Michelle Otieno to our team in 2020
Dr. Otieno grew up in Indiana with her parents and younger sister. As a young girl she was graciously gifted braces by her Orthodontist when her parents were unable to afford them. This act of kindness affected her so deeply that she felt called to the field of dentistry. She looks forward to providing her patients a kind and positive journey through their dental care.
Dr. Otieno graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Indiana University of Dentistry. Looking to spread her wings, Dr. Otieno moved to Ohio in 2020. She quickly fell in love with the community and her favorite part of working at Northstar Family Dental is the positive culture and helping her patients achieve a beautiful smile. Dr. Otieno is pleased to offer Botox and derma fillers to her patients as an enhancement to their traditional dental care. Dr. O, as she is known to her patients and team, enjoys hiking, cooking/baking, Pilates and watching romantic comedies.
Dr. Angie Weber
Dr. Weber was born in West Virginia and raised in South East Ohio. She has called Lewis Center home for the past 20 years and has been practicing dentistry for over thirteen of them. She has completed many hours of continued education in all areas of dentistry keeping her up to date on the latest advancements. Dr. Weber is a member of the Advance Dentistry Study Club and a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Weber is proudly certified to deliver Box and Dermal Fillers to her patients and she received training for Frontline TMJ and facial pain therapy.
Dr. Weber’s favorite part of dentistry is making a lifelong patient out of someone who generally dislikes going to the dentist. Transforming patients smiles without anxiety and frustration, these patients become committed to preventative dentistry and realizing that oral healthcare is a big step in their overall well being and confidence.
Outside of the office, Dr. Weber enjoy spending time with her family and friends, listening to live music and dining at local restaurants. She also enjoys reading, working out and traveling. Her favorite trip so far has been to Costa Rica.