Meet Our Staff — Livonia, MI


Jeffrey S. Abel

Jeffrey Abel began his dental career when he joined the U.S. Army in 1981. He honed his dental practice management skills at the University of Michigan’s Prosthodontic Resident Program. With over 35 years of service in the dental field, he has managed practices in Texas, Germany, Kansas, South Korea & Georgia. Jeffrey leads by example, instilling his staff with compassion, honesty, integrity, excellence & confidence.

Dental Hygienists

Jaime Clark

Jaime received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan & has been a dental hygienist for 16 years. She loves spending time with her family, traveling & doing volunteer work. She has two adorable pups, Winston & Theodore Roosevelt.

Julie Phelps

Julie received her hygiene degree from Ferris State University. She currently resides in Livonia with her family & her dog “Cocoa.” In her free time, Julie enjoys cooking, decorating, hiking & shopping.

Lauryn Vedrode

Lauryn graduated from Ferris State University in 2009 & has been with Preferred Dental Group for 7 years. She has a passion for creating long-lasting relationships with her patients & helping them achieve a healthy smile. In her free time, Lauryn loves being with her family any chance she can get. She also enjoys working out, music & baking.

Nicole Kulas

Nicole earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Michigan. She also holds certifications in local anesthesia, nitrous oxide sedation & CPR. Over her 15-year dental career, she has acquired a variety of skills in management, quality assurance & business development. Outside the office, Nicole loves traveling & spending time with her husband, her two sons & her beloved pug.

Holly Ellithrope

Holly received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University. Holly has a passion for educating her patients and helping them improve their oral health. In her spare time Holly enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her 3 sisters.

Effie Hussein

Graduated from the University of Detroit School of Dentistry in 2005 with her Bachelors of Science Degree. She has been a dental hygienist for 13 years & enjoys educating patients about the importance of oral hygiene & making her patients feel comfortable at each appointment so they leave with a smile on their face. Outside the office Effie enjoys spending time with her family & friends. Effie is married & has two children Mariam & Dimitri.

Ryan Rychlinski

Ryan graduated from Baker College in 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Ryan continued his education at Siena Heights University & earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences in 2017. Ryan has been a hygienist for 2 years & is enthusiastic about educating patients on the importance of dental health. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family & friends. Ryan also enjoys hunting, fishing, & going to Red Wings & Detroit Lions games.

MaryBeth Rempert

MaryBeth graduated from Oakland Community college in 2008. She has been in the dental field for 25 years. She started out as a dental assistant in general, endodontics, & cosmetic dentistry & has been a dental hygienist for 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys camping up north & spending time with family & friends. Her favorite time is with her son.


Dental Assistants

Shawn Cotter

A veteran of the United States Army, Shawn has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science as well as advanced education in dental lab technology. Shawn has been in the dental industry for 27 years & enjoys working with amazing people & being part of the Preferred Dental Group family. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys music & spending time with his family.

Valerie Didyk

Valerie has been a dental assistant in the greater Detroit area for over 20 years. She has experience assisting in general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontics, orthodontics & cosmetic dentistry. In her spare time, Valerie likes to travel, go to concerts & visit family/friends. Valerie loves animals & especially enjoys playing with her cat “DIOR.”

Darlisa Hall

Darlisa has an Associate’s Degree in Business & has been in the dental industry for over 15 years as a registered dental assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family & loves to participate in outdoor activities.

Sue Hubbs

Sue has been in the dental industry for over 40 years & with Dr. Regula & Preferred Dental Group for the last 30 years. Sue enjoys spending her free time with her children & grandchildren.

Mari Nicolin

Mari graduated with an RN Degree from the Asian College of Nursing in Romania in 1994 & graduated with her Dental Assistant Degree in 1999 in the United States. In her free time Mari enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, biking, running, & snow sports. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter.

Amber Williams

Amber has been in the dental industry for 15 years & is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in dietetics. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family & friends. Amber is an extreme movie buff & also enjoys exercising.

Tia Frazier

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Front Office Coordinators

Cindy Dristy

Cindy has an Associate’s Degree in Business & has enjoyed working in the dental health industry for over 10 years. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys golfing, cooking, vacationing & spending time with her family & friends.

Jill Sonnenfeld

Jill has been in the dental field for over 20 years. In her spare time, she enjoys going to her children’s musical shows & sports functions. She also loves to travel as much as possible with her family & friends.

Vicki Trotter

Vicki has worked for Dr. Regula & Preferred Dental Group for the last 15 years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, walking, bike riding & doing yoga.

Kirstie McGourty

Kirstie has been in the dental field for 8 years. Her interests includes spending time with family & Friends.


Front Office Greeter

Jennifer Monforton

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Business Office

Karen Howard

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Paula Martin

Paula loves to spend time with family here in Michigan & in New York. Paula enjoys hiking, boating, going to concerts, and to the theater. She & her husband love to cook.

Lisa Welshans

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Patient Services

Cathy Counts

Cathy attended Detroit Public Schools and later, Henry Ford Community College. She has really enjoyed her tenure with Dr. Regula & the Preferred Dental Group for the last 29 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family & friends, reading, cooking & canoeing.


Staff Accountant

Ruth Anthony

Ruth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & over 10 years of accounting experience. Her favorite pastimes are going to the park & reading. Ruth is a big animal lover & enjoys spending time with her family.