Meet The Staff

Practice Administrator


Dental Hygienists

Maya Likavec-Witri, RDH - Lead Hygienist

Maya received her hygiene degree from Kalamazoo Valley College and has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Central Michigan University. She loves baking, reading, singing karaoke, and spending time with her family - including her two cats. Maya's favorite part of being a hygienist is helping people learn to love oral hygiene.

Julie Phelps, RDH

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

Ryan Rychlinski, RDH

Ryan graduated from Baker College in 2016 with an associate 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 over 4 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, reading, & going to Red Wings games. 

MaryBeth Rempert, RDH

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.

Andrea Laubernds, RDH

Andrea graduated from Wayne Community College in 2010 and practiced in Detroit for 6 years. Then found a practice closer to home in Canton. She has over 12 years of dental hygiene experience.  Andrea is a season ticket holder for the Detroit Lions and loves traveling, especially camping and cruises, and trying out new restaurants. At home, Andrea spends time baking and just spending time with her husband, 3 dogs, and cat. 

Amanda Okonkowski, RDH

Amanda has been in the dental field for over 17 years, including over five as a hygienist. Amanda graduated from Wayne County Community College. She enjoys doing anything active and being outside.  Her friends and family are also very important to Amanda, and she loves spending time with them. 

Anne Sin, RDH

Anne earned her bachelor’s in dental hygiene from Ferris State University.  She has a history as a dental hygiene assisting in general dentistry and periodontist offices. Anne lives with her family and enjoys playing video games, shopping, and listening to K-pop.  She has 2 rabbits, Pepper – a satin rabbit, and Luna – a Holland lop rabbit.

Dental Assistants

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.”

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, Team Lead CDA

Mari graduated with an RN Degree from the Ana Aslan College of Nursing in Timisoara -Romania in 1994 & graduated with her Dental Assistant Degree in 1999 in the United States. She has been in the dental field for over 22 years. Mari loves cosmetic dentistry and is experienced in Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics and Implants, CAD CAM, as well as full mouth reconstruction cases. In her free time Mari enjoys spending time with her daughter doing outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, biking, running, golfing, and walking her dog Tucker.

Erika Conklin, CDA

Erika has been in the dental field for 3 years and graduated from Ross Medical Education Center. She is studying to become a Dental Hygienist because she loves the dental field and her patients. In her free time, she loves to read and play with her little baby cat Pistachio.

Shavon Bell

Bio coming soon

Front Office Coordinators

Yesenia Hernandez

Yesenia has earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and is a certified yoga instructor.  In her spare time, Yesenia enjoys reading, baking, and yoga; she also loves spending time with her three cats: Louie, Desmond, and Tiny Cat.

Kaylee Walker

Kaylee is currently enrolled at Oakland Community College working towards applying to the dental hygiene program. Kaylee loves trying new recipes from her Pinterest boards, hiking, exercising, and spending time with her dog, Tyson, and two guinea pigs, Scout and Scooter.  She is also planning a wedding with her fiancé, Josh.

Prisila Sanchez-Leon

Prisila has over 3 years of dental experience as a treatment coordinator and an assistant, including time as a lead coordinator in charge of treatment cases.  In her free time, Prisila enjoys traveling, going to the gym, and trying to finish up her to-do list on time! Prisila also likes spending time with her family.

Front Office GreeterS

Jennifer Monforton

Bio Coming Soon

Ada Huda

Ada is new to the dental field and has a background in logistics. She loves sports, especially basketball, and enjoys golfing, fishing, and working out. Her favorite things to do include spending time with family and being outdoors.

Business Office

Karen Howard

Bio Coming Soon

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

Bio Coming Soon

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.

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