All our professionals at Four Oaks Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Kevin Ray
Kevin Ray is a second-generation dentist from La Grange, Texas. He grew up in his father's dental office, so dentistry is not only a profession--it's a way of life. His sister also followed in their father's footsteps and became a dental hygienist. After graduating from dental school, he went to visit his sister working in Switzerland, and there he met his wife Sandy, who is a hygienist also. Sandy works in the practice part time, while raising their boys Andrew and Blake.
Dr. Ray attended the University of Texas in Austin for two and a half years before being accepted early into dental school at the Health Science Center in San Antonio. After graduating in 1987, he worked with his dad for a year and then started his practice in Columbus, Texas in 1989.
Practicing in a small town presents many opportunities and challenges. Dr. Ray is active in his community and church, so he understands that the care he provides must be accessible and stand up to high expectations for the long term. Listening to his patients, gentle care and high quality are the reasons for his success. He is also certified in orthodontics and dental implantology, and keeps current with the latest knowledge in all of the specialties. Dr. Ray and his skilled staff take pride in seldom having to refer a patient out of town for a root canal, wisdom teeth, or braces.
Dr. Ray and Sandy spend most of their time involved in their kids' sports, scouting, fishing, and church activities. They love their cows, motorcycles and four wheelers! When not chasing kids, they like traveling both in the States and abroad, dividing holidays between Texas and Ohio, where Sandy is from. The farm, lake, beach, and ski slope are their playgrounds.
Dr. Ray is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Greater Houston Dental Society, and American Orthodontic Society. He has also served as a board member for the alumni association for the dental school. Continuing education is both fun and educational for his whole team.
Amanda Kleimann Pavlicek, RDA, Office Manager
Born and raised in Columbus, Texas makes working in my hometown even better. I started working with Dr Ray in June of 97 and love it. I am a Registered Dental Assistant and am also certified in Radiology and Nitrous Oxide. Dr Ray has sent me to many continuing educations to keep me up to date with the latest dental techniques. I enjoy building relationships with each and every patient that walks in our office. I reside in Columbus with my husband Chris. We have 3 amazing kids Payton, Mason and Olivia. I love to be with my family, we enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and just relaxing at the family ranch.
Tracie Anderson, RDH
After working for Four Oaks Dental for 5 years as a dental assistant and insurance coordinator, I returned following the completion of my Dental Hygiene Degree from Pima Medical Institute in 2016. I enjoy helping others to achieve a brighter smile. I am currently busy planning my upcoming wedding in May 2018. I will reside in East Bernard. In my spare time I have fun saltwater fishing in Port O Connor with family and friends. At home I have a good time chasing around my three dogs.
Sandy Ray, RDH
I received my degree in Dental Hygiene from Shawnee State University. I am a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, the Texas Dental Hydienists' Association and the Austin District Dental Hygienists' Association. I like working with people and watching the growth of the families that have come into Four Oaks Dental. I am married to Dr. Kevin Ray and we have two wonderful young sons. I stay active locally with school activities, being a Cub Scout leader and a soccer coach. My interests include running, yoga, biking, and travel.
Carolyn Koether, RDA
In March of 2003, I joined the staff of Four Oaks Dental Center as a Certified Dental Assistant where I hold the position of Team Leader. I am responsible for making sure the back office is up and running properly. I enjoy working with the patients, making them feel right at home, putting a smile on each and every one of their faces when entering our office. I reside in La Grange Texas and travel daily to our office as a dedicated employee. I have 3 great children, two daughters and one son. My children have blessed me with 5 wonderful grandchildren, a grandson named Aiden, a granddaughter named Ashtyn her brother Austin, a step granddaughter Kaitlyn Alley and the youngest Dawson. I strive each day to make another person smile.
Marissa Linkhart, BHA, RDA
I joined the staff of Four Oaks Dental in January of 2018. I am a graduate of Texas State University, with a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Administration. I also have my Registered Dental Assistant license. I am responsible for maintaining the appearance and order of the dental office and patient scheduling. I enjoy welcoming our patients when they enter our office! I reside in Columbus and during my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.