Jonathan Hardy • DMD, ABGD, FAGD
In 2004 I graduated from Berea College with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. I was then selected for the Health Professional Scholarship Program in the United States Army and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. My next stop was the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry where I received my doctorate in dental medicine in 2008 and was subsequently commissioned as a Captain. My first duty station was Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina where I was selected to attend the Army’s prestigious 2-year advanced education in general dentistry (AEGD). Upon graduation from residency we were assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska. In 2012 I achieved Board Certification with the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD) and I was also honored by the Academy of General Dentistry when I was named a Fellow (FAGD) in their organization. While at Fort Wainwright I served as the officer in charge of one of the largest dental clinics in Alaska and was responsible for the dental care of close to 7000 soldiers. In June 2014 I was promoted to Major and also completed all of my military obligation with the Army. Elisabeth and I decided that it was time to move back to Kentucky to be closer to family and the friends we missed so much.
Elisabeth (formerly Hampton) Hardy and I are married with 4 beautiful children. Elisabeth is graduated from the University of Kentucky and worked as a physician assistant before becoming a full-time mom. Our oldest daughter Catherine is 7 years old and loves to dance and is very eager to start kindergarten this fall. James is 5 and is our only boy. He loves to be a superhero and kick the soccer ball. Our next youngest is Claire, age 4, and she is our daredevil and also loves to giggle. Rachel is our youngest one at 3 years old and loves doing anything that her big brother and sisters are doing.
Awards and Recognition
• 2-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Graduate Board certified by the American Board of General Dentistry Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry
•Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified
• Completion of the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (2010) Combat Casualty Care Course graduate
• Honorable Discharge from the United States Army
• 3 Army Commendation Medals
• Army Achievement Medal
• National Defense Service Medal
• Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
• Overseas Service Ribbon
• Army Service Ribbon
• American Board of General Dentistry American Dental Association Academy of General Dentistry
• Playing with my kiddo
Brittany - Extended Expanded Dental Assistant
Brittany graduated from the Bluegrass Technical and Community College integrated assisting program in 2013. With 2 years of experience in the dental field, she excitedly joined Somerset Family Dentistry in April 2015 . She states that the Somerset Family Dentistry team is more like family than co-workers. Her goal is to give excellent patient care with her patient's comfort and well-being in mind.
Hillary - Registered Dental Hygienist
Hillary received her dental hygiene degree from Lexington Community College in 2002, and in 2004, received her certification to administer block infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide from the University of Louisville. She joined Somerset Family Dentistry in July 2014. Hillary highly values our patients’ individual needs and comfort. She also feels patient education is very crucial in implementing good oral health care.
Outside of work, she is active in her church and enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 children. Together, they enjoy traveling, sports and camping.
Holly - Certified Expanded Duty Dental Assistant:
Holly was born in Somerset and graduated from Pulaski Co. High School. She then graduated from the Central KY Technical College Assisting Program in 2004 before joining our team at Somerset Family Dentistry. In the spring of 2005, she completed the expanded duty assisting program at the UK. Holly states, "I really enjoy working at Somerset Family Dentistry. It has a great atmosphere, nice coworkers and a Christian environment."
Betty - Registered Dental Hygienist
Betty has been a dental hygienist with Somerset Family Dentistry since 1995. She received her degree from Elizabethtown Community College. She states, "Working as a hygienist gives me the privilege to educate patients on their oral health care. My goal as a hygienist is to provide each patient with individualized care and to treat them as if they were my family. Our office is a pleasure to work in because the staff is like family. Everyone expresses their care for our patients in a warm and friendly way."
Meghan - Registered Dental Hygienist
Meghan joined our dental team in September 1999 as a registered dental hygienist. She received her degree from Lexington Community College in 1998. Meghan enjoys teaching and helping patients with all their dental needs. "I feel blessed to have been practicing dental hygiene in the same office for over 10 years. With this opportunity I have developed family-like relationships with my co-workers as well as my patients."