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Dr. Alejandro Kovacs DDS MS FACP DICOI

Dr. Kovacs is one of only four dual board certified specialists in periodontics and prosthodontics in the USA. This means he is a specialist in both the surgical and restorative aspects of dental implants. He has been practicing dentistry for more than 15 years. He moved to Minneapolis, MN where he completed a three-year residency in Prosthodontics as well as his Masters of Science degree at the University of Minnesota (UMN). He then moved on to a private practice in Edina, MN, where he practiced full-time for three years. During that time he decided to return to school to complete an additional residency program in Periodontics at UMN. Early during his training he also completed a clinical certificate program for treating elderly and medically compromised patients (OHSOA certificate) at UMN and earned the equivalent of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Certificate

  • Alejandro Kovacs DDS, MS, FACP, DICOI
  • Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
  • Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Practice Limited to Dental Implants and Periodontics
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Dr. Tom Smith DDS MSD

Dr. Smith attended the University of Texas Dental Branch and received his DDS degree in 1967. After serving in the United States Army, he attended Baylor College of Dentistry for specialty training in periodontics. He began his private practice in Longview in 1972.
Dr. Smith is active in his profession at both the local and state levels, having served as President of the East Texas Dental Society and on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Society of Periodontists. He has also served as president of the Texas Society of Periodontists. Dr. Smith is a participating member of several local and regional study clubs. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and American Academy of Periodontology.

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Kris Office Manager

Kris started with Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics 5 years ago after re-locating to Longview from Minneapolis, Minnesota. For the past 36 years, she has worked in the positions of front desk, insurance coordinator, and office manager in multiple dental practices in Oklahoma, Minnesota, and now Texas. Although Minnesota was home for much of her life, she is loving the people, the warmth and sunshine of east Texas and is grateful to now call Longview home. Kris has been married for 36 years and has one grown daughter. She loves music, travel, scrapbooking, and time with family and friends.

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Kim Clinical Administrator

Kim has been with the practice since 1999, starting out as an assistant and recently transitioning to Clinical Administrator. She has been married since 1989 and they have one son. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts and watching football. Go Patriots!

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Ciara Treatment Coordinator

Ciara graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Vista College in Longview, TX in 2016. She currently works at the front desk and is the Treatment Coordinator for our office. She also works with our social media accounts and networking with other offices.

When Ciara is not at the office, she enjoys sleeping, taking her dog Cookie for rides on the golf cart and socializing with her 83-year-old grandmother.

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Eli Business Coordinator

Eli joined Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics, originally to assist in the remodel of the office. As an interior designer, it was a dream come true to work on the project and 18 months later, Eli continues to be part of the Pinnacle Team. Her expanded duties include but are not limited to working with our accounts payable and taking care of our Spanish speaking patients, which Eli states has been a pleasure.

We have received wonderful feedback regarding the office décor and we have Eli to thank for it.

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Chelsey Business Assistant

Chelsey graduated from Vista College in Longview Texas with the high honor of Salutatorian in June of 2017. Chelsey joined the Pinnacle team in July as the patient coordinator. In addition to her role as patient coordinator, Chelsey will also be working with insurance claims for our patients that have dental insurance.

In her free time, Chelsey loves to spend time with her family, shopping, watching movies and going fishing!!

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Kelly Lead Assistant

Kelly started with the practice 15 years ago, working originally with Dr. Smith. She enjoys what she does and loves working with new and familiar faces on daily basis. She is proud to be part of an outstanding organization.

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Jessica Dental Hygienist

Jessica graduated from Tyler Junior College in 2017 with her Associates in Dental Hygiene. Jessica has been with Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics for over a year and is one of our hygienist and loves to provide the best care to our patients.

She loves spending time with her husband Kyle and her two weenie dogs, Stella and Creed, in her free time.

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Sue Dental Hygienist

Sue has 41 years of experience as a hygienist. She graduated from East Texas State University with an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been with Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics for 3 years. Sue also worked for Dr. Smith in his periodontal practice for 4 years.
Sue has been married for 41 years and has 2 grown children and a grandson. She loves the outdoors, camping, outdoor cooking, and kayaking.

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Aurora Dental Assistant

Aurora graduated in 2017 from Alexandria Dental Assistant School and LSU School of Dentistry in Baton Rouge, LA. She moved from Louisiana and joined the Pinnacle family as a dental assistant in October of 2018. Aurora is very passionate about periodontal surgeries and enjoys making every patient feel at home in our office. When not working, you can usually find her drawing, painting, running or playing with her pitbull, Chubs.

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Erin Dental Assistant

Erin graduated from Marshall High School in 2007. She went to Eastex Dental Academy and graduated in 2016. Erin started working for Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics as a Dental Assistant in March of 2017.

She has enjoyed working for Dr. Kovacs and loves meeting and getting to know all the patients that come into the office.

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Nyssa Dental Assistant

Nyssa joined Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics in December 2017. She graduated from Eastexas Dental Academy as valedictorian. She enjoys working and spending time with her family and loves to socialize with family and friends.

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IIzhe Dental Assistant

Ilzhe is a new member of the Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics team. She joined the team in August of 2018. She graduated from the VISTA College dental assisting program. Ilzhe recently got engaged to her fiance’ Miguel. She loves spending time outdoors with her family. She loves what she does and prides herself on making patients’ experience with Pinnacle a pleasant and happy one.

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