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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 Dental Assistant

Kim has been with the practice since 1999, serving with multiple roles from Clinical Administrator to Dental Assistant. 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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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 the Dental Assisting program at Vista College in June 2017 with the high honor of Salutatorian.  Chelsey joined the Pinnacle team in July as a business assistant where she takes pride in being one of the first smiling faces patients see when they come in.  In her free time, Chelsey loves to spend time with her family watching movies and going fishing.

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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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ECTOR RAMON RDA/Clinical Coordinator

Ector joined our office in 2019 and is a valued member of our team of Registered Dental Assistants. In addition to assisting, Ector is our Clinical Coordinator and part of our leadership team. Born and raised in Longview, Texas, Ector attended and graduated from Pine Tree High School. After high school, Ector enjoyed a sabbatical and took the opportunity to travel. Later on, he attended Vista College where he graduated with honors as Salutatorian and as a member of Sigma Alpha Pi where he was awarded by The National Society of Leadership and Success. Being from a small town, Ector enjoys going to the lake during the summer, spending time with his family, and getting away to travel when he can.

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ELEAH HAWKINS Business Assistant

Eleah graduated from Kilgore College with an Associate’s degree. She started with our practice in October of 2021 and has enjoyed working in a field that benefits and helps so many do one of the most important things, smile. Eleah loves spending time with her family and friends.

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KRISTEN NORDHAUS RDA

Kristen joined our Pinnacle Dental team in November of 2021 after moving to Texas. She has been a dental assistant for over 12 years and continues to enjoy being a part of the dental field. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen, cooking and baking, as well as being in the outdoors gardening.

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KIMBERLY HOSAK Surgical Business Assistant

Kimberly joined the practice in December 2020. Kimberly’s role with Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics is multi-faceted. She is one of a team that sees to it that the front desk operations run smoothly. In addition, she plays a vital role in the training of all administrative staff when they join us. She recently got engaged and likes to fish and spend time with her family.

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TAYLOR SCOTT Hygiene Assistant

Taylor joined Pinnacle Implants and Periodontics in October 2021. She attended Vista College and graduated in January 2019 and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her family.

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ARLENE WILSON Registered Dental Hygienist

Arlene has over 30 years dental hygiene experience in general dentistry and periodontics. She is a lifelong native of the Longview/Hallsville area. Arlene enjoys seeing the progress and improvement her patients have and celebrates their successes with them. She married the love of her life in 1982 and has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. In her free time, Arlene enjoys traveling, working out at bootcamp, and spending time with her family.

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