Meet the Doctors
Dr. Nicole Lecci
- Graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
- Member of American Dental Association
- Member of Nebraska Dental Association
- Member of Omaha Dental Society
- Member of Academy of General Dentistry
DID YOU ALWAYS KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE A DENTIST? WHY/HOW?
I have always been interested in and have enjoyed science and healthcare. I was originally a Pre-Med student in college but after experiencing the world of medicine as a med tech in the Air National Guard I was steered towards the idea of dentistry. After shadowing several dentists and discovering some amazing mentors within the field, I fell in love with dentistry.
WHAT ARE YOU KNOWN FOR PROFESSIONALLY?
I have been told I am very gentle, which is a great compliment to receive as a dentist. My peers would probably say I am always eager to learn, whether it is about a new procedure or a better way to do things we are already doing. I feel like there is never enough time to attend all of the continuing education I would like to. Those I work with might say I am a perfectionist, which can sometimes drive them crazy☺
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT PROFESSIONALLY?
What I enjoy most about my profession would be patient interaction and creating that relationship with my patients. Knowing my patients trust me means the world to me. I am very passionate about patient education and increasing their overall knowledge about oral health care. There is nothing more rewarding than improving someone’s life in any way that I can.
HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED?
I would like to be remembered as someone that is genuinely compassionate and caring but, also, as someone that brings a positive energy and influence to others’ lives.
WHO IS THE FUNNIEST PERSON YOU KNOW?
Several of my girlfriends would fit this description, especially when we get together- we think we are hilarious.
WHAT IS THE WALLPAPER ON YOUR CELLPHONE?
That’s easy, it is always a cute niece or nephew picture.
FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Anything chocolate- chocolate makes everything better! However, if I had a choice, I would always pick a brownie over ice cream.
WHO DO YOU ADMIRE THE MOST? WHY?
Definitely my parents. They have sacrificed so much for their children and they have given us so much love. They have always encouraged, pushed and allowed us to create our futures and follow our dreams. They are amazing examples as parents and as human beings. And now they are the most loving and, simply, the best grandparents around!
Drs. JoAnn and Bill Kathrein
Dr. Bill has practiced high quality dentistry in Omaha for 46 years. He is a native of Omaha, was awarded his bachelors degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and his DDS from the Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He started his career in pediatric dentistry before successfully completing extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry at the University of Iowa. Dr. Bill is active in the community and has served or is serving on several local, national, and professional boards of directors including: American Red Cross, Downtown Rotary, YWCA and the Women's Center for Advancement, the Nebraska Dental Association, the Omaha Dental Society, the Nebraska Academy of General Dentistry, The Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska Lincoln Alumni Associations. He has served as a faculty instructor of the Nebraska Medical Center and as a mentor for Creighton University Dental College students' learning program.
Dr. JoAnn is a native of Sutton, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate education at Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, was awarded her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Nebraska Medical Center College of Dental Science in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is active in the community, providing classroom dental care instruction during Children's Dental Health Month, sponsoring in local schools the "Set A Good Example" contest for The Way To Happiness Foundation and staffing volunteer organizations involved in providing free dental care for the homeless and for abused women. Dr. JoAnn and her team of volunteer dentists were recognized at an official government event by the Minister of Health in the Central American country of Belize for their supply donations and contributions of desperately needed dental services for the children in remote villages.
The above photo was taken at the Washington, DC celebration of Dr. Kathrein's earning the mastership award in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr JoAnn and Bill have been married for 47 years. They have four adult married children and 9 grandchildren (so far). They enjoy many activities together like bicycling, motorcycling, gardening, photography, and cooking.