Meet the Team
Michael Pappas, DDS, MBA
An Ohio native, Dr. Pappas is the proud owner of two private, local dental practices. He splits his time between the offices and manages both with a patient-centered approach to comprehensive modern dental care. Dr. Pappas is passionate about continuing education and advancing his ever-evolving knowledge of the latest dental techniques, technologies, and products to ensure his patients receive the highest-quality clinical care possible.
Dr. Pappas attended The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management. He continued his education at The Ohio State University where he earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He graduated at the top of his dental school class and was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Veler Scholarship which is awarded to only one individual per class based on academic excellence, character, and integrity. Dr. Pappas is active in the Ohio Dental Association and has served in many leadership roles within the organization. He is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
When he’s not at work, Dr. Pappas enjoys his involvement in community activities, reading, running, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his certified therapy dog – a golden retriever named Roscoe.
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Kathy M. Lydic, DDS
Dr. Lydic is passionate about dentistry and providing consistent, effective comprehensive modern dental care to her patients. Throughout her extensive career, Dr. Lydic has always stayed current on the latest advancements in dentistry. She’s used her skills, knowledge, and friendly chairside manner to build Walnut Creek Dental East into the highly respected practice that it is today.
For many years, Dr. Lydic’s philosophy has been to provide timely, reliable, effective, high-quality dental services in a friendly, professional environment while fostering an atmosphere of support, mutual respect, and a commitment to and from the entire Walnut Creek Dental East team. She dependably delivers the highest standard of care, and she looks forward to meeting new patients.
Dr. Lydic is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and she is a member of the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association. She has three children and an adorable dog named Maisy. When she’s not in the office, she can be found spending time with her family.
Brent Whittaker, DDS
Dr. Whittaker grew up in Columbus where he received his B.S. in Biology from The Ohio State University. He went on to receive his D.D.S. from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and will always be a huge buckeyes fan. A member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and W.D. Miller Dental Society, Dr. Whittaker has undergone oral sedation training through the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and enjoys making patients feel completely relaxed while undergoing everything from simple fillings to wisdom tooth removal.
In his spare time he loves to lift weights, spend time outside with his wife and daughter, and plays just about every sport. Dr. Whittaker has a deep appreciation for the technical and scientific aspects of dentistry but believes patient comfort and satisfaction should always come first.
Courtney Colles, DDS
Dr. Colles is from Dublin and is a tried and trued Buckeye, receiving both her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Sciences and Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degrees from The Ohio State University. She then spent a year in Youngstown furthering her skills and caring for patients needing both emergency and routine dental care at a Level I trauma center, St. Elizabeth’s Youngstown Hospital. Dr. Colles is very committed to her patient’s oral heal goals and is a current member of the American Dental Association and the Ohio Dental Association.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Colles enjoys lifting weights at the gym, spending time outside in the park with her rambunctious Golden Retriever named Rogan and cheering on the Buckeyes and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Expect nothing but personalized care from the Walnut Creek Dental East team. Our friendly, well-trained staff welcomes you when you arrive, and goes above and beyond to help you feel right at home. In a supportive, nurturing environment, we address your unique needs as a patient, and always put your best interest at the forefront. Every member of the Walnut Creek Dental East team has years of professional experience, multiple certifications, and specialized training. We frequently attend continuing education courses and seminars to stay well informed of the latest advancements in dental techniques and technology. Our kindhearted group looks forward to meeting you soon and introducing you to an elevated level of care and service.