Meet The Team

Drs. Mike and Ashton Hecox, along with our well trained professional staff, are committed to excellence and to service in all areas of family dental care. We are here to help you achieve and maintain good oral health for a lifetime.

Ashton W. Hecox, D.D.S.


"Carrying on the tradition of Hecox Dentistry that my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather have established is not only an honor, but a privilege. I hope to continue our century old tradition of compassionate, excellent care and bring in a new era of modern technologies and techniques." -Dr. Ashton Hecox

Dr. Ashton Hecox graduated in 2012 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center-College of Dentistry.  Immediately after graduation, Dr. Hecox returned to the family practice and makes up the fourth generation dentist in the Hecox family.  He has thoroughly enjoyed being back in the local area and getting to work along side his father, Dr. Mike Hecox. Dr. Hecox enjoys practicing dentistry and building life-long relationships with his patients. He is excited to bring new technology and techniques to the area.  Dr. Hecox and his wife, Sara, currently live in Gothenburg in which they are active in the community and members of the TeamMates mentoring program. In their spare time they enjoy many outdoor activities such as kiteboarding and mountain biking. You will probably see them around town walking their golden retriever, Maverik.

Mike W. Hecox, D.D.S.


"Nothing makes me happier than watching my younger patients grow up inside and outside of my office. I've seen many patients since they were knee high and they seem like family. I'm so honored to be a part of others' lives in a way that keeps them smiling and healthy. Many have entered my office with their hands trembling and left wondering why they were nervous in the first place. That's what it is all about: keeping my patients in a fearless and comfortable state-of-mind. Now, with my son, Ashton, joining the tradition and being able to practice together... It just doesn't get any better than that." -Dr. Mike Hecox

Dr. Mike has been practicing since 1983 when he came back to Cozad to practice with his father, Dr. Fred W. Hecox. Drs. Fred and Mike practiced together for 15 years before Fred retired in 1990. Dr. Mike has enjoyed his career as a dentist and his favorite thing in the world is seeing new smiling faces. When not in the office Dr. Mike enjoys hunting, fishing and hanging out with his dog, Boz, who is a chocolate lab. Dr. Mike and his wife Dawn have three boys: Dr. Ashton Hecox, Tarron Hecox, and Cullon Hecox. They all truly enjoy when they get to spend time as a family.

Katrina Carter, R.D.H.

Dental Hygienist

Katrina is a talented and compassionate dental hygienist with over ten years of experience. Katrina graduated from Cental Community College with her Registered Dental Hygienist degree in 2008. Katrina says her favorite part of her job is getting to connect with patients and helping them improve their oral health. Call us to schedule a cleaning with Katrina! 308.537.5252

Rachel Burke, R.D.H.

Dental Hygienist

Rachel is our newest dental hygienist. She graduated from Colby Community College in May 2018 with an associates degree in dental hygiene. Before becoming a hygienist she was a dental assistant for three years. When she isn't working she loves spending time with family and friends. She loves camping, hunting, fishing, and using her creativity to design and build things. She is very excited to build long lasting relationships with the patients at Hecox Dentistry!

Dental Assistants

We have three amazing dental assistants. Cari Geiken (left) has been with Hecox Dentistry for six years and has over 12 years of experience in dental assisting. Lakin Forden (center) has years of experience in pediatric dental offices and is a great new addition to our team. Kathy Hendricks (right) has been a team member for over 25 years and knows almost all of our patients by name.

Front Desk

Dawn Hecox (Dr. Mike's wife), and Sara Hecox (Dr. Ashton's wife) are here not only to welcome you, but to take care of your appointments, insurance and financial questions you may have. Let our front desk help you. With a combined total of more than 30 years between them in our office, they are here for you! 

Peter C. Longo, D.D.S., M.S.


Dr. Longo practices in our Cozad office currently once a month. He provides all aspects of orthodontics in our locations. This not only saves parents both time and money not having to drive out of town for braces bonding and adjustment appointments, but also saves kids from time out of school.

"It is humbling to work with the tradition of Hecox Dentistry and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve such an outstanding community. I was raised in an environment which imparted the importance of family, friends, and faith. With these basics, I plan on providing the best care possible to all of my patients.    

Orthodontics provides me with the opportunity to interact with individuals of all ages and create lifelong results.  It is my duty and responsibility to make connections and positively impact the lives of others."

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