Meet Our Team


Deanna Barnes

I’m delighted to say, I’ve been Dr. Ward’s office manager for over 14 years. It has been a true blessing to my life. I started in dentistry 23 years ago on Valentine’s day. I was born in California, but I feel like an “Okie” because I have lived here since the 4th grade. I am the 3rd of 6 children and I am grateful for a large family. I have been married 31 years to a man I treasure, Frank. We have one daughter Rachel, and 2 grandchildren, with one due any day. Owen is 4 and Abigail is 2.

Outside of dentistry, I love to sing, read, walk, and study the Bible, and scripture memory. We attend the Bible Church of Owasso. I sing at church, funerals, weddings, and special events. Frank and I love spending time with our daughter and her family, and our extended family. We always have something going on. Birthday parties, games, house projects. We LOVE to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder and any time it is on we are glued to the set. Thunder Up!!!

Carrie Harrison

I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Owasso in 1993. I am married to Nathan Sr., and celebrating my 24th wedding anniversary this July!! We have 2 children. Nathan Jr. 18 and Chloe 15. Nathan Jr. is a recent graduate of Owasso High School and will be attending TCC this fall. He is also a photographer having just finished a 2-year program at Tulsa Tech. Chloe is a sophomore at Owasso High School. She dances on Varsity Pom, Legacy Dance Company, and sings with Charis Music Studio.

Outside of work, I love to spend time with family and friends, attend Owasso First Baptist Church, trying new recipes and interior design projects.

Becky Burleson

Hi! I’m Becky Burleson. I am married to Brent Burleson. We also own a firewood processing company and a new and upcoming invention, Fire Styx, in Wyandotte, OK. You can find cattle, pigs, and chickens at our log home in the country. I enjoy elk hunting, camping, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

I have two grown children and three grandchildren. My son is an OSU graduate, Go Pokes! And my daughter attends Missouri Southern in hopes of becoming a hygienist. I suppose my ten plus years in dentistry rubbed off on her! I have been very blessed to be their mom!


I am Dr. Prather’s assistant here at Dr. Ward’s office where I have been for the past 2 years. I moved from San Antonio, TX where I was an Orthodontic assistant for 5 years. I have been married for 5 years to my high school sweetheart, Thomas. Together we have 2 kids, Miles and Makayla. We attend Skiatook First Baptist Church. Whenever we get the time, we love to travel to Texas to see our family. Of course, we are Spurs fans through and through!


I have been at Dr. Ward’s office as the Insurance Coordinator since 2015. I grew up in Osage County and where I have continued my life with my husband, Jacob, for 6 years. We have 3 kids together. Our kid’s activities keep us very busy, but whenever we can we love to be around our family doing whatever we can together. On the side, we do raise and train English Pointers. We also attend the First Baptist Church of Skiatook. I have no choice but to be a Sooners fan, especially living with Jacob, and working with Dr. Ward.


Hi! I’m Samantha. I’m the face that you first see when walking through the doors. I have only been with Dr. Ward and his staff for a short period of time but I do see a bright future ahead of me here! I grew up in the Pryor and Oolagah area. I have been with my boyfriend Justin for over 4 years and we plan on getting married sooner rather than later! He does have a 10-year-old daughter that I consider my own. I used to be an Orthodontic assistant, but I found that general dentistry is where I belong. In our spare time, we love to travel and go to car events. Family is everything to us and we try to be together as much as we can.


I have been Dr. Ward’s assistant since 2015.  My husband Nick and I moved to Owasso from Miami, Oklahoma, two years ago with our dogs, Hunter and George.  We love spending as much time with our fur babies as we can. They are our pride and joy.  When we are not spoiling them rotten we love to workout and be active.  We are very big into Crossfit and love to compete together.  We love Owasso and see ourselves here for a very long time.


I graduated from OU College of Dentistry in 2010 and have worked for Dr. Ward as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2009. My husband, Wes, and I have two children. Grant is 7 and plays baseball, football, and basketball, and my daughter Hannah is five and loves gymnastics.  When we aren’t busy taking the kids to their activities, we love to be outside.

Erin Grant-Pedigo

I have been Dr. Ward’s lead assistant since 2014.  My husband Ryan and I moved from Fort Worth, Texas, to Owasso, Oklahoma, three and a half years ago and love the area.  We have two dogs, Tobie and Remi, who keep us busy playing soccer in the backyard.  I travel back to Texas monthly to spend time with my family.  If we aren’t up to shenanigans on the family farm you can usually find us supporting our Texas Rangers.

Michelle Karleskint

I have been practicing Dental Hygiene since I graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2004. I am originally from Georgia but my family and I lived in Kansas for the nine years prior to moving to Oklahoma four years ago. My husband works for Chevron-Phillips in Bartlesville and we have a twenty-one-year-old daughter who is a senior at OSU and an eighteen-year-old son who is in college in Kansas. I feel very fortunate to be working with such a talented group of professionals.

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