Meet Our Dental Team
All our professionals at Klinar Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry. Your dental health is important to us. As dental health professionals, we want you to be confident in our training and expertise as skilled clinicians. At Klinar Family Dentistry, we pursue ongoing education to stay well-informed of the latest trends in dentistry.
K. Stephen Klinar, DMD
Family Dentist in Columbia, SCDr. Karl S. Klinar, DMD Family Dentistry
Dr. Steve Klinar has been practicing dentistry since 1987. As a graduate of Irmo High School and the Virginia Military Institute, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He completed his education at the Medical University of South Carolina, graduating with a Doctorate of Dental Medicine.
He began his career in Aiken, SC at Aiken Family Dentistry until he joined the dental practice of Dr. George Widner in 1993, until his retirement. In 2005, a new partnership was created by Dr. Steve Klinar and Dr. Gretchen Widner. As sole owner in 2015, Dr. Klinar continues the legacy of great patient care and relationships that were started over forty-five years ago.
Dr. Klinar volunteers at the Lexington County Children’s Dental Clinic, and is an active board member of the Seven Oaks Lions Club. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Greater Columbia Dental Association, where he attends monthly meetings to stay abreast of current dental health practices. He's also learning to build props for the Dutch Fork Silver Spirit Band.
Amy Easler – Registered Dental Hygienist
Amy Easler has been in the dental profession since 1978 and a registered dental hygienist for over 20 years. She joined our practice in 2003. Formerly, Amy was also on staff at Midlands Technical College as a clinical instructor in the dental hygiene program.
“I have a passion for dental hygiene which gives me the opportunity to help patients reach their oral health care goals. I really enjoy the family atmosphere of our practice.”
Jennifer Lindler – Dental Assistant
Jennifer Lindler is a graduate from the dental assisting program at Midlands Technical College. She has been a chairside assistant in our office since 2002. Jennifer is also able to help you with any of your front desk needs like scheduling appointments and filing insurance claims.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know our patients and developing relationships with them over the years. I look forward to helping you with your dental health!”
Jackie Heron – Office Manager
Jackie Heron is here to greet you. She has been with our practice since 1988, and is invaluable in her knowledge of our patients and the dental health industry. Over the years, she has gained a wealth of knowledge regarding patient care, health regulations, and insurance claims and information. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of South Carolina.
“I have enjoyed seeing generations of families come to our office. Many of them feel like family.”
Kristina Klinar – Bookkeeper
As the newest member of our team, Kristina Klinar joined us in 2007 as bookkeeper. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from James Madison University. She brings her experience in design, sales & business to our accounting department.
In 2019, Kristina joined the Board of Directors of Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Company, and continues her volunteer work as a Girl Scout Leader and band parent, running the concession stand for the Dutch Fork Silver Spirit Band.
A nod to the past…
We honor George H. Widner, DDS, founder of this dental practice in 1969, who built a great legacy. Retiring in 2005, he enjoyed his time with family & friends at his home on Lake Murray until his death in 2015.
We also remember Gretchen W. Widner, DMD (1960-2014) who touched the lives of all her patients and is greatly missed.