Dr. James W. Gabhart II, DMD
Dr. Gabhart is proud to provide superior dental services in a pleasant atmosphere to families throughout Hardin County and surrounding areas.
An undergraduate of University of Kentucky and a graduate of University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Dr. Gabhart and his family have lived in Elizabethtown for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Kimbra, have three children, Kaylee, Garrett and Jessica.
He is a leader in his profession and community, serving professional organizations, teaching dental, dental hygiene and dental assisting students at area colleges and volunteering his time to a number of community organizations. Dr. Gabhart is also a part-time farmer and in his spare time he enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with his family.
American Dental Association
Kentucky Dental Association
Louisville Dental Society
Hardin County Dental Association
Kentucky Society of Dentistry for Children, past president
Delegate for Kentucky Dental Association
Smile Kentucky and Sealant Program at Kentucky State Fair
Faculty, University of Louisville School of Dentistry
Faculty, ECTC/KCTCS dental hygiene/dental assisting
Civic and Community Organizations
Hardin County A.M. Rotary Club
Paul Harris Fellow Rotary International
Hardin County Chamber of Commerce
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Advisory Board, Dental Hygiene/Dental Assisting
Volunteer, Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties
Volunteer Coach, EYSA, EABC, Upward Basketball
Smile Hardin County program, dental screening and treatment
Kentucky Corp of Long Riflemen, Board Member
Bucksnort Longhunters, Board Member
NWTF, D.U., Youth Gone Wild programs
QDMA, Committee Member
Candice Downs, Registered Dental Hygienist
Candice earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from Elizabethtown Community College and joined Dr. Gabhart’s team in 1997. She holds certifications for local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and furthers her expertise with continuing education courses. Candice treats every patient like they are her own family and so it’s no surprise she feels especially rewarded to play a role in improving a patient’s health and self-esteem.
Candice lives in Bardstown and loves to camp and hike with her family. Otherwise, you’ll find her curled up with a book, working in the garden, getting in a CrossFit workout or watching her youngest son play high school football.
Morgan Peters, Registered Dental Hygienist
Morgan performs a number of services at Dr. Gabhart’s office, from teeth cleanings to diagnosing and treating periodontal disease. She strives to provide all her patients with a smile that will bring them confidence and the know-how they need to be healthier. She joined Dr. Gabhart’s staff in 2012 after earning a degree at Henderson Community College and displays her commitment to better patient care by taking continuing education courses. She is certified for local anesthesia and nitrous oxide.
At home in Sonora, this newlywed and Pinterest addict can’t get enough baking, cooking and crafting.
Hannah Nelson, Dental Assistant
Hannah is always positive and upbeat but that’s especially true when she’s working with patients. In fact, she says she can’t imagine doing anything other than working as a dental assistant. After a successful internship with Dr. Gabhart, Hannah joined the staff in March 2014 and helps with many aspects of patient care.
She resides in Lebanon Junction and loves spending time with her family and enjoying the great outdoors.
Elisabeth Clowser, Dental Assistant
Elisabeth has worked in the dental profession since 2009 and joined Dr. Gabhart’s team in September 2015. She says working as a dental assistant is especially fulfilling because she knows a great smile is always a boost to a patient’s confidence. In the office she takes care of variety of tasks including X-rays, dental impressions and more.
Born and raised in Germany, Elisabeth now resides in Radcliff with her husband, a U.S. Army veteran. She enjoys caring for their pets – two dogs and a cat – and spending time with family, including her nieces and nephews.
Kimberly Eastridge, Financial Coordinator
Kimberly joined Dr. Gabhart’s team as a dental assistant in 2009. In December 2013, she entered a new area of the practice, helping patients with financial arrangements and working with insurance providers among other things. She feels Dr. Gabhart’s staff is like a family and that shows in the caring and sincere services they provide patients.
Kimberly lives in Hodgenville with her husband and two young daughters. She loves a good movie, but loves a good bargain even more. Most Saturdays, she can be spotted hunting for yard sale treasures.
Leslie Cunigan, Patient Care Coordinator
When you visit Dr. Gabhart’s office, it likely will be Leslie who welcomes you. She helps patients check in and also handles all aspects of scheduling. Having worked in the dental field since 2002 and joining Dr. Gabhart’s team in January 2014, Leslie appreciates the apprehension that might come with a dental appointment. Her goal is to make our patients comfortable from the moment they walk through the door.
Leslie and her family live in Elizabethtown where her scheduling skills are in play at home, too. She has four busy children involved in a variety of activities from Youth Theatre of Hardin County to cheerleading, football and softball. Her family is also active at their church, where Leslie herself plays in the softball league.