Meet the Staff

Dr. Hoefs

Dr. Hoefs is a native of Nebraska and has been in private practice for over 30 years, 20 of those years in Lincoln. In 1979, he earned his dental degree from University of Nebraska College of Dentistry.  He has over 3,000 hours of Craniofacial Pain, TMD, dental sleep medicine, and orthodontic continuing education.  He is Board Certified in the American Board of Craniofacial Pain.

His professional organization memberships and accolades include:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
    (these are not recognized ADA specialties)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Fellow, Academy of Dentistry International
  • Board of Directors, American Board of Craniofacial Pain
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
  • Board of Directors, Academy of Airway and Gnathologic Orthopedics
  • Board of Directors, North American Association of Facial Orthotropics
  • Member, American Academy of Physiologic Medicine and Dentistry

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Originally from Fremont, Nebraska, Dawn is a dental assistant at Lincoln TMJ Therapy. She has been a dental assistant since 1988. As a TMD patient herself, Dawn has a special understanding of what our patients are experiencing. She began working with TMD patients in 1990, and continues to help educate patients and raise awareness of TMD.

At the office, Dawn works directly with the patient, doing diagnostic testing and x-rays. She has completed several hours of special training with TMD diagnostic equipment.

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Yelena is orginally from the Ukraine and has lived in Lincoln since 1995.  She has worked for Dr Hoefs since 2004. 

Originally she was a dental assitant and then moved onto ortho and TMJ assisting.  Currently she is the lab technician for Craniofacial Pain Center and is enjoying the challenges and flexibility this position allows since she has two young boys at home that keep her very busy!

In her spare time Yelena and her husband enjoy spending as much time with their families and traveling as much as they can.


Dawn grew up in Kansas and has lived in Missouri, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah and has called Nebraska home since 2003. She has worked in the medical industry for many years and is currently our front office coordinator, specializing in insurance and billing. Outside the office, Dawn enjoys spending time with her three sons and granddaughter and taking her dog on long walks.