Our Team

Our Team

Professional Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH

Since 1999, Smiles By Design has been providing a comprehensive range of cosmetic and general dentistry services to the Cincinnati, OH area. Dr. Minocha has surrounded herself with a caring team that’s undergone the highest level of training. The dental and oral health of our patients is our top priority. We strive to help every patient achieve the smile of their dreams!

Our private practice offers a small, intimate setting where you will feel at home. Whether you’re in for a routine cleaning or teeth whitening, your comfort and time are important to us. Life is busy, so our staff will ensure your appointment is quick, stress-free and a great experience!

Dr. Lali Minocha, D.D.S.

Why do I love being a Dentist: I have been accused of being passionate about dentistry. I love to share my knowledge about not only getting a spectacular smile but more importantly, keeping it. Most dentists regretfully don’t spend time teaching their patients how to avoid falling into the same old traps of always getting cavities or breaking teeth. I not only educate you on how to, but have found alternatives and “tools” that help you, keep your teeth for your lifetime! People sometimes simply see their teeth as an accessory. They are much more than that, they are the gateway to your body, and thus your overall health depends and is very closely linked to your oral health. Many major diseases such as diabetes, stroke and heart attacks, premature birth, even SIDS can be linked to poor oral health. Being a caring Dentist also allows me to help my patients overcome terrible past dental experiences. One of my biggest rewards is seeing the transformation of someone who is fearful and can barely make eye contact with me initially, blossom into a smiling happy confident patient just from me taking the time to understand their situation and make sure they feel safe and comfortable. I love it!

I have a husband and two beautiful children that certainly keeps me busy. We love to be outside and try new adventures. I picked up an appreciation of photography from my Father, and my kids are always eager subjects. My Mother loves to entertain and has passed that on to me. I treat every patient as if they were a guest in my home!

I graduated from University of Michigan Dental School in 1993. I am a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

2017 Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition

This year, Dr. Minocha was selected for inclusion in the Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition for demonstrating dedication, leadership and professional excellence. With expert female members representing every major industry, Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition is dedicated to highlighting the professional accomplishments and stories of today’s best and brightest women in the business. The talented women profiles in this historic registry share such virtues as determination, courage, leadership, patience, and discipline.

Proud Member of:

American Dental Society Ohio Dental Association
Cincinnati Dental Society
DOCS-Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation
Dawson Academy
American Academy of Facial Aesthetics


Meet Our Staff

Shelley McGowan

Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

My name is Shelley McGowan and I’ve been in the dental field since 1995, and have been working as an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) since 2001. EFDAs are licensed to place fillings, take X-rays, and complete many other tasks. I truly love what I do, and thoroughly enjoy getting to know our patients! My family consists of my wonderful husband and our three grown children. I also have a dog and a cat. Outside of the office, I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, baking, and hanging out with my family.

Jennifer Damico


My name is Jennifer Damico and I’m a dental hygienist at Smiles By Design. I completed basic training between my junior and senior year of high school and once I graduated, I left for active duty. I was active for two years and served in the reserves for six years. I was stationed in NJ, AL, TX, NC and AK. Before I started my dental career I was a surgical technician for 22 years. I love being a hygienist, getting to know my patients and helping them improve their oral health!

Amanda Lackey

Office Administrator

I have been working at Smiles by Design for over 15 years, I was lucky early in my career to find Dr. Minocha and I knew right away I found my work home. Having a practice I believed in made my work career a blessing and I immediately started looking forward to going to work. As with everything there has been so much change in dentistry, the practice, and our lives and we have rolled and adjusted together. Which is priceless to have a work family who chooses to adjust together.

Christie Gabbard


My name is Christie Gabbard. I have been working in dentistry for 4 years. I love getting to know our patients and it’s very rewarding to see them leave our office with a SMILE on their face. I am married to an amazing man, we have 4 children, 2 grandchildren and 2 dogs. My family is my world!

Faith….Family….and The Kentucky Wildcats


Office Greeter

Leo is a micro mini golden doodle. He is hypoallergenic. Leo loves greeting all of our patients! Check out our Facebook page: Smiles By Design to see more pictures!

For more information about our quality dental services, friendly staff or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today at 513-697-7888. We are ready to meet all of your dental needs!