BRIDGING BRIGHTER SMILES STAFF

FLOSSING FAIRIES - GREEN LAKE, WINNEBAGO AND FOND DU LAC COUNTIES

Sarah Allen (left) and Angela Galloway, RDH (right)

Sarah Allen (left) and Angela Galloway, RDH (right)

Angela Galloway, RDH - "Children are my passion and that is one of the main reasons I chose to be part of this great organization. Providing quality dental care and education to children that otherwise may not have access to care is such a rewarding job! As a Bridging Brighter Smiles dental hygienist, I know I am making a difference for so many children in my community. I reside in Oshkosh with my husband and 2 daughters, ages 12 and 6."

Sarah Allen, Dental Assistant - "My passion is health and wellness along with servicing people in the community. Since I've been a Dental Assistant with Bridging Brighter Smiles, I get to live my passion every day while helping improve the smiles of the future! I am very proud to be a part of such an experienced team that provides gold standard care. I also enjoy life with my Husband, 5 year old daughter, 2 year old son, Husky puppy, two cats, and guinea pig in Green Lake."

 

FLOSS N AWESOME - GREEN COUNTy

Kandie McDonald (left) and Michelle Mullen, RDH (right)

Kandie McDonald (left) and Michelle Mullen, RDH (right)

Michelle Mullen, RDH - "We have three children, twin boys and one daughter, as well as a couple of cats and a dog. We've lived in the Belleville School District since 2000. Our boys played soccer all the way through high school and our daughter is still playing soccer. I'm excited to be a part of Bridging Brighter Smiles because I know first-hand what a relief it is to find a way to provide quality heath care to your own child when at one point it seemed almost impossible."

Kandie McDonald, Dental Assistant - "I have been a Dental Assistant for 21 years. I was raised in Monroe and have been living in the Belleville area for 14 years. This is my third year working for Bridging Brighter Smiles. I really enjoy working with the kids and knowing we are making a difference in their lives. In my spare time enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and dogs, Lambeau and Baxter. I also enjoy golfing, flowers in the summer and anything Packers or Badgers."

MIGHTY MOLARS - FOND DU LAC COUNTY

RanaRose Jannette (left) and Alissa Hindle, RDH (right)

RanaRose Jannette (left) and Alissa Hindle, RDH (right)

Alissa Hindle, - "I graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in 2014 with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.  Since then,  have worked in private practice and am excited to have the opportunity to provide quality oral hygiene services and education in a non-traditional setting. I'm very greatful to be a part of the Bridging Brighter Smiles team, allowing me to serve my community in such a special way.  My husband and I live in Fond du Lac and are new parents to a beautiful 4 month old, sweet, baby boy.  Traveling is one of our favorite things to do together, and we have big plans for future travel adventures with our little guy in tow.  When we aren't traveling, we love to spend weekends with family and friends just a few miles down the road."

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THE ENAMEL PEARLS - DODGE COUNTY

Sherie Yerges (left) and Trina Hennig, RDH (right)

Sherie Yerges (left) and Trina Hennig, RDH (right)

Trina Hennig, RDH

Sherie Yerges, Dental Assistant -

BRUSHING BADGERS - DANE COUNTY

Amanda Anderson, RDH (left) and Monique Kingma (right)

Amanda Anderson, RDH (left) and Monique Kingma (right)

Amanda Anderson, RDH - “My husband Matt and I live on the East Side of Madison. I'm originally from Oregon, WI where my parents still live today. As a local graduate from Madison Area Technical College back in 2007, I have always worked in private practice - that's why I'm very excited to be able to work for a wonderful company that thinks outside of the regular dental setting and helps kids in my local community. Bridging Brighter Smiles is a fantastic program that helps families provide their children with quality hygiene care and education right in their own school. I truly believe that early education is the key to planting a positive view of dental work in the child's mind for the future.”

Monique Kingma, Dental Assistant – "Three years ago, my husband and I started a new adventure.  We moved with our black lab, Tess, from the Netherlands to Madison.  I have over 15 years experience working as an Elementary School Teacher.  This year I've started my own little adventure when I became a Dental Assistant with Bridging Brighter Smiles.  I have learned so much already, and enjoy going to work.  I love the interaction with children of all ages.  Besides my work as a Dental Assistant, I sometimes substitute teach for Special Education Assistants in Sun Prairie, and I am a volunteer at Henry Villas Zoo.  I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, and we love to go out in nature.  I also enjoy traveling,                                                                                                                      reading, going to the movies and I love to be creative and decorate the house."

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SQUEAKY SMILES - dane county

Tammy Roemer, RDH (left) and Shannon Meyer (right)

Tammy Roemer, RDH (left) and Shannon Meyer (right)

 Tammy Roemer, RDH  - It is rewarding getting to know the school district staff and the kids enrolled in Bridging Brighter Smiles.  It is also a privilege to help the children with improving their dental health.  I have 3 children ages 9, 13 and 21.  I enjoy working in the same school district which my daughters attend.  My wonderful partner Miss. Shannon and I make a great team in nurturing the kids to have a positive dental experience.

Shannon Meyer, Dental Assistant - "My favorite part of working for Bridging Brighter Smiles is returning to schools and having students ask "is it my turn?" with big smiles on their faces. I live in Verona and work in Verona and other Dane County schools. Many of the children we see haven't been, or don't remember being to the dentist before. My partner Tammy and I are moms and we definitely take a nurturing role talking to kids about how to improve their health by taking good care of their teeth. It is incredibly rewarding to go back to a school and see a child that was brushing once a week or less, now excited to show us the smile they are taking good care of."

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fearless flossophers - dane county

Lisa Wallace (left) and Debbie Moran, RDH (right)

Lisa Wallace (left) and Debbie Moran, RDH (right)

Debbie Moran, RDH - "I am married to Brandon and we have two boys at Monona Grove High School.  Our boys play football and we are all huge Packer fans.  I have been a member of the Devils Head National Ski Patrol for 22 years.  I have also been practicing dental hygiene for 22 years, having graduated from MATC.  I enjoy camping, fishing, skiing, watching football and volunteering for our schools.  I love helping children of all ages and I'm excited to provide dental care for Bridging Brighter Smiles."

Lisa Wallace, Dental Assistant - "This is my first year in the dental field.  I recently went to school and received my CDA and have been greatly enjoying my new dental experiences.  I love working with children and have a background in childcare.   In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my son and husband.  I love boating and spending time in the sun.  We have two dogs and live in the Monona area.  I'm excited to be a part of the Bridging Brighter Smiles team, and look forward to working with you and your children."

SEALIN' GROOVY - GREEN AND ROCK COUNTIES

Heather Monson (left) and Charlotte Bauer, RDH (right)

Heather Monson (left) and Charlotte Bauer, RDH (right)

Charlotte Bauer, RDH - "I'm married to my high school sweetheart, Chris, and we have an amazing 10 year old daughter named Emma. We live near Janesville and are part of the Evansville School District. This year will be the start of my 5th school year with Bridging Brighter Smiles! It has been such a joy to work with many of the same children each year. What a privilege to watch them grow and understand that they can make decisions now to positively affect both their general and oral health. I'm so proud of what our organization has been able to accomplish and look forward to many more years serving children here in southeastern Wisconsin."

Heather Monson, Dental Assistant – “I'm fortunate to love going to work.Getting to know the children and the staff as we return to each school is the best part of my job. It's wonderful to be able to help families who have few options for getting their kids' teeth cared for. I'm a lifelong Midwesterner, growing up in Northern Illinois near Lake Geneva.  My husband and I have lived in Madison for 28 years."

WHITENING WIZARDS - JACKSON, buffalo AND PEPIN COUNTIES

Emily Pieper (left) and Sara Ruff, RDH (right)

Emily Pieper (left) and Sara Ruff, RDH (right)

Sara Ruff, RDH - "I absolutely love working as part of the Bridging Brighter Smiles team. It is such a fulfilling and rewarding opportunity providing care to children that otherwise have no access to care.  I live in the Fall Creek School District where my son, Ethen (11 years old) is in 6th grade and my daughter, Peyten (8 years old) is in 3rd grade.  We also have two dogs, Miller, a miniature Schnauzer and Stryker, a miniature Pinscher. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to the new school year as I truly love my job."

Emily Pieper, Dental Assistant - "I am all about living a healthy lifestyle.  I live and work on a farm where I have the opportunity to grow a lot of my own food.  In my free time, you can find me hiking in the parks, riding by bike around town , or just smelling the nearest flower.  I love to eat and understand the correlation between eating healthy and dental health.  I am hoping to bring both dental and nutritional education to the children that we service."

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Smile style - LACROSSE, VERNON and buffalo COUNTIES

Pa Fischer, RDH (left) and Nikki Gleason (right)

Pa Fischer, Hygienist - "I am proud to be working with Bridging Brighter Smiles to help connect children to dental care with ease.  It is an honor to not only serve children who don't have dental homes, but also those in my community.  I hope to spark motivation in them and take initiative in their oral hygiene for better oral and overall health.  Currently, I live on French Island with my husband, our three awesome kids, and cat Elvis.  Being a mother of three young, busy little bodies doesn't leave much for hobbies, but when I get the chance, I enjoy some gardening, sewing, photography, and attempting DIY arts and craft projects."

Nikki Gleason, Dental Assistant - "I live in Tomah with my husband, four children and two dogs.  I am originally from South Milwaukee in southeastern Wisconsin.  My husband is active duty in the Army and it has taken us so many places, and given our family so many experiences and opportunities!  We moved to Tomah in 2015, and for the first time, in a long time, we truly feel at home.  Our heart is true to our home state of Wisconsin.  Our family loves the Packers, Badgers and Brewers!  In my free                                                                                                                                      time I love spending time with my children, as they grow up way too fast!                                                                                                                                                I have worked with children most of my adult life in a childcare setting.                                                                                                                                                   I have been home with my children for the past few years, and now it's time                                                                                                                                         for me to return to my career of working with children.  I am so thrilled with                                                                                                                                       the opportunity that Bridging Brighter Smiles is giving me!  I can't wait to make                                                                                                                                     a difference in the lives of so many children and families!"

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Sugar stompers - MONROE and vernon COUNTies

Anne Veglahn (left) and Paula Reese, BS-ED, RDH  

Anne Veglahn (left) and Paula Reese, BS-ED, RDH

 

Paula Reese, BS-Ed, RDH - "I live in Viroqua with my husband, William, and our Great Pyrenees dog, Maggie. I have been practicing dental hygiene for over 40 years and have also spent more than 7 years as a teacher in grades K thru 6.  Having worked in almost all types of dental settings, I can truthfully say that this is the most rewarding job I have ever had. I love working in the school setting and meeting the children. Helping them in even a small way to achieve better dental health is most satisfying."

Anne Veglahn, Dental Assistant – “I am happy to introduce myself and am looking forward to working with Bridging Brighter Smiles as a Dental Assistant. I live just outside of Westby with my husband on a few acres with 5 miniature horses and my own “lassie” collie named Hannah. Whenever I have free time it is divided between my family, my animals and the artwork I love. I have worked in the school system previously and just love working with students of all ages. I am really enthusiastic about the services Bridging Brighter Smiles makes available right at the schools for students. I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of the students we serve.”

TOOTH DEFENDERS - MARATHON COUNTY

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Lindsey Toldness, RDH - "I was born and raised in the Wausau area where I currently reside with my two dogs, Mack and Mercy. I loved going to the dentist when I was little which is what made me want to go into dental hygiene. I do not have children of my own, but I worked for a pediatric dentist for three years prior to joining the Bridging Brighter Smiles team. Being part of such a great organization is a way to stay in the pediatric filed while helping out my community!"

Krystle VanLanen, Dental Assistant

 

 

MOUTH GUARDS - PIERCE AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES

Colleen Bauer (left) and Rini King, RDH (right)

Colleen Bauer (left) and Rini King, RDH (right)

Rini King, RDH"I have been a practicing Hygienist for 38 years; have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.  I live in Western Wisconsin in a small town called Baldwin.  I have a daughter, two granddaughters, and a sister who live here also.  I am excited to be part of such a unique and rewarding company who make dental health and well being accessible to hundreds of children on a daily basis.  I am proud to be able to make a difference in their understanding of, and importance of, good dental habits.  At the end of each day, I drive home with a smile on my face and that "warm, fuzzy feeling" in my heart knowing that I am helping create good health habits that they will carry with them throughout their lives."

Colleen Bauer, Dental Assistant - "I live in Plum City with my husband, Garret, and three beautiful children, Tyler 13, Mckenzie 10, and Katelyn 8. I love working with Bridging Brighter Smiles, it is very rewarding. It feels good at the end of each day knowing we could help kids learn and practice good oral hygiene habits."

 

BRUSHING BUDDIES - OUTAGAMIE COUNTY

Erika Berendsen (left) and Amy Odgers, RDH (right)

Erika Berendsen (left) and Amy Odgers, RDH (right)

Amy Odgers, RDH - "My name is Amy Odgers and I have 20 years of dental hygiene experience. I am fortunate to work for Bridging Brighter Smiles which allows me to provide high quality oral hygiene care to children in a safe, fun and convenient setting! My husband and I live in Kimberly with our 4 children and chocolate lab. I enjoy spending time reading, traveling, and attending the many activities of my children."

Erika Berendsen, Dental Assistant - "I live in Kimberly with my husband and three kids. This is going to be my third year as a Dental Assistant with Bridging Brighter Smiles. It's very gratifying knowing we make a difference by going into the schools and providing dental hygiene. I love seeing the kid’s excitement when they see us at their school."

 

 

 

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DE PLAQUERS - KEWAUNEE, BROWN, OUTAGAIME AND NORTHERN CALUMET COUNTIES

Bridgett Jandrain, RDH (left) and Briel Chike (right)

Bridgett Jandrain, RDH (left) and Briel Chike (right)

Bridgett Jandrain, RDH - "I have been a Dental Hygienist for over 14 years. I live in Luxemburg, a small town near Green Bay in the Kewaunee County area. I am married with four children ages 10, 8, 5 and 3 that keep us very busy. In our infrequent "spare time", when we aren't juggling the kid's many activities, we like to spend time at our cabin near Mountain. I am so excited to be a part of the De Plaquers team for Bridging Brighter Smiles to be able to service the friends and classmates of my children in the Kewaunee County area and surrounding districts. Through my many years in private practice, I have seen a great need to service the children at risk in our communities and I look forward to giving them a wonderful dental experience. Working with kids has always been my passion, so I am excited to be part of a program that addresses that need."

Briel Chike, Dental Assistant - "I reside in the Luxemburg area with my husband, Matthew, our almost three-year-old son, Cameron, and our two dogs, Hunter and Lena. I enjoy working out in our garden, taking family walks, and hunting and fishing. I am excited to be a part of such a great organization and that I am able to work with the local communities to make a difference in a child's smile."

TOOTH TIME - IOWA AND DANE COUNTIES

Kandie McDonald, DA (left) and Anita Crim Wallace, RDH (right)

Kandie McDonald, DA (left) and Anita Crim Wallace, RDH (right)

Anita Crim Wallace, RDH - "I live in Mount Horeb with my family. Our daughter will be starting 7th grade this year. I love being a dental hygienist and I especially enjoy working with children! I am excited to join Bridging Brighter Smiles knowing that I will be providing care to families that are unable to access care. I enjoy reading, running and watching my daughter play soccer and basketball."

Kandie McDonald, Dental Assistant - "I have been a Dental Assistant for 21 years. I was raised in Monroe and have been living in the Belleville area for 14 years. This is my third year working for Bridging Brighter Smiles. I really enjoy working with the kids and knowing we are making a difference in their lives. In my spare time enjoy spending time with my husband, Scott, and dogs, Lambeau and Baxter. I also enjoy golfing, flowers in the summer and anything Packers or Badgers."

POWER BRUSHERS - DUNN, PEPIN AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES

Colleen Bauer (left) and Elizabeth Forehand, RDH (right)

Colleen Bauer (left) and Elizabeth Forehand, RDH (right)

Elizabeth Forehand, RDH - "I am married and have two amazing teen aged children. Our family loves traveling, swimming, kayaking, or just hanging out together playing board games. I am thrilled to be able to work in and around the community where I grew up. It is such a joy to help educate kids of all ages about the importance of dental health and how it impacts their whole body. I love working with kids of all ages and helping them to keep their mouths healthy.  There is nothing better than seeing them smile!"

Colleen Bauer, Dental Assistant - "I live in Plum City with my husband, Garret, and three beautiful children, Tyler 13, Mckenzie 10, and Katelyn 8. I love working with Bridging Brighter Smiles, it is very rewarding. It feels good at the end of each day knowing we could help kids learn and practice good oral hygiene habits."