BRIDGING BRIGHTER SMILES STAFF

FLOSSING FAIRIES - GREEN LAKE, FOND DU LAC and Winnebago COUNTIES

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

Sarah Allen, DA (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 - Dane, Jefferson, Rock and Walworth counties

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Anna Cerny, RDH – “I live in a small farm town in southeastern, WI.  I realized my passion for working with children in dentistry shortly after I graduated when I started working in a pediatric office.  Kids are so fun and each one offers a different personality and opinion.  They always keep me on my toes!  I’m very excited to be a pat of such a wonderful organization that makes dental care accessible to so may children in WI.  In my free time I enjoy going to the Northwoods with my family, including my puppy Dudley.  I also enjoy playing volleyball and softball in the summer and harvest time in the fall!”

Lucy Wallman, Dental Assistant - "I love being a Dental Assistant with Bridging Brighter Smiles. I believe that education is a key component for making a difference and transforming a child’s life through proper oral healthcare. Being able to teach, inspire and influence children in a positive way is so rewarding. My favorite part of being part of the Bridging Brighter Smiles team is having the opportunity to work in the same district that I grew up in. I love giving back to my community, connecting with nature, and spending time with my family." 

MIGHTY MOLARS - FOND DU LAC COUNTY

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

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

Alissa Hindle, RDH - "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 grateful 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 18 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."

RanaRose Jannette, Dental Assistant

THE ENAMEL PEARLS - DODGE COUNTY

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BRUSHING BADGERS - Columbia and DANE COUNTies

  Amanda Anderson, RDH (left) and Rachel Grefsheim, DA (right)

Amanda Anderson, RDH (left) and Rachel Grefsheim, DA (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.”

Rachel Grefsheim, Dental Assistant – "I live on the east side of Madison.  I am married and have two kids.  My son is 23 years old and lives in Chicago, and my daughter is 20 years old and will be a junior at the University of Minnesota.  I also graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental Hygiene program.  I have worked in private practice for 30 years.  After retiring from private practice, I am very excited to be a part of Bridging Brighter Smiles.  Giving back to the community has always been important to me and I am looking forward to this exciting change in my life."

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SQUEAKY SMILES - dane county

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

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

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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."

Debbie Diewald, Dental Assistant

SEALIN' GROOVY - Dane, GREEN AND ROCK COUNTIES

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Carrie Kassner, RDH - "I live in Verona with my husband and 4 kids.  I graduated from Madison Area Technical College with my dental hygiene degree in 1999.  I have worked in general dentistry and most recently for 10 years at a pediatric dental office.  I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading, and playing with my Goldendoodle in my free time.  Working for Bridging Brighter Smiles is a great opportunity to really help the children in the community and do something I love to do.”

Michelle Murphy, Dental Assistant – “I have experience working in the social work field, and am excited to begin a new chapter in life with Bridging Brighter Smiles.  I have interest in helping eliminate disparities in health outcomes.  I am a huge Badger fan and live in Madison.  In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with my family and working on home improvement projects.”

 

WHITENING WIZARDS - JACKSON COUNTY

 Heidi Allen, RDH (left) and Emily Pieper, DA (right)

Heidi Allen, RDH (left) and Emily Pieper, DA (right)

Heidi Allen, RDH - "I graduated from Northcentral Technical College in 2016 with an associates degree in Dental Hygiene.  I am excited to be working with kids and helping them learn a healthy mouth equals a healthy body, with Bridging Brighter Smiles.  I have only worked in private practice as a temporary/traveling hygienist, so I am glad to join this team.  I live in Loyal with my boyfriend, 3 kids ages 11,7, and 8 months, 1 dog, 1 cat and fish.  I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors.  We like to camp and fish in the summer.  I also enjoy cooking and baking when I get a chance.  I was born and raised in MN moved to Wisconsin in 2001 but I enjoy it very much. I am very happy to be with Bridging Brighter Smiles."

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 - Jackson, LACROSSE, and Monroe COUNTIES

Pa Fischer, RDH (left) and Nikki Gleason, DA (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 - LaCrosse and vernon COUNTies

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

Anne Veglahn, DA (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

 Elizabeth Acker, DA (left) and Ashley Callahan, RDH (right)

Elizabeth Acker, DA (left) and Ashley Callahan, RDH (right)

Ashley Callahan, RDH - "I live in Gleason with my husband Marcus, our two handsome little guys Cullen (4) and Killian (6 months), and our two puppies Izzy and Gabbie.  We have a small hobby farm with beef cattle and chickens.  Children are my passion, which is why I find working for Bridging Brighter Smiles so rewarding.  It is a unique opportunity to help bridge the gap for children who would otherwise not have access to dental care.  My heart is happy knowing I am helping form healthy habits in these children that they can carry with them their whole lives and hopefully pass onto their children in the future.”

Elizabeth Acker, Dental Assistant - “My name is Elizabeth and I live in Marathon, WI.  I am married to my high school sweet heart Doug.  We have a 16 year old son, Nathanael.  I am excited to be part of the Bridging Brighter Smiles team encouraging and teaching kids about the importance of good oral hygiene."

 

 

MOUTH GUARDS - PIERCE AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES

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

Colleen Bauer, DA (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, DA (left) and Amy Odgers, RDH (right)

Erika Berendsen, DA (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 - BROWN, Calumet, Kewaunee and OUTAGAIME COUNTIES

 Bridgett Jandrain, RDH (left) and Heather Dachelet, DA (right)

Bridgett Jandrain, RDH (left) and Heather Dachelet, DA (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."

Heather Dachelet, Dental Assistant - "I live in Casco with my husband, 2 sons and Chocolate Lab.  My favorite part of working for Bridging Brighter Smiles is when you go into the schools and the kiddos ask if they are being picked today!"

TOOTH TIME - Dane, Grant, IOWA AND Sauk CoUNTIES

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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."

 

POWER BRUSHERS - DUNN, PEPIN AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES

  Emily Pieper, DA (left) and Julie Johnson, RDH (right)

Emily Pieper, DA (left) and Julie Johnson, RDH (right)

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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."