Meet Our Staff

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Sara

Director

I am the Director of the Weekend Dental Assistant School. I am a Certified Orthodontic Assistant as well.   I have had the pleasure of working for some amazing Orthodontists in the Fox Cities.  I started my journey just like our graduates.  I was once a student and loved being able to help people not only in the dental office but being able to help new employees as well.  So it seemed only natural when  I became an instructor here at the school. Seeing the students have that “aha moment”, where everything clicks is what I love about being an instructor.  Over the years I have the pleasure of helping many students achieve their dreams of working in the dental field.  And now I have the pleasure of being the Director of the school and continue to bring exceptional education to not only this graduating class but to future classes as well.  I truly love that the dental field is not only limited to the dental office but can go beyond it as well. 

In my spare time I love spending time with my husband and daughter along with the rest of my family.   I live an active lifestyle.  I like to go camping, boating, riding my motorcycle and just spending time outdoors.    

I am the Academic Director of WDAS.  I have been an instructor for over 10 years and have been in dentistry for 37 years.  I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Degree in Dental Hygiene and practiced for over 2 decades .  I am also a Certified Dental Assistant.  I have been dedicated to the patients and students.  I love seeing people enter the field of dentistry to those who want to learn.

My other interest vary.  I am an AARP volunteer advocate, visit nursing homes with my therapy dog and supports the Illinois Doberman Rescue, Midwest Animal Rescue and Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue.  I have two grown children who are also in dentistry.  I enjoy time with my husband, my four grandchildren, boating, the outdoors, my Doberman rescue dogs and my Mitted Birman cats!

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Janet

Academic Director

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Samantha

Instructor

I have been a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) since 2007. I am certified in the administration of nitrous oxide sedation and local anesthetic. I have a soft tissue dental hygiene laser certification. I am a certified dental assistant (CDA). I love to teach Dental Assisting and have taught since the beginning of the school in 2006. It is fun to see our students succeed as they enter the field of dentistry. 

I love to hang out with my husband Kurt and our family. We enjoy spending time with our son, yellow lab and our abyssinian kitty. I live a active and healthy lifestyle. I really enjoy working out, traveling, spending time with family and friends, biking, hiking, running, cooking, sipping wine and listening to music. I also enjoy going up North, eating ice cream and going to Packer games.

My name is Erika and I am a full time dental assistant at a general dentist office.  The best part of being a dental assistant, for me, is seeing patients achieve their ideal smile.  I lover working with people and am very outgoing.  I always look forward to helping aspiring dental assistants become successful in their new found career.

In my free time, I love spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends.  I also enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening, decorating and watching the Green Bay Packers!

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Erika

Instructor

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Amy

Instructor

My name is Amy  and I am a Certified Orthodontic Assistant and the Lead Orthodontic Assistant/Trainer at Dental Associates in Appleton. I have been in the dental field for over 25 years and have  worked as an Assistant in many different areas of dentistry including General, TMJ and Myofascial Pain, Pedodontics, and even as a Patient Care Coordinator. Though I have tried many different areas, I absolutely love being an Orthodontic Assistant most because we work with patients of all ages and make a significant impact on their quality of life by giving them beautiful, healthy smiles!  I love helping both the new orthodontic assistants and the students here at WDAS  learn the skills they need to grow and achieve success in the wonderful career of dental assisting!

I have been married to my husband for 28 years and we have two boys, one who serves in the US Navy and one who is a Junior in High School. We share our home with our big Great Dane mix “Rose”, a hitchhiking Gecko named “Mike”, and a few fish. In my free time, I enjoy running, Kayaking, camping, and hiking with my family and Rose.

I am a lead Orthodontic Assistant/Trainer at Dental Associates here in Appleton.  I began my dental career in Orthodontic in 1997 and wat trained on the job.  Since that time I have worked as an Assistant in many different areas of dentistry including General, TMJ and Myofascial Pain, Pedodontics and even as Patient Care Coordinator.  Though I have tried many fields, I absolutely love being an Orthodontic Assistants most because we work with patients of all ages and make a significant impact on their quality of life. by giving them a beautiful and healthy smile.  I am a Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA). I love helping both new Orthodontic Assistants at Dental Associates and the students here at WDAS learn the skills they need to grow and achieve success in the wonderful career of Dental Assisting. 

I grew up in the Great Woods of Minocqua, WI.  I have been married to my wonderful husband for 28 years and have two amazing boys.  My oldest serves in the US Navy and my youngest in a junior in high school.  We shar our home with our Great Dane mix-Rosie, our Gecko named Mike and a few fish.  I enjoy running, kayaking, camping and hiking with my family and Rose!

My name is Meagan and I am a full time orthodontic assistant at Dental Associates in Appleton. I have been working in the orthodontic department for 3 years now and I absolutely love it!  I graduated from the Weekend Dental Assistant School.   I love that I can connect with students about being a past student myself.  I also enjoy being so hands-on with students in the lab, and bringing personal experiences to the classroom. 

 

I grew up on my parents' hobby farm in Burlington WI with my sister.  I have since moved to Oshkosh where I now live with my boyfriend Luke, our sweet gentle golden retriever Kennedy, and our two cats Bynx and Billy.  I like to go for runs with Kennedy, spend time with friends and family, and I've recently been having fun exploring my green thumb.  

 

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Meagan

Instructor

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Emma

Instructor

Hi! My name is Emma, I am a full time lead dental assistant at Mid-west Dental . I work with an amazing dentist and train new assistants entering the dental field.   I am so excited to take the knowledge I have and use it to equip the next generation of dental assistants. I am excited to help the new students grow, and find their love for assisting. 

I was born in Marquette, MI and moved to WI when I was 4. I grad graduated from high school in 2019 and received my associates degree from UW Oshkosh. Soon after I got my certification from WDAS, and have been assisting ever since. 

I live with my sister/best friend and our two dogs, Juno and Hosanna. We love to hiking, traveling, camping and watching “The office.”