Meet Our Team
CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
Wanda has over 28 years of experience in the dental field and has been in our office since February of 2016. She is knowledgeable about many dental procedures and enjoys educating patients, answering questions, and calming their fears . Wanda is Nitrous Oxide and sedation certified. She strives to do her best to make patients feel comfortable which is a great reward for her. Patients experience this calm feeling and enjoy our office's soothing environment during treatment.
Wanda delights in changing smiles and changing lives through dentistry. She is trained in correcting smiles through Invisalign, implant treatment, and CEREC digital dental crown technology. Through those skills, she is a patient advocate and enjoys the challenge of creating financial plans to help patients reach a smile goal. She builds patient relationships with her bubbly, positive personality and radiant smile.
Wanda loves to travel, dine out, and spend time outdoors. She values quality time with her husband, Gary, their three children (and a future son-in-law), and furry baby, Koda. Family, friends, baking, reading and camping are her treasures.
When asked what Tami most likes about her position at Columbia Dental Center, she quickly responds that she “LOVES educating patients especially on care of braces using flossers.” Educating is something she has been doing for 17 years in practice here along with dental assisting, coordinating hygiene and polishing teeth. Tami ensures appointments run smoothly from the time she takes needed x-rays to charting and re-appointing for future visits.
She works on operatory set-up, maintains sterilization of instruments and does maintenance throughout the office. Tami has advanced CPR training as well as training in Sleep Apnea. Outside of the office, Tami can be seen riding in her vintage BMW where she says “convertible hair-don’t care!” As a mom and grandma spending time with family (this includes time spent with her tea- cup yorkie ) is very important to her. When she sits and watches her favorite movie, she is watching “The Notebook”. You may catch Tami eating often at the Cheesecake Factory or in line at Starbucks where she is ordering a white, mocha-latte, no-whip, skim…oh, and a shot of ESPRESSO, please!
CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT
In 2013, Casey joined our practice as a lead chairside assistant. In addition to assisting, she sterilizes and maintains dental equipment, tools, and treatment areas, and assists in keeping the office clean and tidy. She is CPR-certified and has training in Sleep Apnea.
Casey enjoys expanding her education especially with new, innovative technology that makes our patients feel comfortable while having treatment. She relates well to patients of all ages and enjoys meeting new faces and getting to learn about them as well as their families. Casey has a tender touch and uses her skills to educate patients about needed treatment before, during and post-operatively.
Away from work, she loves spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and her fur baby, Sam. She enjoys shopping and baking desserts (her cookies are amazing!) but her most favorite pastime of all is going four-wheeler riding on the weekend with her family and friends!
Administrative Dental Assistant
Abbie can be seen in the front office welcoming patients. She has expertise in both administrative and clinical duties assisting the doctors with clinical procedures. She is dual certified in both CPR and deep sedation monitoring. She takes pride in ensuring you have the best patient experience.
She’s a Harry Potter fan and enjoys watching movies with her Husband, Jake and her dog Cal. She currently lives in Waterloo and loves the small-town feel. Abbie enjoys traveling and exploring new cities.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Fresh in the dental field, Ashley has been practicing since 2015 as a Registered Dental Hygienist. As a hygienist, her favorite undertaking is working with a patient who is insecure about their smile with a goal to give them back confidence through her care. Ashley’s favorite color is purple which is fitting because purple is the color associated with dental hygiene.
She lives in Columbia with her volunteer firefighting husband, Kyle, and wants to soon start a family. She already has the family pets because she is a dog-lover and has two Labs. When Ashley wants excitement, she watches Blues hockey and enjoys float trips and camping. When she wants to relax, she says she is a page-turner and enjoys reading or listening to audio books.
Ashley says what she enjoys about our dental office is the down to earth atmosphere and the exceptional care she's able to provide to our patients.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Karen is our veteran at Columbia Dental Center - practicing almost 20 years. Her dental career began back in the 80’s when she worked chairside as a dental assistant until she returned to college and graduated in the 90’s with her hygiene degree. Over the years, she has worked with prominent dental companies in product development, sat on dental advisory panels, tested and evaluated products as a clinical researcher, past national lecturer, and had been a feature and monthly author for RDH Magazine as a columnist for five years. Her proudest accomplishment was being one of eight chosen nationally as a winner of the prestigious “Award of Distinction”, in dental hygiene.
Karen is passionate about her patients and enjoys how her younger patients have “grown up” under her care - so don’t be surprised if she opens up a fun picture when you were five years old and puts it on her computer screen for you to see and enjoy a light-hearted laugh! Karen’s most famous patient was a home-run hitting Cardinal from the late 90’s.
Now, she has her own baseball player, her son. He attends Vanderbilt University in Nashville, as a pitcher. Karen is “from home” in Waterloo…a term used by locals who have lived in the area their entire life and have family here. She is a grandma of four, whom she adores! She has authored a book (found on Amazon), and is a part of local non-profit group “Project Skipper”, which educates kids about the dangers of ice-covered water. She holds a black belt in Shorin-ryu karate, plays violin and abstract paints for artsy-relaxation.
REGISTERED DENTAL HYGIENIST
Britani is one of our Registered Dental Hygienists at Columbia Dental Center and joined our team in 2011. While in her hygiene program, she received the “Colgate Oral Health STAR” award. This award is given to only one hygienist in the graduating class who demonstrates excellent patient motivation skills. Britani is a lifelong learner and has certification in Laser Periodontal Therapy and local anesthesia.
She currently lives in Troy, Illinois with her husband and daughter. Her family activities include going to the local park with her daughter to blow bubbles, fly kites, and feed bread to the ducks.
When Britani finds the time to relax, she enjoys reading books from a variety of different genres and always welcomes a good book suggestion. Some of her favorite past book reads have been at her patient's recommendations, (especially the Outlander series, which is historical fiction). You will find that when you have an appointment with Britani that your experience will be fun and comfortable because of her warm and compassionate personality.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Candace has a passion for helping people and especially enjoys working with pediatric patients and those with special needs. One of her favorite parts of her job is getting to know patients and their families and watching them grow. She works hard to make a positive impact on our patients by improving their oral health while maintaining a comfortable and professional environment.
She graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene. While finishing her schooling, she received the Southern Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Society SIU Scholarship Award, given to one senior student for displaying kind, compassionate care for their patients. She also proudly represented the SIU Dental Hygiene Program at the state level as Delegate of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association for two years.
She lives in Red Bud, IL with her husband, son and daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, boating and camping with her family and has a love for interior design and photography.
OFFICE FINANCIAL COORDINATOR
Marilyn has been in the dental field since 2002. She is the primary liaison for patients regarding treatment scheduling, insurance filing, and financials. She's the glue that keeps the office together and does everything with a [perfect] smile. She and her husband Jim have three (adult) children living in IL and CA, and two little one's who love her unconditionally and call her "grandma". When she's not busy managing an office she enjoys living her active lifestyle and traveling! Say hello next time visit - you know she'll smile back at you and ask how your day has been...and when we can make your next appointment.
Julie is a Columbia native who has over 15 years of experience in all areas of dentistry. She handles front office duties including patient scheduling, insurance and finances. Throughout her many years in dentistry, she has attended continuing education courses which have helped her to develop mindfulness of patient needs. She loves interacting with patients to make dental care possible. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband, Thomas and sons, Leo and Xavier.