Hygiene Team

We are grateful that The Dental Center is able to offer the skills of a prosthodontist, as well as treatment involving orthodontics and sedation dentistry.  We can care for the entire family, from toddler to senior years.  Our doctors and hygiene team have developed a periodontal program that is very beneficial for patients with gum disease.  Our hygiene department works well together, each member providing a unique contribution for us all to learn and grow as a cohesive group.

Ami W.

I graduated from the Kirkwood Community College Dental Assisting program in 1992, then graduated from the Hawkeye Community College Dental Hygiene program in 1995.

It has been an honor to have worked for The Dental Center for so many years.  Over this time, our office has grown with so many positive changes.  Our staff is committed to quality patient care, something very important to me as a hygienist.

My husband Shane and I have three children Owen, Will, and Eva. We enjoy all sports, snowmobiling, camping, kayaking, healthy food and just being together. This office enables us to make family a priority, which allows me to be able to attend my children's events and to be there when I am needed.


I have been a Dental Hygienist  with The Dental Center since 1998 . I like being able to work with people every day with compassion to help them understand the importance of a healthy mouth and a smile that they don’t have to hide.

I grew up in Minot, North Dakota and graduated from the dental hygiene program from North Dakota State College of Science in 1998.  I knew that I wanted to go into the medical field at a young age and followed in my older sister's footsteps to be a Dental Hygienist.  I moved to Iowa because of my spouse, I miss my family in ND, but Cedar Rapids has become a great place to live and work. 

Amy M.

I have worked at the Dental Center since 2000. I am happy to have found an office that provides our patients with the highest quality state of the art dentistry. Our focus is creating healthy smiles built on education, experience & excellence.

I graduated from the St. Luke’s Histologic Technician program in 1993. I then graduated from Kirkwood Community College in 2002 as a Dental Hygienist. In my spare time I love being with my family.


I was born and raised in Monticello, Iowa. Since graduating from Des Moines Area Community College hygiene program in 1984, I have worked as a hygienist.  During the early years of my career in Florida and Iowa, I typically worked at sole proprietor offices where I was the only full-time hygienist.  I have also been able to lend my experience to other offices, working as a hygiene consultant.

I have been at The Dental Center since 2001. Joining a veteran hygiene team, because of the quality of care we provide our patients.  I appreciate the environment staff enjoys at The Dental Center. The doctors understand we have many aspects to our lives, and they work with us to find the right balance.  This is invaluable and because of it, employee turnover is very rare at The Dental Center. You will see familiar faces each time you visit. 

I am married to Brett. He and I have two children, Mackenzie and Chancy.  We also have three dogs, and two businesses. We enjoy traveling, particularly to warm places during cold Iowa winters. 

Melissa L.

Hello! I was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Iowa. I graduated from Kirkwood Community College Dental Assisting program in 1996. My hygiene and clinical studies were both completed through Kirkwood and The University of Iowa in 2002.  I started practicing dental hygiene right after graduation and have been fortunate enough to have been employed at The Dental Center since 2005.

As a hygienist, my goal is to give you the best comfort and care possible while here at The Dental Center. This beautiful establishment is filled with many warm hearts and big smiles. We have top of the line equipment and a highly skilled staff. I love what I do - working with people, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to meeting you and hope to see you soon.


Ever since I was little I knew that I wanted to work in the dental field.  I am proud to say that I work at The Dental Center.  We have a great staff and keep up on the latest technology. I studied Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene at Kirkwood Community College and graduated in 2008.


Prior to becoming a Dental Hygienist, I had the privilege of being a stay-home mom until my children were in their teens.  I went to school “later” in life and discovered that I wasn’t just learning how to do a job, but I found my passion.  I had the pleasure of teaching part-time with the Kirkwood Community College Dental Hygiene program for 10 years. I’ve been practicing since 2002, and now I find myself working with some of my classmates as well as some of my former students.
I am so proud to be a part of The Dental Center; it is a really unique trio of dentists with varied backgrounds. The best thing about The Dental Center is that everyone works as a team; from the front desk, the doctors, the assistants, the hygienists, the lab, and the treatment coordinator.  We take great pride in knowing our patients understand our recommendations. We work together to provide the very best treatment for our patients.  We truly value the relationships built and the trust our patients have in us. 

Kim V.

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Even as a small child, I knew I would either be a teacher or work in a health field some day. I believe I’ve found the best of both worlds with dental hygiene! I truly enjoy every opportunity I am given to educate my patients about oral health. I feel fortunate to be here at The Dental Center where I can spend so much one-on-one time with my patients. It really gives me the chance to get to know every person individually and help them achieve the best oral-health possible.

I graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene from Kirkwood in 2015 and with a degree in Health and Human Physiology from The University of Iowa in 2016. My studies have led me to have a strong interest in the association between oral and overall health. I love when I am able to help our patients see and appreciate the connections between the two!

In my spare time, I enjoy cheering my kids on at their sporting events, traveling, and simply spending time with family.


I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. I graduated from Cedar Rapids Washington High School. I am a recent graduate from the dental hygiene program at Kirkwood and I started with the Dental Center in April 2016. I feel very lucky to have started my dental profession in such a great office. Everyone is great to work with and we have the best patients! I decided to go into the dental field because I have always wanted to work in healthcare. I am glad I ended up in dental hygiene     where I am able to take care of and educate patients on the importance of oral health every day.

My boyfriend, Adam, and I live in Cedar Rapids with our dog, Kobe. In our free time we love watching sports (go Hawks!), doing anything outside,  and spending time with our friends and family.



I was born in Burlington Iowa and was raised in a small town outside of Burlington called Danville. I graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Kirkwood in 2016 and have been at the Dental Center ever since.

I am very grateful to be apart of this wonderful office and I look forward to helping you achieve a healthy smile you love to show off. 

In my free time you can find me boating with friends, cheering on my Broncos or Hawkeyes, or traveling.



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