Staff members at Affiliated Dentists Madison
In addition to our team of dentists, Affiliated Dentists Madison relies mightily on our staff of enthusiastic experts who are ready to answer your questions and make you feel comfortable.
Odana Road – West Clinic – Front Office Staff
Megan Originally is from Baraboo, Megan enjoys watching her daughter play basketball and reading Charlatans by Robin Cook. Megan would describe herself as honest, compassionate, and very sarcastic.
JoAnn, Office Coordinator, A graduate of Barneveld High School and active member of the Neighborhood Gardening Club, JoAnn has joined our staff as our Front Office Coordinator at the West location. An avid lover of Spring, she enjoys sitting outside and sipping a drink while taking in the beauty of nature around her. A Blue Mounds native, JoAnn truly enjoys the Midwest weather we have in Madison, especially the winter, stating she’s always hot and prefers the colder seasons. Her favorite local spot, other than Affiliated Dentists, is Lao Laan-Xang, a restaurant off of Williamson Street that serves superb Laotian cuisine. JoAnn’s been on a few exciting travel adventures, but her all time favorite trip was to Italy. When not traveling or working, however, you can find her shopping for shoes at HSN or watching Dirty Dancing.
Tracy is a patient coordinator at our west location. Even though she’s lived in Wisconsin her whole life, she dislikes the cold! Tracy waits out the winter weather until it’s warm enough to spend time on the lake with friends, go camping with family, and road-trip throughout Wisconsin. Her favorite hobby is crocheting. She’s currently working on an afghan that her late grandmother had started before she passed, an item she’ll always cherish. The sweetest sound to Tracy’s ears is when her grandson and granddaughter call her “grandma.”
River Place – East Clinic – Front Office Staff
Jamie started working at Affiliated Dentists in 2000. Over the past 15 years, she has felt fortunate to work with not only a great group of co-workers but also a very nice patient base. When not at the office, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and two boys.
Crystal who is a current resident in her hometown of Oconomowoc is an Office Coordinator. She describes herself as outgoing, unconventional, and adventurous. Crystal enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Meg is a native of Madison, WI and comes from a generation of dental professionals. When she is not greeting you at the front office Monday thru Friday, you can find her on the golf course (or a chairlift), at the dog park with her Australian Shepherd mix, Arrow, or at class where she is finishing her degree in Human Resource Management and Business Administration. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice and is thrilled to join the talented team of doctors, clinical, and administrative staff at Affiliated Dentists.
Laura is an Office Coordinator at East. In 2020, life during quarantine led Laura to change things up on the job front. Even though she loved serving patients as a dental hygienist for 9 years, she was curious about the other side of the dental office and became our office coordinator. She is enjoying learning the business side of how an office functions. A liberal studies graduate of Northern Kentucky University, she attended dental hygiene school at Madison Area Technical College and graduated in 2011. Laura always tries to see the good in people and strives to live by the quote, “Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always.” When not hanging out at the UW Memorial Union, you might just catch her at a Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, or Florida Georgia Line concert.
Wendy has been with Affiliated Dentists for over 20 years. Caring, respectful, and appreciative, Wendy loves Affiliated Dentists’ staff’s warm and caring nature and commitment to their patients. She’s inspired by her talented colleagues and enjoys working in a team with them to keep her patients in optimal health. The best part of her job is seeing patients with healthy teeth and gums. When Wendy’s not with patients, she might be snuggling her two grandkids or packing for a vacation in Vancouver, WA, Colorado, or Destin, FL. This past year has taught her that “even behind a mask, your smile can be seen. People can see it in your eyes.”
Patty has been a part of the Affiliated Dentists team since 2009. She has been a dental hygienist for 20 years. What she enjoys most about her profession is the friendships she has made with her patients. When she’s not at work, she enjoys traveling with her husband Bob, spending time with her 6 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
Judy has been a dental hygienist since 1998. The most rewarding part of being a dental hygienist for her is patient education. She enjoys helping patients understand what is happening in their mouths and the part they play in their own oral health. In her spare time she volunteers her hygiene skills for organizations including the Wisconsin Dental Association’s annual Mission of Mercy and the Touched Twice clinics in Madison. She also works occasionally as a substitute hygienist. During the last 5 years she has been able to work with about 30 dentists at various offices and clinics giving her the opportunity to share and learn from other clinicians. She counts herself fortunate to be able to call her favorite office, Affiliated Dentists, home.
Neil has been a registered dental hygienist at Affiliated Dentists since 2000. His goal is to provide optimal dental hygiene care for his patients in a professional and caring manner. In his spare time he spends time with his family, staying active following his two boys in all their school activities and sports. “There is never a dull moment in our lives and we feel very lucky for that!”
Kathy has been part of the Affiliated Dentists team since 2005, and works at the east side location. She enjoys providing dental care and education to patients of all ages. When she is not at work, she enjoys her family, raising her dogs and traveling.
Denise has been in the dental field since 1988, and has worked as a hygienist, dental assistant and office receptionist. Denise has been a hygienist for Dr. Wierwill since 2003, And then in 2008 they joined the team at Affiliated Dentists. Denise enjoys providing her patients with the highest level of care, while also establishing a personal & professional relationship with each patient. In her free time Denise will be found boating, biking, skiing or just spending quality time with her family.
Nancy has been a registered Dental Hygienist in Madison area for “too many years to count.” She has found her home since 2005 with the Affiliated Dentists team. She looks forward to getting to know her patients, making them feel comfortable and answering any dental concerns that they have. In her spare time she spends hours dreaming up new pieces of art in her studio, she enjoys golfing with her husband and spending time with her six grandchildren.
Theresa has been a dental hygienist for 21 years. She enjoys helping others, and always keeps the patient’s needs her top priority. Outside of work, family is a main focus in Theresa’s life.
Julie is originally from Horicon and enjoys sledding with the kiddos when she’s not working. A recent book she enjoyed was The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. Her super human trick is that she can sit on floor with legs bent backwards. Described by in three words include constantly caring, aims perfection, and always loving life.
Peggy has lived in the Madison area her entire life. She recently celebrated my 40th anniversary on a Disney cruise with her Middleton High School sweetheart, Jim. Together they raised two children, Michael and Emily, and recently became grandparents.
Erica is a graduate of Madison College with a degree in dental hygiene and certifications in local anesthetic, nitrous oxide, and laser bacterial reduction. She truly enjoys getting to know her patients, giving them oral hygiene tips, and celebrating their results at their next visits. She also strives to make her patients feel comfortable during their appointments. Her goal is to have them leave feeling sparkly and clean and fully understanding their treatment recommendations. Erica loves adventuring to new places with her family, something the pandemic helped her do more of–a nice consolation during a strange year! In the summer, you might see her at the farmers’ market or zooming down a waterslide. The best piece of advice she’s received is: do what you love and enjoy the little things in life, because if you don’t, you might miss it.
Katie has been working with Affiliated Dentists since 2002. She has been working side by side as Dr. Miller’s Dental Assistant since 2003. She enjoys being an excellent team player and also always offering the best care to all her patients. She enjoys family time out of work with her husband and two children.
Jullie has been working as Dr. Budde’s assistant since 2011. She has 7 years of experience and previously assisted for Dr. Wipperfurth. She enjoys getting to know patients and wants everyone to feel comfortable in the dental chair. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies with her husband Jason, spending quality time with their children and dog.
Jean has been a dental assistant with Affiliated Dentists for many years. She worked with Dr. Wipperfuth for over 20 years and has been with Dr. Gustavson for seven years. Jean enjoys her work and considers herself fortunate to spend her career with such talented dentists. She loves to see her patient’s reaction when they complete a cosmetic make over. Jean enjoys traveling and gardening. She lives in Waunakee with her husband. They have an adult son.
Chellie works with the fabulous Dr. Dendinger. She was born in Madison and been in the surrounding area her whole life. Her favorite thing to do in the winter is stay inside and keep warm or travel somewhere warm. She enjoys remodeling / redecorating and repurposing old items. Her super human power is shopping. “Few can out shop me, I can wear out the best of them.” Describing Chellie in three words… caring, responsible and creative.
Carri works with Dr. Porter and has been a Dental Assistant for 16 years. She is a cat lover and a Trekkie, having been to six conventions in Las Vegas. She loves to travel and she took beautiful photos out west. See all those photos here.