Meet the Front Office Team
I care about each patient. The practice has served the community for more than 30 years and has a great reputation for personalized, family-friendly care. I’ve been part of the dental field since 2006 and joined the Oak Grove team in 2016. Our office feels like a big family, and our patients are a big part of that!
As our office manager, I handle a range of administrative tasks, all focused on making sure we run efficiently and smoothly. We want our patients to have positive, pleasant, and stress-free visits, and for people to know we’re here to help, whatever they need.
My time off is spent with my husband and our two young daughters. A third child — a son — arrived in August 2017! We also have a lovable Labradoodle, Bailey. Our family enjoys biking, boating, skiing, walks in the park, and pretty much anything outdoors. We spend as many weekends as possible at our family cottage in Crivitz.
I enjoy meeting and working with our patients and families. Since starting with the practice in 1991, I’ve had the opportunity to build real friendships with those in our care. Nothing makes me happier than helping people get the gentle, efficient dentistry they deserve!
I work with patients on billing matters, including payment plans. I also handle insurance, from verification to the claims paperwork and follow-up. This means less stress for patients and ensures they get the most from their coverage.
Outside of work, I treasure time with my family. My husband and I have been married for more than 30 years. We have two children and two grandchildren, and enjoy long walks together and time at our family cabin.
Dental Assistant and Receptionist
I love how our patients and their families become part of our family! It’s fun to watch the children grow up with healthy smiles and then bring their children to see us. I started with the practice in 1975 and love that we’re caring for some of the same families as we were back then.
I split my time between the front and back of the office. I welcome and check in patients, update their records, and schedule future visits. In the clinic, as a dental assistant, I seat patients, prepare them to see Dr. Edwards, and provide chairside support during procedures.
When I’m not at work, my time is spent with loved ones. I married my high-school sweetheart, Ron, ten days after starting here! We have two daughters and five grandchildren, and I love dogs. My family enjoys kayaking, camping, and bike riding. I also enjoy reading, sewing, and volunteering at the homeless shelter.
Meet the Hygienists
I like building personal relationships with patients. Helping people understand the connection between oral and overall health, and supporting them in improving both, is rewarding. I started working in the field in 1998 and joined our team in 2012. I love being part of a family-friendly practice!
I offer thorough, gentle dental cleanings, examine each patient’s mouth for signs of disease, and update the medical records. A lot of my day is spent educating patients: teaching them the best ways to keep their mouth healthy and smile looking its best.
My free time is spent with my spouse, daughter, and son. I enjoy going to the gym and reading, and love traveling with my family.
Registered Dental Hygienist
I love getting to know patients. It’s a great feeling to help each person develop a healthier smile and, at the same time, build a real connection with them. I’ve been here since 2000 and love that we care for people of all ages: providing dental care that keeps them loving their smiles!
I take X-rays, administer local anesthesia, and provide painless, detailed cleanings as well as preventive care. Working closely with each patient, I help everyone understand their oral health and how that’s connected to overall wellness. Together we develop strategies to develop healthy habits and improve their home oral hygiene care.
Outside of work, I spend my free time with my husband, daughter, son, and our dog. I love watching my kids’ sporting events and music recitals, and we all enjoy living a healthy, active life.
Meet the Dental Assistants
I enjoy getting to know our patients and being part of their dental care team. It’s important for people to understand why and how to care for their smiles and to know we have their best interests at heart. I’ve been part of the practice for more than 20 years and love that we care for multiple generations, from children through great-grandparents!
I bring patients into the clinic, make sure they’re comfortable in the chair, and explain what we’ll be doing. I stay by their side during the procedure, to assist Dr. Edwards while making sure our patient is relaxed and comfy. When we’re done, I provide home care instructions and answer questions.
When I’m out of the office, I enjoy golfing and love time with my husband, our children, and our grandchildren.
For me, there is nothing better than seeing my patients leave our office with confidence. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with such an amazing team full of people who really get each other. We are so blessed here!
I earned my Associate’s degree in dental assisting in 2012 and joined Oak Grove Dentistry in 2018. I assist Dr. Josephine Van Ess and Dr. Nicholas Van Ess in various procedures, make sure my room is ready for the doctors, and make my patients feel at home and comfortable.
My fiancé Brock and I enjoy fishing and hunting. I have a six-year-old son named Carson who is the light of my life! We love playing with our three Labradors!
Meet Ginny Jo!! Our Therapy Certified Labrador/German Shorthair mix.
Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort and affection (and detect when people need it). Our therapy dog will place her head on a patient's lap, sit calmly next you and wag her tail, or offer her soft fur to calm a patient's nerves and remind him or her everything will be okay.
Dr. Josephine Van Ess raised Ginny since she was 8wks old. During dental school, Dr. Van Ess read articles and stories on the ADA (American Dental Association) about having a therapy dog in the dental office and with Ginny’s mellow personality and good natured qualities decided to pursue the certifications necessary for Ginny and she to become the certified Therapy Dog team they are today! Ginny Jo is a novelty in Green Bay; she is one of the first therapy dogs in the area to be of assistance in the dental office.
Ginny Jo is free to roam about the building looking for patients who can use some affection or want it. She loves to stop into the rooms to say a quick hello to patients while they are getting their teeth cleaned or work complete. Having a therapy pet in the office provides a welcome distraction for the patient to help reduce fear and anxiety and also offers a variety of fun to our dental practice. Ginny Jo really likes to sleep, loves getting her neck and ears rubbed, and has never minded children playing on or around her!!
At Oak Grove Dentistry we also respect that not everyone, including our patients, want a dog around them. We are happy to respect all wishes to make your dental visit comfortable, and with a call ahead to our front desk we will make sure to keep Ginny Jo out of patient and treatment areas for your visit to our office if that is you or your family’s preference.
We look forward to having you meet Ginny Jo in our practice!! Her love of people and companionship bring smiles to everyone in our hallways!