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Team Member Spotlight: Jessica



What is your favorite holiday?
 Christmas... as long as there is snow.

What is your favorite TV show?
 I don't watch much TV, but I like to indulge in "Friends" when I can.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
 My husband, ALONE... We don't get many date nights anymore.

What is your guilty-pleasure?  Espresso drinks

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without? My sunglasses

What is your most memorable birthday?
 I had a best friend in high school with the same birthday as me, so that was always a lot of fun.

What was the last book you read?
I like to read books that I can learn or improve from, so it was probably a How-To book on parenting. 

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
 My sister or my husband are the two people that can get me to laugh until I have tears :)

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
 Exercise (running, lifting weights)

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Cookie Dough

What is your proudest moment?  Becoming a Mom!

What is currently playing in your car?  Country Music

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
 Anything outside!  I like to go hiking with my family. 

What is your favorite season and why?
 Summer with the clear blue sky and the sun out.  Summers are so pretty in Wisconsin. 

How would you spend a million dollars?
I would put it all in the bank!!

Team Member Spotlight: Kourtney



What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas – I love decorating the house & listening to Christmas music, however Thanksgiving by far has the best food!

What is your favorite TV show?
Chicago Med, Criminal Minds, or Quantico – They always leave me hanging and I am left dreading the fact that I have to wait another week to watch the next episode – How dare they make me wait so long (;

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
My friend Tyler who passed away in a car accident a few years back. He was always a ray of sunshine I feel like there’s so many things we never got to say

What is your guilty-pleasure? Dipping Midget Pickles in cottage cheese…

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
Chapstick – I have at least 7 hidden around between my jacket pockets, in my car, in each purse, around the house

What is your most memorable birthday?
My 21st but not for the reason most people would think – I spent the whole weekend with my family in a cabin and they surprised me with Real Cinnabon Cinnabons! My favorite!

What was the last book you read?  "All The Missing Girls"

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My Co-workers- For the last 5 years I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve ever come to work and not laughed at least once!

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
I love to Dance- I suck – I have no skills or rhythm for that matter but I love to get out and boogie anyways

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies & Cream hands down!

What is your proudest moment?
6th grade I fit my whole clarinet bell in my mouth! Talk about life milestones!

What is currently playing in your car?
A homemade mix CD that my fiancé made me- he is always surprising me with new ones (:

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
3D Bow Shoots! They are a lot of fun and I get to spend time with my Soon to be Husband since this is a sport we both enjoy

What is your favorite season and why?
FALL! Bonfires, Pumpkin Patches, & Apple Orchards oh my (: What’s not to love! OOH & HUNTING SEASON!

How would you spend a million dollars?
Adopt at least 2 children, I would love to expand our family and give a home to those who don’t have one! Save the rest to help support our family over time

 

Team Member Spotlight: Michelle



What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
 
What is your favorite TV show?
 I don't really have a favorite, but if I had to pick, I'd say Friends.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
 My Grandma.  Now as an adult, I'd love to talk to her about life and get advice... things you don't talk about as a kid. 

What is your guilty-pleasure?
 Reality TV shows like Teen Mom, Survivor, Big Brother

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without? My phone

What is your most memorable birthday?
My 18th birthday - my parents threw me a surprise party!  

What was the last book you read?
For myself, sadly I don't remember.  I read kids books to my son every day though :)  

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My son, Callan.  He's 2 1/2 and always says funny stuff.  My husband and co-workers make me laugh too.   

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Going for walks - Luckily, I don't stress about stuff too easily.   

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies N Cream 

What is your proudest moment?
Having my two boys  

What is currently playing in your car?
Country music  

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Anything outside: camp, go to the local pool with my kids, grilling out with friends & family.   

What is your favorite season and why?
Summer, the nice weather!  

How would you spend a million dollars?
Maybe buy a cabin up north and save the rest.

Team Member Spotlight: Raquel



What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas! The whole month of December really!

What is your favorite TV show?
The Amazing Race! When my husband and I watch it we always pick which challenges we would do.

If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
My husband’s grandpa who passed before I was able to meet him. I hear so many good things about him and how we would have gotten along so well. I’m told that my husband is a lot like him.

What is your guilty-pleasure?
Vegging out on the couch with lots of junk food and Netflix.

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without? Sunglasses

What is your most memorable birthday?
The weekend of my 31st Birthday my husband surprised me with a trip to Chicago. We went to a couple museums, stayed at the Hard Rock and hit up IKEA on the way home.  I love surprises!

What was the last book you read?
It depends on which room of my house I’m in. I’m reading the Harry Potter series, How to stop worrying and start living and a book about the Biltmore House.

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My co-workers and my husband.

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Soaking up the sun, reading a good book, and crafting.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookie dough with Oreos.

What is your proudest moment?
When my husband and I bought his family farm. We got married on the property and I think it will be awesome to raise our family on the property.

What is currently playing in your car?
Mostly country music, but I like to listen to just about anything.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Going on motorcycle rides, soaking up the sun, cook outs with friends, really spending any time outside.
 
What is your favorite season and why?
Summer, I really don’t like being cold.

How would you spend a million dollars?
I would probably pay off our house, take a long trip and invest most of it.
 

Team Member Spotlight: Dr. Kevin



What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
 
What is your favorite TV show?
My current favorite show is Game of Thrones; my favorite show of all time is Always Sunny. 
 
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
My beautiful wife, Katelin, because she is amazing.........    and Johny Rzeznik.  

What is your guilty-pleasure? 
Watching the Bachelor.   

What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?  My phone

What is your most memorable birthday? #28

What was the last book you read?
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
Honestly, most of the people in my life-coworkers, family, friends  

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress? Golfing
 
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? 
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Smash Blizzard from D.Q.
 
What is your proudest moment? My wedding day
 
What is currently playing in your car? Lumineers
 
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer? Golf
 
What is your favorite season and why?
Fall because of the colors and the weather
 
How would you spend a million dollars? Traveling!
 

Team Member Spotlight: Betsy


Betsy, Front Office Coordinator

What is your favorite holiday? 
Halloween
 
What is your favorite TV show? The First 48
 
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
Mariah Carey.  She's a music icon. 
 
What is your guilty-pleasure?
Spoiling my kids with the things I wanted as a child and then some :)
 
What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
My phone... I'm addicted!  

What is your most memorable birthday?
When my husband surprised me and took me to Seattle, WA to visit my best friend.   

What was the last book you read?
Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss 

What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My kids... the things they say.  

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?
Exercising.  I love shutting my phone off and going for a long walk.  

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
 Any kind, I love ice cream!

What is your proudest moment?
When I had my kids  

What is currently playing in your car?
Chris Daughtry CD  

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Go to the cabin and taking the pontoon out.   

What is your favorite season and why?
Fall!  I love Halloween and the colors changing for the season.  

How would you spend a million dollars?
Traveling the world.  We love to travel. 

Team Member Spotlight: Jessica


Jessica, Dental Hygienist

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas
 
What is your favorite TV show?
The Bachelor/ette
 
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
My husband; we don't get lots of dates anymore.
 
What is your guilty-pleasure? 
Any desserts!
 
What is the one thing you cannot leave the house without?
My kids
 
What is your most memorable birthday?
Sixteen.
 
What was the last book you read?
I read tons of kid books everyday :)
 
What/who makes you laugh out loud?
My daughters
 
What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress? 
Going on vacation or yoga
 
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Culvers - Turtle
 
What is your proudest moment?
Becoming a mother
 
What is currently playing in your car? 
Anything country
 
What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
Just being outside... laying by the pool and relaxing or boating  

What is your favorite season and why?
Summer, because it's warm!  

How would you spend a million dollars?
I would save most of it, have my husband work a lot less, and just enjoy time together with our kids.

Meet Brandi




Name: Brandi C.
Occupation: Front Office Coordinator

Number of years with MNFD: 6 months

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets? Husband, 6 sisters, crazy dad to keep track of...  no time for pets
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher
 
What was your first job? Housekeeper at a hotel (yuck)
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Spending time with my godchildren and watching Packer and Badger games.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? I like to watch football and play volleyball.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
That's tough as I have a lot!  Probably chewing loudly or slurping your drink (ahem... Kourtney)
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Outkast
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
I haven't been many places, but Florida with my sister and her family.
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:Go to Italy, Rome, Tuscany
 
Do you have any hidden talents? 
No, I don't even have any not hidden! LOL
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I'm very shy until I get to know you, and I really enjoy being sarcastic.   

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Being able to come to work in a positive environment.  Everyone truly loves their job and the people that work here! 

Meet Jasmine



Name: Jasmine S.
Occupation: Dental Hygienist

Number of years with MNFD: 2 months

Hometown: Pewaukee, WI

Family/Pets? My husband Mike and 9yr old Sheltie Colby

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a veterinarian as a kid, but once I grew up I realized that didn’t mean playing with puppies all day so I changed career paths.

What was your first job?
I worked as a cashier at Pick n’ Save

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love going to concerts, traveling, being outside and currently experiencing everything Madison has to offer since we just recently moved to the area.

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
Favorite sport to play would have to be volleyball, and to watch definitely the Packers.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
When people are dishonest or disrespectful

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Dashboard Confessional Jason Mraz and John Mayer

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I just love traveling, so anywhere I can get to is my favorite vacation spot. The last vacation we took was to Scottsdale, AZ, and it was pretty amazing.

Name one thing on your bucket list?
Meet Ellen DeGeneres or at least be in the audience at her show.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Sadly, no

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
I would like to think I have some rhythm…but deep down I know that’s not entirely true…so I would have to say dancing
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I was a model for Oshkosh B’gosh and other store ads as an infant until I was 5 or 6. They must have known I would only grow to be a whopping 5’4" so they pushed kindergarten instead of pursing my modeling career ;)

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I love how welcoming and helpful all of my co-workers have been. I feel like I have grown so much as a hygienist since I’ve started.
 

Meet Dr. Bob



Name: Bob Holsen
Occupation: Dentist

Number of years with MNFD: <1 year

Hometown:  Oconomowoc, WI

Family/Pets? 3 yo daughter Hadley. Second daughter due on Sept 26. No pets
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Professional baseball player
 
What was your first job?
Referee at the YMCA (unless you count cutting my grandma’s lawn)
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Packers/Brewers/Badgers/Bucks. Golfing and fishing, basketball, boating, and working out.  I'm a DIY enthusiast….don’t leave me alone in Home Depot!
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Basketball to play, and football to watch
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?  Bad drivers
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?  Alabama
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Riviera Maya
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: Visit Washington DC
 
Do you have any hidden talents? I can juggle
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Guitar. Dancing if you ask my wife…
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?  I really like the movie Pitch Perfect…the first one
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?  Enjoying going to work every day.
 

 

Meet Erin



Name: Erin K.
Occupation: Front Desk Coordinator

Number of years with MNFD: 3 months!

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets?
I have 3 younger brothers. One is 20 and the twins are 18. Mark (20) goes to UW-Whitewater and is also in the Air National Guard. Clayton (18) is leaving for boot camp to become a Marine in September, and Matthew (18) also has interests in joining the military. My parents are both living in Edgerton.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
My parents told me that when one of my brothers was being born in the hospital, when we went to the cafeteria, I told them “I want to be a food server.”
 
What was your first job? A “food server” at Ray’s Family Restaurant in Edgerton.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
I love doing photography! I have big travel dreams (I want to go all over, really), and l’m a huge fan of going to concerts (especially Taylor Swift)
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
Recently I have gotten into watching hockey. I love watching UW men’s basketball. I like to play tennis but I haven’t in a long time!
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Certain sounds drive me crazy, like chewing and loud breathing.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Was and still is Taylor Swift!
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Walt Disney World
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: I would like to go cliff jumping
 
Do you have any hidden talents? No
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Drawing and painting. I’d love to be able to do either of them as a way to relax. I would also like to learn how to enjoy running!
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I have been told I am pretty quiet, but I can be unexpectedly witty.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Everyone is so friendly and welcoming! I felt like a part of the family before I even started working here.
 
 

Meet Hillary




Name:  Hillary Y.
Occupation: Registered Dental Hygienist

Number of Years at MNFD:  1 year and 4 months!

Hometown: Born in Rockford, IL; grew up in Machesney Park, IL

Family/Pets? 
Most of my family is still in Rockford, Dad- Jim, Mom- Becky, Step Dad- Ken, Older Sister- Stephanie, and my Niece Holly.  I also have an older brother- Tim who lives in LA. Here in Madison it is me, my boyfriend Sean and my cat Ahmad.  We are looking to extend our family to include a puppy. 

What did you want to be when you grew up? 
I wanted to be an orthodontist when I was younger.  However, that changed when I learned how long you have to attend school.  So Dental Hygienist sounded even better to me because I get to transform smiles in one or two appointments instead of several years.

What was your first job? 
I worked at a grocery store named Save A Lot.  I stayed at that place for 7 years! Shout out to the Save A Lot crew, they all became like family to me.  (One was even my sister)  The atmosphere there was much like it is here at MNFD. 

What are your hobbies/interests? 
My biggest hobby is starting new hobbies and not following through with them.  I have stuck with a few over the years though which are golfing, reading, trying new beer, and relaxing with my boyfriend and cat.

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
Favorite to play is Frisbee.  Favorite to watch is Hockey.  I’m a huge Blackhawks fan.  I worked for their farm team, The Rockford Icehogs, for 3 seasons as a cheerleader/ promotional team leader.  My second most watch sport is probably Soccer, because it’s my boyfriend’s favorite sport. 

What is your biggest pet-peeve? 
I am very laid back as a person, so getting on my nerves is very difficult. About the only thing that really ruffles my feather is when I come across stupid drivers, I become a different beast.

What is your favorite band(s) in high school?
Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is, Amber Pacific, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.  I looked forward to warped tour every year. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I have two of those, Cedar Point which is an amusement park in Ohio, and New Orleans, LA.  They both are so much fun no matter how many times you experience them. There is always a new place to see.

Name one thing on your Bucket List:  
Perform as a back-up dancer; either on stage with a famous artist or in a music video. 

Do you have any hidden talents?  
I can hula hoop for hours at a time without dropping it.  I even learned how to do fun tricks like turning while hooping.  I am still working on a few skills.

What are you really bad at, that you’d love to be great at?
I wish I was great at cooking.  I wouldn’t say I am really bad at it now, but unless there are instruction on a box or I have a recipe to follow directly, I will probably mess it up.

What is something about you that might surprise us?
I have a Molar Bear tattooed on my foot.  If you don’t know what it is, Google it!

What is your favorite part of working at MNFD?
Everyone who works here is so friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable.  I’ve learned something from everyone I work with, and no one will ever turn down the opportunity to help another person, whether it’s a coworker or a patient.
 

Meet Kelly



Name: Kelly Q.
Occupation: Dental Assistant

Number of years with MNFD: Since February 2016

Hometown: Dane

Family/Pets?
Parents, Kalen & Bill, two older sisters, Tonya & Stacy, and a dog named Nova. 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
 A dentist!  In first grade when we had to pick a career and learn more about it, I was dead set on being a dentist.  
 
What was your first job?
 First job was milking cows and raking hay.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 Hanging out with friends and family.  I also enjoy being outside doing something.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 I love to watch Packer football, but I am all about playing tennis. 
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 When people chew with their mouth open
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 Anything country... except the Zac Brown Band.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
 I'm going on my first vacation soon, so ask me when I get back!  :)
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
 To run a half marathon
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 Milking cows
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 Singing!
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I'm very competitive at anything I do.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 My co-workers.  They're very helpful and make going to work fun and easy! 
 

Patti's Farewell

I wanted to take this time to say good-bye, to let everyone know why I loved working at Madison No Fear Dentistry so much, and to explain why you haven’t seen me lately.

It was my privilege to work with such a great team at MNFD.

It all started in March of 2010 when I was invited for an interview at the Old Chicago restaurant, only to find Dr. Ducommun and five other team members there to interview me. The jokes and laughter started almost immediately; I jumped right in and gave it right back. When I left the restaurant that night, I knew I wanted to work with this group of people. I was so excited when Dr. Ducommun called and invited me to be a part of his team.

There is so much I could say about Madison No Fear Dentistry, so I will try and keep this to a minimum.

I genuinely felt like part of the family from the first day I started. I’ve never had such a great leader with a mission statement that he truly lives by on a daily basis: “earning trust and loyalty through great experiences.”  What I’ve learned and what I’ve observed others learning from this mission is how to open ones’ heart and feel safe enough to be who you are without fear of judgment. This is why it was beyond difficult to leave such a great place.

From my wedding a few years ago to the passing of my father last summer, I have shared such a huge part of my life with this team and with the patients that I have been so privilege to get to know over the years.

I have the highest level of respect for Dr. Ducommun and how he runs his practice. The way he always builds the team up and empowers them to grow and learn through positive reinforcement, not with power or intimidation.  This creates an atmosphere which immediately is felt the moment you step in the front door. 

Where did I go? My husband is self-employed selling food processing equipment for a German company, Kronen.  Fortunately, he has been very successful and really needed more help, so I decided to be his assistant. It is going well, and I am headed to Germany for some additional training and to meet the rest of the staff at the corporate office!

I want to thank the Madison No Fear Dentistry team and all our patients for all the great memories that I will forever hold in my heart.
 
With warming blessing,
Patti Quandt

 

Meet Jasmine



Name: Jasmine P.
Occupation: Dental Assistant

Number of years with MNFD: 2 months

Hometown: Prairie Du Sac, WI

Family/Pets? My three year old son, and my cat named Fetty along with a huge wonderful extended family! 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
 A stay-at-home mom.
 
What was your first job?
 Life guard at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 Cooking, family activites, boating, downhill skiing, anything with my sister Maddie and my son Drey. 
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 Badger basketball and Green Bay Packer football.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 Insensitivity to other's feelings. 
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 Luke Bryan
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Warm = Cozumel, Mexico
Cold = Breckenridge, Colorado
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Travel to Germay
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order.. does that count? :)
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Sports and singing
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I was a cheerleader and on dance team in high school. 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 Everyone here is so nice and welcoming...  Great work environment and a ton of fun! 
 

Meet Lacey



Name: Lacey R.
Occupation: Dental Assistant

Number of years with MNFD: 6 years

Hometown: Dane

Family/Pets? None 
 
What did you want to be when you grew up? Teacher and a dolphin trainer 
 
 What was your first job? Babysitting 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 I like to be outside.  I love summer and boating and enjoy tractor pulls.   
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 My favorite sport to play is softball.  My favorite to watch is Packer football.  
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 Lazy people.  It's okay to take breaks and relax, but I like people with ambition!! :)
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 I like country music.  Madison County is a fun local band to go and see at local festivals. 
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
 Anywhere warm and tropical.  I love being in the sun and the crashing waves of the ocean. 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
 It would be terrifying, but I think it would be cool to swim with a shark- in a cage though- not out in the open.
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 Not really, but I wish I did!  I think I'm an okay singer ;)
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 I like to go boating a lot in the summer, so I wish I was better at water sports. 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
Not many people know that I am a farm girl.  I feed calves everyday for my family dairy farm.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 The team, for one.  Everyone works awesome together and creates such a good atmosphere to work in.  That, and helping patients each day! 
 

Meet Dr. Dave



Name: Dave Ducommun
Occupation: Dentist

Number of years with MNFD: 16

Hometown: Sun Prairie, WI

Family/Pets? My wife: Chris. Three children: Marissa, Lexi, and Josh.  Grace, our teddy bear
  
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I have wanted to be a dentist since 7th grade
 
What was your first job? Paper route, de-tassel corn
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Farming, ATV, fishing, guns, flying interest, RC airplanes, drones, mechanical things
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
GB Packer football, Badger Football and Basketball
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?  
Selfishness, endangering others, arrogance
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Boston, Aerosmith, Rush
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Machu Picchu!
 
Do you have any hidden talents? I can fix things!
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Basketball and other object sports
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I am VERY concerned about the environment of our planet and what humanity is doing to it!
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I LOVE THE PATIENTS AND THE TEAM!  THERE IS NOTHING THAT I WOULD RATHER DO FOR WORK!
 
 

Meet Patti




Name: Patti Q.
Occupation:Financial Services

Number of years with MNFD: 5 years & 10 months

Hometown: Oregon, WI

Family/Pets?
My husband Russell, daughter Liz (23), and two step daughters Mary (25) and Emily (23).  I also have three Siamese cats: Simon (7), Wylie (4), and Alvin (2).   
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
 A detective.  Whether it's a movie, a book, or one of the TV series, I love a good mystery. It's all about human behavior that is very intriguing to me. 
 
What was your first job?
 Picking strawberries at Carandales in Oregon.  I worked 7AM - 12PM Monday thru Friday during the strawberry season.  I had to ride my bike 10 miles one way.  I then saved all my checks up and bought a gorgeous new 10 speed bike. 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 I love Siamese cats, riding bikes, live theater, movies, reading, spending time at the beach, and working out.  Above all, I love spending time with my life partner (husband) Russell and my three daughters. 
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
 I love to watch football and golf.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 Being accused of something I didn't do. 
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 Meatloaf, Styx, John Cougar Mellencamp, REO Speedwagon.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
 Acapulco... the beach and sun. 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
 Take a vacation to Hawaii (seeing a pattern here?)
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 Yes, however I haven't discovered them yet. 
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 Singing.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I used to drive a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, and I have a tattoo on my shoulder. 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 The mutual respect and love I get from my boss and co-workers.  I have never worked with such a great team before... for this I am truly blessed! 
 

Meet Amanda




Name: Amanda B.
Occupation: Marketing Director

Number of years with MNFD:  4 ½ years

Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

Family/Pets? Husband Aaron and son Jackson (Jax).  Most of my extended family still lives in Iowa.  

What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little, I loved to write, so everyone thought I would be an author.  However, I really wanted to be a professional choreographer.
 
What was your first job?
I briefly had a paper route in my neighborhood until I became an assistant dance teacher.  When I was old enough, I was a dance instructor and worked at Younkers through high school and college.     
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
I love photography.  I also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: camping, hiking, canoeing.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I’ve played volleyball for a number of years.  However, it is now more recreational than competitive.  I love watching football…  GO HAWKEYES!  Three strikes against me in WI: I’m also a Cubs and Bears fan.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve? Insincerity or narcissism: both are pretty intolerable to me.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I was really into punk and ska music (Rancid, Millencolin, Goldfinger, Less than Jake, NOFX), but I would have to say Weezer was a favorite.   
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Italy was always my dream vacation, and I was fortunate enough to go there for my honeymoon.  Otherwise, Devil’s Lake will always have a fond place in my heart as I have years of memories camping there! 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: to see the Northern Lights  
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a decent artist although I haven’t taken the time lately to create. 
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
I really wish I could speak another language. 
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I danced for over 20 years and have performed at half-time shows, a cruise ship, and even Disney! 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I believe in our mission and appreciate working for a company that puts people as their first priority.  My awesome co-workers help too :)
 
 

Meet Kristina



Name: Kristina B.
Occupation: Front Desk – Check patients out and work with insurance.

Number of years with MNFD:   4 1/2

Hometown: Antigo, WI

Family/Pets?
My Mom and Dad live in Antigo, my sister lives in Wausau, and my husband Tim and I live in Stoughton with our Siberian Husky named Chevy.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A movie set designer that’s why I went to school for interior design. 

What was your first job?   When I was 14, I got a job at a flower shop

What are your hobbies/interests? 
I have an organic vegetable garden, play golf, and boat in the summer.  I read and go to the movies in the winter.

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Wakeboarding - watch and ride 

What is your biggest pet-peeve? When people interrupt me when I’m talking

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?  No Doubt

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Hawaii I have been there 7 times, I’ve been to all the islands and I was married there.

Name one thing on your Bucket List: A vacation in Greece

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can fit everything I need for a vacation in one regular backpack.  I have been perfecting this skill over the years I love the freedom it gives me when I travel.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing

What is something about you that might surprise us?  
I just started learning how to play guitar.

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The fun environment we laugh a lot every day!
 
 

Meet Kourtney



Name:  Kourtney E.
Occupation: Front Office Coordinator

Number of years with MNFD:  3 years

Hometown:  New Glarus, WI

Family/Pets?  My significant other Bill & our 3 Cats – Bigboy, Ralph, & Raji (:

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Crime Scene Investigator – I’ve always been interested in science and anatomy

What was your first job?
My first job was being a nanny for a local family, but on the weekends you would find me working at the local Ice Cream Shop in downtown New Glarus

What are your hobbies/interests?  
Well besides my love for eating… I recently became interested and fell in love with archery! I also love going to tractor pulls, jet skiing/boating, snowmobiling, and camping in my free time.

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?  
I enjoy playing volleyball and softball, and of course watching the Packers/Badgers in the fall

What is your biggest pet-peeve? People who chew with their mouth open… the sound drives me bonkers

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I never had a favorite but I was always a fan of Linkin Park, 3 Days Grace, Luke Bryan…

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I’ve been blessed enough to travel many places but my favorite trip so far has been a visit to Cozumel Mexico with my sister as a graduation present

Name one thing on your Bucket List:
I would say Skydiving but I recently got to experience that so, I would say my next items is to shoot a Big Buck with my bow!

Do you have any hidden talents?
Those close to me may already know this but others have yet to experience my belching skills. I can belch out just about any name/sentence on command.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Cooking… I mean I have a handful of recipes that seem to turn out good, but I wish I had more time to try out others recipes!

What is something about you that might surprise us?
I come from a larger family, being the baby of 7 children – there is a 20 year difference between me & my oldest sister; I am also blessed with 15 nieces & nephews as well as a great nephew (:

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The People--- whether it’s the patients or my coworkers. These people are like my family, every single person makes up such a big part of our team. Needless to say there’s never a dull moment around here!
 

Meet Dallas



Name: Dallas I.
Occupation: Dental Assistant

Number of years with MNFD: 4 months

Hometown: Lodi, WI

Family/Pets? Mom = Lori, Dad = Tom, Brother = Tyler, Dog = Camille 
 
 What did you want to be when you grew up? Physical Therapist
 
 What was your first job? Working at Culvers
  
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Hanging out with family and friends, playing volleyball and softball, and outdoor activities.   

 What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I love to play and watch volleyball.  I love to watch football.   

What is your biggest pet-peeve?
When people chew gum really loud and put their gum everywhere except the garbage.   

 What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Country Music
  
Where is your favorite vacation spot? Mexico
 
 Name one thing on your Bucket List: To zip line
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
 I can twist my wrist 360 degrees!

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Whistling  
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 In some of my time, I enjoy helping out on my boyfriend's farm

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 I love all my co-workers, and I love getting to know all of the patients I see everyday!
 

Meet Lana



Name: Lana R.
Occupation: Dental Hygienist

Number of years with MNFD: 2

Hometown: Milwaukee

Family/Pets? My daughter Nya will be three years old in December.  
  
What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Veterinarian.  I love animals and wish I could take them all home. 
  
What was your first job?
Waitress at an assisted living facility restaurant. 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?
I enjoy spending time with my daughter and family and traveling up north to spend time at the lake.  I have a passion for music.  I love going to concerts in my free time and I'm always up for finding new artists to add to my collection.  
 
 What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I'm more of a spectator when it comes to sports.  I enjoy watching any WI sports especially when getting together with friends.  I do enjoy biking and horseback riding. 
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Rude drivers
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Dave Matthews Band is my all time favorite but I listen to many different artists and genres of music. 
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I enjoy any vacation that's warm and tropical, and I can relax. 
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List: Make a bucket list 
 
Do you have any hidden talents? Nope
  
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing!  You don't want to hear me try!
  
What is something about you that might surprise us? I've been to almost 40 Dave Matthews Band concerts.  
  
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
I truly love coming to my job every day.  We have a lot of fun while working hard and caring for our patients. 
 
 

Meet Rachel



Name: Rachel
Occupation: Front Desk Coordinator

Number of years with MNFD: 0.3 years

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Family/Pets?
One Great Dane, Jameson.  My mom, dad, step-mom, 5 younger brothers, and my significant other, Rudy.  
  
What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a figure skater.  I would watch it on TV Sunday nights and skate around my kitchen with oven mitts on my feet. 
 
What was your first job?  Goodwill as a cashier.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 I love reading and doing yoga... also enjoying anything that is happening in downtown Madison. 
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?  I like watching hockey and basketball. 
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
 Long nails on men.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
 I listened to a lot of punk and pop/punk music:  Against Me!, Brand New, Blink 182, Cartel, and Taking Back Sunday. 
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?  So far, I've loved Nashville, Tampa, and San Diego.
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:  I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride! 
 
Do you have any hidden talents?  Unfortunately no, I do not.
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Dancing, I wish I could dance.  Ballet or hip-hop.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
 I have only had Great Danes as pets, and I've had FIVE already so far. 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
 I love my co-workers; they make for a great work environment. 
 

Meet Sarah



Name: Sarah Kennedy
Occupation: RDH (Registered Dental Hygienist)

Number of years with MNFD: 4.5 yrs

Hometown: Majority of my childhood was in Brodhead; I went to Orfordville HS.

Family/Pets?
Husband- Doug, who I adore. He is a carpenter. We’ve been married for almost 8 yrs.
Son- Devin, age 5. He is a very loving, creative, and energetic little guy.
Daughter- Kaylee, age 2. She is just the sweetest, most cautious, and organized little thing.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
At first I thought I wanted to be some sort of counselor to help people. Then I took some college classes in HS on pysch and sociology and realized I was way too emotional for that. Ha! By the end of my junior year in high school I knew I wanted to be a dental hygienist.
 
What was your first job? Other than babysitting, a hostess at Perkins.
 
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Right now, family is my absolute #1 favorite thing! If I were to get enough time (without any guilt) to myself to do whatever I wanted, I would love to catch up with friends,  garage sale shop, thrift shop,  repurpose furniture, put on some good music and cook for fun (instead of a chore), or just read a good book!
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Don’t watch sports, unless it’s my son’s t-ball or swim lessons.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve? Selfishness
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I would listen to The Cranberries (Irish rock band) nonstop over and over! Especially to their song “Dreaming my Dreams” and “No Need to Argue”. I still have ALL of their CDs!
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Any place with a good warm beach. I do have very fond childhood memories in Hudson, FL visiting my grandparents.
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
My bucket list is huge! But just one short-term bucket list goal would be a family vacation somewhere tropical.
 
Do you have any hidden talents? Nope.
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Music. I especially admire those who can sing and play the piano.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
I was number one in Rock County for barebow archery when I was like 15 or 16. Still have the bow, it’s like riding a bike, and you never forget how to do it. Weird I know.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Coming to work with people that I actually enjoy and for working for a boss who really does care about everyone.
 

Meet Ashley


Name: Ashley H.
Occupation: Dental Assistant

Number of years with MNFD: Three years this July

Hometown: DeForest, WI

Family/Pets? Family: Mom, Dad, and twin sister Amber.  Pets: 2 dogs, both Yellow Labs named Marley & Nala
  
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A personal shopper/stylist or a lawyer
  
What was your first job? McDonalds
  
What are your hobbies/interests?  
Traveling, weight-lifting, boating, and cooking
  
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Football!
  
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
Inconsiderate behaviors and selfishness
  
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I didn't have a favorite band.  I listened to a variety of music, but I loved Lil'Wayne in high school!
  
Where is your favorite vacation spot? 
Undecided... still trying to find it.  However, I loved my recent trip to Austin, TX.
  
Name one thing on your Bucket List: to skydive!
 
Do you have any hidden talents? I'm really good at playing pool. 
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? painting projects in houses
 
What is something about you that might surprise us? I'm a natural blonde! 
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD? The people I get to work with :)
 

 

Meet Dr. Caitlin

Name: Caitlin K.
Occupation: Dentist

Number of years with MNFD: I started in July 2012 after graduating from Marquette School of Dentistry.

Hometown: Fort Atkinson, WI

Family/Pets? My husband, Karam. We got married in August, 2014.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a chef, I love to cook.

What was your first job? Beverage cart server at a golf course.

What are your hobbies/interests? Cooking, playing tennis and riding bikes with my husband.  

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?  
I love watching football and always cheer for the Packers.  My husband and I also go to all the Badger Hockey home games.  

What is your biggest pet-peeve? Clutter, I’m kind of a neat freak.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Garbage. Horrible band name, but a pretty good band.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? I went to Paris with my husband two years ago and I can’t wait to go back!

Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Learn to speak french fluently. I am currently taking classes. “Bonjour! Comment ça va?”

Do you have any hidden talents? I have won a couple of limbo contests in my day.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
 I have a terrible sense of direction and always get lost when driving somewhere new.

What is something about you that might surprise us?  
Since I was born my nickname has been Kiki and all my friends and family call me Kiki☺

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
All the amazing people I get to work with and the new people I meet every day. All these relationships make coming to work a pleasure! 
 

Meet Jessica


Name:Jessica P.
Occupation:Dental Hygienist

Number of years with MNFD:
I started working here in May of 2008 right after I graduated from hygiene school. 

Hometown: Mount Horeb

Family/Pets? Married to Mike, and we have two dogs: Bugsy & Sophie. 

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I never really knew what I wanted to do.  I always thought I'd follow in my mom's footsteps and become a nurse. 

What was your first job?
I started waitressing at a Bed and Breakfast when I was 15 years old.

What are your hobbies/interests?  
I enjoy being active.  Summer is my favorite time of year! 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I'm not good at playing sports.  However, I enjoy going to Badger and Packer football games and Brewer games.

What is your biggest pet-peeve? Lazy people... I can't stand it!

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
I'm embarrassed to admit I listened to a lot of rap and heavy metal. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
So far, Hawaii because it's beautiful and there is lots to see and do. 

Name one thing on your Bucket List: Run a race in Hawaii

Do you have any hidden talents? I don't know... I'm still loking for them, ha! 

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Singing, I'd love to be able to sing, but I'm horrible at it. 

What is something about you that might surprise us? I'm a neat and clean freak.  I like things tidy! 

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?  The great work environment
 

Meet Mike



Name: Mike G. 
Occupation: Registered Dental Hygienist.
 
Number of years with MNFD:
I started working here in August of 2006, so I have been here for 8 years and 6 months.
 
Hometown:
I grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois and later moved to Clarendon Hills, Illinois.
 
Family/Pets?
I will be married to my wife Teresa for 20 years on Feb 25th. We have a house full of pets that keep us busy: two cats, Oliver and Maggie, and two birds, Buster and Bella.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was split between careers in health care or engineering.
 
What was your first job?
My first job was at Osco Drug during high school. I also ran my own landscaping and lawn care business in the summer, which eventually turned into home repair as well. For a number of years, I owned and operated Badger Remodeling. Our primary focus was on residential remodeling including custom millwork and cabinetry. However, I briefly did some commercial projects. My largest commercial project was a complete tear out and remodel of a periodontal office in Milwaukee.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
My favorite sport to watch is football. I love watersports especially skiing, wakeboarding, and barefooting. I think my favorite water toy is the sky ski. For years, one of our favorite water toys was our parasail. Although it was a long time ago, I was in the water ski show for about 12 years. During that time, I skied just about every different act in the show. I guess looking back my favorite thing was jumping (although I will say some of the landings were my least favorite part). I also enjoy biking, snow shoeing, cross country and downhill skiing.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?

I don’t know that I had one favorite band. It was the 80’s. I listened to a lot of different music.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is our family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. We spend as much time as possible there.
 
Name one thing on your bucket list:
I started taking flying lessons in college, but did not finish. Someday when I have time, I would like to do that again.
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
I am completely ambidextrous; I can do almost everything equally well with both hands.
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be good at?
Making time for myself... I have a bad habit of getting myself into projects to help other people. Someday, I may decide to make recreational time for myself.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?
Many people may already know this about me, but in 2013, I let myself get up to almost 300 pounds. In just under a year, I was able to lose 92 pounds and have successfully stayed under my goal weight for the last year!
 
What is your favorite part of working at MNFD?
My favorite part of working here is the interaction with my patients. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping people who have so much anxiety about dental treatment that they require sedation for treatment. Many of these people have such great experiences that they eventually actually look forward to, and enjoy coming into see us.
 
 

Meet Michelle



Name: Michelle D.
Occupation: Dental Assistant

Number of years with MNFD: 2 1/2 years

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets? Husband Greg, son Callan (6 months), and two dogs Tater & Irish

What did you want to be when you grew up? Dolphin Trainer

What was your first job? McDonalds at age 14

What are your hobbies/interests?  
Being outside: camping, hiking, biking, spending time with family and friends, and going out to dinner. 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Packer football!! I'm a die-hard fan!

What is your biggest pet-peeve? When people chew with their mouth open.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
A wide range of music from Matchbox20 to Backstreet Boys to Tim McGraw. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Jamaica... that's where I got married! 

Name one thing on your Bucket List: To go to Ireland

Do you have any hidden talents? I know how to play the piano

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing

What is something about you that might surprise us?
I grew up in Green Bay and lived only two blocks from Lambeau Field!  Experiencing Packer home games on Sundays was a part of my childhood I will never forget. 

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The people here are like my 2nd family, and the leadership is what makes us such a great team. 
 
 

Meet Raquel



Name: Raquel B.
Occupation: Front Desk Coordinator

Number of years with MNFD: 1 1/2 years

Hometown: Edgerton, WI

Family/Pets? Husband, Nick and Dog, Mya

What did you want to be when you grew up? A Marine Biologist

What was your first job? A cashier at Piggly Wiggly when I was 15

What are your hobbies/interests?  Flea markets, riding on the motorcycle, and going out to dinner

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? PACKERS FOOTBALL... I don't miss a game! 

What is your biggest pet-peeve? People who choose to be unhappy.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school? Brittney Spears

Where is your favorite vacation spot? I don't have a favorite spot; I love going to new places :)

Name one thing on your Bucket List: To travel the U.S. in a R.V. without an exact destination or timeline

Do you have any hidden talents? Refinishing furniture. 

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Singing

What is something about you that might surprise us?
I'm crazy about Christmas!!  It's my favorite time of the year!

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Getting along with my co-workers and getting to know patients
 

 

Meet Dr. Kevin



Name:  Kevin DeGroot
Occupation:  Dentist

Number of years with MNFD: 1 1/2 years

Hometown:  Green Bay, WI

Family/Pets?   My beautiful, loving, and tolerant wife, Katelin.  Also, my plant named Spike.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  Dentist

What was your first job?  Bus boy at Old Country Buffet

What are your hobbies/interests?  
Avid sports fan – Packers, Marquette Basketball,  Badger Football.  Hunting.  Biking to farmer’s market. 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play? Watch = Packer’s football.  Play = Basketball

What is your biggest pet-peeve?   Gum smackers.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?  Goo Goo Dolls

Where is your favorite vacation spot?  Domestically = New York City.  Overseas = Dublin

Name one thing on your Bucket List:  Go to a Brewers playoff game.

Do you have any hidden talents?   I can eat 26 crab rangoons in one sitting.

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?  Singing

What is something about you that might surprise us?   One of my guilty pleasures is watching the Bachelor.

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?  
I love the wonderful relationships we have with our patients and each other.
 

Meet Lisa



Name: Lisa C.
Occupation: Registered Dental Hygienist.
 
Number of years with MNFD: 3 months
 
Hometown: New Ulm, MN
 
Family/Pets? Husband, Dane; Pet dutch bunny, Clover.
 
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A ballerina from ages 4-7, a teacher from 8-14, then a dentist from 15 to 21, and then a dental hygienist
 
What was your first job?
Preparing mass college mailings - folding letters, stuffing envelopes, licking them shut, and putting mailing labels on...very repetitious. 
 
What are your hobbies/interests?
 Theatre, movies, drawing, sewing, hiking, canoeing, board games, spending time with family and friends.
 
What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
I love to watch basketball and enjoy playing badminton.  Not kidding.
 
What is your biggest pet-peeve?
When people aren't thorough in what they do.
 
What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
Anything on the radio...  No favorite, but now I love anything and everything blue grass.
 
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
A cottage on a Fish Lake (near Wautoma, WI).
 
Name one thing on your Bucket List:
Ride an elephant (my favorite animal). I guess that I can die happy because I rode an elephant 3 months ago!
 
Do you have any hidden talents?
Not necessarily a talent, but I have double jointed thumbs.
 
What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
Cooking....honestly, I can bake desserts no problem, but cooking is the worst. My husband makes most of our meals.
 
What is something about you that might surprise us?  
When I was a kid, I thought that life was a musical - that everyone broke into song and knew the same dance steps.  I would stand on the picnic table and sing at the top of my lungs like Ethel Merman.  Times have changed, and I don't sing by myself in public anymore, but I secretly wish that life was a musical.
 
What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
Being able to help my patients with their oral care in a happy and caring environment!

Meet Jessica




Name: Jessica W.
Occupation: Dental Hygienist

Number of years with MNFD: I have been with Madison No Fear Dentistry of a total of 6 years.  I was Dr. Ducommun's assistant prior to dental hygiene school and now have been a hygienist here for 2 years. 

Hometown: Waunakee, WI

Family/Pets? Husband Ryan (of 3 years) and daughter Azalea (9 months)

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Lots of things... A country singer, a teacher, a farmer, and then I settled in the dental field :)

What was your first job?
My first job was on the family dairy farm doing daily chores.  Then, I worked at Waunakee Remodeling for a while as a receptionist before dental assisting school. 

What are your hobbies/interests? 
I love spending time with my family, and going out to dinner.  I also enjoy boating (when time allows it) and softball on Thursday nights in Dane with friends. 

What is your favorite sport to watch and/or play?
My favorite sport to watch is football... especially the PACKERS!!!  Favorite sport to play is softball, but I enjoy playing lots of sports and being active outside. 

What is your biggest pet-peeve?
My biggest pet-peeve is people that are putsy!!  I like to get things done and move on.

What was your favorite band(s) in high school?
My favorite singer is probably Jason Alden/Luke Bryan... really anything country, old and new. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii, I can't wait to back someday! :)

Name one thing on your Bucket List: traveling, and seeing LOTS of beautiful places

Do you have any hidden talents?
I can operate heavy equipment and have driven tractors since my teenage years.  I drove a tractor just about every day of my life for about 10 years while helping my dad with chores at night. 

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at?
I wish I was more creative.

What is something about you that might surprise us?
My husband Ryan and I have been together since I was 15 years old :)

What is your favorite part of working for MNFD?
The people I work with and how well we all get along.  I also love seeing patients smile at the end of their appointments.  It is amazing to see people overcome fears they have battled with their whole lives.