Diane, Registered Dental Hygienist
“I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and have been a part of Dr. Dennis’s dental team in Portage, Michigan, since 1987. I am a graduate of Lansing Community College and have been practicing dental hygiene since 1981. When my husband and I moved to Kalamazoo in 1987, I was lucky to find a dental home with Dr. Susan Dennis. I was and still am impressed with her thoroughness and commitment to her patients. Working with Dr. Dennis has challenged me over the years, since we continually strive to keep up with current research and technology. We are big Western Michigan University Bronco fans in our home. My husband works in the athletic department at WMU, and my daughter is currently a student there. My hobbies include reading and running, and I love to travel.”
Dr. Dennis says: “Diane is a very smart and wise women and is well-read. She has a thorough, careful touch and is kind and sensitive. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Diane is excellent at listening to patients’ concerns and helping each patient to reach the highest level of oral health they can achieve.”
Chrissy, Registered Dental Hygienist,
Greeter, Voice of Practice, Community Outreach
“I’m originally from Portage, and I grew up on Gourdneck Lake. After high school, I attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1999. I truly love what I do because I have always loved science and people, and I enjoy helping in any way I can. As a Dental Hygienist, I am able to educate people on how to care for their teeth, gums, and overall health. I am married and have three children: Kalynn, Austin, and Benjamin. I love spending time with my family and going to the UP as much as possible. That’s also one of the reasons I love Michigan, for it’s lakes, trails, and events. Running is also a passion for me, and I have run the Detroit and Grand Rapids marathons. It is truly a blessing to be working with Dr. Dennis and our team. I have never met such a positive and caring group of people. I have known Dr. Dennis for years and actually used to babysit her three boys. I admire what an amazing person she is. She is a talented dentist that prefers quality to quantity. She treats everyone like they are her family. Please come visit us and experience how enjoyable it can be to go to the dentist!”
Dr. Dennis says: “Chrissy is such an amazing asset to our team. She is smart, fun, and knowledgeable. She is a special friend to so many people! We do many charitable events in our community, and she coordinates them for our office. People from all over our community volunteer to help out at these events, just because they know her. Her hygiene skills are gentle and thorough. Thank you Chrissy for all that you do!”
Haley, Registered Dental Hygienist
“I am a Registered Dental Hygienist and a graduate of the University of Michigan. I grew up on the east side of the state, just south of Detroit, and I recently moved to the Portage area. I was blessed to find Dr. Dennis and have the opportunity to join the team. Once I found out Dr. Dennis was a U of M grad also, I knew it was meant to be!”
“I enjoy the environment this office provides along with the exceptional care given to all patients. Dr. Dennis’s work and dedication to the needs of her patients are one of a kind. I love that Dr. Dennis is very involved with the community and charitable events. My family is very involved with animal rescue. My mom and dad foster rescued animals until they find their forever homes. On top of our fosters, we have five dogs and two cats of our own! I love outdoor activities like going to the beach, golfing, kayaking, camping, fishing, and more. I also love getting to spend time with my family and animals at home. We are very big University of Michigan Wolverine fans and love going to home games in the Big House — Go Blue!”
Amanda, Registered Dental Hygienist
Amanda grew up in Manistee, Michigan, a small town up north. She came to Kalamazoo to study at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since early 2014. She said she fell in love with the area when she went to school here and decided it was a good place to settle down and raise a family. She came from a blended family with two brothers and two stepbrother and says her husband Neil and their dog Peter are her world. When she was asked what drew her to dentistry, she replied, “I have a passion for helping and teaching. This is the best of both worlds, and I’ve always loved teeth, too.” She finds seeing patients improve their oral and overall health particularly satisfying.
Amanda, Registered Dental Assistant
“I moved from Virginia to join Dr. Dennis’s team. I have been in the Dental field since 2002. I became a Dental Assistant in 2005, and I continued my education to become a Registered Dental Assistant in 2013.”
“The best part of working for Dr. Dennis is that her team is very hard working and caring. I love that Dr. Dennis is always seeking new ways to help her patients achieve the best possible dental health. I got married in June 2010, I have a daughter named Ariyah, a dog named Cody, and I love gardening. I am very excited about living in Michigan.”
Danielle, Certified Dental Assistant
“I’m originally from Martin Township in Allegan County, Michigan, and I chose dentistry because the first thing I usually notice about a person is their smile. I want to make sure that everyone can show their best. One of the best things about my job is getting to work with a different person nearly every hour of the day and the development of great relationships with so many people. My husband and I have been together since 2001 and we married in 2008. We have two beautiful daughters. Our second child was born in 2017. We also have a young Boxer. I like the Kalamazoo area because there are a lot of things to do and a lot of great people to work with. When I’m not busy with other things, I love running marathons, reading, camping, and being at the beach.”
Grace, Dental Assistant
Grace has been a dental assistant since 2013. She was born in Kalamazoo and spent 18 years in other states, before moving back in here 2016. After graduating from a dental program in Kentucky, she went on to pursue more education at Western Kentucky Community and Technical College. She said she chose dentistry because she wanted to be part of something bigger than herself. She is the youngest of three sisters in her family, and she said her parents have been married for nearly 40 years. During her leisure time, she enjoys reading classic literature, painting, photography, and traveling.
When asked what she finds particularly rewarding about dentistry, she said, “I love how hands-on it is. I love being part of a career that has grown with me over the past five years, and I’m very excited to be a part of a team like this. I’m so blessed to work for Dr. Dennis, who not only encourages us to keep growing, she facilitates it.”
Kayla, Dental Assistant
Kayla, originally from Frankfort, Indiana, became a Dental Assistant in 2010, after studying at Kaplan University in Indiana. She and her husband have two sons, a family dog, and two horses. They moved to the area from Indiana in 2015 when her husband accepted a position with Stryker. She said she likes the fact that Kalamazoo is very family oriented. Her spare time is spent with family, riding horses, painting, and repurposing old furniture. When asked why she decided to go into dentistry, Kayla said, “I have always loved helping people. I love how Dr. Dennis is always helping people by providing information and knowledge about dentistry, and how we, as a practice, are always giving back to our community.”
Deonna, Financial Manager, Dental Assistant
A graduate of Indiana University, Deonna said she chose the dental field because she wanted to help people, and she loves getting to see the incredible changes in people’s lives when they get the dental care they need. “Since 1999,” she said, “I’ve spent my dental career as an assistant and part of the front office team in the cosmetic field. My husband and I moved up here from Florida with our two amazing children to live closer to family. After I found Dr. Dennis, I felt right at home in her office and was amazed with her work. I am honored to work beside her with patients and witness all of the life-changing moments she creates!”
Originally from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Deonna lived in Florida for 15 years before settling in Michigan. She says she and her family also have a dog and a crazy cat. In their leisure time, they enjoy doing anything outdoors, especially when it’s warm.
Susan, Patient Concierge, Insurance Expert
“I’m originally from North Carolina, and I moved to Michigan in 2002. I decided to go into dentistry after working in the medical insurance field for ten years. I wanted a fresh start at a new career, and I’m glad I chose dental. I live to help people understand their insurance benefits, so they can get the most out of their investment. I’ve been married for 12 years, and my daughter, Emma is now 12. She is a competitive gymnast, which means we do a lot of traveling. I also have a Springer Spaniel named Jake, who is eight years old. And I like this area because I love having all the seasons. Fall is my favorite.”
Druann, Certified Dental Technician
“I moved back to Michigan in 2012 when I became a grandma and wanted to be a part of my grandson’s life and watch him grow. I worked for Dr. Dennis about 20 years ago, before I moved to Florida, and was very excited to be offered a job when I returned. When I was in Florida, I worked in a dental lab as a Certified Laboratory Technician for more than 12 years, and I have been doing so ever since. Now, I have this great opportunity to work in a dental office with my favorite dentist along with a group of awesome women. Now that I am with my grandson, my family, in my new home, with a great job, and Dr. Dennis as my dentist, life is good!”
Dr. Dennis says, “Druann is such a sweet and kind person. She was our nanny when we were raising our sons 20 years ago. When I found out she was back in our area and had become a Certified Laboratory Technician, I was excited! She heads up our Dental Laboratory and does so with delicate hands and great finesse.”
Jim M. Human Resources and Accounting
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and his master’s in education, and after spending the last 27 years as a teacher and administrator for the Portage Public Schools, he joins his wife, Dr. Dennis, in her practice. Together, they they have six grandchildren and a pet dog named Henrik. When he’s not working, he loves spending time with his family and taking in all that Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College have to offer. He also loves a good game of golf. When asked what drew him to dentistry as a second career, he said, “I had no choice!” And when asked what about it he finds particularly satisfying, he said he loves the face that it is a service business engaged in helping people. And he concluded by saying he really likes helping people be successful and making the workplace more enjoyable for everyone.
Jenni, Team Coordinator
Jenni is originally from the Ann Arbor area. She moved to Kalamazoo to go to Western Michigan. She has a bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Health Services and a minor in Holistic Health.
In fact, It was Dr. Dennis’ focus on Holistic Dentistry that first lit her passion for her career. “It’s a field that has so many avenues and ways to change people’s lives, impacting not only how people look but how they feel,” she said. “You get such a boost in confidence when you look and feel great.”
She loves living in Southwest Michigan because of the variation of seasons as well as being so close to Lake Michigan. When she’s not changing people’s lives in the dental field, she enjoys traveling both locally and internationally. At home, she loves spending time with her new husband and fur babies, as well as playing with her adorable niece and nephews.