Meet The Team

Paula - Business Manager
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Paula Business Manager

Beginnings

Following high school, I attended travel school in Florida before being employed with Midwest Express Airlines in Madison for 13 years. I began working for Dr. Oinonen in 2004 and have been with Dr. Thor since he purchased Dr. Oinonen’s practice in 2011.

Role at Yahara Dental

My time is split between working behind the scenes on the administrative operations of the business and backing up the front desk. I will also be seen floating around offering assistance where needed.

What do I bring to the table at Yahara Dental?

Coordination. I try to be an integral part of our team by keeping our administrative and business affairs well-managed and help with patient flow throughout the day.

Family I live outside of Stoughton with my husband, Travis, and we have two grown daughters: Abby and Olivia. We love German Shepherds and have had one or two in our family for years.

Favorite thing to do on a day off With a husband who travels frequently as an engineer for Canadian Pacific Railroad, and two daughters who are constantly on the go…My ideal day is simply a day that the entire family is together (preferably on a beach!).

First concert Sha Na Na at Alpine Valley Outdoor Music Theatre.

Fun Fact My family loves haunted attractions- we spend one weekend every October seeing as many attactions as possible.

 

Jennifer - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Jennifer  Registered Dental Hygienist

Beginnings

I have been with Yahara Dental since 2014. I grew up in Edgerton and received my dental hygiene education at MATC in Madison.

Role at Yahara Dental You will find me getting to know my patients as I provide them with preventative dental care and helping them maintain a healthy smile.

What do I bring to the table at Yahara Dental Energy mixed with an upbeat personality and a positive attitude…and maybe some cookies to share with the team! I keep myself busy helping anyone who needs it.

Family  I am married to Adam and have two children, Bella and Madix.

Favorite thing to do on a day off is spend time with family and play games with the kids. I especially enjoy the outdoors and getting my yard into shape.

First Concert My daughter’s 4K Christmas Concert.

Fun Fact  I was a competitive roller skater until age 16.

Fun Fact I can’t say no to puppy chow.

 

Kaci - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Kaci – Registered Dental Hygienist

Beginnings

I grew up on a farm outside Highland, Wisconsin. Even as a child I knew I wanted to be part of the dental field, attributing much of that to having great dental appointment experiences with a fantastic childhood dental hygienist. After high school I moved to Madison to attend MATC for dental hygiene and have been with our practice since 2010.

Role at Yahara Dental My role as a hygienist is providing my patients comfort and education while I care for their teeth. I take the time to get to know my patients and love catching up with them.

What do I bring to the table at Yahara Dental A positive attitude! I am always willing to lend a helping hand and do best to make the office enjoyable to my patients and co-workers. My laugh can often be heard throughout the office.

Family I live in Madison with my husband Zach.

First Concert Keith Urban

Fun Fact I love to read road maps

Fun Fact  I have a terrible (unconscious) habit of twirling my hair.

 

Sally - Registered Dental Hygienist

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Sally – Registered Dental Hygienist

Beginnings

A native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, I graduated from Sun Prairie High school where I marched in a competitive traveling marching band. While in high school I began working part time in a dental office, first at the front desk and then as an assistant. The thought of helping people achieve better dental health inspired me to attend the MATC Dental Hygiene Program.   I began working at the office for Dr. Oinonen in 1998 and have been with Dr. Thor since he purchased Dr. Oinonen’s practice in 2011.

Role at Yahara Dental You will find me providing excellent dental care and educating patients on maintaining great home care. I have a large “fan base” of patients from my many years of friendly conversations and gentle hands.

What do I bring to the table at Yahara Dental Compassion and care. I make it my mission to help all of my patients feel comfortable and welcome. With many years of experience, I am very knowledgeable and love educating my patients.

Family I live in Evansville with my husband Bryan and my son Bryce.

Favorite thing to do on a day off Be active! During my free time, I love to ski, bike, golf, shop and spend time with family and friends. I unwind with a good book or craft project.

Fun Fact I have a motorcycle license…and a motorcycle to go with it.

Fun Fact I am a proud owner of all Garth Brooks’ CDs and DVDs.

 

Tiffany - Dental Assistant

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Tiffany – Dental Assistants

Beginnings

I was born in Fond Du Lac, grew up in Ladysmith and moved to Madison in 2011. I was drawn to the dental profession because I desired a rewarding career where I could best use my people skills and compassion to help people. I have been a part of the Yahara Dental team since 2013.

Role at Yahara Dental

I started out as Dr. Oinonen’s full time assistant. Since Dr. Oinonen’s retirement, I became an additional assistant to Dr. Thor. You will find me helping at the front desk or one of the hygienists when I am between patients.

What do I bring to the table at Yahara Dental?

A positive and fun, laid back attitude. I effortlessly handle any challenge that comes my way. I truly enjoy spending time getting to know my patients and my kindness helps patients feel at ease during dental procedures.

Family My parents, younger sister and older brother still live in Wisconsin while her older sister lives in Minnesota. I have three beautiful nieces that I enjoy spoiling!

Favorite thing to do on a day off Spend time with my boyfriend, Brian, and our Jack Russell Terrier. The three of us take road trips up north to visit family and friends. Closer to home, we enjoy all the great attributes and events that Madison has to offer including sporting events and music concerts.

First concert Shake Rattle n Roll – a classic rock and oldies concert – at age 10, with my mom.

Fun Fact I feel it’s necessary to have dessert after dinner every night.

Fun Fact I rocked the “bowl cut” as a child