Meet The Staff
I came to Wisconsin from Michigan 26 years ago. My husband, Gary, and I have 3 kids, 8 grandchildren and 1 dog. We enjoy spending time with our family, riding our Harley, watching the Packers and being outdoors. I have been in the dental field for 25 years and started with Dr. Cooke in 2007 when he opened. I specialize in insurance processing and overseeing patient accounts.
I joined the Fox River Periodontics team in February of 2012. I have worked in the business administrative side of dentistry since 1995. My experience has primarily been in general dentistry, but I am excited to expand my knowledge to include the specialty of Periodontics. I grew up in the U.P. of Michigan (proud Yooper) but have also lived “below the bridge” as well as in California and Minnesota. My husband, Ernie, and I moved to Appleton in August of 2011 from the Minneapolis area. We have one son, Alex, who resides in the Twin Cities. We also have two adorable cats, Raven and Salem. I am an avid sports fan and enjoy reading, traveling, camping and love spending time with family and friends.
I graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in May of 2023. Prior to my hygiene career I worked as an orthodontic assistant for 5 years. I have always had an interest in the dental field and knew that hygiene would be the right fit for me. I have a passion for learning and helping others. I am honored to be a part of this team that provides an outstanding level of education and treatment to our patients. I am a new mom to a baby boy, Bennett, born in April of 2023. My fiancé, Ben, and I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, hunting, playing with our black lab Maci, and tending to our chickens.
I joined Dr. Cooke’s team as a dental hygienist in 2017. Before receiving my dental hygiene license I was a dental assistant for over four years. My favorite part about working in the dental field is educating patients about the importance of good oral hygiene care between cleanings. My family consists of my husband Jake and our two dogs, Myla and Phoebe. Outside of work I enjoy walking the dogs, snuggling up with a good book, hunting and fishing up north, and spending time with family and friends.
I have been a dental assistant in the specialty of periodontics for the past 20+ years. I met and worked with Dr. Cooke when he came to Wisconsin and was proud to start at Fox River Periodontics with him when he opened his practice in 2007. I love to work with patient care and have been so blessed to assist and meet so many wonderful people. My family consists of my husband Jeff our four children and our wonderful grandchildren. I live my life through my faith; in my free time I love to travel with my husband on our Harley, run, read, volunteer and cook.
Tammie- Treatment Assistant
I have worked in the dental field for the past 30+ years in both the educational and clinical settings. I started my career working in a general dental practice in the Ripon area and became an instructor for Dental Assistants at Fox Valley Technical College in 2016. After relocating to the Appleton area in 2018 with my two children, I joined the Fox River Periodontal team in September 2021. I strive to help patients achieve the most comfortable experience during their dental visits. During my spare time I enjoy going for walks, bicycling, reading, sports and spending time with my family and friends.
Des- Business Assistant
I have been in the dental field since 2018, starting out as a dental assistant and expanding my knowledge on the administrative side of dentistry. You will find me at the front desk with a warm smile when you arrive, answering your questions and calls and helping you check out at the end of your appointment. I love interacting with our patients. Our team works hard to create an organized, enjoyable and welcoming environment. On my days off, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two beautiful children as well as time with family and friends. I love enjoying the sunny weather, painting and camping.