Meet Our Hygienists
Debra – Dental Hygienist – Berrien Springs
Debra has been in the dental field since 1996 when she started as a dental assistant after graduating from high school. She went on to graduate from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with an Associate degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene in 2001 and then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree at Siena Heights University in 2010. Debra also taught at KVCC in their dental hygiene program for four years as a clinical instructor.
She is married to her husband Craig and they live in Buchanan with their twin daughters.
Debra likes getting to know her patients and educating them on a personal basis for their needs. She loves being able to help make a difference in her patients overall health and well being. Debra’s patients say that she is gentle, thorough, detailed and kind.
Jennifer – Dental Hygienist – Berrien Springs
Jennifer has been in the field of dentistry since 1996 and has been with Berrien Dental since then. She has an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene.
She is married to her best friend, Steve. They have two children, Jillian and Steven and a granddaughter, Aubrielle. Jennifer has lived in the Berrien Springs area for most of her life.
Jennifer likes helping people achieve their ultimate dental health goals. She says, “The mouth is the gateway to the whole body and I am here to educate and encourage everyone to become the healthiest and happiest they can be.” Jennifer’s patients say she is easy to talk to, fun to be around and very thorough.
Monica – Dental Hygienist – Saint Joseph
Monica is responsible for several duties at Berrien Dental. She takes radiographic images, probes to check for periodontitis and gingivitis, performs thorough cleanings and gives patients personal care instructions. She has been in the dental field many years and joined Berrien Dental in 2014. Monica received her Associate degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry.
She is married to her husband, Robert and they have three grown adult children and one granddaughter. She and Robert lived and raised their children in Sister Lakes, but in 2009 they moved to Union Pier, MI where they live now.
Monica enjoys seeing her patients that she has seen for over 25 years and hopes she makes a difference in their lives. Her patients get through the dental treatment that they need to take care of and then Monica and the patients start sharing the fun stuff and they all have a good laugh!
Judy – Dental Hygienist – Berrien Springs
Judy has been with Berrien Dental since 1998 and has been in the dental field for longer than that. She has a BS degree in Dental Hygiene from Loma Linda University in California. Some of her specific duties are taking digital images, periodontal care and individualized patient care.
She is married to (as she describes him) a wonderful Biochemistry Professor and has two grown children. Her daughter is a speech language pathologist in CT and her son is an accounting student at Western Michigan University. Judy and her husband live in Berrien Springs.
Judy loves meeting new people and being part of healthy smiles and overall good dental health team. Her patients say that Judy’s special quality is that she is very thorough, informative and friendly.
Theresa – Dental Hygienist – Berrien Springs
Theresa provides professional dental hygiene services to patients including: periodontal therapy, oral cancer screening, radiographs and patient education. She has been with Berrien Dental since 2006, but started in the dental field in 2002.
She attended Lake Michigan College for two years before transferring to Kalamazoo Valley Community College, graduating with an Associate degree in Health Science in Dental Hygiene. Theresa is married to her husband, Todd and they have two sons.
Theresa enjoys helping her patients learn about their oral health and providing them with the knowledge and tools to maintain their healthy smile. Patients comment that Theresa is friendly, understanding, thorough and informative.
Kirsten – Dental Hygienist – Saint Joseph
Kirsten has 8 years of experience as a hygienist and 6 as an assistant, for a combined total of 14 years in the field of dentistry. She has been awarded an associate degree in Dental Hygiene from Kalamazoo Community College as well as one in Dental Assisting from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Kirsten is married with two stepchildren in Saint Joseph, as well as a beloved chocolate lab. She enjoys fishing, gardening, and photography. She is also an avid reader. Kirsten sees her role as that of an educator and someone to come alongside patients and help them to become healthier individuals. She strives every day to make our patients feel at ease and to provide gentle, effective oral care.
Ginny – Dental Hygienist – Berrien Springs
Ginny provides comprehensive dental hygiene care to her patients including: Prophylaxis, Periodontal Therapy, Radiographs, Oral Cancer screening and nutritional education. She started working with Berrien Dental in 2006 after receiving her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
She is married with four children aged 8-19 and lives in Hartford, MI where she serves on the Board of Education for Hartford Public Schools. Ginny is a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. She has a strong passion for education, heritage, community, and has worked in Indian Health Services.
Ginny enjoys getting to know her patients and helping them become responsible for achieving superb oral health. She loves that “a-ha” moment that patients have when they realize that they can do it! Her patients say that, she is very thorough and is engaged in their oral health.