Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.
Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.
We love what we do, and it shows on our faces—it seems we’re always smiling around here. You’ll find our staff is friendly and up-beat--and we’ll do our best to make your visit comfortable, and even fun! And all the while we’ll be providing you with the highest quality dental care. Don’t be surprised if it’s the best time you’ve had in a dental office.
Jan Jones has been part of "Okuley Dentistry" since 1979. She is the financial coordinator/insurance guru. Jan began her career for Dr. Okuley in May, 1979 after attending Indiana University's dental assisting program in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated from Lincolnview High School. Jan wears many hats in the office, but her main emphasis is assisting patients with their financial needs, as well as fielding questions and concerns about dental insurance. She and her husband, Doug, live on a farm in Venedocia, along with Sami and Kristyn, 2 of their 5 daughters. Carrie, Megan, and Emma are all grown up and out on their own. Jan and her family have welcomed their first grandchild, Olivia, on Feb. 18, 2010. When not at the office, Jan enjoys cooking, baking, and going to as many basketball and softball games as she can. Jan comments: "...one of the reasons I've stayed at this office for so many years is that we are a close, family-oriented, Christian group of people who truly care about each other, and who care about our patients."
Shelley Adam is a registered dental hygienist with over 35 years of experience in the dental field. She has been working with Dr. Okuley since 1980. Shelley is originally from Columbia City, Indiana and attended Indiana University School of Dental Hygiene. She received her degree in 1974. Shelley is married to Don, who farms and raises cattle. They are the proud parents of 2 daughters, Amanda and Abbi, as well as 4 granddaughters, Morgan, Lauren, Allison, and Aubrey and one grandson, Adam. When she is not at the office or chasing the little ones around, Shelley likes reading, flower gardening, and staying informed about health and nutrition issues. "I enjoy helping people better understand that good oral health is important to their overall health." Why does Shelley enjoy working with Dr. Okuley? "Most of our staff has been working together for so many years, it's our second family. Coming to work each day is not just a job, but an opportunity to serve and care about each patient as a whole. Because of Dr. Okuley's personal and professional integrity, I can't imagine working anywhere else."
Marsha Ross has been Dr. Okuley's scheduling coordinator since 1985. Overall, Marsha has over 28 years of experience in the dental field. "I strive to keep Dr. Okuley, the hygienists, and everyone else busy each day." Throughout the years, Marsha has enjoyed the interaction with our wonderful patients and co-workers. Marsha is from Xenia, Ohio where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Harlan. After attending Sinclair Community College, she and Harlan moved to Van Wert in 1977. They have 2 grown children, Jenn and Jared, and are now enjoying their grandkids, Grace, Drew, Orion, and Aurora. In her leisure time, Marsha enjoys spending time with Harlan, visiting their children, riding on the Burgman, geocaching, and swimming in their pool. Her hobbies also include scrapbooking and gardening.
Kerry Laudick is a registered dental hygienist and has 1worked in Dr. Okuley's office since 1990. She graduated from Wayne Trace High School(Paulding County) in 1988. Kerry attended and earned her dental hygienist degree from Lima Technical College in 1990. She resides in the Kalida area with her husband, Brian, and their 3 children, Laine, Grant, and Lauren. When free time is available, Kerry enjoys gardening, photography,as well as attending all the sports events of her children. Professionally speaking, she says "I love the field of dentistry because if affords me such a wonderful opportunity to contribute, in such a large way, to the health and well-being of our patients."
Brenda Keller has been part of Dr. Okuley's staff since 1990. She originally started at chairside, but has been cross-trained to perfom front office duties such as scheduling, insurance, and financial responsibilities. We affectionately think of Brenda as our "jack of all trades." Brenda is married to Steve, and they have 3 adult children, Steven, Stephanie, and Katie. They welcomed their first grandchild, Emme in 2011. When leisure time is available, she enjoys reading, in-line skating, riding the family tandem bike with Steve and of course, spending time with Emme! Her greatest joy, though, involves devoting time to her family. Brenda says "Working in Dr. Okuley's office is like being part of a second family. We have worked many years together and have developed a strong bond with one another. I hope that our patients can see the compassion and care that our staff exhibits, not only for each other, but for everyone that walks through our doors."
Elizabeth Cunningham has been a chairside dental assistant for Dr. Okuley since 2002. Elizabeth graduated from Crestview High School and is certified as a dental assistant radiographer. She lives in Convoy, Ohio with her husband, Travis, and their 3 children, Olivia, Maddux, and Addison. Needless to say, the home life is pretty wild at times! When not at the office, or chasing the little ones around at home, Elizabeth enjoys bike riding, taking frequent walks to the Tastee Freeze, and NAP TIME! Elizabeth says that "...we are so blessed to have such wonderful patients and such an awesome team of staff members to care for our family of patients."
Chelsea Reindel is a registered dental hygienist and has worked with Dr. Okuley since 2004. After graduating from Lincolnview High School, she earned her hygiene degree from Rhodes State College(Lima) in 2004. After graduation, she began her hygiene career for Dr. Okuley and states "...I wouldn't dream of working anywhere else." Chelsea feels good teamwork is crucial to a successful dental team. She states, "our staff does an awesome job of making teamwork look easy." Chelsea lives in the Middle Point area with her husband, Cory, and their two daughters, Harper and Hanley. When Chelsea is not busy with dental hygiene responsibilities, or chasing the girls around, she enjoys shopping and exercising. And she has a insatiable appetite for reading!
Nicole Gamble is the newest member of our team! Nicci started in our office as a chairside dental assistant in April, 2008. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Toledo in 2005 and has earned her dental assistant radiographer's certificate. Nicci enjoys her new career in dentistry as well as the fun and fellowship with her co-workers. "To be part of such a wonderful organization is a great feeling. Dr. Okuley and the entire staff have made me feel very welcome. I love the patient interaction and the satisfaction that comes with providing top notch dental care for our patients." Nicci and her husband, Rob, live in Van Wert and have a son, Robbie, and a daughter, Jordyn! In her spare time, Nicci enjoys watching movies, being in the sun, and, of course, being a mom!