Our Smile Team A Full-range Team of Dental Experts

Emma Office Manager

Emma was born in Caracas, Venezuela but has been residing in the US since the year 2000. She graduated with an Associate in Arts in 2007 and has been part of the dental world since 2013. Emma feels blessed to be a part of the Sharp Smile Center family and she’s thankful to be able to work with such an exceptional team and patients.

In her free time, Emma enjoys spending time with her husband, child and pets, cooking exotic recipes, and reading (and re-reading) the Harry Potter books.

Karen Patient Scheduling Coordinator

Karen

Karen graduated from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a Bachelors of Science degree. She has worked at Sharp Smile Center since 1996 and knows all aspects of the business and front office duties. Karen is a most treasured member of Sharp Smile Center as her long years of service and loyalty reflect her dedication and work ethic. If you are looking for answers, Karen will be the person most people turn to. She is also kind and gentle and never gets mad or raises her voice. She's someone everyone loves to work with!

Karen married her husband, Dave, the same year she started at Sharp Smile Center and has been happily married since. She is a dedicated and wonderful mom with two beautiful children: Abby, who was born in 1999, and Nick, who was born in 2003. Her interests include spending time with her family, traveling, swimming, and just spending time outdoors in the summer. She is very excited about being an empty nester as her youngest started college this year. When you walk through our doors you can count on Karen to greet you warmly and take extra good care of you!

Shari Patient Support

Shari joined our team in August 2020.  She has a background in the dental field and has worked as an assistant as well as a receptionist. She was born and raised in Southwest Detroit and now resides in Marshall with her husband, two daughters and four kitties. She enjoys trips to the beach and hanging out with her family.

Lisa Insurance Coordinator

Born in Paw Paw and raised in Kalamazoo, Lisa has well-rounded dental background. She started her dental career as an assistant in the United States Air Force in 1986 and eventually gravitated to the Business Office. Having worked for Delta Dental and Sun Life Insurance Companies, Lisa learned the other side of dentistry. Lisa has utilized her dental skills all over the country and abroad and is excited to become a “Sharpie” at the Sharp Smile Center. As the insurance coordinator, you rarely see her, but she is diligently working behind the scenes in the office.

Lisa has one grown daughter, Brittany, a “son-in-love”, Clayton, NS a grand doggie, Hunter. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys travel, eating, working out, reading, and rediscovering this great state of Michigan.

Valorie Patient Support & Marketing

Valorie’s priority to promote health and wellness aligns with the core values of Sharp Smile Center. With a Master’s degree in Health Education, Valorie strives to walk the talk with eating healthy and staying physically active. Believing life is meant to be enjoyed, Valorie also advocates moderation and easily justifies a serving of ice cream, especially for the calcium.

You can find Valorie enjoying the outdoors year-round, especially hiking. One of her favorite forms of entertainment is attending concerts, particularly classical and contemporary Christian music. Valorie finds cooking to be a wonderful form of stress management and loves to welcome people into her home.

Grateful for Dr. Sharp’s expertise, extracting impacted wisdom teeth and delivering crowns, Valorie has received dental care from Sharp Smile Center for years. She’s returned to the Kalamazoo area, where she grew up, to be near family. In addition to assisting with the Front Desk duties and answering calls, Valorie takes on special projects and marketing in the office. She is grateful to work with such an amazing team to support the health and dental priorities of our patients!

Julie Sharp Registered Dental Hygienist & Marketing Department Head

Julie Sharp

Julie is a Registered Dental Hygienist, but being married to Dr. Sharp, she has a lot of opportunities to wear other hats as well at Sharp Smile Center! You may see her working with the business team in the front office, meeting with folks about marketing ideas, or decorating the office and painting the walls! Julie is a willing support, whether it’s taking care of patients, the team, or behind the scenes!

Julie is a graduate of Kalamazoo Valley Community College where she received her Associate degree in Dental Hygiene. She has since become certified in local anesthetic delivery as well. Julie is dedicated to quality care and stays current by attending classes that keep her up to date on the latest research and techniques. She is especially excited about the treatment of patients at risk for gum disease and providing gum therapy.

Julie understands the relationship of oral health to whole body health and is passionate about improving the lives of our patients. She also enjoys seeing patients of all ages and stages of life to make lifelong friends.

Her love of dentistry has been very fulfilling. She always loved the idea of making a difference in other’s lives with prevention and health, building relationships, and helping to bring smiles to others.

After 30+ years, Julie has touched many lives through education and treatment, and she looks forward to meeting and exceeding your expectations at the Sharp Smile Center.

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Bree Registered Dental Hygienist

Bree was born and raised in Hillsdale, MI. After graduating from Hillsdale High School in 2014 she moved to Kalamazoo to pursue a career in dental hygiene.  Bree graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2018 and is now a proud and hard-working Registered Dental Hygienist. Aside from earning her degree and license she is also certified in nitrous oxide and local anesthesia delivery.  Her passion is to help patients feel comfortable and secure at their visits while working together as a team to reach goals and successes. We welcome her ambition to learn and grow both personally and professionally here at Sharp Smile Center!

Her 2 dogs and 3 cats keep her very entertained at home. She enjoys taking care of them and playing with them every day. Bree also loves to spend time with family and friends in her free time, working out at Fit Body Bootcamp, and shopping!

Nicole Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole is a seasoned hygienist having graduated from Kellogg Community College 1992. Nicole has enjoyed a long career in dentistry and is very excited to become part of our team. She brings with her a wealth of clinical experience in all aspects of oral care including a specialty in treating and maintaining gum disease. She also works for a gum specialist when not in our office. Nicole is especially excited about the technology that the Sharp Smile Center offers such as dental lasers for treating gum disease and Dr. Sharp’s expertise in implant dentistry.

When not enjoying dentistry, for fun, Nicole likes hiking, biking, and photography. She has recently rediscovered golf and bowling. Nicole has a grown son who lives close by and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Nicole always wears a smile under her mask and enjoys witty banter with her patients.

Denise Dental Assistant

Denise is back, after a 17 year hiatus.  She started her journey in dentistry in 1985 and came to the Sharp Smile Center in 1996.  Although she has remained a member of our dental family, life had other plans and she stopped assisting in 2003. She was a Pharmacy tech with Meijer for 11 years, but assisting runs in her veins and her soul which led her back here, home. She has 2 grown children and 8 grandchildren (the first of which was born when she worked here the first time). 

Amanda C. Dental Assistant

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Amanda joined the Sharp Smile Center team in October of 2019. She’s been in the dental field for 4 years and is proud to be part of such a progressive practice. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, off-roading, hosting parties and traveling when she gets the chance!

Amanda A. REGISTERED & CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT

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Jessica Registered Dental Assistant

Jessica graduated from Lake Michigan College in 2008, earning a degree as a Registered Dental Assistant.  She brings advanced training and experience and is qualified to perform the most advanced procedures as a dental assistant.  She became interested in dentistry at the young age of eight when she was riding in the back of her father’s truck and was exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning.  She ended up hitting her mouth and knocking out several teeth on the concrete from dizziness.   Because of many visits to the dental office and this early childhood experience, she became very interested in helping others with all their dental needs.

Jessica was born, raised and currently resides in Hartford, MI.  In 2009 she married her husband, Matt.  Jessica and her husband have 2 children, Grayson (2012) and Avery (2015).  Together they have a chocolate lab, named Hank and 2 rescue kittens named Benny and Raven. 

Jessica is happy to be part of the Sharp Smile Center team, and we’re sure you will find her to be helpful, compassionate and caring.

Dr. Michael Sharp

Sharp Smile Center

Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better—inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prestigious organizations, including:
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
We invite you to request a consultation online or call us at (269) 344-4004 today.

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"Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems." Gene

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