Our Smile Team: A Full-range Team of Dental Experts

Dr. Aoua Coulibaly

Associate Dentist

Dr. Coulibaly, affectionately known as “Dr. C.” comes to Sharp Smile Center with a wealth of experience and expertise.  She is a 2001 graduate from Howard University  and a 2008 graduate from Howard University College of Dentistry.  She also completed a General Practice Residency at University of Massachucetts Hospital ​in 2009.

Dr. Coulibaly is highly skilled in all aspects of general dentistry and has had years of experience treating children—she is even known as the “go to” dentist when it comes to keeping younger patients at ease and comfortable during dental procedures. 

Dr. Coulibaly enjoys yoga, meditation, hiking and painting.  She loves to spend time with her son, significant other and their new puppy Jazz.  She is also fluent in French and Spanish and understands German "a little".

 Personal Statement

“Dentistry is my passion.  My goal is to always provide the highest quality care and treat each patient with compassion and respect.  I am committed to your oral health, comfort, and making your smile beautiful.”


Office Manager


Denise comes to the Sharp Smile Center with a long history as an administrator in educational and non-profit organizations serving children, youth and families. She’s thrilled to be a member of such an outstanding smile team that is totally dedicated to excellence in patient care. She welcomes this exciting opportunity to “reinvent” herself in a new career!

Denise has a master degree in educational counseling and a bachelor degree in elementary education. She loves spending time with her two grown children and two delightful grandsons. She has a passion for singing and loves directing the Grand Rapids Chorus of Sweet Adelines—an award-winning show choir.

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Patient Scheduling Coordinator


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 feels very fortunate to work part time so she can be home for her young children as well. When you walk through our doors you can count on Karen to greet you warmly and take extra good care of you!


Insurance Coordinator 

Emma is our new Insurance coordinator.  She was born in Caracas, Venezuela but has been residing in the US for 17 years. She graduated with an Associate in Arts in 2007 and has been part of the dental world for 4 years. She absolutely loves working with insurance—“it’s a complicated puzzle with a sweet, satisfactory reward at the end”.  Emma feels blessed to be part of the Sharp Smile Center family and she’s thankful to be able to work with such an exceptional staff and patients.

In her free time,  Emma enjoys spending time with her two dogs (Beast & Chama), her three cats (Minino, Carmen & Caramba), mastering her grilling skills, cooking exotic recipes, and reading (and re-reading) the Harry Potter books.  


Registered Dental Hygienist & Hygiene Department Head


Kelli is a Dental Hygienist on the Sharp Smile Center team.  She joined the team in 2011 and enjoys working together with the team and clients alike!

Kelli has worked in the medical field since 2003 and is passionate about helping others.  Kelli graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI.  She is active in pursing continual education including membership with the Russell W. Bunting Periodontal Study Club and completion of Dental Hygiene Implant Certification Program through The Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries.

She was drawn to the dental aspect of the medical world because of the importance she places on preventive medicine in dentistry.  Kelli is also keenly aware of the oral systemic relationship and enjoys assisting clients in educating and treating clinically as well as building a partnership with each client for a lifetime of optimal overall health!

Kelli grew up in Delton and now lives in the Richland area with her two dogs.  Outside of the office, Kelli takes pleasure in spinning classes, road biking, yoga, running, gardening, crafting, traveling, and an active volunteer within her church.

Get to Know Kelli at the Sharp Smile Center

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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Amy Balentine

Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy is a Registered Dental Hygienist on the Sharp Smile Center team. She graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2007 with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. Amy is excited to be part of such a great team and looks forward to learning and growing with the team. She loves the thoroughness and passion the practice and team members have for each patient and their total health. Amy enjoys working with all ages, and especially loves working with children!

Amy resides in Mattawan with her husband and two sons on their hobby farm, which includes: chickens, a rabbit, cats, soon to be cows, and 2 Shih Tzu dogs that are the furry loves of her life. When she isn’t at the office she stays busy homeschooling her boys and running them to various activities and sporting events. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, breeding Shih Tzus, crocheting, knitting, home renovating projects, and spending time outside.

Bree Kies

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!


Dental Assistant

Amanda is a certified dental assistant with experience in all aspects of dentistry.  She is a team player and always willing to go the extra mile to complete tasks and be efficient. Her favorite part of dentistry is giving people confidence and helping patients understand and learn about themselves.  She is extremely passionate about dentistry.

Amanda has 2 young boys, a Husky dog, a rabbit, and a cat; she loves animals! She also enjoys gaming, the Kalamazoo Husky Club, and all outdoor activities with her kids. Amanda loves watching football “Go Detroit Lions” as well as the U of M softball team.

“Since coming to SSC I have found myself even more passionate about dentistry. I love the care level that we have for our patients and how one of our core values is growth. I love learning new things and Dr. Sharp has a lot of valuable knowledge that he shares with me and I treat it like gold! All of your employees here have it so good, I love this place and Dr. Sharp CANNOT retire in the next 30 years because I don’t ever want to leave!”  

Amanda K

Flow Coordinator/Sterilization

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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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