Our Smile Team: A Full-range Team of Dental Experts
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.
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!
Registered Dental Hygienist & Marketing Department Head
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.
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!
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).
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.
Hello, friends! My name is Amanda, and I'm a dental assistant at Sharp Smile Center. I've been in the dental field for about 3 years now, and I'm proud to have found my way to SSC. Outside of work, I enjoy off-roading, hosting bonfires and throwing parties!