Our Smile Team A Full-range Team of Dental Experts

Karen 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 is very excited about being an empty nester as her youngest is now in college. 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's headshotShari 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.

Jennifer Practice Manager

Prior to entering the world of dentistry, Jennifer taught middle and high school science for a small private school in Otsego. When that school closed, she decided to change careers and has never looked back!

A Western Michigan University graduate, she has been married for 32 years and has 6 children. As an avid lover-of-the-outdoors, she relishes the multitude of beautiful trails and the slower-paced life that West Michigan has to offer.Jennifer's headshot

Outside of the office, Jennifer loves spending time with her family, cooking, and watching her children participate in various sports; she also enjoys lifting weights, staying physically active and researching ways to optimize nutrition.  

Her favorite thing about working at the Sharp Smile Center is using her teaching background to help our patients feel less anxious and better understand their individual treatment needs.

Lisa Insurance Coordinator

Lisa's headshotBorn 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 Marketing Department Head

Valorie's headshotValorie’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. You can find Valorie enjoying the outdoors year-round, especially hiking. One of her favorite forms of entertainment is attending concerts.

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. Valorie works with special projects and marketing in the office. She is grateful to be part of such an amazing team, supporting the health and dental priorities of our patients!

Julie Sharp Registered Dental Hygienist & Marketing

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

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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, hard-working Registered Dental Hygienist. Aside from earning her degree and license, she is certified in nitrous oxide and local anesthesia delivery.  Her passion is to help patients feel comfortable at their visits while working together as a team to reach goals. We welcome her ambition to learn and grow, both personally and professionally, at Sharp Smile Center!

Her two dogs and three cats keep Bree very entertained at home. She enjoys caring for them and playing with them every day. In her free time, Bree loves to spend time with her boyfriend, family, and friends.

Denise Front Office & Dental Assistant

Denise's headshotDenise 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). 


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Amanda became a Certified Dental Assistant in 2012 and then advanced her education at Washtenaw Community College and became a Registered Assistant. She continues to build on her expertise in the dental field and is working towards advanced degrees in Applied Science. Amanda is a Certified Phlebotomy Technician and is skilled in assisting with IV sedation with our patients.

She is grateful for Dr. Sharp’s support of his team’s continued professional growth and Sharp Smile Center’s value for excellence.

When she’s not working or taking classes, Amanda and her husband keep busy with their three active children. She loves watching her kids play sports and in her down time, enjoys fishing and watching movies, Gray’s Anatomy is a favorite. Amanda says the best part of working at Sharp Smile Center is being part of an amazing team that is changing lives, one smile at a time!

Jessica Registered Dental Assistant

Jessica's headshotJessica 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.

Roaya Dental Assistant

Roaya was born and grew up in UAE (Middle East). At 18, she went to dental school in Sudan, graduated in 2011 and continued working there for four years. After marrying, Roaya immigrated to the US with her husband. The couple now have two lovable boys - Hafiz & Zain. Roaya is currently working towards her certification as a dentist in the US. In her spare time, you can find Roaya hiking, photographing nature, and doing various artistic crafts, including beautifully decorating cookies. Roaya chose the dental field because she is passionate about helping people and making them happy.

Lisha Sterilization Specialist & Dental Assistant

Lisha comes to Sharp Smile Center with a diverse background in the dental field. She has worked the front desk, has been a dental assistant for over 12 years, and is our OSHA and sterilization specialist. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Lisha has two sons and enjoys old, classic movies and spending time with family. A fun fact about Lisha is her favorite color is purple. She loves being part of Sharp Smile Center team and truly changes lives!
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 prominent organizations, including the:
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
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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