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


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.

Get to Know Denise at the Sharp Smile Center


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


Registered Dental Hygienist

Born and raised in St. Joseph Michigan she now calls Kalamazoo home. Marie graduated from Ferris State University with Associates Degree in 1998 and then returned to Ferris for her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene which she completed in 2016. She is excited to be starting classes online for her Master of Science degree program in Dental Hygiene at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.

Marie splits her time between the SSC and Kellogg Community College where she is an adjunct clinical instructor. Wherever she is at, she works to educate both students and patients. She loves to work with people to understand how proper preventative home care can improve their health.

Marie strives to establish a good relationship with patients; and wants everyone to be comfortable and relaxed during their procedures. When not involved with dentistry Marie spends time with her husband, son and cats. She enjoys reading, the farmers market and when the weather is nice can be found on the beach. 

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.

Get to Know Julie at the Sharp Smile Center

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.


Registered Dental Assistant & Dental Operations Department Head


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. She was rushed to the hospital to have the teeth placed back by an Oral Surgeon, because of 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. She grew up on a farm growing vegetables and taking care of animals. In 2009, she married her husband, Matt. Jessica and Matt have one son and one daughter. They enjoy hunting and fishing together. A few of her interests include trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends, and the craziest thing of all – house cleaning! She has a yellow Lab named Parker and a cat named Chico. 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.

Get to Know Jessica at the Sharp Smile Center


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!”       

Jayme Diehl

Dental Assistant and Flow Coordinator

Jayme is our flow coordinator.  She keeps patients safe and makes sure the day runs smoothly.  It would be safe to say she is the most “popular” person in the office—as we all rely on her to set up patient operatories, sterilize instruments, assist us when we need an extra hand and most importantly to make sure our patients are safe!

Jayme comes from a family that works in the dental field which gave her the inspiration to work at a dental office herself.  She loves making people feel comfortable and all things related to teeth!  Match that with someone that has good organizational skills, management skills and communication skills and Sharp Smile Center has a star employee!

Jayme graduated from Watervliet High School and has a degree in early childhood development from Lake Michigan College. She is working towards becoming a dental assistant. 

Her dog Arie keeps her busy but becoming a mom has taken over most of her free time!  Jayme has a beautiful baby boy and he is the joy of her life! She also loves to spend time with her family and is looking forward to buying a house soon!

Dominique Grabbe

Flow Coordinator/Sterilization

Dominique has been drawn to the dental field since grade school. Dominique went to school for Dental Assisting in 2008. Here at Sharp Smile Center we enjoy her habits of organization, attention to detail and of course her copiousness of humor.

Dominique is a mother of two boys, Tayden and Carter; a cat named Cedar, and their dog Chelsea. She went to school in Lawton where she met her husband Jon. They have been married for twelve years and live in their hometown. Outside of Sharp Smile Center, Dominique owns an event staffing company that expresses her creative side. For recreation she and her family enjoy camping, softball, kayaking, bowling, and swimming.

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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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Kalamazoo Office

2914 S Burdick St
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Open Today 7:30am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (269) 344-4004