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Meet The Team

Meet The Dental Team Of Dr. Samuel T. Bander in Grand Rapids, MI

Carmen Bollinger, FAADOM

Practice Manager

I have been a member of our exceptional team since 2001.  I came to the practice with over 6 years of business management experience.  While growing up in Lansing I attended Lansing Catholic Central and went on to pursue a nursing/business degree from Lansing Community College. I recently graduated as a Fellow of the American Association of Dental Office Management. 

As the Practice Manager, I am pleased to welcome you to our remarkable office!  It is my absolute honor to work with such an outstanding team of dental professionals!  I am passionate about dentistry and the relationship between oral health and general health and wellness. As a new patient, I will meet with you to review your dental health, risk factors and present your treatment needs and recommendations.  Together, we will discuss financial options and find arrangements that you are comfortable with.  It is my goal to help each patient get the dental treatment they need and desire – improving their life, condition, and overall health. 

I am married to my loving husband, Brad.  We have a daughter attending college, Alexis, 2 older step-sons, David and Joel, and 2 cats (Mr. Boots and Tiger!). We are highly active in our church, St. John Vianney.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, our close community of friends, entertaining, cooking and traveling.

 


Lindsay Nitz

Accounts Manager

I graduated from University of Illinois in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science.  I've been in the dental field since 1994.  I became part of this amazing team in 2016 and have found my home.  I really enjoy working with patients and helping them get the most out of their dental benefits as well as helping them get the treatment they need. 

I live in Byron Center with my wonderful husband Marc and we have 2 incredible children Taylor and Tanner.  In our free time we love going up to our cottage in Ludington, skiing in the winter, and spending time together as a family.


Danielle Beukema

Scheduling Coordinator

I joined this inspiring team in 2016.  I came to the office with just over 2 years of dental experience and know that the dental field is where I belong.  I truly enjoy getting to know all the patients on a personal level.  When patients come into the office my top goal is to make them feel welcome and cared for.

In my free time, I like going to the shooting range, working in the yard, camping and having fun with off-road vehicles.  I also enjoy taking long nature walks with my fur baby, Daisy. 


Nicole Kane, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I was blessed to join this wonderful team in 2016, after practicing for 7 years.  I graduated dental hygiene school in 2009 from Grand Rapids Community College and my passion for dentistry continues to grow.

As a hygienist, my goal is to help my patients achieve optimal oral health and whole body wellness through education and therapeutic treatments.  I believe every patient deserves the very best and I strive to provide that for them in the most comfortable environment.

I am married to my amazing husband, Patrick and together we have two children, Ava and Josiah.  I enjoy spending time at Big Star Lake, boating, bike riding, reading and quality time with friends and family. 


Beata Quizena, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I have been a part of Dr. Bander’s team since 1995 and have seen a constant evolution in our practice. I am proud to be part of this state of the art dental facility. Our family can't wait to pamper your family the moment you enter our spa atmosphere. I am a Grand Rapids Community College graduate with over 20 years of experience. My loving husband and daughters, along with the rest of my family, are who I love to surround myself with when I’m away from my friends at work. Gardening is my rest and relaxation.

 

 


Jacki Slomp, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I graduated from GRCC and went on to attend Calvin College.  I started practicing as a dental hygienist in 1997.  I have been a part of the Bander dental team since 2005. I enjoy pampering my patients and do my best to put their minds at ease with a gentle touch.  Our state of the art technology, spa comforts (especially the paraffin treatment!) and vast experience make coming to our office easier.  I am married to Brandon and have 2 beautiful daughters, Tori and Averi. 


Krista Penninga, RDH

Dental Hygienist

I graduated from Ferris State University in 1996 and began my dental career.  I enjoy working with my patients, using my years of knowledge and experience, to educate and guide them in achieving good oral health.  Making my patients comfortable and feel at ease is what I do best.  I’m proud to be a part of Dr. Bander’s team; providing the highest level of dental care possible.


Sara Houston, CDA

Lead Dental Assistant

I joined Dr. Bander’s team as an assistant in July 2009.  I graduated with a degree in dental assisting from the Grand Rapids Educational Center in 1998 and have been in the dental field ever since.  Thereafter, I continued my schooling to become a Certified Dental Assistant and X-ray Technician. 

Throughout my years of working in the field, I have enjoyed getting to know many great patients.  It is my goal to educate people of the importance of dental health and how it directly affects their overall health.  I want to share the many treatment options available; giving them the ability to smile with confidence. 

My husband and I have been married since 2003 and have a son.  I enjoy spending time with family, hunting, going to the beach and reading.

 


Amanda Werbeskas

Dental Assistant

I joined Dr. Bander’s caring team in the fall of 2005.  I graduated from Olympia Career Institute of Grand Rapids with a degree in Dental Assisting.  I am passionate about dentistry and work hard to ensure each patient receives the highest quality care in a comfortable environment.  I enjoy working with patients; helping them get the dental care that they need.

I am married to my high school sweetheart, Jason.  We have 2 beautiful boys, Charlie and Brady, and a family dog, Opie.  In my spare time, I enjoy working outside in the yard and spending the weekends up at our small cottage on Big Star Lake!


Jenna Reed

Dental Assistant

I was blessed to join Dr. Bander’s team in 2011.  I am amazed to see the quality of care and utmost respect that is given to every patient.  I have been in the dental field since 2007.   I admire the care and commitment I see Dr. Bander provide his patients.  He treats all of his patients as though they are family.  One of the best parts of my day is to see patients leaving our office with smiles on their faces. 

I am so fortunate to have married my amazing husband, Ryan, and together we have a beautiful son and daughter.  During my time outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as exploring the art of photography.

 


Sam Duran

Dental Assistant

I graduated from Olympia Career Training Institute of Grand Rapids in 2005 with a degree in Dental Assisting and began my dental career.  I joined Dr. Bander’s team in 2016.  I feel honored and blessed to be a part of such an amazing team.  My favorite part of my job is getting to know our patients and helping them with their dental needs.  I am married to Jose and have 3 children, Vanessa, Khloe and Tristan.  In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and crafting.


Jen Phillips

Clinical Coordinator

I graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 1996 with an Associates Degree in Business/Liberal Arts.  Ever since I can remember, I have noticed people’s smile. Because of this, the dental field seemed a perfect fit…and it is!  I have been a member of Dr. Bander’s team since 1999.  I love helping people achieve a smile they are proud of.  I look forward to being of service to you and making your visit comfortable during your professional cleaning. 

In my free time, I enjoy yoga, gardening and spending time with my family.  I am married with 2 fantastic daughters and a fun loving dog.