Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our Ames Dental Practice and why we are so passionate about giving everyone the smile they deserve. Below you will learn more about my team – I am so proud to introduce them to you. If you would like to know more about me, click HERE.” – Dr. Amie
After retirement from the Ames Community School District, it seemed very natural for Renee to join our team. She enjoys working to promote fine service and loves fostering close relationships with our patients. Her background as an administrator gives her the patience to support and encourage you as you learn about your dental needs and care options. She is always eager to advocate on the behalf of our patients and find ways to help them with their insurance, which can be a challenging system to navigate. She enjoys helping out wherever she’s needed, whether it be assisting with treatment, office administration, marketing, education, or reception. She is invested in your care and satisfaction. Renee loves being with family, travel, music, reading, and all things ISU.
Kari joined Dr. Amie’s team initially as a dental assistant and as her passion for dental health grew, she went back to school to become a registered dental hygienist. Kari’s gentle listening ear is evidence that she really cares about people, and you can feel secure in her competent care. She makes patient comfort one of her goals so that you can enjoy your experience as much as she enjoys caring for you. Outside work, Kari especially loves being with her husband, her little girl, Marleigh, and their family dog, Ellie. She also likes occasionally taking a cruise to beat the cold Iowa weather!
Heather’s background in child and family services has given her a passion for educating and encouraging patients in their dental health. She has served in all aspects of our dental practice but currently plays a vital role working alongside Dr. Amie as her dental assistant. Heather finds satisfaction in attention to details, and loves being able to offer you greater comfort with a paraffin hand dip, a warm blanket, or a neck pillow. She wants you to enjoy your visit so you can look forward to coming again! Heather enjoys attending ISU events, baking, music, and family.
Tracie Jochum started her career as a dental assistant and continued her education as a dental hygienist. You will find that she is compassionate, able to put her patients at ease and ensures a positive dental experience for her patients. Tracie and her husband Stephen, have one son named Leo and a chocolate lab named Hank. In her spare time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors, traveling, and hanging out with family and friends.
Madi Soltau, Dental Assistant, says she knew that she wanted to work in dentistry at the age 10. She graduated from Des Moines Area Community Colleges’s DA program in 2020. Madi interned in our office, and immediately made a great impression, being one of the most ambitious and friendly interns we have ever trained. Madi grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. She enjoys spending time with friends, family and her cat, Fish. Madi says her favorite part of working at Ames Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is getting to know patients and building a good relationship with them.
Shawnia joined our team in December of 2019. She graduated from DMACC with her Dental Assisting Certificate in 2009 and completed her Associate in Science in 2010. She is a Certified Dental Assistant and also holds her Expanded Functions Certificate in Dental Assisting. Shawnia has a real passion for infection control and safety in the dental industry and our office. She enjoys helping our patients with all their needs from office administration and coordinating treatment to patient education and assisting with dental treatment. She loves the dental field and takes her career and education very seriously. Building long lasting, happy relationships with our patients is her priority.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son and family, reading, travelling, and teaching painting and crafting to others.