Meet Our Staff

Dental Hygienists

Megan

Megan

My name is Megan, and I am a dental hygienist. Even before I realized I wanted to be a dental hygienist, I knew I wanted to work with children. I started my education at Calvin College, and then later transferred into the Dental Hygiene program at Grand Rapids Community College. I am excited to be at GPD to watch the kids grow, overcome their fears, and learn how to grow up with a healthy mouth.

I live in Cutlerville with my husband and two small children. I am a huge Disney fan, and my favorite season is summer. I love to travel, go to the lake, read, and watch movies.

Casey

Casey

I’m Casey, a Registered Dental Hygienist at GPD. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from The Ohio State University in 2011. I love working with kids and enjoy making visits to the dentist fun. My goal with each patient and parent is education and prevention of cavities and gum disease.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, Maggie. I also enjoy playing games, doing puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.

Ashley

Ashley

I’m Ashley, a registered dental hygienist at GPD. I graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College dental hygiene program in 2013. I moved to Kentucky after graduation, where I worked in both pediatric and general dentistry. I am so happy to be living in my home state of Michigan again and continuing my career in pediatric dentistry with GPD. Providing dental care and oral hygiene education to children is extremely rewarding. I enjoy introducing new patients to the dental hygiene experience and guiding them through future appointments as they grow and their dental needs change. I also love to share any oral health knowledge or dental hygiene tips that I can with parents.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends—especially my husband, son, and our dog. I also enjoy boating, reading, and traveling.

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Dental Assistants

Marilu

Marilu

My name is Marilu. I am a dental assistant at Gaines Pediatric Dentistry. I received my certificate in dental assisting in 2008 from Everest Institute, followed by my CDA through DANB in 2016. I am currently furthering my education to become a Registered Dental Assistant through an online course offered at Washtenaw Community College. Working in a pediatric office is very rewarding and fulfilling for me. I enjoy working with our great staff, but the best parts of my job are the children. Every child brings their unique personality to the office, and I enjoy getting to know each and every one of them. They always keep things interesting.

When I am not fighting sugar bugs, I enjoy shopping, listening to music, and spending time with my boyfriend.

Hannah

Hannah

Hi, my name is Hannah, and I’m a dental assistant. I graduated from the Greater Grand Rapids Dental Assisting Program in 2015. My main goal at Gaines Pediatric Dentistry is to provide excellent care to every patient that walks through the door. I strive to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere so that all our patients can leave with a smile!

Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my husband, Tyler, and our dog, Stella. I also enjoy running, reading, singing in my church choir, and spending time with family and friends.

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Front Office

Lauren

Lauren

Hello! My name is Lauren and I am the office manager and hospital coordinator here at Gaines Pediatric Dentistry. I received my Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Science from Grand Valley State University in 2017 and have worked in both healthcare and administration for several years prior to joining the team at GPD. Dentistry is a new field for me, but I love providing excellent care for kiddos and their teeth. One of my main goals is helping the office run smoothly so our patients and their families have the best experience possible.

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our four kids, and three dogs! My favorite hobbies include traveling, spending time outdoors, or curling up with a good book.

Emma

Emma

My name is Emma, and I’m the insurance and financial coordinator here at GPD. Accuracy and integrity are crucial in the process of insurance claim filing and billing. I strive to help our families maximize their dental benefits, as well as resolve any financial questions or concerns.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends. I also enjoy photography, traveling, pub trivia, and hiking.

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Front Office

Autumn

Autumn

I’m Autumn, the front desk receptionist at GPD, and I graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2003. Customer satisfaction is my first priority. I would like our parents and children to feel comfortable having GPD be their dental home, and I strive to make every visit be the best experience possible.

I enjoy spending time with my three young kiddos when I’m not in the office. I also enjoy teaching my puppy new tricks. I like staying active with my family by swimming, riding bikes, and going for walks.

Kristin

Kristin

My name is Kristin, and my primary job is Stay-at-Home-Mom to Dr. O’Callaghan’s and my three children. One day per week, though, I work at GPD where I manage accounts payable and other bookkeeping responsibilities. I enjoy working with the amazing team at GPD, but when I am not at the office, I love being outside with my family. We enjoy hiking, camping, and being at the lake. I also love cooking and doing yoga.

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