Meet Your Wayland, MI Team
Our vision is to create a dental experience above and beyond our patient’s expectations. Our dedicated team of professionals will always care about dentistry, our patients and each other. Using up to date techniques and technology we will thrive on educating ourselves and our patients in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. To our patients we promise an honest assessment of your needs and quality work that we stand behind and take pride in.
All of Dr. Sexton’s dental team actively pursue opportunities to enhance their expertise through continued education.
Carrie Gerhard, Dental Hygienist
I graduated from KVCC with my associate’s degree in dental hygiene and have been a registered dental hygienist with Dr. Sexton since 1994. I work in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday’s. I enjoy meeting new patients and introducing them to the latest technology and advancements our office has to offer. I cherish the long-term relationships that I have formed with many of our patients throughout the years. I live in Kalamazoo with my husband and our 3 children. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, running, skiing, softball, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Heather Chmielewski, Dental Hygienist
I graduated from GRCC in both Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. I started my awesome journey at Dr. Sexton’s office in 2007 as a Registered Dental Hygienist and couldn’t be happier! Four days a week I strive to give the best dental treatment possible, form lasting relationships and to have fun!! I live in Byron Center with my husband Mike and 2 teenage daughters Grace and Kenzi. In my free time, I can most likely be found at Sandy Pines laying at the beach or golfing.
Rachel Weber, Office Coordinator
I have been a part of the business team since 1991. I love the family atmosphere in the office and all of the opportunities to learn new things. I will assist you with any questions you have on your treatment, insurance benefits, and selecting the best financing option to fit your budget. Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
Sara Sexton, Financial Coordinator
I officially became a part of Dr. Sexton’s team in December of 2013. Unofficially, I have been around the office for a long time as Dr. Sexton’s trophy wife since 1989. I have 4 grown children, 3 grandchildren, 2 dogs of my own and at least 7 grand dogs. I have lived in Wayland most of my life and enjoy the sense of community that is personified in a small town like Wayland. I love to travel, read, listen to audio books and remodel our home room by room in an endless circle! Without a doubt, my favorite pastime is haunting any kind of thrift store for treasures I didn’t know I needed…at a bargain!
Stacy Luttrell, Financial Coordinator
I am originally from Ionia and my husband from Wayland. We moved to the Wayland area after we were married in 2000. My husband has been a patient of Dr. Sexton’s for the majority of his life, and myself and our 2 kids for several years. I graduated in 2013 with my degree in Medical Office Management. I have worked at a few other medical/dental facilities over the past 15 years and joined Dr. Sexton’s team in 2014, where I finally feel I am “home”. I am excited to be working in the community I live. I have experience in medical and dental claims, insurance and billing. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have with your insurance policy, treatment, and billing.
Jessica Wixson, Dental Assistant
I’ve been a Dental Assistant since 2009 and I enjoy it very much. I’m very excited to be part of Dr. Sexton’s dental team! I work on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. I also assist at another dental office on Tuesday and Friday. In the summer, my husband, I, and our 3 boys love to go camping and on mini vacations with our extended family. I also enjoy fishing and four wheeling.
Melissa Birtles, Dental Assistant
I have been a part of Dr. Sexton’s team since 2007. As a dental Assistant, I focus on making your visits here quick, comfortable, and efficient. If you have any questions about your visit, I can provide you with all the information you need to understand every phase of your treatment. I also look forward to meeting our new patients and assisting the Hygienists with your first appointment to our office. Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my husband Blake and our 2 boys, Wyatt and Colt. In summer I spend as much time as I can at our family’s cottage on Lake Michigan and camping anywhere and everywhere. When it is cold outside, you can find me next to the fire with a good book.
Jennifer Jirtle, Dental Hygienist
I graduated as a hygienist from GRCC in 2007. I’ve worked in several different types of dental offices including general practices, a clinic setting and as a substitute dental hygienist all over West Michigan. I’m very excited to be a part of Dr. Sexton’s team and I will be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
I love being a Dental Hygienist! My favorite aspect of my career is getting to know my patients. I enjoy hearing about their families, hobbies and the day-to-day happenings in their lives. My patients teach me so much and I get to teach them and help them stay healthy in many ways. As a hygienist I also enjoy continuing education classes and wearing comfy scrubs to work.
I recently got married and have an 11 year old son, Grayson. I also have two crazy dogs, Sammi and Ollie. Some of my hobbies include running, reading and cooking.
Kristen Genther, Scheduling Coordinator
I joined the Bruce Sexton DDS team in December 2016 as the scheduling coordinator. I am one of the voices you will often hear when calling our office. My job is to keep our schedule organized to allow prompt and efficient service for all of your dental needs. I enjoy working with people and feel blessed to work with a hard working, driven and passionate team of professionals everyday. As a previous student of Wayland Union Schools, I am excited to be working within my hometown community again. When I am not at the office you will find me spending time with my husband Brandon and our son, Collyn. We spend a lot of time outdoors; hunting, fishing, and training/playing with our coonhounds.
Kelly Bala, Dental Hygienist
I joined Dr. Sexton’s Team in August 2017. I graduated from Ferris State University in Dental Hygienist. I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing team and look forward to forming lasting relationships with patients! I am currently engaged and plan to marry in June 2018. I love spending time with friends and my dog.
Brittney Johnson, Dental Assistant
I am a Wayland Union high school alumni and I started working with Dr. Sexton in June of 2004 after finishing Dental Assistant training at Olympia Career Training Institute. After taking a couple year break to pursue other endeavors, I returned as a part-time dental assistant in 2017. My favorite part of my job is the people. I love helping people feel comfortable at their dental visits and I love the team I work with! When not at work I enjoy spending time with my son Domanik, boyfriend Kyle, and our 4 cats, Zeus, Hero, Vinny, and Monster. I love painting, glass bead jewelry making, wire wrapping stones, polishing stones and tooling leather to make cuff bracelets.
Michelle “Mickey” Arendsen, Clinical Assistant
I orginally started working with Dr. Sexton in 2002 and worked as a dental assistant for 4 years. After taking some time off to raise my three kids (Austin, 23, Aubree, 18 and Ryan,15) and pursue other professional avenues, I retured to the team as the clinical coordinator in 2018. When I am not at work, I enjoy just about any DIY project, fishing, hunting, and spending time with my grand daughters.
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