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Meet The Periodontal Team – Lincoln, NE

Get to Know Our Support Staff

Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry wouldn’t work as smoothly without our team members. From answering phone calls and questions about insurance to assisting our periodontists in procedures, our team plays an essential role in giving patients a positive experience every time they come into our Lincoln office. Our team can’t wait to talk with you on the phone or in person, and you can learn more about us by reading the information provided below.

Diane, Office Manager

Office manager Diane

Diane’s career in oral healthcare impressively covers nearly 40 years so far, with most of that time spent right here at our office. She studied at Central Community College in Hastings and has also worked as a Certified Dental Assistant. Today, her favorite part of this job is building long-lasting relationships with other people. She is so thankful to be part of a team that strives to treat each patient with kindness, respect, dignity, and honesty. They’re also dedicated to the highest standards of care, communication, and appreciation possible – not just of patients, but of each other and the extended dental community as well.

Diane is proud to come from a farming background – in fact, her parents and two brothers still farm south of Cozad. Her sister works as an educator in Kansas. She also has a daughter who works as a dental hygienist and lives in Alabama, as well as a son in Omaha who is a structural engineer. She recently married her childhood friend Gregg (they first met in 7th grade band class), who is the owner of GDE Construction. They enjoy a wonderful life together with their three dogs. As for hobbies, she is happiest when serving others, enjoying time with family and friends, and experiencing/sharing music and laughter. She and her husband are finishing up therapy dog training with their English Yellow Lab soon. She is also one half of a piano duo who performs for residents of retirement facilities and church events. They’re called Two Pea’nists in a Pod!

Debra, Business Manager

Business manager Debra

Debra’s experience in the dental world impressively covers over 40 years, with a majority of that time spent right here at our office. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has also made progress towards a Master’s in Educational Psychology. As our dedicated business manager, she goes the extra mile to help our patients maximize their benefits from dental insurances while also helping the doctors with vital matters like payroll, vendor payments, patient accounts, and business practice management. We’d be lost without her expertise!

Debra has two grown children and three grandsons, all of whom live in Omaha. She also loves God’s gifts of animals. In years past, she had a beautiful dog named Jagger who she trained as a therapy dog. She witnessed him make countless patients very happy by giving of himself, and he will always live on in her heart and the hearts of those he cared for. Today, she has a dog named Donovan who keeps her extremely busy. As for other hobbies, she enjoys walking, reading novels (especially biographies and autobiographies), studying the Bible and its life lessons, landscaping, gardening, cooking, appreciating art/music, decorating her home, and (of course) spending quality time with her loved ones.

Colleen, Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistant Colleen

Colleen was born in Manhattan, KS but was raised in Lincoln. She graduated from the dental assistant program at Southeast Community College in 1981. Today, her overall dental career spans nearly 40 years! She feels very proud to not only work with such wonderful people each day but also take care of them as they pursue healthier, happier smiles.

Colleen and her husband Scott have been married for nearly 30 years, and have three children. Lauren is a Registered Nurse, Kylie is starting dental school at UNMC in the fall (she hopes to become a pedodontist or periodontist), and Taylor is a health/science major at UNL. As for hobbies, their entire family loves traveling and has undergone scuba diving expeditions, including Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos. Colleen herself personally enjoys gardening, exercising, walking outdoors, and keeping up with Husker sports, especially women’s volleyball. She is a member of St. Joseph Church and is dependent on her faith in all aspects of life. In addition to working full-time in dentistry, she also successfully runs her own small business, which is named Simply Amaizen Popcorn and Snacks!

Marcia, Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistant Marcia

A Lincoln native, Marcia attended Southeast Community College for her education. Today, she has been working in dental offices for nearly 40 years! She loves being to help so many wonderful patients and spend time alongside such talented coworkers on a daily basis.

Marcia and her husband Lynn have two sons named Trevor and Tate. Trevor is happily married and has a daughter named Grayson, who is the love of their lives. Tate is developmentally disabled and lives at home; he keeps them on their toes and feeling young for sure! Outside of working hours, she enjoys watching all types of sports, being outdoors, and reading. She also definitely has a wanderlust personality and is always up for traveling and experiencing new places. In 2019, she had the opportunity to go to South Africa, and it was an experience she will never forget.

Marina, Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Marina

Marina completed her dental education at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry, and she has her Expanded Functions training. Today, she’s been working in dentistry for over 15 years so far! Her favorite part of this work is being able to interact closely with patients in need, as well as help them maintain their dental health over the long-term.

While Marina was born in Dnepr, Ukraine, she considers Lincoln her true hometown. She and her husband Alexander have three children named Roman, Julia, and Nelly. Outside of the dental practice, her favorite activities are hiking in the mountains of Colorado, basking in the sun on Florida beaches, and baking artisan bread. She also enjoys trying new recipes from different countries, gardening, reading, and taking on cross-stitching projects. Spending quality time with her large family is an absolute must too, of course!

Shirlette, Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Shirlette

Shirlette’s career in dentistry spans nearly 35 years so far! She loves caring for, treating, education, and building relationships with not only her wonderful patients but the other team members too. You’ll be sure to enjoy her positive, optimistic personality from the moment you meet her. She studied dental assisting at Southeast Community College before earning her dental hygiene degree at Central Community College in Hastings. She is an RDH who also has her public health license.

Outside of the office, Shirlette is the proud single mom of a teenage boy – he’s her greatest gift. When she has free time, she enjoys cooking, entertaining, hanging out with family and friends, reading, and golfing. She also loves being outdoors and enjoying the sounds, smells, and quietness that God has blessed us with. She has to admit that she always looks forward to shopping too – what girl doesn’t?

Lyndsey, Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Lyndsey

Lyndsey has been working in the dental field for over 15 years so far, and she loves not only being able to help her patients smile brighter, but also feel more confident in their everyday lives! She completed the SCC dental assisting program and attends various continuing education programs every year to keep her clinical skills sharp.

A Lincoln native, Lyndsey and her husband Kelsey married in 2013 – they met at a Lincoln Stars game and have been best friends ever since! They have a son named Kannon and a daughter named Sierra. As a family, they enjoy spending time at their lake house on the weekends. Away from the office, Lyndsey’s top priority is being outside in the sun and around the water. You can pretty much always find her surfing, kneeboarding, cruising around on their boat, and maybe even using the jet skis. She loves introducing her kids to these various activities too and seeing them have fun in the water. She’s got plenty of passion for cooking and baking as well.

Hang, Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Hang

Hang has been working in the dental world for over 16 years now. She studied assisting at Southeast Community College and is a CDA. Today, she thinks there’s lots to love about her position! She enjoys improving her patients’ health, seeing them achieve bright and wonderful smiles, meeting new people, and participating in good teamwork with her coworkers. If she can help a patient feel calm and happy after their procedure, it makes her entire day.

Hang and her husband Tommy have four wonderful children at home named Daniel, Dominic, Sydney, and Milan. Whenever she has free time away from the office, she likes reading a good book, walking outside or in the park, playing with the kids, and taking on various home improvement projects. Here’s an interesting fact about her: she’s bilingual and speaks Vietnamese in addition to English!

Triston, Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Triston

Triston is one of the newest members of our team, but she already loves how well everyone gets together here – it really does feel like a second family! After attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, she studied dental assisting at Southeast Community College and is a CDA today.

Triston is originally from Shelton, and her mom and dad still live there with their three dogs. She also has an older brother named Clayton who is currently in the Navy and stationed in Mississippi. When she has free time away from the office, her favorite hobbies include being outside and playing with her dog Murphy. Here’s an interesting tidbit about her: she was born on Good Friday!