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Dental Staff

Laura Lund

 

Laura Lund, DDS
Chief Dental Officer, Nimkee Dental Clinic

Dr. Lund graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Dentistry in 1994, and completed a 1-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in 1995. Joining the US Public Health Service/Indian Health Service as a Commissioned Officer in 1995, Dr. Lund began working with the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho. She transferred to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to work with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in 1998, where she has been ever since. For Dr. Lund, it continues to be a pleasure to work and grow with the SCIT. She is a firm believer in respect, good manners, kindness, and the belief that if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right. She continually strives to carry these tenets into both her professional and personal lives. When not working, she enjoys hugging her family, reading, taking walks and stained glass art.



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Dr. Debbie Meacham
Staff Dentist

Debbie was born and raised in Troy, Michigan. She went to undergraduate school at the University of Michigan. Immediately after graduation, Debbie went to the University of Detroit Dental School. She met her husband in California, and shortly after they moved to California. Debbie opened her own private practice there and stayed for over 20 years. Deciding to return to Michigan to be closer to family Debbie accepted the position of Staff Dentist at Nimkee and feels she has a new "dental family" with the staff at Nimkee and the tribal members.



Ona Erdt

Dr. Ona Erdt, DMD
Staff Dentist

Dr. Ona Erdt obtained her DMD degree from Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California. It was here that she received training based on the philosophy that the dentist is an important member of a patient's overall healthcare team, and that oral health is an important component of overall health. With 10 years of experience as a dental assistant prior to dental school, 4 years being in hospital dentistry, she experienced first-hand how conditions of the body affect the oral cavity and how conditions of the oral cavity affect the body. It is because of this she strives to provide the highest quality dental care with treatment plans that are based on providing the ultimate in oral and whole body health. When not at the office, Dr. Erdt enjoys scrapbooking, beading, and spending time with her husband of 14 years, Jay, and their 10 year old Shepard/Chow Chow dog son Akira.



Rochelle Roberts

Rochelle Roberts, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Rochelle graduated from Lansing Community College in 2007 with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene and graduated from Siena Heights University in August 2013 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene with a minor in Healthcare Management. Rochelle has a passion for dental hygiene and provides the most comprehensive, up-to-date patient care as possible with an emphasis on proper patient education. Rochelle is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and very active with her local component Capital Region Dental Hygienists including Component Editor and Delegate to the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association House of Delegates. Outside of work Rochelle enjoys spending time her family, including her husband and son. For fun Rochelle likes to go to the races, as well as running and reading.



Amie-Fenton

Amie Fenton, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Amie received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Ferris State University in 2004. She has a love for dental hygiene and getting to know and educate her patients. Amie lives near Hersey on a farm with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening, and fishing.



Misty Davis

Misty Davis, RDH
Registered Dental Hygienist

Misty grew up in Isabella County and attended Lansing Community College for dental hygiene. After graduating, she and her husband moved to York, Pennsylvania and lived there for 8 years. During that time, she completed her Bachelor's degree, became involved in the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienist's Association, and explored much of the Northeast. Her love of Michigan brought them back in December 2015, and she has been happily working at Nimkee Dental since then. She is now a member of the Michigan Dental Hygienist's Association, a beekeeper, a cat lover, and a nature enthusiast.



Monica Richer

Monica Richer, DA
Dental Assistant

Monica started with the Tribe in August 2000. She feels as Blessed now as she did when she first started. Monica thinks the smile is a personality indicator and truly enjoys increasing one's smile and personality. Monica has made many new friends and very much loves visiting with the older ones.



Elizabeth Simon

Elizabeth Simon, RDA
Registered Dental Assistant

Elizabeth began her dental assisting education in 2003. In 2007 she graduated from Delta College with an Associate in Applied Science degree and passed her state board exam receiving her RDA license. In the spring of 2009 Elizabeth began working for the SCIT at the Nimkee Dental Clinic. Elizabeth feels very lucky to work in such a beautiful clinic and to have so many wonderful people to work with. Elizabeth enjoys her job and hopes to be part of the Nimkee family for a very long time.



Annette Plarske

Annette Plarske, DA
Dental Assistant

Annette graduated from Grand Rapids Educational Center in 1990. She has been a dental assistant on and off since then. Annette always seemed to come back to work in the dental field; she loves it. She loves working with the patients, whether it's working to improve their smile or helping to lessen the fear of the dental experience. Annette says, "The constant change that comes with being an assistant is never boring because there is always something new and exciting happening."



Misty Davis

Lisa Wakefield, RDA

I am currently a CDA, RDA, EFDA, and soon to be a CDBP. I love to learn and grow as the industry changes and you will find me participating in as many continuing classes as possible. My passion for dentistry was born the first time I watched a patient's self-esteem and confidence in herself grow as she went through her dental treatment. It was truly amazing to be able to help take her from pain, no smiles and hiding her mouth, to smiling and laughing again. You will see me around for a long time to come, helping out somewhere in the dental department.



Andrea Mayer

Andrea (Andi) Mayer, DA
Dental Receptionist

Andi has been employed with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, at the Nimkee Dental Clinic since October 2005. She has been in the dental profession since 1989 and is currently working as the Dental Clinic's Receptionist. Andi thoroughly enjoys the dental profession and working for the Tribe.



Travis Chamberlain

Travis Chamberlain
Dental Receptionist

Travis currently goes to Mid-Michigan Community College. He is very excited to start his new journey with Nimkee Dental; while still continuing his education at MMCC. Travis enjoys being outdoors and staying active.