Meet the Staff at Adiska Family Dental
Jaime Knoll – Stockbridge Office Administrator
I have been a proud member of the Adiska Family since January 2014. My family and I moved to Stockbridge in 2004, and we quickly began to appreciate and be proud to be part of such a wonderful community. I started my career in the dental field in 2000 as a dental assistant. After working for a few years, I became a full-time mom to three wonderful children. Now I consider myself blessed to be able to say I love my job working as an Office Administrator. I am proud to work for an organization that provides outstanding patient care, passionate and educated staff members, exceptional community support and the desire to make people smile.
Kelly Messens – Pinckney Office Administrator
I joined the Adiska Family Dental team in 2012. From day one I have felt nothing less than family here and enjoy each and every staff member I work with. I was new to the dental field and have enjoyed learning all that I have so far and am always looking to learn more! I attended Baker College and graduated in 2011 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Pharmacy Technology.
In my spare time, my husband, Paul, and I enjoy spending time with our daughter, Suzette, visiting family and friends, spending time outdoors, and traveling. Indiana, Jamaica, and Boyne are a few of our frequent stops but our favorite place to travel to is our family’s cottage tucked away in Canada hidden on a private island. Bonfires, water skiing, and family are the heart and soul of our little island paradise. In addition to traveling, I am an avid reader and runner and most recently have taken up boxing.
Leisa Gipe – Stockbridge Office Administrator
After being raised right here in Stockbridge, my husband and I agreed it was where we wanted to raise our family. I married my high school sweetheart Steve in May of 2003. He works as a paramedic and together we have 3 children, Sidney, Madison, and Brayden. We also have our own little micro farm where we enjoy raising farm fresh food for our family. We are actively involved at Crossroads Community Church where I enjoy singing on our praise and worship team. I have coached and judged competitve cheerleading ever since I graduated from high school in 2000. I also enjoy photography and performing in the local community theater. Prior to Adiska Family Dental, I worked over 14 years in the medical field specializing in insurance benefit coverage. I feel very blessed that I was given the opportunity to change gears and use my experience and knowledge within the dental field. I have been a patient of Adiska Family Dental my entire life, and I am very excited to have my family receive the same remarkable, compassionate care that I did! I am so grateful to work here, and to be a part of such a wonderful team!
Morgan Hudson – Owosso Office Administrator
Hello my name is Morgan. I started working for Adiska Family Dental in 2018. I am an Office Administrator at the Owosso office. I was raised in Owosso and am proud to call it my home. I just recently graduated with my Associate Degree in management. In my free time I love to travel, camp, scrapbook, and spend time with my family. I am also a huge Disney fanatic.
Danielle Walker – Owosso Office Administrator
Most of my career has been working out of town in the medical field and I am excited to join the Adiska family as an office administrator in the Owosso office. It is a pleasure to work for a company that not only believes wholeheartedly in patient care but also in giving back to the community in which I was born and raised. I have three daughters that now go to the schools I grew up in and its a blessing to work so close. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and getting to know the families that choose us to keep their smiles healthy!
Kara Manor – Manchester Office Administrator
I have been a Dental Receptionist since 2009 and joined the Adiska Family Dental team in 2016. I am originally from the Kalamazoo area but moved to Ann Arbor to marry my husband, Larry, in 2006. My husband and I moved our family to Munith in 2014 where we love to be outside, fishing, hunting, golfing, and playing with our three dogs. Our boys Larry Jr., Jonathan, and Andrew keep us busy day to day with new adventures. I love that the Stockbridge area allows us the chance to enjoy life a little more and am blessed to be able to work near home.
Carrie Krachie – Practice Administrator
I feel very blessed to have found a career I absolutely love, and to be a part of an amazing dental practice that takes great pride in providing its patients with personalized, compassionate care. It is a true pleasure to work with our amazing patients and friendly, devoted team. I have been a part of Adiska Family Dental since 2004. As a way of further improving myself and our practice, I attend many continuing education courses and am a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM). Away from the office, you will likely find my husband Mike and I enjoying the outdoors or cruising around town on our Harley Davidson motorcycle. We also love spending time with family and friends, including our beautiful daughter, Josie.
Jennifer Cicalo – Registered Dental Assistant
I have been a Registered Dental Assistant with Adiska Family Dental for most of my dental career. I love working with our patients and our amazing staff. I grew up in Stockbridge and graduated from Ferris State University in 1988, where I received my Associate Degree in Dental Assisting. My husband and I have two amazing children Alexis and Ryan, which we enjoy camping with. I feel that my outgoing personality helps put our patients more at ease when they are in the dental chair.
Erin Smith– Registered Dental Assistant
I have been a part of the Adiska Family Dental team for over 15 years. I graduated from Washtenaw Community College in 2011, where I earned my Registered Dental Assistant license. I have raised two beautiful daughters. I love working in and being involved in the community that I grew up in, and seeing the impact we can make in someone’s life. In my spare time I enjoy cheering on my daughters, nieces, and nephews at their sporting events. In the fall, I love traveling with my family. I enjoy several sports.
Jessica Foukes – Registered Dental Assistant
It’s a beautiful thing when you can blend two passions into a career. I am very passionate about improving the self esteem of others. It is amazing to see someone smile brightly after going years with trying to hide their smile. I know how this feels first-hand. When I was younger, I had very crooked teeth. It really affected my self esteem. Thanks to modern dentistry, I can smile, laugh, talk and not worry about my teeth showing. I can just be me. At Adiska Family Dental, I get to work with the dentists recommending cosmetic procedures and assist in performing them. Cosmetic procedures really require an artistic eye. Thankfully, this is right up my alley. Before switching to Dental Assisting, I majored in art. When I am not at work, I am usually painting, sculpting, or spending time with my family and friends. On top of all that, I work with a great crew of men and women. I truly feel blessed. I love working in my hometown of Pinckney. It is so great to be able to form relationships with patients that I see within the community. It makes our small town feel even closer. I truly feel blessed to be able to work for Adiska Family Dental.
Angie Socia – Registered Dental Assistant
I have been a dental assistant for 13 years. I have lived in Owosso with my husband and two sons for 16 years. I enjoy spending time with my family when I’m not working.
Brianna Cool – Dental Assistant
Hello, my name is Brianna but I go by Bri. I am a dental assistant in the Stockbridge office. I began working here in June of 2015 and what a learning experience it has been! I was born and raised in Stockbridge and I am proud to call it my home. I have been interested in the dental field since I was in high school. I am happy that I get to experience this dental journey with the Adiska Family Dental team. Time that I am not at work I am out enjoying other things that I love to do like being with my dog and family. I love being outdoors and doing things like camping, boating, snowmobiling and riding four wheelers. To me it’s very important to explore and live life to its fullest!!!
Sarah J. Young – Registered Dental Hygienist
I joined the Adiska Family Dental Team in 2009 and I love my job more and more each day. I truly look forward to coming to work each and every day because of my amazing coworkers and patients. So much of the general population has such a fear of coming to the dentist. I feel such a sense of pride when we are able to see a person go from being terrified of the dentist, to being relaxed and comfortable because of the atmosphere we have created here at Adiska Family Dental. Many of these fears originate when they are young, so I especially enjoy seeing children come in with their family and how excited they are to be here. I obtained my Bachelor in Applied Science degree from the University of Michigan, where I graduated with honors and obtained the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award.
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband Scott and our three boys, Zachary, Blake, and Levi. We love providing them with new experiences any chance we get. Whether it’s the zoo, a water park, or a playground. I love seeing their faces fill with excitement while on our next adventure.
Kari N. Jones – Registered Dental Hygienist
My name is Kari Jones. I grew up about 15 miles from our Stockbridge dental office. I graduated from high school at NWHS. Go Mounties! After graduation, I attended MSU for two years. I transferred from MSU and graduated from Lansing Community College dental hygiene program. I married my high school sweetheart, James David Jones. We have two daughters, Kortney and Karly. I completed my local anesthesia certifcation at the University of Detroit Mercy. I love my family and enjoy taking care of our Parma home. My hobbies are running and other health/fitness activities, pets, and coffee with family and friends. With a fulfilling career in dental hygiene, I perform scaling, cleaning, and polishing teeth; advise and instruct patients on proper dental care and proper diet for good dental health; participate in staff meetings, in-service training, and continuing education courses. Overall, I’m confident that I treat all patients with respect and maintain patient confidentiality.
Amy Rodriguez- Registered Dental Hygienist
My name is Amy and I am a hygienist at Adiska Family Dental. I was born and raised in Venezuela, I moved to the United States when I was 18 years old. I attended Lansing Community College where I learned English and obtained my Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. I married my husband Daehwan and we recently began our new journey as parents.
In 2011, I began working for Dr. Adiska. My experience as a dental assistant allowed me to not only do hygiene but also assist for the doctors. I enjoy working in a small town and the feeling of being a family that Adiska Family Dental provides.
Heather Jenkins – Registered Dental Hygienist
In 2005, I graduated as a Dental Hygienist from Kellogg Community College. Now, quite a few years later, I still love my career choice. I am certified to administer local anesthesia and I take pride in making each patient feel comfortable during their appointments with me. My husband and I have two young children, one boy and one girl. We enjoy spending our time outside camping, bike riding, and walking our German Shepherd.
Deb King – Registered Dental Hygienist
I have been part of this dental team in Owosso for over 20 years with Dr. Gary Adiska taking over patient care in January 2015. He has made this transition very easy for the patients and wants to provide the best dentistry possible. Our office has been updated with computers and a state of the art “x-ray machine”…my favorite!!! I have built many wonderful relationships and memories with patients over the years. This makes me love going to work every day. I have been married to my husband for 27 years and have 2 grown children, Courtney, a School Psychologist in Grand Rapids and Bradley, a Business Analyst in Grand Rapids. When I am not working I enjoy spending time in the Frankfort area boating, kayaking, beaching, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and relaxing.
Sandy- Registered Dental Hygienist
Sandy is a Registered Dental Hygienist in the Owosso office. She recently celebrated 25 years of dental hygiene!
She is a 1994 graduate of Tallahassee Community College and currently holds a Florida and Michigan dental hygiene license. She is also certified in laser whitening, nitrous oxide administration, and local anesthetic.
Born and raised in Owosso, she has 4 children and has thoroughly enjoyed being “grandma” for the past four years.
She is working on her private pilot’s certificate, and also enjoys snowmobiling, boating camping and singing. She is part of her family Southern Gospel music group, The Sheldon Family.
Future goals include continued dedication to excellence in every area of her life!