Meet the Staff
Our staff strives to maintain healthy patient relationships. They are among the highest accredited dental professionals, and make great efforts to thoroughly discuss all treatment options with our patients to ensure they are receiving the highest quality of care for their needs.
Jaime Knoll - Stockbridge Office Administrator
I was born and raised in Linwood, MI. In 2004 my husband Lee and I moved our family to Stockbridge. We are proud supporters of this great community and glad to call it "home". We are blessed with three wonderful children, Ashton, Austin and Amber. Most of our time as a family is spent outdoors either at kids sporting events, camping, four wheeling, snowmobiling, bike riding, or participating in 5k races. On the rare occasion of having nothing to do, I enjoy crocheting blankets. I began my career in the dental field as a dental assistant, but after a few years I chose a new career path as a stay at home mom/daycare provider. I consider myself very fortunate to have had that quality time with my children. In 2014 I joined the Adiska Family Dental team, I am grateful to be back in the dental field and to be a part of such a great dental family.
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 one I work with. I was new to the dental field and have enjoyed learning all that I have so far and 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 and spending time outdoors. I enjoy all sports but am a true hockey lover at heart and am an avid Red Wings fan. In the summer my husband and I enjoy traveling with our daughter to my family’s cottage in Canada, where waterskiing, bonfires and family are the heart and soul of our little island paradise.
Ellee Kladzyk - Manchester Office Administrator
In 2014 I started working as the Office Manager in the Manchester office. I am an alumnus of Manchester High School, and went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2013. During my free time I enjoy being with my friends, family, and my big, fluffy cat, Bellatrix.
Kathy Zacharda - Owosso Office Administrator
I have worked in customer service for many years, and began my dental career in 2010. I’m excited to be part of the new Owosso edition of the Adiska Family Dental team and will be the smiling face that first greets each and every patient. I have built a personal relationship with many patients over the years and will continue cultivating those as well as adding many new ones as the practice grows. My husband Mark and I live in Ovid. Mark is a cash crop farmer in the Ovid/Owosso area. We have 2 sons, 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I put family first and especially love being a grandmother. I also enjoy cooking/baking, antiques, gardening and feeding and watching birds. I am proud to be a member of the professional and caring staff that is Adiska Family Dental.
Ginny Bohac – Owosso Office Administrator
I was born and raised in Owosso and have been in the dental field over 20 years. It was a surprising, yet pleasant transition in January 2016 when Dr. Gary Adiska took over the care of Dr. Harr-Thompson’s patients. I have been extremely privileged in getting to know the wonderful patients that we care for, hearing about their lives, and them listening to the great things that happen in our lives as well. I’ve been married since 1977 and we have two adult children, a son and a daughter. I have two granddaughters, one born in 2012 and the other in 2015. Being a grandma has been an unexplainable joy. I enjoy traveling, fishing, gardening, scrapbooking, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Leisa Gipe – Owosso Office Administrator
I have lived in the Stockbridge area most of my life and enjoyed the community so much that my husband and I both agree 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 in our community at S.E.A.S.A., Lansing-Mason Ambulance, and for Ingham County Medical Examiner’s office. We have 2 daughters Sidney and Madison, a son Brayden, and two dogs Hugo and Bear. We also have our own little micro farm where we enjoy raising farm fresh food for our family. We have quail, chicken, turkey, and pigs. Each year we look to add more animals to our farm. My family is actively involved at Crossroads Community Church where I enjoy singing on our praise and worship team. I have coached and judged competitive cheerleading for 16 years and I also enjoy photography. Prior to Adiska Family Dental, I worked 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!
Kara Manor – Stockbridge 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…especially spoiling our many nieces and nephews.
Ruthann Morvant - Stockbridge Office Receptionist
I love being that first person to welcome you to the office and start each new friendship off with a warm smile and a friendly hello. With each patient that walks through the door I look forward to hearing about how life has been since the last time they visited.
I was raised in the Stockbridge area and am proud to still call it home. I am proud to say that I am a Grandma for the first time and love spending time with my grandson Zack.
Originally a patient of Dr. Gary's, I was lucky enough to join the 'Adiska Family' as their receptionist . After seeing the great work the office produced along with the gentle and caring attitude of the entire staff and their enormous support and involvement in the community, I knew this was the place for me.
I look forward to speaking with you, ensuring you will receive prompt and attentive assistance and
welcoming you to Adiska Family Dental
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 and watching them play sports. 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 11 years. I graduated from Washtenaw Community College in 2011 to earn my Registered Dental Assistant license. I reside in Stockbridge with my husband Kevin and two daughters, Jena and Hannah. I enjoy cheering my daughters on at all their sporting events. My hobbies include taking family vacations to Mackinaw and Traverse City, and playing sports. I am proud to call Adiska Family Dental my home.
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.
Lisa Spicer – Dental Assistant
The little things can mean the most, enjoy every second!
I live for the adventure each new day will bring. For our family and friends that adventure seems to never stop! We are active in school activities, including academics and a wide variety of sports, and we are also involved in dance and plays, here at our community theatre. In our spare time, my family enjoys spending time at the lake! I have enjoyed working in all aspects of the dental field here in Owosso for over 18 years. Our patients are all so wonderful.
Entering into the Adiska Family Dental practice has been one of the most positive and encouraging experiences in my career so far.
Virginia Caterer - Dental Assistant
"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I was born and raised in Shiawassee County and have worked in the dental field since 1998. I’ve really enjoyed becoming a part of the Adiska “Dental Family”. I have a daughter Tracy, who is married to her husband Tony. I also have a son Jay, who is married to his wife Kimberly. My grandson Jake is currently enrolled in college. Family time is very important to me. In my spare time I enjoy camping and hiking the shores of the Great Lakes.
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!!!
Carol Tolrud – Registered Dental Assistant
I started my dental career in 1994 ,which seems hard to believe, and I am currently a Registered Dental Assistant. I started working with Adiska Family Dental at the Owosso location August 2016, which was one of the best decision I have made. Originally from South Dakota, my family has made Owosso our home for the last 18 years. I have worked many aspects of the dental field from front desk, Orthodontic assistant, Continuing Care Coordinator, but my heart is truly working chair side one on one with patients and of course with Dr. Heather. I love the relationships I have created and especially love working with children. I can honestly say I can't see myself doing anything else. I have been married for over 25 years and we have two daughters, Abigail and Elizabeth. I love gardening, running, hiking, camping, and of course cherish family time.
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. 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 two boys, Zachary and Blake. We love providing them with new experiences any chance we get. Whether it’s the zoo or 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
I have been a dental hygienist for over 20 years. I live and commute to our Stockbridge dental office from the west side of Jackson. My husband and I celebrated over 20 years of marriage in April. We proudly have two daughters, Kortney and Karly. Physical fitness and health inspire and intrigue me. I love my family and friends, enjoy competitive sports, and keeping active. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career as a dental hygienist. Dental hygiene has enabled me to serve, educate, and establish a personal relationship with our patients of all ages.
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, 10 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 a beautiful little boy and two dogs that we enjoy playing outside with.
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
I have been a part of the team since 2001 here at our Owosso office. I began my career in dentistry in 1990 as a Certified Dental Assistant. Four years later, I graduated from Tallahassee Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science/Dental Hygiene, and have since acquired certifications in Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide Administration and Laser Whitening. I was born and raised in Owosso. I have three children at home, a stepson and daughter-in-law in Orlando, FL and a daughter and a son-in-law here in Owosso along with a sweet little granddaughter who was born in 2015! When I am not working I love family time… camping, boating and snowmobiling, as well as traveling, recording, and singing with our family-based southern gospel group.