Meet the Team


Dental Hygienist

I enjoy getting to know my patients, learning their dental needs, and working with them to meet those needs. It means a lot to me to have built great relationships with my patients and I love the friendships we’ve grown over the years.

My job is to help patients with their oral health. While addressing everything from routine cleanings to treating periodontal disease, I focus on education. By teaching patients about their oral and overall health, I help them make educated decisions and develop healthier habits.

Outside the office, I enjoy the great outdoors. Over the years I’ve enjoyed bow and gun hunting during deer seasons, hobby farming, and searching out beautiful waterfalls. I have three children and we’re always seeking out new opportunities and new adventures.


Dental Hygienist

I like getting to know generation after generation of family members and helping each with their dental needs. It’s fulfilling to see families grow and change, hear about their adventures and plans, and share in their lives.

I take care of a range of dental hygiene processes, including cleanings, periodontal care, homecare instructions, and diagnostic imaging. I also schedule appointments, confirm needed treatment, and alert our doctors of any soft or hard tissue findings. Additionally, I help with sterilization, laundry, recall, appointment confirmations, and assist my coworkers.

My husband Dan and I have three daughters, a son, and six grandchildren including four girls and two boys. I also have a Hungarian Vizsla, Addy. Outside of work, I enjoy kayaking, fishing, grouse hunting, golfing, photography, bird watching, watching sports and – most of all – time with my kids and grandkids.


Dental Hygienist

My career began upon graduating in 2011 with my Associates in Applied Science, Dental Hygiene degree. Then, after some time, I decided to further my education and in 2020 I received my Bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. My interest in the dental field started at a young age thanks to my dental hygienist growing up. It was my close relationship with her, along with her care and compassion for my oral health, that made me want to have others feel the way I did when visiting the dentist. What I love most about working in dentistry is sharing my passion for oral health with my patients. I enjoy when they are just as excited about their smile as I am! I witness this happen at all ages and it makes my career so rewarding.

Outside the office I love to spend my free time with my English Springer Spaniel, Jojo, who is the light of my life. I also enjoy traveling, either abroad or to Minnesota to visit family where we love to play cards and bingo. I am also a reader and appreciate any good book recommendations.


Lead Dental Assistant

I love getting to know our patients and helping make their dental experience with us as easy and comfortable as possible. We have a wonderful patient family and I really like getting to know every person. It’s fun to hear what’s happened since their last visit and share stories of my own.

I assist our doctors with a variety of dental procedures while supporting our patients. I also take radiographs and impressions, sterilize instruments, and offer a lot of patient education.

My time off is spent with my fiancé and our two boys. We especially enjoy the summer months at our cabin, where we fish, boat, hang out by the campfire, and explore the outdoors.


Patient/Insurance Coordinator

I began my dental career in 2009. Having experience as a dental assistant I enjoy helping patients understand their treatment and love answering any questions they have regarding their appointments, insurance, or payment options. I am thankful to work with such a great team here at North Appleton Dentistry.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, our two daughters and friends. You can find us at our family cottage during summer months boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, enjoying the summer nights and in winter months ice fishing and snowmobiling taking in the Wisconsin weather. We are an avid Wisconsin sports family; we enjoy watching professionals sports and watching our daughters play sports.


Dental Assistant

I really like working with our patients, doing my best to make sure they have a relaxed and comfortable visit. At the end of a procedure, when someone thanks me for making it easy for them, I’m thrilled!

My job covers an extensive range of duties. I assist the doctors with the many different treatments we provide and make sure our patient is comfortable and ready for their procedure. I take X-rays and impressions and work behind the scenes, too, handling in-office lab work, sterilization, and making sure the rooms are stocked and ready.

I grew up in Wisconsin, lived in Anchorage, AK for 22 years, and moved back to the area several years ago to be closer to family. I enjoyed all that Alaska offered but am now thrilled to be home with my loved ones.


Dental Assistant

I love all the different people who walk through our doors. Spending time learning their stories and figuring out how we can best help them is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

I work in the clinic, assisting the doctors with an array of dental procedures and offering patient care. I also take and pour cast models, sterilize tools and equipment, and provide a lot of patient education.

I spend my time away from work with my spouse and two kids. We love spending time outdoors. In the summer we love to fish and go boating with friends. In winter we have fun snowmobiling around the yard, ice-skating, and sledding.


Office Manager

Stacy has been working in the dental field since 2000. She started her career as a dental assistant and filled that role for about 15 years. She then moved on to the business side of dentistry, continued her education with a bachelor's and master's degree in business, and became Office Manager and HR Professional. She splits her time between this office and our sister offices, but is always available to help where needed. Stacy said that she has always loved teeth and has known since 3rd grade that she wanted to work in the dental field. Her favorite part of the job is making people who are fearful feel more comfortable, and seeing kid's faces when they get their braces off.

Outside of work Stacy enjoys going up north with her husband Eric, daughter Emma, and their little dog Millie. She also loves traveling, snowmobiling, reading, crafting, and continuing to learn new things.


Our Wonderful Office Dog!

Stella has been with North Appleton Dentistry since puppyhood. She is the beloved pet of Drs. Ruthven and Cepeda and she comes to work with them a few days per week. Stella was originally born in the south. She didn't have the loving family life one would expect for a young puppy and she ended up in a shelter.

Our local shelter, Fox Valley Humane Association, runs a program called the Bark Bus where Stella was chosen from an over crowded southern shelter and picked up to come find her home here in the Fox Valley. She entered a program called REBOUND, also through the Fox Valley Humane Association, where she could channel all her energy into becoming the well behaved, lovable, and trained dog she is!

Stella is Golden Retriever mixed with Border Collie and has become accustomed to all things dental. People, sounds of the office, children playing around her, and everyone wanting to get to know her. She is available for pets before or after your appointment and LOVES the attention she gets from our patients and our team. If you are not a dog fan, no worries, Stella stays in the doctor's office during office hours.

Fun fact about Stella; she is a good sailor and has a pink mermaid life jacket just for the occasion when she is out on the boat with our doctors. Stella brings out lots of smiles, which we of course love to see!

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