I have the most amazing team! The women who work in my practice are caring, smart, fun, professional and, above all, the kindest people with hearts of gold.
My team members are always looking for ways to make our patients happy and comfortable, and give them the best care possible. They love learning new things and seeking ways to improve themselves so they can provide the most amazing treatment and environment. They take pride in everything they do and really get to know our patients well.
I am always amazed at the details my team recalls about our patients and the efforts they make to make sure our patients and their families are comfortable and heard. They get to know each and every patient personally and ensure everyone feels special and welcome at our office.
From remembering people’s preferred appointment times to the name of the family dog to asking about that special event, sports game, or trip – they remember because they care! – Dr. Helmkamp
Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant
I graduated from Allied College with a dental assistant certificate in 2008. I worked in pediatric dentistry and general dentistry before starting at Helmkamp Orthodontics in 2014. Whether I’m assisting Dr. Helmkamp with placing brackets or bands, removing braces, or taking X-rays and impressions, I always try to stay one step ahead, knowing what the doctor needs before she needs it. Each day is different and exciting, and changes with each patient and procedure, which makes it a lot of fun!
I am married with four children and three cats. I love, love, love my kitties! When I’m not working for Dr. Helmkamp, I'm helping my husband run our lawn care company. We go on vacation as much as possible, traveling to the beach several times a year. My motto is “Work hard, play hard!”
Front Desk/ Receptionist
Working in the dental field is a second career for me. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Missouri State University. I worked in public child welfare for 11 years before making the change. Social work was very rewarding but I really love my second career! I enjoy getting to know our patients and answering questions to help them navigate through treatment. Most of all, I love seeing their reaction when they see their new smile for the first time!
I am married with two kids, Maya and Ben. Both are very active and keep me really busy attending sporting events! We have a miniature Schnauzer, Rudy, who is the best boy ever! In my free time, I enjoy listening to live music and spending time with friends and family.
I am an especially familiar presence at our Sunset Hills office, where I spent 23 years working for now-retired Dr. Oleskevich. In the transition, I exchanged my seat at chairside for a place at the front desk, where I have the opportunity to greet old friends and make new ones. Some patients I’ve worked on as teenagers are now back with their children; it’s so cool to see how much they’ve changed!
At home, I have a dog named Chloe. She is a BIG part of my life. I also have several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews with whom I love spending time. I am the youngest of seven children, so my family is very important to me. I am active in my church and love to spend time with my church family as well.
Expanded Functions Orthodontic Assistant
I have experience as both a dental assistant and an orthodontic assistant, and definitely prefer the latter, which I have been doing for seven years. While my job involves many tasks, my favorite thing is the debonding appointment while assisting with removal of a patient’s braces. It is so rewarding to see the “unveiling” of each new smile, especially when the patient has heeded our words about the importance of good oral hygiene.
I married my husband Andrew on September 25, 2010. We now have two beautiful daughters, Cora and Remi. They bring us great joy. As a family, we love spending time outside swimming, walking, fishing, and catching fireflies in the summer. I enjoy shopping and going on vacations.
I was lucky enough to have completed my dental assisting internship with Dr. Helmkamp, and after I graduated, she hired me on full time! I could not have picked a nicer, friendlier team to join! I work with patients during their adjustment appointments to change wires and bands, but the best part is when I get to help take braces off. I love seeing our patients’ new smiles and how happy they are with their results!
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart. We have two active pups at home to keep us on our toes. In our free time, we enjoy being outdoors and hanging out with our friends and family.
I began my career in dentistry almost 30 years ago, working as a dental assistant, front desk, treatment coordinator, financial coordinator, and finally office manager. Here at Helmkamp Orthodontics, I oversee the flow and financials of the office so Dr. Helmkamp can concentrate on patient care. Ours is a team of uplifting, knowledgeable, inspiring, and professional women. The families and people I meet are just as important. I love getting to be a small, positive part of their journeys to a new, beautiful smile.
I am a mother of three grown children and four grandchildren who I love more than anything. I love to travel, especially to tropical climates, go to the movies, zip line, shop, and experience new things. Life is truly an adventure!