The exceptional team at Bandeen Orthodontics of Battle Creek
At Bandeen Orthodontics of Battle Creek, we are proud to say that we have the best group of people to provide you and/or your children with braces and other orthodontic care. We take pride in having a caring, intelligent, and compassionate team that is eager to advance and try new methods, procedures, and technology. Orthodontics is growing and changing every day, so it’s important to have a team ready to embrace those changes in order to provide you with the best orthodontic care possible. Our team at Bandeen Orthodontics of Battle Creek serves all of Southwest Michigan and should be your choice for orthodontic treatment.
Amanda brings with her years of Dental Assisting experience and a bright and cheerful attitude. Amanda spends most of her time here as a clinical orthodontic assistant, although she is also our point person for clinical supplies. Management of supplies is no small task in a busy orthodontic practice. She has been with us since early 2011. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter. If there is a rock concert in the area, she will be there…although she has been caught singing the words to some country music in our office too!
Clinical Manager, Clinical Assistant
Karla has been with our office since January of 2013. She had many years of experience in orthodontics before she joined our team. She is one of smiling people who you will see first when you come to our office. She is our “treatment coordinator” which means that she will help you understand your orthodontic treatment options and will help you move forward with the process. Karla is also our connection to our local restaurant scene – she and her husband know the food business. They are typically the ones who cater for our in-office educational events that we have hosted for our dental colleagues, and they always receive rave reviews. Karla has two kids and lives with her husband in Marshall, Michigan.
Khalil came to us on a rotation through the 21st Century Health Program when he was in high school. He was so awesome that we offered him a job for after school hours and summers. He has been with us since mid-2013. Currently, Khalil is a student at Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!) so we only have the pleasure of his presence during holidays and summers, but he is a HUGE help when he is around, and we are really glad to have him! Khalil is a business major, so his role with our team has become more administrative, but he still is known to help out on the clinic floor and will challenge others to an impromptu dance-fight. Khalil also has ambitions to be a pastor. We’ll be watching closely to see what his future holds!
Jessica has been with us since early 2014. She was previously working in public health as a dental assistant. Jessica likes to sky dive (with her friend and fellow team member, Chassity). She and her husband live in Olivet with their young daughter who arrived in the fall of 2014. Since joining our team, Jessica has quickly gained solid orthodontic skills while sporting her usual cheerful smile. We are looking forward to many years working with Jessica and are hopeful that she will not be injured riding bulls and roping cattle during her weekends on her family’s farm.
Cindy lives with her husband and kids in Marshall. She has been with us since the summer of 2014. In addition to being a one of our Scheduling and Financial Coordinators, Cindy is also our Insignia Coordinator “go to” person for Insignia where she helps oversee your custom-treatment process so that the doctors can establish your treatment plans with the aid of three dimensional computer modeling. She has a LOT of previous orthodontic experience, and also has an extremely positive, go-to-it attitude. She can sing Journey’s entire Greatest Hits album from memory (and makes up the dance moves as she goes along). She is a huge University of Michigan fan and can talk sports better than anyone else in the office. She is an important member of our reception team, and she is currently lobbying for installation of a basketball hoop in our parking lot.
Insignia Coordinator / Scheduling and Financial Coordinator
Kim joined our fabulous team early in 2015, and it’s been wonderful to have her with us. Kim graduated from Kellogg Community College as a Registered Dental Hygienist at the top of her class. She enjoys kayaking, outdoor adventures, shopping, and crowd surfing. Her dream is to be in a flash mob someday. She makes a long trek in each day from her house in Jackson on a moped. Kim’s peppy personality makes her a great addition to our team. While she will spend most of the time at our office with patients preparing to have braces placed and then later getting braces off. You will see her beautiful smile helping out everywhere around the clinic.
Samantha started with us as an intern and was so amazing that she was quickly offered a position. She officially started working with Bandeen Orthodontics in 2016 after she finished a 9 month program at Ross medical. Samantha enjoys being outdoors if she’s not quad-riding then she’s kayaking and spending time with her family. Samantha also loves traveling and exploring new places, she plans on visiting Hawaii and Alaska very soon. Samantha is almost always smiling, and her calm demeanor puts patients at ease.
Hannah joined our team in August of 2016. Prior to becoming one of our team members, she had the opportunity to work with other orthodontic offices around the country. She is our “Invisalign Coordinator” which means that she oversees the process of your Invisalign treatment to make sure that your care goes as smooth as possible. She has two fantastic young children and lives in Battle Creek. She is very often seen bouncing around the office (literally)… while singing!
Invisalign Coordinator, Clinical Assistant
Michael came to our team in early 2017. He quickly developed a new role for our team as a Dental Lab Technician AND as a 3D Printing Specialist. Michael has the challenging and rewarding task of operating our 3D printers. He takes the computer generated virtual models from our mouth scanning equipment and turns them into actual 3D printed models that you can hold in your hand. From there, he makes your retainers. Michael is probably the most involved in making your Smart Retainers®. Find out more about Smart Retainers® by clicking here. Michael is a skilled musician who plays guitar at church, and his calm, patient attitude keeps everyone smiling every day!
Dental Laboratory Technician & 3D Printing Specialist
Tara is a wife and a mother of two beautiful girls. She thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family any way she can. Weather it’s helping coach her oldest soccer team, going to the park, or cuddling up infront of the TV for movies, Tara enjoys it all. Aside from being mommy, she loves playing and watching sports with her husband, especially when she knows what’s going on. It’s safe to say her family is her world, which since May of 2018 now includes her Bandeen family.
Tehanne joined the team in April 2018. Prior to joining our team, she worked at an local elementary school as a paraprofessional and also in the school kitchen. Tehanne currently lives in Athens with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and one unfriendly cat that doesn’t like to be petted. She loves to travel, hang out with friends, listen to music and get crafty everyone in a while. All of us here at Bandeen Orthodontics are happy to have her!
Patti started with us in Feb of 2011 and left in the summer of 2014 for sabbatical to study with the great eagle hunting tribes of Mongolia. She returned to us in late 2017 with a new perspective on indoor plumbing and fashion. She and her husband enjoy hiking, gardening and moving around a lot. They have 6 children and 6 grandchildren. From 2011 until now, Patti has been a Bandeen Favorite. We are glad she is back home.