Dr. Andrew Hamilton
Dr. Hamilton is originally from the Kalamazoo area. He was a standout athlete and scholar for Schoolcraft Community Schools.
Upon graduation, he attended Michigan State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition/Human Physiology. MSU athletics is a very big part of his life and he attends as many sporting events in a given year that his schedule will allow.
Dr. Hamilton completed his doctoral education at the University of Detroit Mercy and has now been practicing clinically for 10 years. He is dedicated to progressing his skills and services through continuing education in all facets of comprehensive care dentistry, with a focus in implantology, implant prosthetics and digital dentistry.
Dr. Hamilton is an active member of several professional organizations and has achieved fellowship status in the the International Dental Implant Association (IDIA), the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). He also graduated and is an alumnus of the Kois Center program in Seattle.
Outside of the office, Dr. Hamilton’s number one priority and joys are his family; he has two beautiful daughters, Layla (4 years old) and Bree (2 years old) with his wife Jolie. The little spare time left over is spent Steelhead and Salmon fishing and the occasional round of golf.
Dr. Greg Smith
Dr. Smith is a 30-year resident of the Kalamazoo area. He attended Western Michigan University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in biology and finished his Doctorate of Dental surgery in 1979 from the University of Detroit. Originally from the east side of the state, Dr. Smith fell in love with the area while attending Western as an undergraduate, and vowed to return upon completion of his doctorate, never regretting his decision.
Professionally, he continues to expand his knowledge through active membership in the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society, the Academy of Computerized Dentistry and the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Front Office Staff
Jenni D. RMA, BS ORM
Jenni has been a long-time resident of the Portage area, graduating from Portage Central High School before going on to study Medical Assistant Technology at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
After working as a Pediatric Medical Assistant for 9 years in a local practice, Jenni recognized her passion for problem solving, process improvement, and leading people. With that realization, she went back to school and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. In the several years following, she had the opportunity to work as both a Front Office Manager and then Clinical Manager in Pediatrics. In order to grow personally and professionally, Jenni regularly participates in continuing education courses.
Jenni comes to West Wind Dental with a dedication to both professional excellence and exceptional patient care. She hopes to continue learning and growing alongside the practice and is committed to doing her part to make sure that every patient has an excellent experience with every visit.
In her spare time, Jenni loves spending time with her family, their 3 dogs, and friends. She also enjoys vacationing in Northern Michigan, traveling, wine tasting, and reading.
Jolie H. CDA, COA
Office Administrator/Patient Care Coordinator
Jolie joined our team in early 2015, coming to the office with over 18 years of experience, starting when she was a high school student at Portage Central. After attending the EFE (Education for Employment) program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Jolie started her first job as a dental assistant and fell in love with dentistry. She desired to continue her education, so she decided to pursue DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) where she completed her education becoming a Certified Dental Assistant, and then going even further Jolie later gained a certification in Orthodontics. Through the years she has expanded her knowledge as well as her experience not only in the clinical aspect (back office) of dentistry but also in the clerical (front office) aspect. Although you may occasionally see her working alongside one of the doctors, her true passion is in the front office. Currently she oversees all of the patient accounts as well as insurance and specializes in patient relations.
For fun, Jolie enjoys family time with her husband, two little girls and 2 dogs. She also loves gardening and canning.
Practice Support Assistant
Jennifer attended Western Michigan University, obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Geology. She taught middle and high school science for many years until her school had to close it’s doors in May 2019.
Jennifer has a passion for all things health, fitness and nutrition related, and is enjoying how this interest naturally lends itself to promoting healthy oral hygiene habits.
She is committed to providing positive patient experiences and is looking forward to learning and growing with the practice.
Sheilah M. RDH
Hygiene Department Manager
Sheilah is our Hygiene Department Manager. Before attending hygiene school, she worked in a dental office as a dental assistant and knew that she wanted a career in dentistry. She attended and graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2003 and spent many years in community health following graduation. Sheilah is active in pursuing dental education and loves to pass that education on to her patients. She is especially excited to help those patients at risk for periodontal disease and provide periodontal therapy.
Honest care is a true passion for Sheilah, care not only for her patients but also her coworkers. It is her personal goal to help each of her patients achieve optimal dental and oral health that is personally appropriate for them.
Sheilah spends most of her free time with her husband on a field or a court cheering on their two sons. She and her family are very active in their community and church. She also enjoys running, exercise, gardening and travel.
Arielle D. RDH
Arielle knew that she wanted a career in the health field early on. With a passion for dental hygiene, and the desire to connect with patients, she attended the Dental Hygiene Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, graduating in 2014. Arielle enjoys working with and educating her patients to ensure they attain optimal dental health.
Arielle grew up in Southwest Michigan near Lake Michigan. She now lives in Portage with her fiancé and their two furry friends, MacGyver and Tuna. In her free time, Arielle likes to soak up the sun on Gourdneck Lake, and spend time with family and friends. She and her fiancé enjoy traveling, and take trips up to Traverse City each summer.
Jenna H. RDH
Jenna has been living in Southwest Michigan since she was a child. She is married and has two little girls at home. Jenna attended Mattawan schools and afterwards went on to KVCC to complete the Dental Hygiene Program.
Jenna worked in a community dental practice before she became a part of the West Wind Dental team in 2018. Jenna’s favorite part of her job is that she gets to see patients a few times throughout the year and build a relationship with them over time!
In Jenna’s down time, she loves to spend time with her husband and kids, listen to podcasts, and try out new coffee shops or wineries in the area.
Leanne R. RDH
Permanent Hygiene Sub
Originally from Portage, Leanne attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. From there she graduated with an Associate Degree of Science, then later earned her Dental Hygiene degree and certification for administering local anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide. West Wind Dental was the first office she worked in after graduating and she continues to work here now on a on call basis. In the event that your usual hygienist is sick or away from the office, it is possible that you may have the pleasure of meeting Leanne & we promise she is wonderful. Leanne enjoys learning new hygiene techniques to improve patient care, and helping patients feel comfortable during their dental visit.
Jacqlyn H. DA (Jacqi)
Assisting Department Manager
Jacqi is a local resident here in Portage where she lives with her husband, two young boys and their family dog Cesar. Jacqi joined the West Wind Dental team in September 2012, following her completion of the Dental Assisting program and internship with Everest Institute in 2011. She has grown exponentially in her years here, and in 2017 was promoted to Assisting Department Manager. In the future she plans to pursue further education by obtaining her CDA.
When not at the office Jacqi enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, traveling with her husband, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.
Jessica W. RDA
Jessica joined our team in 2019, coming to the office with 11 years of experience.
In 2008, Jessica graduated from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor Michigan where she earned her RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) Degree.
Jessica enjoys assisting all types of dental procedures in the office. Jessica strives to ensure patients receive the best care possible, whether it is educating patients on a simple procedure, helping them to overcome a dental fear, or assisting patients to be confident in their smiles again.
Jessica spends most of her free time with her husband caring for their 2 children, Grayson and Avery. They also have one yellow lab, Parker.