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.
He completed his doctoral education at the University of Detroit Mercy and has now been practicing clinically for 7 years. Personally, he and his wife Jolie welcomed their first child, a daughter, in early 2015.
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
Jennifer D. (Jenni) RMA, BS ORM
Jenni has been a long-time resident of the Kalamazoo area, graduating from Portage Central High School with honors, 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 and leading people. With that realization, she enrolled at Spring Arbor University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Organizational Management. Soon after, she had the opportunity to work as Front Office Manager and then Clinical Manager at that practice. In order to grow personally and professionally, Jenni regularly participates in continuing education courses.
Jenni comes to the 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 and friends, as well as playing with her dog, Oscar. She likes spending time in Northern Michigan, enjoying the sun, the water, and wine tasting.
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.
Patty attended Western Michigan University in college and has been in the dental field for many years, joining West Wind Dental over 12 years ago. She worked as an assistant for Dr. Smith clinically before moving into her current position in the front office. She always has a positive attitude and eagerness to help others.
Patty is a very talented interior designer and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, as well as playing golf.
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.
Heidi C. RDH
Heidi was born and raised here in the Portage/Kalamazoo area, attending and graduating from Portage Northern High School (GO HUSKIES), before attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College on an athletic scholarship for both softball and volleyball. Unsure of her career path at that time she sampled many other opportunities before falling in love with hygiene including: Special Education Assistant, Chiropractic Assistant, Podiatrist Assistant, CAN, and Rehab coordinator where she managed an assisted living home for closed head injury survivors for over 13 years. After the birth of her son she decided to return to KVCC to complete her degree. She graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene, allowing her the opportunity to not only practice but also teach.
When Heidi isn’t working or teaching, she loves to travel, kayak, and make memories with family and friends.
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.
Aimee J. DA
Aimee is a wonderful team player traveling from Hartford each day where she lives with her family. She has been an assistant for many years and has a true passion for helping others. In 2012 she completed the Dental Assisting Program at Everest Institute. She then spent many of her years in the field working diligently for the Van Buren Health Department. We’re so happy she decided to join our team in early 2018, and we love watching her build close relationships with our patients. Soon Aimee plans to continue her education by gaining her CDA.
In her free time, you can find Aimee volunteering at the soccer fields, camping with friends and family and gardening.
Lauren S. DA
Lauren is one of the newer additions to the West Wind Dental family starting in March of 2018. She lives here in town and loves the area. She graduated from Mattawan High School in 2013 and has been pursuing the dental field. She is ecstatic to be part of our team and enjoys learning and growing her knowledge of dental assisting. While in the office you may see Lauren helping one of our Doctors or Hygienists, and if you’re lucky she may even be your assistant for the day.
Outside of the office Lauren coaches lacrosse in the spring at Mattawan High School and enjoys selling Mary Kay. She likes running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.