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NEW HOURS

Our office will have new hours beginning on February, 13th, 2023. 

Our
Team

Get to know the incredible team at West Wind Dental!

You can count on us to take care of your oral health needs with comprehensive treatment plans and some of the most advanced services used in modern dentistry. Every staff person here is dedicated to providing the very best general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry procedures you need every time you visit West Wind Dental in Portage, Michigan.

Dr. Andrew Hamilton, DDS, FAGD | West Wind Dental Team

Dr. Andrew Hamilton, DDS, FAGD

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 is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Dental Association (ADA), the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society (KVDDS), the American Academy of Implant dentistry (AAID), the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics (IAFA) and also attends courses with the Pikos Institute in Northwest Florida. He is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICIO), has achieved fellowship status in the International Dental Implant Association (IDIA) and in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD), has graduated from and is an alumnus of the Kois Center program in Seattle, and is on the faculty of the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA).

 

Outside of the office, Dr. Hamilton’s top priority and joys are his family; he has two beautiful daughters, Layla and Bree with his wife Jolie. The little spare time left over is spent Steelhead and Salmon fishing and the occasional round of golf.

Dr. Ashley Muehleise, DDS | West Wind Dental Team

Dr. Ashley Muehleise, DDS

Dr. Ashley Muehleise grew up in Schoolcraft, Michigan where she attended Schoolcraft High School and the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center. After graduating, she received her bachelor’s degree in Biomolecular Science at the University of Michigan. During her time in Ann Arbor, Dr. Muehleise spent time volunteering at a community health clinic where she fell in love with dentistry. 

 

She then went on to receive her doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Her priority is to make patients feel comfortable in the dental chair, while helping them achieve a confident, healthy smile. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. 

 

 

In her spare time, Dr. Muehleise enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog Duke. She loves hiking, golfing, and cooking.

Administrative Team

Jolie H., CDA, COA | West Wind Dental Team

Jolie H., CDA, COA

President, Patient Care & Financial 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, their two cats and their dog. She also loves running, gardening, and canning.

Jenni K., RMA, BS ORM | West Wind Dental Team

Jenni K., RMA, BS ORM

Director of Business Operations

Jenni has been a long-time resident of the Portage area, graduating from Portage Public Schools before going on to study Medical Assistant Technology.

 

After working as a Pediatric Medical Assistant for several 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 a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management. In the several years following, she had the opportunity to work as both a Front Office Manager and then a 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 to grow alongside the practice and is committed to doing her part to ensure that every patient has an excellent experience with every visit.

In her spare time, Jenni loves spending time with her family, their dogs, and friends. She also enjoys traveling, reading, wine tasting and music.

Jacqlyn H., DA | West Wind Dental Team

Jacqlyn H., DA (Jacqi)

Director of Clinical Operations

Jacqi is a local resident in Mattawan where she lives with her husband and two boys. 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 Lead Dental Assistant. 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.

Front Office Team

Amber D., EFDA, CDA | West Wind Dental Team

Amber D., EFDA, CDA

Finance Assistant

Amber is new to the Portage area, recently relocating from Indiana where she spent the last 10 years. Amber has always felt drawn to dentistry, which lead her to complete an Associate Degree in Dental Assisting. Amber worked as a Dental Assistant for 5 years prior to making the transition to the front office, where she is able to use her dental knowledge to better serve our patients.

 

Amber is married and has a 5 ½ year old cat named Bandit and a 3 ½ year old silver Labrador named Molly. In her spare time, Amber enjoys doing arts and crafts with her mom, her favorites being diamond painting and crochet.

Megan M. Practice Support Assistant | West Wind Dental Team

Megan M.

Practice Support Assistant

Megan joins our team at West Wind Dental with experience in both the dental and medical fields. She has previously worked as a Dental Assistant in both Oral Surgery and Periodontics and assisted patients at a local hospital as both a Certified Nursing Assistant and a Front Office Staff Member. Her previous experience has enabled her to have a greater understanding of dental procedures and insurance, helping her to better serve our patients.

When she is not working, Megan enjoys camping and the outdoors with her family. She can often be found tending to her 30 chickens and her cat, Lady Tremaine. She also enjoys spending time doing arts and crafts projects with her daughter, adult coloring books, and Diamond Art.

Christine F. Practice Support Assistant | West Wind Dental Team

Christine F.

Practice Support Assistant

Chris grew up in Paw Paw, Michigan and graduated from Paw Paw High School. She moved to Vicksburg, Michigan in 1996 where she raised her children and still resides today. 

 

Chris has worked in the dental field since 1991 both clinically and clerically. She is down-to-earth, ambitious, and looks for positivity in all aspects of life. Chris is also a proud and devoted mother of two and grandmother of three. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, landscaping, and decorating. She always strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance and believes that the dental profession has allowed her to accomplish this successfully. 

 

Chris’ highest priority as a Practice Support Assistant is to continually collaborate and work diligently, hand and glove with the entire dental team to provide our patients with exceptional, high-quality dental care while maintaining a professional and relaxing atmosphere. 

Hygiene Team

Sheilah M., RDH Hygienist | West Wind Dental Team

Sheilah M., RDH

Hygienist

Sheilah is our Hygienist at West Wind Dental. 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.

Kendyl H., RDH Hygienist | West Wind Dental Team

Kendyl H., RDH

Hygienist

Kendyl has lived in Portage since she was a child. She attended Portage Public Schools and afterwards completed the Dental Hygiene Program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She always knew that she wanted a career in dentistry and had a wonderful relationship with her dental office growing up.

 

Kendyl has a passion for hygiene and providing the best care for all her patients. She strives to continue her education and share that knowledge with others. It is her goal to help every patient reach their optimal oral health.

 

Kendyl spends most of her free time with her friends and family but always makes time to read and have fun with arts and crafts. She loves to paint and crochet but also enjoys exploring new hobbies.

Kayla A., RDH Hygienist | West Wind Dental Team

Kayla A., RDH

Hygienist

Kayla has been a longtime resident of Michigan. She grew up in Athens and now lives in Battle Creek. She attended Athens Public Schools before going on to complete the Dental Hygiene Program at Kellogg Community College. 

 

Kayla has always had a passion for helping people and discovered that she could use her love for dentistry to help her patients’ overall health. Kayla especially enjoys building relationships with her patients and likes to use humor to make her patients more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. 

 

Patient education and satisfaction are priorities for Kayla. She loves it when her patients leave with smiles on their faces and a better understanding of their own oral health. 

 

Kayla spends most of her free time with friends and family and spends lots of time hiking with her two dogs. Kayla also loves photography, reading, and traveling to different parts of our beautiful state. 

Assistant Team

Amber H., DA Dental Assistant | West Wind Dental Team

Amber H., DA

Dental Assistant

Amber grew up in the Kalamazoo area, graduated from Kalamazoo Public Schools, and continues to live in the area with her two children.

In 2012, Amber was looking for a change in her career. She found herself being drawn to the dental field and made the decision to attend Ross Medical for the Dental Assistant Program.

During the course of the program, Amber realized her passion for helping patients reach their optimal oral health. Since graduating, Amber has expanded her skills by working in both general dentistry and oral surgery.

Amber believes in living each day to the fullest and not taking anything for granted. Amber is a breast cancer survivor, which has helped her to learn that each day is a blessing to be cherished. Amber most enjoys spending her free time with her children, her dog George, her boyfriend, and her extended family.

West Wind Dental understands the impact of the digital world in dentistry and is leading dentist in our community because of this. We strive to bring safe, fast, and efficient care to our entire patient family.

New Hours Effective Monday, Febrary 13, 2023

Monday: 7:00 am-4:50 pm, closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 pm (door will be locked)

Tuesday: 7:00 am-2:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am-4:50 pm, closed for lunch from 12:00-1:00 pm (door will be locked)

Thursday: 7:00 am-2:00 pm

Friday: 7:00 am-noon