Gentle Dentistry

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Registered Dental Hygienist

Chantel graduated from the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Dental Hygiene program with Honors. She is also certified in Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Administration.

Chantel joined our practice in 2010. Our patients appreciate her commitment and passion to improve and maintain their oral health. Her enthusiasm to help others is evident in the care she provides. Her positive attitude and smile is infectious to others.

When not taking care of her patients, Chantel loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.

  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz
  • Hobbies/Interests: The outdoor adventurer, racing, walking, my family
  • Dream Vacation: Hawaii

Why I love dentistry

“Educating patients about their oral health and seeing the positive outcomes.”

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Office Manager – FAADOM, CDBP

Trina is the office manager at Gentle Dentistry. She has a wealth of experience in the dental industry since 2002 with insurance, scheduling, and treatment plan coordination.

She is committed to making your experience in our office positive, comfortable, and informative. Trina is a Fellow of the American Academy of Office Managers and has received her Certified Dental Business Professional certification through the Michigan Dental Association.

  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Romancing the Stone
  • Hobbies/Interests: Watching TV with my husband, motorcycle riding, boating, spending time with family and friends
  • Dream Vacation: Spending a week on a secluded island, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, eating and drinking all I want, and getting a massage

Why I love dentistry

“I love dentistry because I believe in it. I like to help people understand their dental benefits, educate them, and help them develop a plan to restore their teeth to keep them longer. I believe in Dr. SBA’s philosophy and that makes me love my job more.”

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Registered Dental Assistant

Amie began her career in dentistry in 2010. She joined our practice in 2016 as a part-time certified dental assistant. She is now full-time and has earned her Registered Dental Assistant certification in February 2020. Amie has earned certifications with Digital Dentistry both scanning and design.

She enjoys making patients feel comfortable. Amie is known for her calm and warm nature. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, as well as being outdoors.

  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Movie: 50 First Dates
  • Hobbies/Interests: Running, hiking, outdoors
  • Dream Vacation: Hawaii

Why I love dentistry

“I love to make people smile. I love easing the most anxious of patients to help them enjoy their dental experience.”

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Insurance Coordinator

Cat is a 1997 graduate from Western Michigan University. She has had many roles throughout her career in dentistry. Starting in 2000, she contributed as an assistant and cross trained to aid the administration team.

After graduating with a degree in Dental Hygiene (2003) from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, she has practiced and educated many patients about oral hygiene and preventative care.

In 2017, she made a transition from hygiene to became an insurance coordinator. Her expertise and experience greatly assist our patients!

  • Favorite Food: Pineapple
  • Favorite Movie: Office Space
  • Hobbies/Interests: Running, reading, going to concerts, spending time with her
    husband and cats
  • Dream Vacation: Albuquerque

Why I love dentistry

“Everybody deserves to have a healthy smile, and I love being part of a team that makes that happen for our patients.”

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Certified Dental Assistant

Monica has been a dental assistant for over 5 years and joined our team in August 2019. She earned her Certified Dental Assisting certificate March 2021 and is working toward her RDA certificate. She enjoys working with the new technology this office offers and looks forward to incorporating her new skills.

Her passion for helping others is utilized well here by providing the patients with a comforting and friendly presence. Monica is a proud mother of three and enjoys time with a large extended family on holidays.

  • Favorite Food: Sushi and Hibachi
  • Favorite Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hobbies/Interests: Live music, cooking/grilling out, camping, and family time
  • Dream Vacation: Italy

Why I love dentistry

“I enjoy helping relieve anxiety in the dental chair and helping patients achieve their treatment goals.”

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Registered Dental Hygienist

Carrie graduated from the Kalamazoo Valley Community College dental hygiene program with honors. She is certified in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration.

Carrie joined the practice in 2020 right out of school and loves the dental field. She loves learning new things every day and is committed to providing the best care to her patients.

When not taking care of her patients, Carrie enjoys spending time with her 4 nieces. She is also planning a wedding for 2021 with her fiancé!

  • Favorite Food: Spaghetti
  • Favorite Movie: Threat Level Midnight
  • Hobbies/interests: Hiking, being outdoors, and going to the beach
  • Dream Vacation: Bahamas

Why I love dentistry

“I like being able to connect with people every day and help them achieve a great smile!”

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Registered Dental Hygienist

Jennifer graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College dental hygiene program. Jennifer is certified in Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Administration.

After being a Registered Dental Assistant for 6 years, she decided to take on a new challenge and become a hygienist. Jennifer joined our practice in 2020 after graduating from KVCC. She takes pride in educating her patients and helping them find value in their oral health care.

When not taking care of patients, Jennifer enjoys relaxing at home and loves to cook.

  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Movie: Titanic
  • Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Sewing, Crocheting
  • Dream Vacation: Ireland

Why I love dentistry

” I like helping patients find value in their oral health.”

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Registered Therapy Dog

Clark is a therapy dog and is a welcome addition to our team in 2016. He is here to alleviate anxiety about your dental visit or just to make you smile. Clark is a registered therapy dog and has completed a canine good citizen class.

He may visit you upon request and provides our patients comfort for all procedures. Clark is part-time and is generally available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for patients of all ages.

You can check him out on our Facebook page as he loves to make appearances. After work, he enjoys being at home with Dr. Stephanie Busch-Abbate and her family!

  • Favorite Food: Eggs and pizza
  • Favorite Movie: Milo and Otis, Men in Black
  • Hobbies/Interests: Going for walks, cuddling, napping, playing with my brother Cristian, and going to the dog park
  • Dream Vacation: Going to Wrigley Field for a private tour (I was named after the street it is on!) Go Cubs!

Why I love dentistry

“I love people! I get to ease their anxiety and make people smile!”

Emergency Dental Care

Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.

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