The brief descriptions below are designed to familiarize you with our staff's training, professional credentials and work experience.

Dr. Catherine E. Nelson

Dr. Catie Nelson comes to us from the University of Michigan, where she completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency.  Prior to this, she earned her DDS from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.  Born and raised in West Michigan, she and her husband Derek, who she met while attending Hillsdale College, are excited to be back in Michigan permanently.  They enjoy attending sporting events, cooking, traveling and running.  Dr. Nelson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association and enjoys staying involved in various outreach programs.

 

 

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Dr. Kevin Bannow

Dr. Kevin Bannow has been a lifelong resident of Michigan. Born in Mt. Clemens, he moved to Kalamazoo in 1981 and established Oshtemo Family Dentistry. In September of 1981, he married his high school sweetheart, Carol. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University and also graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1979. He is a proud parent of son, Alex, who graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008. He is an avid golfer, who also finds time to water-ski, fish with his Dad, play Euchre and Yahtzee with his family, and work with his wife in the yard and around the house. Kevin is a member of the American Dental Association, the Michigan Dental Association, the Kalamazoo Valley District Dental Society, and has been awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

 

barb Sina - Office Manager, Schedule Coordinator

Sina joined Oshtemo Family Dentistry in February of 2006.  Outside of the dental office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also likes baking, decorating cakes, photography, and spending time outdoors. Sina feels lucky to have such a great group of friends to work with. 

 

paula Paula - Patient Coordinator

After living in Indiana for many years, Paula moved back to Michigan in 1999. She has worked at Oshtemo Family Dentistry since 2006.  She feels lucky to work with such caring and friendly staff. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her family.

 

 

Tracie - Recall Coordinator

Tracie has been with Oshtemo Family Dentistry since January 2012. She moved to the Kalamazoo area  from the Detroit Metro area.  She feels fortunate to have found a work family that truly cares about each other and their patients. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with her children and family.

 

Julie

Biography coming soon.

gayle Gayle, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Gayle has been employed at Oshtemo Family Dentistry since September of 2002. She obtained an Associates of Applied Science degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in 2002 and a Bachelors of Science degree from Siena Heights University in 2003. She became licensed in local anesthesia from the University of Michigan in 2003 as well. Her hobbies include gardening, jewelry making, sewing, and reading.

 

janene Janene, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Janene has been employed with Oshtemo Family Dentistry since 2004. She has an Associates of Applied Science degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She states that working at Oshtemo Family Dentistry is a pleasure and the people she works with are phenomenal. She enjoys the diversity of the patient base here. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bird watching, and traveling.

 

marie Marie, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Marie grew up in Detroit and came to Kalamazoo in 1982 to attend Kalamazoo Valley Community College. She graduated in 1984 with an Associates of Applied Science. In 1992, she started working part-time as a dental hygienist at Oshtemo Family Dentistry. She enjoys working at the office with the fun, friendly, and professional staff. Outside the office, she keeps very busy with her husband and four daughters.

 

shannon Shannon, RDH - Dental Hygienist

Shannon has been with Oshtemo Family Dentistry since 1995, starting off as a dental assistant and now she is a dental hygienist. She has an Associates of Arts degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) and an Associates of Applied Science from KVCC.  She also obtained her licensure in local anesthesia there.  She also attended Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University with a major in biology/chemistry/biomedical science.  In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family.

 

cindy Cindy - Dental Assistant

Cindy grew up in Michigan, but lived in South Carolina for ten years. She returned to Michigan with her husband Steve in 1999, leaving her two grown sons behind. Cindy joined Oshtemo Family Dentistry in December of 2005 and brings with her 20 years of experience. She enjoys meeting new people and spends everyday helping patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Outside the office, her interests include attending concerts, fishing, bike riding, reading and traveling. She goes to South Carolina every chance she gets to spend time with her grandchildren. She says the one trip she will never forget was Hawaii so she could swim with the dolphins. "I believe dreams do come true."
   
 

Gail - Dental Assistant

Gail has lived in Michigan most of her life.  She started her dental career assiting for her dad, who was a dentist.  Moving to Kalamazoo, she met and married her husband.  They have three grown children and a  couple of grandchildren.  After raising her children she entered back into the work force full time and really enjoys working at Oshtemo Family Dentistry.  In her free time she loves spending time with family, reading, playing board games and gardening.

   
   
   
 

Alex - Dental Assistant

Biography coming soon.

 



 

 

Oshtemo Family Dentistry
Catherine E. Nelson, D.D.S.
R. Kevin Bannow, D.D.S.
5917 Stadium Dr.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 372-1042
(269) 372-9962 FAX