At Dentistry By Design, our highly skilled, dedicated, and compassionate team of dental professionals works alongside Manhattan, KS, dentist Dr. Bret Gilsdorf and is committed to making sure you experience excellence in dental care every time you visit. The team will make sure your needs are met and your expectations are surpassed, from the moment you step through our doors until you are done checking out, and they will always give you a reason to smile.
Justyna, Office Manager
As the office manager, Justyna takes care of bookkeeping, payments and helping patients. She was educated in Poland and enjoys working at Dentistry By Design. Patients say Justyna is a sweet person and has a great accent.
She married Dr. Bret Gilsdorf in 2014.
Dena, Dental Assistant
Dena has been working as a dental assistant for more than 35 years. She came to Dentistry by Design over a year ago and brings with her both her passion for and deep knowledge of dentistry. She values working for a highly skilled provider who shares her dedication to patient care and prioritizes the health of everyone who walks through the practice’s doors.
Family is important to Dena. She has two children that live in the Kansas City area and a grandson who is the light of her life. She is recently married and enjoys antiques and going to auctions in her spare time.
Jackie, Dental Assistant
Jackie has been part of the Dentistry by Design team for more than nine months. She is a graduate from Kansas State University and works chair-side, assisting Dr. Bret as needed. Her caring nature doesn’t go unnoticed by patients, who value her dedication to offering the best in patient care.
Jackie enjoys the daily challenges of a busy dental practice. In her free time, she enjoys fishing and practicing her archery skills with her husband and two children.
Jacqulyn, Dental Assistant
Jackie graduated from Concorde Career Institute as a registered dental assistant. After moving to Kansas from Texas, she began working at Dentistry by Design. She loves working in a modern practice that invests in leading-edge dental technology, and she values being part of an exceptional team. Her favorite aspects of her position are patient care and the relationships that result from her efforts to connect personally with each and every person that walks through the Dentistry by Design door.
Outside of work, Jackie spends time with her son and her sisters. She is very family oriented and loves to cook, stay active, and go camping whenever she can.
Michael, Registered Dental Hygienist
After graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Michael earned a degree in dental hygiene and has been working in the field of dentistry as a hygienist. He brings over three years of experience to Dentistry by Design and is proud to be working for a progressive practice that implements the latest technology in an effort to best care for their patients.
Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and cocker spaniel during his free time. He is an avid golfer, fisherman, and archer.
Courtney, Registered Dental Hygienist
Courtney has been a hygienist for over three years and has been caring for Dentistry by Design patients for more than one year. A graduate of Wichita State University, she brings to the team her passion for the dental profession and her desire to help people achieve their best oral health. She enjoys the positive energy that the Dentistry by Design team cultivates and shares with its patients, and she is proud to be a part it.
Spending time with her son and family are her top priorities when she’s outside of the office. Together, she and her son enjoy attending baseball games, going to the park, and traveling.
Tamra, Registered Dental Hygienist
Tamra is a graduate of University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Dentistry with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. She worked as a hygienist for thirteen years in Kansas City until moving to Manhattan when getting married. Growing up in the area, Tamra is glad to be closer to family and make Manhattan home. She loves establishing not only professional, but personal relationships with her patients and is excited to be part of such a caring and skilled team.
Tamra enjoys spending time with her husband and their four-legged girls. They all love camping and spending evenings on their front porch and going on walks.