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About Us

Our Practice Philosophy

At Wausau Smiles, everything we do centers on meeting your individual dental needs. We will always work to educate you on the concerns we see, explain every option available for addressing these issues, and help you to make a thoroughly informed decision as to treatment planning. We will never pressure you into a service. We believe that dentistry should be pain free, regardless of the procedure, and our gentle practices ensure just that. Whether you’re a new patient or have been visiting us for years, we treat you like family, with the personalized, attentive care that we would expect for ourselves and our own families. We know that transformed smiles transform lives.

Our Team

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Aaron Bushong, DDS

Dr. Aaron Bushong completed his dental education at Marquette University, where he graduated with honors and received recognition for excellence in clinical restorative dentistry. Since graduating, Dr. Bushong has remained committed to providing the highest level of care and keeping up with the latest in dental technology. As a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, he regularly attends continuing education courses focusing primarily on cosmetic dentistry, full mouth reconstruction, CAD/CAM (CEREC) technology, and implantology, as well as endodontics, oral surgery, and Invisalign®/short-term orthodontics.

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Andrew Welles, DDS

Raised here in Wausau, Dr. Welles graduated from Wausau East High School and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology. Staying true to his Wisconsin roots, Dr. Welles completed his dental education at Marquette University School of Dentistry. Serving four years as class president, he graduated summa cum laude with his DDS degree in 2015. He was awarded a four-year scholarship from the National Health Service Corps and completed his service in Madison, Wisconsin. Growing up as the son of a nurse, Dr. Welles was drawn to healthcare and dentistry, specifically, due to its unique combination of medicine and patient care. The ability to establish long-term relationships with people across generations is truly something he values. Dr. Welles enjoys working with his patients to help turn their dream smile into reality.


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Jackie – Operations Manager

Jackie has been with our team since October 2014. She works hard to help her patients, and loves being involved with delivering excellent care and being part of the Wausau, Wisconsin, community. Jackie takes pride in where she works and the care we give our patients, and strives to make each experience enjoyable, including making our patients feel like friends.

Jackie has two sons, Hayden and Evan. She enjoys spending time with her children, being outdoors, traveling, and experiencing new places.

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Ian – Marketing Director

Ian has worked with Wausau Smiles as a marketing consultant since September of 2017. A year later, he became the newest member of our administrative team. Ian’s background is in the fields of English education, editing and web marketing. He enjoys the diversity of tasks he handles in his role, as well as the chance to highlight the great dental care that Dr. Bushong, Dr. Welles, and the rest of our staff provide our patients every day. Getting the chance to meet patients and tell their stories through photo and video is one of his favorite things about working here.

When he’s not in the office, Ian loves spending time with his family – his wife, Andie, their daughters, Laurel and Juniper, and their dog, Lucy – whether it’s watching a good movie, cooking something new, or spending time in the beautiful woods around their home.

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Tammy – Operations Manager of Accounts & Insurance

Tammy is a native of Elderon and has been practicing hygiene since graduating from the NTC Dental Hygiene Program in 1996. Her love of dental hygiene fuels her desire to provide an important service to our patients. She enjoys the opportunity to help our patients understand why complete oral care is so beneficial to their overall health. Tammy recently stepped into an administrative role overseeing all of insurance of accounts receivable.

In her spare time, if there is such a thing, Tammy spends trying to keep up with her husband Duane and their three boys, Braxton, Stetson, and Pierson. She also loves photography and capturing life’s moments.

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Jessica – Office Manager

Jessica joined our team in 2003. She loves our patients, some of whom she has known for many years and who are like family to her. With so many years of experience in dentistry, Jessica has been flexible throughout the office, working in both customer service as well as with the dentist. She most recently moved into an administrative role as our office manager.

Jessica has been married for many years and has two wonderful children. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, camping, and spending time at their cabin. She also enjoys reading and relaxing with her family at home.

Customer Service

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Eryn – Patient Relations & Referral Coordinator

Eryn is one of the newest members of our team, joining Wausau Smiles in the fall of 2018. She previously studied accounting before finding her way into the dental field. She loves the family feel of our practice, both in relation to her coworkers as well as our patients. From her very first day, Eryn has made our office a better place through her caring interactions with patients and her skillful coordination of referrals to outside specialists.

Outside of work, Eryn loves spending time with friends and family, especially her husband, Steve, and their two boys, Camden and Jaxon. Some of her favorite activities to take part in with her family are hunting, fishing and playing video games.

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Sammy – Patient Relations & Administrative Assistant

Sammy is originally from Stratford, Wisconsin. After graduating from Stratford High School, she began pursuing a degree in biological sciences from ASU online, with the goal of eventually attending dental school. She joined the Wausau Smiles team in May of 2019, and she has had an immediate positive impact. Sammy was drawn to the dental field because she wanted the chance to help patients have healthier smiles and feel more confident about them. Her favorite thing about being part of our office is the caring, family-like environment.

When she’s not working, Sammy loves to shop, travel, and spend time up north boating and doing other activities on the water. She can also often be found with her two golden doodles, Goldi and Ivy.

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Kate – Patient Relations & Administrative Assistant

Kate was born and raised in the town of White Lake, Wisconsin. She was drawn to the field of dentistry and specifically to our office because it allows her to help people achieve the confidence and happiness that come with a healthy smile. She joined our Wausau Smiles team at the beginning of summer 2020 and quickly endeared herself to our existing staff and patients. Her experience with insurance and administrative duties has meant our patients are getting the greatest experience from the moment they walk through our doors.

Outside of the office, Kate loves to spend time with her family, especially her husband, Rick, and their three children, Jasmine, Zack, and Valerie. Some of her interests include music, photography, reading, painting, and mushroom hunting.

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Brittany – Patient Relations Representative

Brittany joined our Wausau Smiles team in summer of 2020. She was born and raised in California. She graduated from high school there, and she earned her Dental Assisting certificate two years later. What initially drew her to the field of dentistry was her interest in the anatomy of teeth, and she later loved watching patients’ smile transformations. Since joining our team, Brittany has made an immediate impact through her warm, welcoming attitude and contagious positivity. What she enjoys most about our office is the welcoming atmosphere and the amazing skill of our doctors and staff.

When she’s not working, Brittany loves camping, hiking, snowboarding, exercising, and being a mom. She married her high school sweetheart, and the two of them have a young daughter, Brooke, who is the light of their lives.

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Marsha – Patient Relations & Administrative Assistant

Marsha became a member of the Wausau Smiles administrative staff in the fall of 2020. A native of Wausau, she had previously worked as a dental assistant and in customer service roles. She brings to our office over 18 years of dental experience, a welcoming disposition, and wonderful interpersonal skills. Marsha enjoys helping patients and being a part of a Wausau Smiles team that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient-centered care.

Outside of work, Marsha loves spending time with her family. She and her husband, Kevin, met while in high school in the Wausau area and have two children, Kyle and Molly. Marsha enjoys watching her kids’ sporting events, camping, and fishing. She also loves family vacations to the beaches of Alabama and Florida.

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Ashley – Patient Relations & Administrative Assistant

Ashley joined our Wausau Smiles administrative staff at the beginning of 2021. Originally from Seattle, she graduated from Kamiak High School and then went on to graduate from dental assisting school before switching her focus to dental administration. What originally drew Ashley to the dental field is her love of helping people and seeing them smile. She brings to our office considerable administrative experience and dental insurance knowledge. Some of the things she enjoys most about working here are helping people achieve the smile they’ve always wanted and helping patients navigate their insurance and treatment plans.

When she’s not in the office, Ashley enjoys spending time with her boyfriend of seven years, Tim, and their dog, Nellie. Some of her favorite activities include reading, hiking, boating, true crime, and cooking.

Dental Hygienists

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Katie – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Katie has been with our team since 2006, making her one of the most experienced staff members. Katie received her training at NTC, and she absolutely loves her patients! Over the years she has gotten to know many of her patients very well, and she firmly believes that Wausau Smiles has the best patients around.

Katie’s husband, Mike, is a dairy farmer. Together they have six children. She loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, and helping out on the family farm.

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Jen – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Jen was born and raised in Wausau. She attended NTC, graduating in 2001, and has worked at Wausau Smiles since 2015. She works hard to help our patients feel comfortable while at our office so that they can have a thorough cleaning as well as a great experience. She loves that we are a fun dental office and work hard to provide the best comfort and care possible to our patients.

Jen and her husband, Jon, have three children, Maggie, Davis, and Peter. Outside of the office, she enjoys watching her kids in sports and reading.

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Jenny – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Jenny is a 1994 graduate of Northcentral Technical College, and recently received her certification in nitrous oxide. She is also trained in the use of Diode lasers for periodontal treatments. She joined our team in 2017. She enjoys the overall feel of our office and the teamwork of everyone who works here. She is proud to be part of such a professional and friendly environment. Jenny always strives to be kind and compassionate, treating her patients as she would hope that she and her family are treated.

Jenny grew up in the Wausau area, and recently returned here from Atlanta after 20 years. She is excited to be back! Jenny has one son; outside of work she enjoys spending time with him and the rest of her family and friends, as well as being outdoors.

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Kristin – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Originally from the Detroit area, Kristin moved to Wausau at a young age and graduated from Wausau West High School. She earned her associates degree in general education at UW-Stevens Point. She then went on to graduate and receive her license in dental hygiene and administering local anesthetic from NTC in 2009. What originally drew her to the dental field is her love of working with people and love of everything to do with hygiene. In September of 2017, Kristin joined our Wausau Smiles team and made an immediate positive impact. She loves that our staff has great teamwork and always helps one another to make sure patients get the best care possible. She loves her job, her coworkers, being able to treat people like family, and knowing at the end of the work day that people are being treated the way they should be.

Outside of work, Kristin loves spending time with her husband of over ten years, Gavin, and their three young children, Madilyn, Lauryn, and Ethan. Some of her favorite activities include cooking, spin classes, and art projects with her kids. Kristin loves being active outdoors.

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Melissa – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Melissa grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended UW-Milwaukee for her general studies before enrolling in Waukesha County Technical College to study dental hygiene. She graduated from WCTC in 2006. After working in other areas, she joined the Wausau Smiles team as a registered dental hygienist in March of 2017. Melissa enjoys working with patients of all ages and backgrounds, though she has a special fondness for working with children. Some of the things she enjoys most about Wausau Smiles are the camaraderie among the staff and everyone’s commitment to excellent patient care.

Melissa and her husband have four boys. The seventh member of their immediate family is their dog, Ollie. When Melissa isn’t at work, she enjoys a number of hobbies, including running, gardening, working out and watching her kids’ sports.

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Samantha – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Samantha began in the healthcare field as a nursing assistant. The last three of her 10 years in that field, she went to Northcentral Technical College for her degree in dental hygiene. She graduated in 2015 and went on to become certified in administering nitrous oxide and local anesthetic. Samantha got into the dental field because she loves patient care and educating people, and she loves learning new things. She feels a smile is the first thing people see, and she wants her patients to love their smiles. Along with her passion for patients and dental hygiene, Samantha brings to the office great organizational, communication, and collaborative skills.

Outside of the office, Samantha loves spending time with her family, including her amazing boyfriend, their young son, and their golden doodle who does everything with them. Some of the activities she enjoys most are traveling, hiking, mountain biking, watching Netflix, and taking in her son’s sports.


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Hilary – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Hilary is originally from Merrill, Wisconsin. She began college at UW-Eau Claire with the intention of entering the nursing field. But while working as a CNA, she decided it wasn’t for her. She took some dental assisting courses that really made her fall in love with the dental field and graduated from Northcentral Technical College with her degree in dental hygiene. Hilary temped in our office several times in 2019 and officially joined our staff in the fall of 2020. Hilary brings great teamwork and a welcoming disposition to Wausau Smiles. Some of the things she enjoys most about our office are our friendly, caring team and the great atmosphere we provide both patients and staff.

When she’s not working, Hilary loves spending time with her husband, their son and daughter, and their enormous dog. She also enjoys being outdoors in all the beauty this area has to offer, as well as cooking.

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Nicki – Dental Hygienist (RDH)

Nicki grew up in the Antigo, Wisconsin, area. After high school, she became a dental assistant and quickly became passionate about dentistry, which inspired her to further her education. Nicki went on to graduate with her dental hygiene degree from Northcentral Technical College. After over 15 years of practicing hygiene, she joined our Wausau Smiles team in the fall of 2020. Her gentle yet thorough approach to hygiene have had an immediate positive impact on our office, as have her understanding and friendly nature. Apart from the great care we provide, Nicki really appreciates the welcoming atmosphere and teamwork. 

When she isn’t in the office, Nicki loves spending time with husband and son. She also enjoys being outdoors and baking up a storm in the kitchen. Some interesting facts: Nicki has completed two half-marathons and multiple “Dirty Girl” mud runs.

Dental Assistants

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Brianna – Dental Assistant (CDA)

Brianna joined our team in May of 2018. She’s worked in the dental field for a number of years and is excited to be serving our wonderful Wausau Smiles patients here in our new facility. Her favorite part about being a dental assistant is getting to know her patients and coworkers, and she trusts that her attentive care will make this practice a better place for everyone.

When she’s not working, Brianna likes visiting her cabin in Minocqua, hunting, playing summer volleyball and spending time with friends and family, especially her mom, dad and brother.

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Katie – Dental Assistant (CDA)

Katie is originally from the Wausau area and received her dental assisting training here before joining our team in 2017. She moved away for a short time, but we’re thrilled that she returned to work in our office in 2019. Katie brings experience, skill, and a warm and welcoming personality to our staff. She loves watching and being part of our patients’ smile transformations, including seeing how much these procedures can change their day-to-day lives. Katie always goes the extra mile to make sure her patients’ experiences in our office go from good to great!

When she’s not at work, Katie loves spending time with her friends and family, including her daughter, her boyfriend, and her extended family living in the Wausau area. She enjoys being outdoors, on the lake, and with her dogs. She’s happy to call Wausau home and glad she’s back living in this area.

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Kelly – Dental Assistant (CDA)

Kelly became the newest member of our team in May of 2019. A native of Antigo, she has worked as a dental assistant for over 18 years. In that time of assisting, she has undergone extensive training in orthodontics and Invisalign. Along with her wealth of experience, Kelly brings to our office a joy for helping patients in need and seeing them achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted. She loves our patients and serving the Wausau community, and she’s excited to be working as part of an outstanding staff.

Outside of the office, Kelly enjoys riding horses and motorcycles, traveling, and spending time with her two children, Maddy and Joey.

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Kimberly – Dental Assistant (CDA)

Kimberly joined our team in the beginning of 2018, bringing 13 years of dental assisting experience to our office. She enjoys the variety each day brings as she helps our patients, and she truly appreciates the opportunity to give our patients their smiles back. Kimberly accomplishes this focusing her time and talents on giving every patient the best possible care.

She is married to her wonderful husband, Jon, and loves her dog, Max. When she isn’t in the office caring for our clients, Kimberly can be found outside, fishing, playing volleyball or just relaxing by the pool.

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Taylor – Dental Assistant (CDA)

Taylor joined our team at the beginning of 2019. A native of Athens, she graduated with a degree in dental assisting in 2015 and has been working in the dental field since. Some of the things she loves about working at Wausau Smiles are performing a variety of tasks and taking care of patients in need. With her caring and energetic personality, Taylor always strives to make our patients comfortable while they experience a fun, painless and stress-free appointment.

Outside of the office, Taylor enjoys numerous activities: working out, hunting, fishing, crafting, bartending and hanging out with friends and family. 

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McKinley – Dental Assistant (CDA)

McKinley was born in Mosinee, Wisconsin. She was drawn to the dental health field at a young age. After graduating high school, she earned her certification from a dental assisting program and worked for three years as a dental assistant in Wausau before joining our team in June of 2020. She brings to us a passion for helping to improve patients’ oral health, as well as comforting interpersonal and communication skills. McKinley likes working at Wausau Smiles because it enables her to provide flawless treatment in a top-notch facility alongside coworkers with great energy and positivity.

When she’s not working, McKinley enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family, and friends. Some of the activities she loves are kayaking, camping, watching sports, shopping, and experiencing new adventures.

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