Meet Us

See why our patients smile…

A great and healthy smile says so much. Not only does it convey happiness, warmth and contentment, but it’s also an indicator of a healthy body. It is with great pride that we bring over 25 years of experience to the practice to help our patients achieve and maintain their dental health.

We are committed to providing the best care possible for all patients at our dentist office. We will spend time explaining the reasons why we recommend treatments, because excellent oral health can only be achieved through cooperative efforts.

Karen Spitzer, DDS

DrKarenSpitzerI started my dental career as a dental hygienist, until I decided to attend dental school at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, where I graduated Cum Laude. I am a member of the American Dental Society and Wisconsin Dental Society, past president of the La Crosse District Dental Society, a member of the La Crosse Implant Study Group, and certified in the use of Lumineers.

I was a committee member for the first Missions of Mercy project in the state of Wisconsin, where we provided two days of dental care at no cost to thousands of patients in need.

I have called La Crosse home for 33 years, and raised my daughter Avri here. I am also an avid gardener and enjoy traveling, including a trip to South America, which allowed me the opportunity to treat hundreds of children and adults.

Priscilla Shih, DDS

DrPriscillaShihAs a general dentist with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry and implant restoration, I believe that a beautiful, healthy smile is a person’s greatest asset. I emphasize the need to establish good communication between the doctor and patient to achieve this goal. With a strong commitment to continuing education, I believes that it is important to stay abreast of the latest, cutting edge techniques and procedures in the area of cosmetic dentistry.

I attended UCLA as an undergraduate and continued my education at the Northwestern University School of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 1977. I completed the Noblepharma Implant Mini-residency and hold Waterlase and Invisalign Advanced Certification.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, The Wisconsin Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society, the American Association of Women Dentists, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists.

A resident of the Stoughton area since 2008, I am active in my church and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. I enjoy gourmet cooking, reading, gardening and traveling in my spare time. I am married with three grown children, all of whom currently live in Chicago.

Our staff is qualified in the latest practices and technologies
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Meet Our Team

Rebecca – Hygienist

I have been with the practice since we moved into the neighborhood in 2011. I am a graduate of Western Technical College where I received an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. I am originally from Fountain City and moved to the La Crosse area about 10 years ago. I enjoy creating personal relationships with my patients and work to ensure the best quality of care. I enjoy being involved with planning a patient’s entire treatment plan.

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my son, entertaining friends and family, and taking in the endless knowledge of everything around me! I have big hopes of traveling abroad someday.

Kathleen – Hygienist

I joined our team in 1991. I have over 30 years of experience as a hygienist and currently work with my patients in our office on Thursdays. I enjoy developing and maintaining long term relationships with my patients in the treatment of oral health. My husband and I have one daughter. When not being a basketball or soccer mom, I love to shoot darts, travel, sew and cross stitch.

Jessica – Hygienist

I have been with Neighborhood Smiles since 2011. I received my dental hygiene degree from Western Technical College. I help our patients understand how to take care of their teeth and the importance of maintaining good oral health. I enjoy getting to know my patients and making their experience at our office a pleasant one.

When out of the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Josh, and our two dogs. Our first child was born November 2013. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies, going for walks, and cheering on my family race team at West Salem’s speedway.

Shannon – Dental Assistant

I have been with Neighborhood Smiles since 2011. I live in Nodine, MN with my husband Steve, our three children, Karson, Kiahna, and Kamden, and our Golden Retriever, Shasta. I love being with my family, and most of my free time is spent at the kids’ sporting events. I also enjoy watching my favorite teams, the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Bears.

Barb – Patient Coordinator

I have been in dentistry for 24+ years, working both as a dental assistant and scheduling coordinator. I perform both duties in our office. I enjoy spending time with my husband Paul, watching my son Lukas play college football, camping, and tending to my pumpkin patch.

Sara – Office Manager

I joined the neighborhood in 2011. I have worked in the dental field for several years and in customer relations since 1996. A native of Milwaukee, I have lived in the La Crosse area for nearly a decade. In addition to leading the La Crosse team, I work to ensure that all patients have the best experience possible during every dental visit. I am always available to answer any of your questions.

I greatly enjoy our area’s scenic beauty and all it has to offer. I also enjoy being at home with my 2 boys and 2 cats. My interests and passion involve being Mom, music, food, cooking, traveling and art.

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