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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Ryan Yakowicz, DDS

DrRyanYackowiczHello, I’m Dr. Ryan Yakowicz, and it is a pleasure getting to know so many new people. I am a Wisconsin native. Born in Milwaukee, I attended dental school at Marquette University. After dental school, I worked at Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center. This experience gave me true compassion for those less fortunate and provided me experience in emergency dental care.

When I was young, I was hit in the mouth with a baseball bat, knocking out my three front teeth. I was amazed that there was a healthcare provider that could fix my teeth. I knew then that dentistry was going to be my career choice. Creating beautiful smiles for our patients is one of the most rewarding things I do.

I’m an avid golfer, and enjoy hunting and fishing on Lake Onalaska. I’m also something of a foodie, cooking with fresh, local ingredients and discovering new restaurants. My team and I are focused on giving back to the community. We participate in a variety of charitable events, raising awareness for cancer research, prevention of addiction, and other health related issues.

My patients often ask, “Doc, can you fix this tooth?” The answer is usually yes. However, we ask ourselves a different question, “Can we fix this tooth and give it a chance of remaining healthy for the rest of your life?” With an emphasis on preventive care, we hope to help you minimize your risk of dental diseases. I’d much rather see you on the golf course, or grocery store, than in my chair!

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 - Dental Assistant

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.

Sarah - 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.

Stacey - Patient Coordinator

I joined the Neighborhood Smiles family in 2012 after relocating to La Crosse from the Twin Cities region, bringing with me over 20 years of dental experience. I am most likely the first smiling face you’ll see upon entering our office, and make it a personal goal to greet each and every one of you by name. Do you have a question regarding your dental insurance policy or your flex spending account? I am the gal to ask– I love insurance and want to make sure you are maximizing your benefits to best serve your treatment needs!

When I’m not in the office, I am with my husband, Greg, and our two children, enjoying getting to know the La Crosse area and all it has to offer! I also enjoy cooking, traveling, chauffeuring the kids to all of their different activities and am a huge Little House on the Prairie fan!

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