Meet Our Dentist
Dr. Carolyn Giannelli was born and raised in Chicago and is, unapologetically, a huge Cubs fan. Dr. G received her DDS in 1991 from Northwestern University Dental School after earning her B.S. from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, with a double major in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. She practiced dentistry in the Chicago area in her own practice for 23 years, took on great adventures and in 2016 becoming a dental director for a community health center in Mankato, MN, overseeing 47 employees and providing services for well over 6,000 patients a year.
Dr. Giannelli has a passion for life, dentistry and helping patients painlessly achieve their beautiful smiles. Connecting with her patients and working together toward better oral and overall health are always her primary goals. As a general dentist, Dr. Giannelli has special interest in preventative care, cosmetic dentistry, children’s care, elderly care and helping apprehensive patients overcome their dental fears. The most enjoyable parts of her work are getting to know her patients and sharing stories and knowledge.
Dr. Giannelli has two wonderful children in college and a very large extended Italian family.She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking, and taking in all the natural beauty around her. Though she’ll likely continue to cheer for her Cubs, she has found her forever home in the beautiful La Crosse area and is looking forward to meeting you and caring for your dental needs.
Meet Our Staff
Trish – Dental Hygienist
I grew up on a farm near Readstown and moved to the Minneapolis area, where I received a
bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota. I have been a dental
hygienist for 20 years and was also an instructor for dental hygiene students. I joined
Neighborhood Smiles in July of 2017. I really enjoy working with Dr. Giannelli and the rest of the
team. In addition to quality treatment, I feel we provide a very caring atmosphere. In my free
time, I enjoy playing golf, spending time with my family and experiencing local events.
Tracy – Dental Hygienist
I have been with Neighborhood Smiles since the beginning of 2016 and have been a hygienist
for 17 years. I earned my associate degree in dental hygiene from Wausau Technical College in
2001. My patients and coworkers are the best part of working here. Our patients are great, and
my coworkers are an amazing team to work with. I think my biggest contributions to the
success of our office are my years of experience and the fact that I truly enjoy working with
patients to ensure they have the best care possible. When I’m not working, I like spending my
free time reading, quilting and doing yoga.
Melissa – Dental Assistant
I’ve been a part of the Neighborhood Smiles team since May of 2016. I earned my degree from
Western Wisconsin Technical College (now Western Technical College) in 2001, and I’ve worked
in the dental field since. What I like best about being a part of this office is my team: I love my
staff, and Dr. Giannelli is amazing. We are a fun, energetic staff, and our patients appreciate
that. I think the most important things I bring to Neighborhood Smiles La Crosse are my
knowledge and 17 years of experience.
Stephanie – Dental Assistant
I’m originally from La Crosse. I attended Central High School and later Western Wisconsin Technical College. Although I’m the newest member of the Neighborhood Smiles staff, I’ve worked in the dental field since 1997, when I started out in periodontics. I have a very positive “let’s do this” attitude, and I look forward to bringing that positivity to the office. My favorite thing about Neighborhood Smiles is that we’re a true team that’s always looking out for one another and the well being of our patients. When I’m not at work, I love trying new recipes, going to live music festivals, and spending time with my family, especially my parents.
Sheri – Office Manager
I’m one of the newer members of the Neighborhood Smiles team, though I have been working in the dental field for over five years. I grew up in La Crosse and have called this city home for most of my life. I attended Logan Senior High School and later Western Wisconsin Technical College, where I earned my associate’s degree in business. Some of the things I bring to this office are my knowledge of dental insurance and finances, as well as my of love of working with patients. My favorite part of this office is the amazing team of dental professionals I work with. Outside of work, I enjoy camping, swimming, and spending time with my husband, our two children, and our dog.