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.
LeAnn – Dental Assistant
I’m originally from Caledonia, Minnesota, and I graduated from Caledonia High School in 1993. After graduation, I attended Riverland Technical College in Rochester. I’ve been working as a certified dental assistant since 1999. What made me want to enter the field of dental care is that I love working with people and helping them to keep their smiles. I love the fact that our office puts people first and focuses on a great patient experience for everyone who walks through our doors. I’m excited to bring my 20+ years of experience to this staff of professionals who all work together so well as a team. Outside of work, I love spending time with friends and family, especially my husband, Jeff, and our two daughters, Alyssa and Brianna. I also enjoy scrapbooking, working with my flowers, and feeding the birds.
Sheri – Office Manager
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. I’ve been a part of the Neighborhood Smiles administrative team since early 2019, and I have been working in the dental field for over five years. Some of the important things I bring to this practice 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. It really feels like a family. Outside of work, I enjoy camping, swimming, and spending time with my husband, our two children, and our dog.
Renee – Dental Administrator
I grew up in La Crosse, attended Logan High School, and went on to attend Western Technical College for dental assisting. I’ve also studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a nutritionist/health coach. Before joining the Neighborhood Smiles team, I worked in three different specialties of dental practices. What I love about this office is the positivity and welcoming atmosphere. All of our staff members are dedicated to providing the best dental care possible for our patients, and I’m glad to bring my 20+ years of experience in the dental field to this team. When I’m not working, I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, doing yoga, and running in my beautiful hometown.