Meet Our Team
Meet Dr. Lisa Piontek
Dentist – Dr. Piontek has been practicing dentistry in Wisconsin for over twenty years. She is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, though she spent much of her childhood living in Canada near Banff National Park. She later returned to the state when her family moved to Green Bay, where she went on to graduate from high school. Dr. Piontek earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and then went on to graduate with her DDS from Marquette Dental School in Milwaukee in 1994. She then went on to do a residency at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in hospital dentistry.
Dr. Piontek was first drawn to the dental field when she took a job as a dental assistant while an undergraduate in college. She liked the artistic aspect of dentistry and how it interacts with our overall health. In her more than two decades of practicing dentistry, she has always sought to learn about and deliver the most state-of-art dental care that she can provide to patients. In her previous office, Dr. Piontek had her own dental lab where she would fabricate dentures and partials. She’s excited to bring her experience, skill, and artistic sensibilities to the Waupaca community. What she enjoys best about our practice and this area is the small town feel, the wonderful people she works with, and the variety of people and age groups she meets and gets to work with as patients.
Outside of the office, Dr. Lisa loves spending time with her family. She met her husband of 30 years at a Packer party. They have three children, two Siberian Huskies, one Australian Shepherd, and two cats. Some of Dr. Piontek’s favorite leisure activities include traveling, walking their dogs, and enjoying music. Fun fact about Dr. Piontek: she sometimes sings for weddings.
Kerry – Dental Hygienist – A native of Central Wisconsin, Kerry currently resides in the Pine River area with her husband and their daughter. She completed her Dental Hygiene degree at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, where she graduated with honors. She joined our Crystal River Dental team in the summer of 2021. She was drawn to the dental field through great experiences at her dental office growing up: her hygienist always made her appointments educational and fun, and she never was scared to visit. When it comes to her approach to dental care, Kerry likes to get to know each patient individually, which helps her to tailor her care to their specific needs. She always wants them to feel like family when they come to see her. She’s dedicated to continuing education courses and staying current on the latest dental trends. She loves to learn, which helps her educate her patients on how to have a longer, healthier life through better dental hygiene. What she enjoys most about our office is that our team works hard, works great together, and always provides a happy and welcoming atmosphere to our patients.
When not at work, Kerry loves to spend time with her family and multiple pets. Her family loves to kayak, hike, snow mobile, travel, and mountain bike. A family goal is to visit all the National Parks and Wisconsin State Parks.
Brandi – Dental Hygienist – Brandi was born and raised in Waupaca. After graduating high school, she earned her Dental Assisting degree from Fox Valley Technical College and later graduated with honors in Dental Hygiene from Northwest Technical College. What made her want to enter the dental field is the fact that she loves to see and help bring about beautiful smiles. Brandi understands the importance of six-month preventative care: she likes to catch things when they’re small so they don’t turn into a bigger problem. She always works to make patients feel comfortable and well-informed when in they’re in her chair.
When she’s not helping patients in our office, Brandi loves to spend time with friends and family, especially her four stepchildren — two boys and two girls — and her dog, Dolly. One of her favorite activities is enjoying the outdoors. She is a veteran who proudly served in the National Guard for three years.
Brianna – Dental Assistant – Brianna joined our team shortly after she earned her dental assisting degree from Fox Valley Technical College. Originally from Wautoma, Wisconsin, Brianna entered into the dental field because she wanted to help people get their confidence back through improving their smiles. She certainly has helped our patients to achieve both of those things through making each of them feel welcomed, informed, and completely at ease the whole time they are in our office. She finds the environment at Crystal River Dental to be very welcoming, supportive, and friendly, like one big family.
Outside of the office, Brianna enjoys taking part in outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She also loves playing in summer softball and volleyball leagues. More than anything, Brianna loves spending time with her family and her two dogs.
Lisa – Dental Assistant – Lisa is originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin. After graduating from Waukesha South High School, she went on to study at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. She wanted to enter the dental field because she always had great experiences at the dental office when she was a child. She joined our Crystal River Dental team in the summer of 2021 and had an immediate positive impact. Lisa is always focused on making all patients as comfortable as possible in her care, and she’s always ready to lend a helping hand to her teammates throughout the office. Her favorite thing about being part of our staff is that we have an outstanding team with members who are always willing to support each other in the best interest of our patients.
When she’s not at work, Lisa loves to spend time with her family, including her husband of almost 30 years, their twin adult sons, and their two dogs, Reggie and Kodi. Some of her favorite pastimes are cooking, gardening, and taking care of all the dogs she can.
Tammy – Administrative Assistant – Tammy was born and raised in Green Bay. After graduating from high school there, she went on to study Real Estate and Accounting at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Despite her early career path, she was always infatuated with teeth. She started out as an assistant in pediatric dentistry in 1997 and then went on to work in general dentistry and oral surgery. She began working on the administrative side of things in 2012. Tammy enjoys all aspects of dentistry, including lab work. In 2016, she moved to the Fremont area, and she joined our Crystal River Dental team in late 2021. Her main focus when it comes to dental care is patient education and understanding, which helps our patients to be more comfortable, less nervous, and more apt to do treatment that’s needed for maintaining oral health. Tammy brings to our team over 20 years of dental experience, both assisting and at the front desk. Her experience and knowledge base, along with her approachable disposition, allows her to effectively discuss treatment and payment plans with patients and answer any questions they might have. She loves the small-town feel of her new work environment. She enjoys talking with patients and hearing stories about them growing up here, and she loves working with our great group of ladies who all get along, work hard, and have fun doing it!
Outside of the office, Tammy loves spending time with her husband, their two sons, and their fur baby, Lacy — a bulldog/boxer/greyhound mix. When she’s not busy with her children’s school activities, some of her favorite activities include camping in the Northwoods, hunting, fishing, and reading.