Meet the De Pere Smiles Team

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Let’s Introduce Our De Pere Dentists

Chris Peterson, DMD

A dental expert with the Solea laser and infant frenectomies.

Why did Dr. Peterson choose dentistry?

“I love interacting with my amazing patients, working with my hands, and providing value to people through the work I get to do everyday! Getting to meet and help young families has also become a passion of mine and luckily I get to do this by treating infant lip and tongue-ties to help with breastfeeding issues.”

What’s the best part of De Pere Smiles?

“The best part of going to De Pere Smiles is interacting with my patients and wonderful team members! I enjoy coming up with a treatment plan fitting a patient’s individual needs and helping them achieve optimal oral health.”

“My parents always told me to ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ and I always follow that motto when it comes to treating my patients.”

Dr. Chris Peterson
I was born and raised in Marinette, WI, and attended St. Norbert College to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  During my four years at SNC, I played four years of men’s college basketball, was an Academic All-American nominee, and team captain.  After graduation, I obtained my dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh and honed my dental and surgical skills during a one year residency at the VA hospitals in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

I am married to the love of my life, Rachael, and have three wonderful children, Audrey, Louie, and Greta.  When I get time, there is nothing I love to do more than bow hunt for trophy whitetail deer each fall.  I also enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and watching/cheering for the Packers, Bucks, Brewers, and Badgers.

My Dental Experience:

  • Have advanced training from national leaders in treating infant lip and tongue-ties
  • Received advanced training in general dentistry by completing a one year General Practice Residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in both Milwaukee and Green Bay
  • Volunteer at N.E.W. Uninsured Dental Clinic

Dental Memberships:

Maggie Priebe, DDS

A highly skilled dentist with advanced training and a passion for positively impacting people.

Why did Dr. Priebe choose dentistry?

“As a marathon runner, health and physical wellbeing have always been a part of my life. I aspired to choose a career that focuses on the same principles – dentistry proves to satisfy that! Everyday I strive to promote my patient’s health and give them the tools to succeed in the long ‘run’.”

What’s the best part of De Pere Smiles?

“Imagine your favorite local restaurant or café in which you’re greeted with familiarity, a smile and comfort upon entering. DePere Smiles is that to me. It is the atmosphere that is one of my favorite things about the practice. We desire to truly get to know our patients so that their dental needs are best met in a friendly, welcoming environment.”

Dr. Maggie Priebe
After living outside of Wisconsin for a few years, I’m excited to be back and serving patients in my native state! I grew up in Wausau, WI and then headed to the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in biochemistry, graduating with honors. In addition to academics, while at Mizzou I ran cross-country and track & field. Though I enjoyed my time in the lab engaging in research as a biochemist, I knew that I wanted to work directly with others and chose to pursue my dental degree from the University of Michigan, where I graduated. I then returned to Wisconsin to advance my general dentistry skills during a one-year residency working with veterans at the Milo C. Huempfner VA Clinic in Green Bay. I am grateful every day that my academic journey has guided me to a position where I am able to help others

When I am not in the dental clinic, you can find me on a running or hiking trail. I have kept my passion alive for distance running and continue to race half and full marathons. I have completed three of the world marathons—Boston, Chicago, and New York—and hope to complete the remaining three – Berlin, London, and Tokyo – in the next few years. I have also developed a deep appreciation for nature’s beauty here in northeast Wisconsin and elsewhere during my travels through hiking. Whether backpacking on the Appalachian Trail or a day hike at our local Baird’s Creek, I am always ready to explore.

My Dental Experience: 

  • Completed a general practice residency focusing on oral surgery, prosthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, implantology, and restorative dentistry while serving the veteran population 
  • Gained experience in a hospital setting treating medically complex patients and patients with severe dental anxiety
  • Serve on the Oral Health Partnership board to help pediatric patients and explore how dental care plays an essential role in non-profit organizations 
  • Regularly participate in continuing education to better myself as a clinician and therefore better my patients 

Dental Memberships:

  • Wisconsin Dental Association 
  • Brown-Door-Kewaunee Dental Association 
  • American Dental Association 
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Dental Honor Society)
  • Xi Psi Phi Alpha International Dental Fraternity

You can count on everyone here to make your dental visits a pleasant experience. The care they provide to their patients is exceptional.

Kerry S., Actual Patient

Meet Our Dental Team in De Pere, WI

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Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Why do you like working at De Pere Smiles?

“I enjoy coming into work every day with an awesome group of people in a fun environment. I love tackling the new challenges that are presented to me every single day.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love staying active and busy with hunting, fishing, music, reading, and sports. I love watching any of our stellar Wisconsin sports teams!”

Paul, Chief Operations Officer
I have been at De Pere Smiles since May of 2019 and I love being a part of this team!

I was born and raised in Kimberly, WI, where I have lived for most of my life. I graduated from St. Norbert College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. I also played four years of college basketball while at SNC, where I was fortunate enough to win honors for the “Academic Athlete of the Year” in 2013.

What do you do outside the office?

I have been a huge sports fan my entire life and often times you can find me watching and cheering on my favorite Wisconsin sports teams, or attempting to play those various sports myself.

I value the relationships with family and friends the most and enjoy spending time with the people closest to me. I love being outdoors while fishing, hunting, or enjoying nature. I am a music fanatic, and although I avoided reading at all costs when I was younger, I now love to relax with a good book.

Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

What is your favorite part about being a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)?

I started my nursing career on a busy postpartum unit and I remember seeing the confusion on every parent’s face after hearing the “correct” way they should be feeding their baby from various health care providers that entered their room. This is what motivated me to pursue my certification as an IBCLC. I did not want to be just another nurse that walked into their room sharing breastfeeding knowledge that I just learned on the job or from my co-workers. I wanted to be a reliable source of information, a professional my patients could trust and feel comfortable with, and maybe even be that one person that helped them enjoy feeding their baby.


Why do you like working at De Pere Smiles?

I chose De Pere Smiles because I wanted a company that brought the small town feel while striving for big goals.  My entire career has centered around making a positive difference in families’ lives, and finding a company that matches my enthusiasm for creating these life-long improvements is so exciting.

Acacia, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Born and raised in the Florida Keys, I decided to leave the warm weather behind after high school to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, where I earned my Bachelors of Nursing degree.  After graduating, I entered the U.S. Navy and was lucky enough to be stationed in the two locations I always wanted-California and Italy. During my time on active duty I specialized as a Labor and Delivery Nurse.

I am married to my college sweetheart and we have a son who is growing up way too fast! We also have two rescue pups, so we stay very busy. When I’m not working, you can find me renovating some portion of our 1800’s farmhouse, outside with the family, or working on some sort of crafting project.



Front Desk

Why do you like working at the front desk at De Pere Smiles?

I enjoy chatting with the patients and sharing a laugh.  If I am able to put a patient at ease, it makes my day.   Also, working side by side with this warm, kind, caring and fun group of dental professionals just adds to the likability of this position.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My husband and I enjoy spending time with our daughters, son-in-law and future son-in-law, as well as extended family.  Volunteering for various groups also keeps us busy.  Simple pleasures like a day trip to Door County with our Westie,  Chloe, is also a favorite.


Front Desk

Bio in progress!


Dental Assistant

I have been at De Pere Smiles for four years. I’ve been a dental assistant for 11 years, and I love every second of it because it’s great being part of such a hardworking team who can still manage to laugh and have fun with our patients.

Why do you like working as a dental assistant?

I enjoy getting to know all of our patients and helping them feel comfortable at their appointments. No day is ever the same and I learn something new every day.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy camping, spending time with my family and friends, and being active with my 6-year-old daughter, Scarlet. A few of our favorite things to do are go bike riding, eat sushi, and of course cheer on the Chicago Cubs.


Dental Hygienist

I am a De Pere native. I love working so close to home and seeing lots of familiar faces. My husband is a transplant from Missouri so we have a divided football family. Green Bay Packers for me and him, Kansas City Chiefs. I will let him have this one flaw. I have 2 grown daughters. Both are in college and the youngest just moved out. We are getting close to the empty nest. We have 2 dogs who are spoiled, it is really their house and we just live here.

Why do you like working as a dental hygienist?

My family has a joke that I am the only person they know that knew what they wanted to do at 10. Yes, I am that crazy tooth lady. I love being a hygienist. The one on one with my patients is rewarding and I love being able to make a difference in their health. There is nothing more exciting as a hygienist than being able to make a patient smile and know that you made that happen. The other part of my job is working with a great team to make it happen every day. We have the best at this office.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to go to country concerts, it is a time I get to spend with my daughter and friends. If not at home you can find me in the Northwoods, my parents live in the upper peninsula and spend time on Lake Superior. I am a true crime buff and I love watching or reading about real events.


Dental Assistant

I’ve been an assistant for 10 years now and have enjoyed it immensely! There is just something about helping someone and having them leave with a smile on their face that makes what we do so enjoyable!

Why do you like working as a dental assistant?

I like working in a team environment that allows us to work hard and still have fun together while also having fun with our patients. The De Pere Smiles team is always striving for the same goal for our patients health and happiness!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a mom of three and love spending time with my family.  The kids keep my husband and I pretty busy! We like going camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and pretty much anything outdoors!


Dental Assistant

I graduated from NWTC in may of 2021 from the dental assistant program and was lucky to have ended up at De Pere Smiles right out of school! I have two dogs Bailey and Sadie, who most definitely keep life interesting with their crazy personalities!

Why do you like working as a dental assistant?

What I like about working as a dental assistant is how hands on it is! I love that it keeps me moving and allows me to get to know patients. I am always learning something new everyday!

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy spending time up north at my cabin in Lakewood, WI. This is always a nice getaway to relax and unwind! We like to spend our time on the boat all day whether it’s fishing, going on cruises, or hanging out in the water! It’s my favorite place to spend time with family and friends. If there is one thing you need to know about me it’s that I love sushi! Its likely you will hear me talking about how much I enjoy trying new places and trying to convince others to try it!


Dental Hygienist

What do you like about working here?

My coworkers are amazing and I love working with them. I also enjoy getting to know each of my patients

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy spending time on beach vacations with my husband, going boating, or walking my dog Kenley.


Dental Hygienist

I have been at De Pere Smiles for 23 years. We are a close-knit team who work well together. We try to throw in some fun and laughter throughout the day with our patients.

Why do you like working as a dental hygienist?

Being able to get to know my patients and their families throughout the years. I try to treat patients as individuals educating them on how to improve their dental habits.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like hiking, running, traveling, crafts, going to sporting events, and spending time with my husband, daughters, and friends.


Dental Hygienist

Tell us a little bit about you!

I have been in the dental field since 2015 and absolutely love everything about the dental community; I am a 2021 NWTC graduate and am excited to begin my new role as a registered dental hygienist! I was born and raised in Green Bay and have a wonderful husband, Lucas, and two dogs, Luna & Lily.

Why did you like working as a dental hygienist?

I really enjoy being able to get to know my patients and I strive to make them feel as comfortable as I can, all while providing the best care possible.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy reading, playing video games and crafting! My husband and I also love traveling, camping, frisbee golfing on the weekends and spoiling our two dogs!


Dental Assistant

I’ve been in the dental field as an assistant for 16 years. I am a mother to a 12-year old daughter named Kennedy. Lover of all things coffee.

Why do you like working as a dental assistant?
I just love being able to help people achieve their dental wants and needs. Seeing them leave with a smile on their face whether it be conquering a fear of the dentist or seeing that smile they have always wanted is such a rewarding experience.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy going mountain biking, spending time with my family, going for motorcycle rides with my boyfriend and doing all the outdoors activities with my daughter Kennedy. We are a very active family and always go-go-go.


Tongue and Lip Tie Coordinator

Why do you like working as the Tongue and Lip Tie Coordinator at De Pere Smiles?
My goal is to always make sure anyone walking through our door feels a warm welcome. I really enjoy getting to know our patients. It’s a great feeling knowing that I am contributing to keeping our community healthy.

What do you enjoy most about working at De Pere Smiles?
De Pere Smiles is like a second family to me. The environment is positive, engaging and collaborative. We work together to make sure our patients feel confident in the care we provide as a team.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I have three teenagers that keep me very busy! When I do find some down time, you will most likely find me walking or biking the Fox River Trail in De Pere. Anything that gets me outside (even in our Wisconsin winters) gives me joy!

Ready to Meet Our Warm and Fun Dental Team?

We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family.
De Pere Smiles is GROWING!

And because of this, we are moving to a new location at the end of December!

The construction is underway just down the street on Main Avenue (about 3-4 minutes from our current office)


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