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 combining the medical, technical aspect of dentistry with my compassion for helping patients feel and look their best. It brings me a lot of joy to give patients that beautiful, healthy, smile I believe we all deserve.”

What’s the best part of De Pere Smiles?

“The best part of going to De Pere Smiles is interacting with my patients – they are basically my second family! I enjoy coming up with a treatment plan fitting their 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 college, I attended University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine to get my dental degree.

My Dental Experience:

  • 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 for “Give Kids a Smile” all four years of dental school
  • Volunteer at Myles Dental, Pittsburgh

My Dental Achievements:

  • U of Pitt: Multiple scholarships
  • SNC: Awarded Trustee’s Distinguished Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • Certification for use of Solea Dental Laser & Biolase Dental Laser
  • “Pediatric Tongue & Lip Ties: Diagnosis and Treatment with Soft-Tissue Lasers” at Tufts University Dental School

Dental Memberships:

What do you do outside the office?

I love spending time with my wife and daughter, family, and friends. I enjoy hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors, watching and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

If you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?

Butter pecan, because it’s delicious!

James Fritsche, DDS

Has been successfully using dental lasers for over 15 years.

Why did Dr. Fritsche choose dentistry?

“I was motivated to be in a profession that lets me work with people, my hands, and stay in the sciences. Many dental professionals greatly influenced me to go into dentistry, including Dr. Gilling (a former orthodontist), Dr. Ron Hubbard (a neighbor and colleague), and Dr. Zovnic.”

What’s the best part of De Pere Smiles?

“Getting to work with generations of the same families and the great relationships that I’ve made with them over the years.”

Dr. James Fritsche

I was born in Green Bay and went to Resurrection Grade School and Abbot Pennings High School. I went to Marquette University for undergrad and dental school. My wife Colleen and I enjoy our horses, dogs, and miniature donkey.

Outside the office, I enjoy flying, skiing, and going up North.

My Dental Experience:

After graduation from Marquette University Dental School, I was commissioned in the United States Air Force and served as a dentist. I then worked in Manitowoc with a group practice and then took over Dr. Stephen Zovnic’s practice. Dr. Zovnic was my dentist as a child.

My Dental Achievements:

  • Marquette University Dental School
  • Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry

Dental Memberships:

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by?

Try to not say anything about someone you wouldn’t say to their face.

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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Savannah

Front Desk

I have been at De Pere Smile for five years, and my favorite part of my job at De Pere Smiles is helping out our patients and amazing co-workers.

Why do you like working at the front desk?

I get to problem-solve all day! We wear many hats and have to search for a solution constantly. It’s rewarding to see that solution work! I enjoy assisting because I’m helping a patient from start to finish.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to try new recipes, garden, and explore outside with my husband, son, and daughter.

Julie

Front Desk

I have been at De Pere Smiles since August 2016 and my favorite part of my job at De Pere Smiles is how lucky I am to be with a fun group of people.

Why do you like working at the front desk?

I enjoy time talking to each patient before and after treatment. It feels good to assist them with anything they might need or answer any questions they may have.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy hiking, camping, and generally exploring new places. Any time spent enjoying nature with the people close to me is a wonderful time.

Amanda

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.

Abby

Dental Assistant

I have been at De Pere Smile for 18 years. The thing I like most about working at De Pere Smiles is the fun atmosphere Dr. Fritsche and Dr. Peterson make. We are like a family and makes it easy to come to work every day.

Why do you like working as a dental assistant?

I like helping people. To see smiles on our patients after we’ve helped them is one of the reasons I’ve been an assistant for 18 years. The patients help me love my job.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family. We go up to the cottage, go boating, fish, and go ice fishing and snowmobiling in the winter.

Danielle

Dental Assistant

I have been at De Pere Smiles since summer 2017. The thing I like most about working at De Pere Smiles is I’m always learning something new and I love the warm environment.

Why do you like working as a dental assistant?

I enjoy meeting new people and making sure patients are comfortable during treatments.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family and friends and going up north to my family cottage.

Kathy

Dental Hygienist

I have been at De Pere Smiles since December 2000. I like working with a variety of ages at De Pere Smiles.

Why do you like working as a dental hygienist?

I enjoy working one-on-one with the patients to help them achieve better health by improving their oral hygiene.

What do you like to do in your free time?

  • Boating
  • SUP boarding
  • Ice skating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Pilates
  • Spending time with my dog
Amy

Dental Hygienist

I have been at De Pere Smiles since July 1997. The thing I like most about working at De Pere Smiles are the patients and building a relationship with them.

Why do you like working as a dental hygienist?

I like to help people obtain their optimal oral health.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like gardening and reading.

Vicki

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.

Erin

Dental Hygienist

I have been at De Pere Smiles for three years. I have been a patient at De Pere Smiles since I was one-year-old. I wanted to join the dental field because of the amazing care and treatment I’ve had as a patient and work particularly at this office.

Why do you like working as a dental hygienist?

I work as an administrative assistant and dental hygienist. I love how every day is different and I enjoy working both at the front desk and chairside with our patients.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend time with my family and fiance, Adam.


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