Algoma Office

Sheri Surfus – Office Manager

Sheri started her career in dentistry at Algoma Gentle Dental Care, now Dentistry by Design. Prior to joining the field of dentistry she worked in Customer Service/Sales for 17 years and management for 15. One of the things she really loves about her position at Dentistry by Design is meeting new people and greeting familiar faces. It is also such a joy to see how happy patients are with their smile after having dental care.

Sheri grew up in Door County and currently live in Sturgeon Bay.  She and her husband Lou have two grown daughters. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, Crick. Sheri and Lou are also enjoying being grandparents and love spending time with their grandson.

Pamela Grovogel – Treatment Coordinator

Before joining the dental field Pam worked in customer service/sales for 25 years and management for 17 years.  She is enjoying helping patients get the treatment they need to have a healthy smile, while also meeting new people from the area.

Pam grew up in Kewaunee County and currently lives in Algoma with her husband Gary.  She also works part-time at a local nursing home, where she loves putting a smile on the faces of the residents. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and taking trips with her husband on their Harley Davidson Trike.  

Lisa_LowRes_webLisa Bostwick – Scheduling Coordinator

Lisa came to Dentistry by Design with 21 years experience in dental assisting.  She is a 1994 graduate of NWTC.  Lisa was attracted to dentistry for the opportunity to truly help people and create beautiful, healthy smiles. She has taken on a new role as the Scheduling Coordinator in the Algoma office.

Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, also being outdoors gardening, camping and snowmobiling.

Joann_LowRes_webJoanne Patterson – Dental Hygienist

Joanne obtained her Degree in Dental Hygiene from Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN, and brings over 30 years of hygiene experience to Dentistry by Design.

Her past experience includes dental practices in Minnesota, Illinois and California.  Her objectives remains the same: to provide patients with a thorough cleaning, to make them feel comfortable, and for them to look forward to coming back for their next visit.

Joanne recently relocated to Sturgeon Bay from California with her husband Greg, and they have two adult daughters.  She enjoys the comfort of small town living with water views, and being close to her immediate family. Joanne is active physically, and enjoys walking, swimming, biking and more.

Eileen Hafeman – Dental Assistant

Eileen graduated from NWTC and acquired her Dental Assisting National Board of Certification in 1977.  Prior to joining the Dentistry by Design family, Eileen’s last position spanned 38 years with Dr. Tom DeNamur at the Algoma location.  She feels extremely fortunate to continue working in a field she feels very passionate about and looks forward to continually learning new skills, and providing excellent dental care. She remains committed to helping patients overcome obstacles like fear of dentistry, by earning their trust through gentle, compassionate care.

Eileen lives countryside with her husband Scot who keeps her life fun, educational and always interesting.  Both are nature enthusiast; enjoying fishing, hunting, gardening, hiking.  They also enjoy history and traveling to historical places, especially out west, and campfires with friends and family.

mckenzie_lowres_webMcKenzie Mueller – Dental Assistant

McKenzie was born and raised in Algoma, Wisconsin.  She graduated from NWTC in May from the Dental Assistant program.  One of her favorite parts about this profession is watching the patients leave with a huge smile on their face.

When McKenzie isn’t in the office you will find her taking care of her mini “zoo”, she has four dogs, a horse, a donkey and a cat.  Besides taking care of the animals she also enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with her fiance and family.

Jenel Schartner – Dental Assistant

The combination of high tech dentistry with strong focus on patient care is what first attracted Jenel to Dentistry by Design. With over 20 years in the dental profession, she currently works as a dental assistant in both our Sturgeon Bay and Algoma practices.

Jenel and her husband Mike reside in the Brussels area with their two teenage sons Beau and Blake.  When not at work, Jenel enjoys being outdoors, hunting, gardening, campfires, watching baseball and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite quote is, “Allow your passion to become your purpose and it will one day become your profession.”