Meet our Team Members
Jeff Van Treese, D.D.S.
Dr. Van Treese graduated from Miami University, OH in 1982 and went on to Ohio State University where he graduated from the dental school in 1986. He served a general practice residency in 1987 and then came to Sidney to start his dental practice. 2014 marks his 27th year as a dentist in Sidney.
He has been married to Libby since 1981 and they have four young adult children. The whole family is active in Tournament Water Skiing and they have won several national awards. They have one dog and three cats.
Dr. Van Treese is very active in his church, where he is a Board member and past chairman of the Sidney First Methodist Church Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA with additional responsibilities to the YMCA Foundation Board.
Dr. Van Treese was very active in helping to bring free dental care to the uninsured and under-insured to the Shelby County area by working with the free medical clinic Compassionate Care. He is just beginning a term on the Compassionate Care Board of Directors. He and some of our team members regularly volunteer their time to this great cause.
For the past several years, he has been the local chairman for the Give Kids a Smile program, which is a national event held every February to bring free dental care to children who are uninsured. Many dental offices in our area participate in helping the children of Shelby and Miami County to begin on a journey towards great oral health for a lifetime.
Continuing education is critical to providing the best care possible to our family of patients, and Dr. Van Treese not only takes many courses every year, he provides many opportunities for his team members to do the same. His current area of study is, "Occlusal Disease". Occlusal disease is what makes teeth wear flat, drift apart or get loose. The cause of all these problems is the back teeth causing the jaw joint to pivot out of the socket producing harmful pressures on the teeth. Worn, loose teeth can be repaired and at the same time give you the smile you desire.
Other areas of study include:
Oral Appliances for sleep apnea
Mallorie Brinkman, Office Manager
Mallorie has been active in the dental community for more than 27 years. She began working as an office manager for a dental practice in Piqua in 1989, during which time she became Ohio Radiographer Certified and well as Healthcare CPR certified. She joined the team of Dr. Van Treese in January of 2011 as a dental assistant, and a short time later became our office manager.
Continuing education is very important to Mallorie and she has completed over 700 hours of CE credits from the Ohio Dental Association, specifically in dental insurance coding, dental office administration and patient services. Keeping up with changing insurance codes and guidelines has proven to be very helpful in patients receiving the highest available reimbursement benefits. She has also taken classes at Edison State Community College with an emphasis on medical office administration and human resources.
Mallorie enjoys visiting elementary schools as a guest speaker, educating children on proper brushing skills and the importance of keeping sugar bugs off their teeth. She also volunteers time to Compassionate Care in Sidney.
Mallorie and Brian are owners of The Cellar by Bottle No. 121 in Troy, OH. The store opened in February of 2013, and has the area's largest selection of craft beer and fine wine. The store boasts an impressive 22 handle growler station featuring local Ohio craft beer. They hold monthly beer and wine tastings.
Mallorie has six grown children and seven grandchildren, and spends her free time playing Grandma.
Shelby Bulcher, Dental Assistant
Shelby graduated from Sidney High School in 2010. She completed the DATS program and graduated in 2014 and began working as a dental assistant. Shelby joined the team of Dr. Van Treese in January of 2016 as our dental assistant. She holds an Ohio Dental Radiographer Certificate and is Healthcare Provider CPR Certified.
Shelby is married to Clint Bulcher and they have two daughters, Shayna and Brynlee. The family has two beagles, Dolly and Daisy. Shelby loves spending time outdoors with her family and friends.
Shelby is currently working toward obtaining her Certified Dental Assistant certificate.
Janell Houck, Registered Dental Hygienist
Janell graduated with honors from Sinclair Community College in 2011, with an associate's degree in Dental Hygiene. She is licensed to administer local anesthetic along with monitoring and delivering nitrous oxide for dental treatment. She has also met all required levels for her general supervision certifications, for which Dr. Van Treese has authorized her to perform procedures when he may or may not be present.
Since starting with Dr. Van Treese in June 2013, she has provided Shelby County Educational Services information concerning the awareness of dental health in children and infants. Janell has also implemented a cavity free club to recognize and celebrate children's success in avoiding dental decay. In the near future, she is planning attend college to obtain her baccalaureate degree in science. Janell enjoys working, providing excellent care to her patients and attending a broad range of continuing education courses to expand her knowledge.
Her interests outside the dental practice include visiting and relaxing at wineries, snowmobiling, boating, and traveling with her significant other, Mike. Janell likes spending time with family, taking walks with her dog Zoey, cooking and gardening.
Mindy Knapke, Registered Dental Hygienist
Mindy graduated with honors from Rhodes State College in 2014 with an Associate's degree in Dental Hygiene.She is licensed to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation. Mindy is also CPR certified for the healthcare provider. Mindy joined the Dr. Van Treese team part-time since 2015, and is now full-time.
Shortly after graduation, Mindy married her high school sweetheart, Matt. They have a 7 month old baby boy named Gabriel. The family has a rat terrier named Smokey.
In her free time, she enjoys running, being outdoors, spending time on the farm and being with her family. Matt and Mindy currently reside in Versailles on the family farm.
Robyn Shaffer, Certified Dental Assistant, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Robyn has thirteen years dental experience with Dr. Van Treese. She has volunteered as a Dental Assistant at Compassionate care in Sidney. She is CPR certified, has obtained her CDA as well as completed schooling at Sinclair Community College, along with passing the Ohio State Dental Board Exam allowing her to perform expanded functions in her field. Robyn has attended the Advanced Sleep Dentistry course provided by the Metz Sleep Center and the Front Office Academy, Hygiene Academy provided by Paragon Management Associates. She recently attended TMD, Occlusal Disease course with Dr. Van Treese provided by the Dawson Academy. She is plans to be certified for Coronal Polishing in the next twelve months.
Robyn resides in Piqua with her husband of 17 years, and two children, her oldest is currently attending the University of Cincinnati majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Design. Her youngest will be graduating this year from High School and planning to enter into Dayton School of Medical Massage. In Robyn's spare time she enjoys restoring her historical home, taking care of her animals, baking, crafting and scrapbooking.