Meet the Hygienists

Sue Madden, RDH

Sue is our most senior hygienist, joining our office in January 1989. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, with a certificate in Dental Hygiene. She is married to Josh, and is the mother of three children; Jen, Josh and Jacy. They all enjoy family time, camping, hiking, kayaking, and fishing. She is a member and past president of the Upper Peninsula District Dental Hygiene Society; also the MDHA and the ADHA. She enjoys giving back to her community. She has been an active member of the Zonta Club of Marquette for over 25 years. She also serves as the dental component of the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan's Upper Peninsula Health Care Team, addressing the health care needs of the elderly. Her commitment to the care of our patients is outstanding.

Connie Nelson, RDH

Connie has been with Dental Associates since June 1998. She attended Northern Michigan University, and graduated in 1998 with her degree in Dental Hygiene from Delta college. She is married to Troy; and they have a daughter and a set of twin boys and a dog. Connie enjoys family time, swimming in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter. Living in Munising, Connie is able to work in our offices both in Marquette and Munising. Her flexibility and friendly attitude make her ideally suited for bringing excellent hygiene care to our patients.

Rachel Koltvedt, RDH

Rachel joined our hygiene staff in January 2006. She graduated from Ferris State University in 2001, and worked in the Grand Rapids area for the first five years. She is also licensed to provide local anesthesia and to administer nitrous oxide sedation. Rachel is married and has a daughter. She likes to participate in many outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, biking, snowshoeing, kayaking, and gardening. Her enthusiasm and additional training in anesthesia and sedation makes her an ideal staff member in our office.

Elizabeth Lasich, RDH

Liz joined our hygiene staff in March 2007. She graduated from Ferris State University in 2000 after also completing one year at Northern Michigan University. As a Marquette native, she has been working in the Marquette area since her graduation. Liz is married to Geoff and together they have two children. She enjoys spending time at home with her family, and many outdoor activities such as hiking and snowshoeing. Liz also has extensive continuing education in TMJ and sleep apnea diagnostics which will enhance the availability of the treatment options current present in our office. This additional training and her fresh approach makes her a great addition to our staff.

Taylor Spear, RDH

Taylor recently joined the staff at Dental Associates in March 2015. She graduated from Ferris State University in 2012. She is certified to give local anesthetic and administer nitrous oxide. After graduation, she worked in the Lansing area before moving back to the U.P. this past year. In August 2015 she married Jake and has a chocolate lab named Jax. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as enjoying the outdoors: kayaking, swimming and walking with her dog.

Kate Riutta, RDH

Kate joined Dental Associates in July 2015. She was a dental assistant before joining Dental Associates and is also a Licensed Practical Nurse. She gained her education first at Gogebic Community College in Nursing and then at Ferris State University in Dental Hygiene. Kate is licensed to administer both nitrous oxide and local anesthesia. Kate seeks to further education and outreach in the Marquette and Munising communities. Kate's passion for healthcare and background in dentistry and nursing make her a well-rounded addition to the staff at Dental Associates. Being a native in Copper Country, Kate enjoys trail riding with her horse and any winter or summer activity.