Meet the Hygienists

Sue Madden, RDH

Sue has been our senior hygienist with 30 years, joining our office in January 1989. Her total experience is 40 years. 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 and recently received the prestigious Evergreen Award. 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 team 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 two children. 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 team member in our office.

Elizabeth Lasich, RDH

Liz joined our hygiene team 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 team.

Taylor Spear, RDH

Taylor recently joined the team 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. Taylor and Jake have one son. 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.

Kira Massie, RDH

Kira recently joined the hygiene team at Dental Associates in June 2019. She graduated from Lansing Community College in 2018. She is certified to give local anesthetic and administer nitrous oxide sedation. After graduation, she worked in Iron Mountain for a well known Dentist and decided she wanted to move back to her home town of Ishpeming and work locally. In her spare time, Kira enjoys spending time with family and friends. She takes advantage of the outdoors as much as possible. Kira has been a pleasant addition to our growing team!

Paula Knofski, RDH

Paula graduated from Oakland Community College in 2007. She is licensed in Nitrous Oxide sedation delivery and Local Anesthesia in addition to her Hygiene Licensure. She grew up on a dairy farm in a rural area, located in the thumb of Michigan. After graduating high school, she then moved to the metro Detroit area for 20 years. Paula and her husband, Carl, relocated to the Marquette area in 2019 to enjoy a better quality of life and the beauty of the Upper Peninsula. Not only do her and Carl work hard as well in their spare time with their apparel business, but they are also avid snowmobile and motorcycle enthusiasts. Paula also enjoys kayaking, hiking, gardening, reading, traveling, and watching movies.