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Meet our Friendly Grand Island Dental Team

Our friendly, caring dental team includes a scheduling coordinator, an insurance specialist, two receptionists, four dental assistants, and four dental hygienists. Please feel free to contact us! We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have or assist you in any matter.

Ashlee, Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant, AshleeHi, I am Ashlee and have been a part of Dr. Stec's dental team since 2002. I earned my diploma in Dental Assisting at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska in September 2001. In December 2001, I became a certified Dental Assistant. My primary role is that of Dr. Stec’s chairside assistant.

I have received many hours of continuing education through the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, as well as through several continuing education courses which are approved by the State of Nebraska. At the Institute, I received a Certificate of Excellence in Advanced Posterior Aesthetics. I have also attended continuing education courses sponsored by DenMat, the makers of Lumineers. At these courses, much was learned about esthetics and the placement of Lumineers, as well as working with the soft tissue lasers.

The most enjoyable aspect in assisting Dr. Stec is patient care. It is important to me that all patients feel comfortable during their visits to our office. I feel very fortunate working for Dr. Stec and being able to keep up with the latest technology.

Tara, Dental Assistant

dental assistant, TaraHi, I’m Tara, and I joined Dr. Stec’s office in 2007. I am a native of Wolbach, Nebraska. My degree in Dental Assisting was obtained from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska.

My primary role at Dr. Stec’s office is that of a chair side assistant and also assisting the dental hygienists. I try to attend as much continuing education as possible. I have attended several seminars sponsored by DenMat, makers of Lumineers and the “Snap-on Smile."

My goal is seeing our patients gain optimal dental health and being comfortable while doing so. My favorite part of dentistry is being a part of the “Smile Makeover” and seeing the patient’s self-confidence rise.

Monica, Dental Assistant

dental assistant, MonicaMy name is Monica. I have been a part of the Stec’s dental team since August, 2015. I received my diploma in Dental Assisting from Central Community College, Hastings, in 2005. I have been a dental assistant for 11 years. My primary role at the office is that of a chairside assistant and also assisting the dental hygienists. I try to attend as much continuing education as possible. As a dental assistant I enjoy seeing patient treatment done and leaving knowing that the work that was provided to them was the best for their dental health. I also enjoy getting to know our patients and making them feel as comfortable as we can while at the dentist office.

Kayla, Dental Assistant

dental assistant, KaylaMy name is Kayla. I’m a native of Cozad, NE. I earned my Dental Assistant AAS Degree from Central Community College at Hastings in 2013. I began working for Dr. David Janda in the same year. I joined the Stec’s dental team in 2016 after they purchased the practice from Dr. Janda. My favorite part of being a dental assistant is meeting all of the patients and getting to know them. I love assisting with pediatric patients. I’m looking forward to assisting you with all of your dental needs.

Cristina, Dental Assistant

dental assistant, CristinaHi, my name is Cristina. I am from Glenvil, NE and currently live in Grand Island. I obtained my Dental Assisting degree in Hastings, NE in 2017. After graduating I started at Stec Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. I am married to my husband Bryon and we have two beautiful children. In my free time I love to cook and spend quality time with my family. My primary role is chairside assisting and hygiene assisting. I have and will continue to educate myself on new techniques to better patient care. The best part of being a dental assistant is getting to know patients. My goal as an assistant is for the patient to feel comfortable, to be well educated and provide the best care possible. I am thrilled to be part of this office and look forward to meeting you.

Sadie, Dental Assistant

dental assistant, Sadie Hi, I’m Sadie and I recently joined Dr. Stec’s team in June 2018. I’m originally from Clarks, NE but now call St. Libory home. I received my diploma in Dental Assisting from Central Community College, Hastings in 2005. I have been a dental assistant for 13 years. My primary role at Dr. Stec’s office is that of a chairside assistant and also assisting the dental hygienist.

I am very fortunate to have joined Dr. Stec’s team and can’t wait to meet you and help with all your dental needs.

Kelsey, Dental Hygienist

dental hygienist, kelseyMy name is Kelsey and I joined Dr. Stec’s team in 2007. I am a native of Arcadia, Nebraska. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2005 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. 

As a dental hygienist, my goal is to make patients feel comfortable, and to have a very educational experience. I have also attended the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, and conferences sponsored by the DenMat Corporation. I have also attended several seminars within our state that have been sponsored by the Nebraska Dental Association and Central Community College.  These courses help me keep up-to-date in the latest advances in the dental profession.

I enjoy forming relationships with our patients and enjoy working with patients of all ages.

Teresa, Dental Hygienist

dental hygienist, TeresaMy name is Teresa and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist.  I graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program from Central Community College in 1992.  Prior to that I was a Certified Dental Assistant where I decided to further my education in the dental field.  I am certified to administer local anesthetic, skilled in Periodontal Therapy and trained on many of the technological advancements dentistry has to offer.  I attend many continuing education courses which enables me to educate and provide each and every patient I see the benefits of good oral health.   I grew up in Lincoln, NE but now call Greeley, NE my home.  I am married to my husband Larry and we have three very active children that fills up any free time I have with their activities.

Teddi, Dental Hygienist

dental hygienist, TeddiMy name is Teddi. I joined the Stec’s dental team in February when they took over Dr. Janda’s practice after his retirement. I had worked for Dr. Janda for over 11 years. I am a Nebraska native. I received my degree in Dental Hygiene from Central Community College, Hastings, in 2004. I have attended numerous continuing education courses and love to learn the newest technology. I enjoy building friendships with all of the wonderful people I get to meet. My goal is to make people feel comfortable while providing the best care possible.

Deb, Dental Hygienist

dental hygienist, DebMy name is Deb. I started working for Dr. Steve in March 1985 when he was in his downtown office and had just taken over the practice of Dr. Herzog. I was the first hygienist in that office. I left after 20 years to work in Hastings while my children were in school so I could be closer to home.

In the fall of 2018, I returned to work with the Stec family at their new facility and with expanded staff. I have always appreciated their dedication in providing quality dental care for their patients. I received my training in Hastings, graduation in 1984. I obtained licensure for administering local anesthetic in 1997. I have had experience in working in the specialty of periodontics and enjoy the opportunity of educating patients in understanding and preventing dental disease and in maintaining good oral health.

Ruth, Receptionist

receptionist, RuthMy name is Ruth. I have lived in the Grand Island area for the past 27 years and have raised my family here. I began my dental career working as the receptionist for Dr. Steve Stec in 1990 until 2002. After several years absence I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Business and worked in various business fields. I realized no other position could compare to the enjoyment I felt working with our patients in the dental office. To my delight, I returned to the practice in 2014 as the receptionist where I will greet you, schedule your appointments, file your insurance claims, answer your phone calls and help answer any questions you may have. I enjoy meeting each of our patients and look forward to getting to know you.

Becca, receptionist

receptionist, BeccaMy name is Becca.  I have been Dr. Steve Stec’s patient since 2013.  I was very excited to have a chance to join the team in April 2016.  Originally, I am from Hastings but now call Grand Island home.  I have prior experience in a medical facility but this is my first dental office.  I have already learned a lot and look forward to expanding my knowledge in the dental field.  My favorite part of my job is interacting with patients and making their experience in our office a positive one.

Carmen, Insurance and Receptionist

insurance and receptionist, CarmenMy name is Carmen.  I have been working in the Dental field for 12 ½ years, and with dental insurance for nearly that entire time.  I went to college and received a degree in Accounting and Bookkeeping from Phoenix College.

I joined Stec Cosmetic and Family Dentistry team in February of 2016.   I am happy to deal with all of your dental insurance questions that you may have.   I am so very blessed to be in such a caring and respectful establishment!  Every one of the staff is so amazing to work with, and they also strive to meet the needs of each and every patient they see with total respect and compassion.   My goal is to fill the needs of every patient wherever I possibly can and to be a good team player.