Maree Shaw greets all of our patients with a bright smile as they come into our office; in fact, it’s hard not to catch Maree with a smile on her face. Just share a joke with her and she is sure to laugh, but she knows how to get down to business as well. She has been working in the dental field for 15 years both in the front office and as an assistant. She is our patient coordinator and works closely with our contracted dental insurance agencies.
When she’s not at work, Maree loves going on runs with her husband and exploring the various hiking paths of Southern Utah with her son and daughter.
Baylee Reidhead is a board-certified dental hygienist that has been practicing as a hygienist for 5 years and has been in the dental field for over 7 years. Oral health is her focus and she enjoys educating patients on the importance of developing good oral hygiene habits. “The better we take care of our mouths, the better our overall health,” she said. She loves helping patients create confident smiles.
Baylee graduated from Dixie State University with her BS in Dental Hygiene. Additionally, she is certified in local anesthesia/nitrous oxide, laser therapy as well as dental radiography. In her spare time, Baylee enjoys spending time with her boys, her pilot husband and their 2 sons, outside in the St. George sunshine. She also likes to bake up delicious cookies and treats that she shares with her coworkers!
As Dr. Ellis would say, Katie Ellis is the driving force behind Ellis Dentistry Co. The dental practice is her brainchild from the design of the office, the marketing and human resources, to the financial management. While supporting her husband in dental school, Katie worked in the public relations department for Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital (Loma Linda University Health) in California. It surprised her how much she enjoyed working in the healthcare industry following her years in the field of broadcast journalism. “I was particularly astounded by all the technological advances in healthcare and the benefits it provided patients,” she said. “Having the latest in state-of-the-art dental technology was a priority for our practice.”
Katie grew up in St. George and she and Dr. Ellis love raising their three children surrounded by the red rocks and the good people of this community. Katie admits that a piece of her heart will always remain in New York City. That’s where she interned at FOX News Channel and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. Now she’s satisfied with the occasional visit as long as it involves a broadway show and a slice of New York pizza.
Janet Melchor is bilingual in Spanish and English and brings over 14 years of dental experience to her job as office manager. She has been with Ellis Dentistry Co. from the beginning and has helped establish its policies and procedures. Her organizational and planning skills continue to help our office grow. She particularly enjoys planning treatment for our patients, “I love being part of transforming patient’s lives by helping them obtain a new smile and new confidence.”
When she’s not at work, she enjoys planning parties for her princess-loving daughters and spending quality time with her husband.
Lead Dental Assistant
Julie Gates has over 40 years experience as a dental assistant. She started when she was just 15 years old and immediately fell in love with helping people with their dental needs and easing their dental anxieties. “Smiling is so important,” she said. “It is something that everyone should have the confidence to share. I love seeing the transformative power that dental work can have on a patient’s smile.”
Julie has been married for nearly 38 years to the “love of her life.” They have five children and nine grandchildren. She said her grandkids are definitely the best part of raising five crazy kids. She loves spending every moment with her family especially in the outdoors. She also loves whipping up tasty treats.
Lauren Wittwer has been working in the dental field for over three years coordinating patient appointments, treatment plans, and insurance benefits. She enjoys helping patients understand the ins and outs of their insurance plans.
While she’s not at work, she loves spending time in the great outdoors with her family camping or hunting. She’s also quite the sports enthusiast and cheers on several teams including the Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Braves, LA Dodgers, Utah Utes, and Georgia Bulldogs. They even have a yellow lab named Dodger in honor of the baseball team.
Lauren is the biggest fan of her husband and four children. She loves watching her boys play football, basketball,and baseball and watching her daughter do gymnastics and cheer.
Kelsee Condie graduated from Dixie State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. In addition to being a board-certified dental hygienist, she is licensed for local anesthesia/nitrous oxide administration, laser therapy and is radiology certified. Her interest in becoming a hygienist started by coincidence. Her twin sister signed up for a beginning dental hygiene course while at college and they shared a car. Kelsee thought she might as well sign up for the same class and quickly realized how much she loved the field. She hasn’t been able to set down a scaler ever since. She said her favorite part of being a hygienist is creating a trusting relationship with her patients.
In her spare time, Kelsee loves traveling with her boyfriend, but she’s just as content sitting at home and reading a book.
Yeva Karakashyan loves working as a dental assistant at Ellis Dentistry Co. and building relationships with the patients. She also enjoys helping patients with their dental needs and seeing them become happier and more confident with their smile. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree from Dixie State University in pre-dental.
Yeva moved to Utah over 8 years ago with her family from Armenia. When she’s not at work or school, she loves watching her two younger brothers play soccer. They are her very best friends. She also enjoys going on hikes with her friends during the sunset.
LaraLee Reber has been working as a dental assistant for nearly 20 years. Being part of the Ellis Dentistry Co. team is one of her favorite aspects of the job. She said, “It’s rewarding seeing the team dynamics at play–when we all come together and are committed to delivering quality care and transforming the lives of our patients.” When LaraLee’s not assisting Dr. Ellis, she’s teaching proper dance technique and routines at ALight Dance Academy, a local dance studio. Dancing is a big part of her life and she loves seeing her 3 daughters develop this passion as well. While the four of them dance around in her kitchen, she loves catching glimpses of her son and husband playing catch in the backyard. She particularly loves being able to sneak in a date night with her husband of 14 years.