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
Shelby Bulcher, Administrative 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 two children. Gabe is 2 1/2 and Charlotte is 10 months old. They also have two rat terriers named Smoke and Dozer.
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.
Ashley Compton, Certified Dental Assistant
Ashley is orginally from Van Wert, Ohio where she graduated from HIgh School in 2009. She then went on to further her education at Ross Medical Education Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. In 2011 she graduated with her Dental Assisting Diploma and entered the dental field. Ashley returned to school and graduated with an Assocaite Degree in Healthcare Administration in 2014. in 2016 she earned her Certified Dental Assistant certificate.
Ashley has two daughters, Madilyn and June. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and close friends and making lasting memories with her two girls!
Alisha Kinnett, Expanded Functions Dental Assistant
Alisha graduated in 2010 from Miami Valley CTC for dental assisting. In 2013 she graduated from Sinclair Community College where she obtained her training to become an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant.
Alisha is married to Dustin. They have three daughters: Alissa, Brianna, and Cecelia. They have two family pets Addie and Bo.
In her free time they love being outdoors, canoeing, gardening and spending time with family.