At Hart & Olson Family Dentistry we work closely together as a team. With years of experience, we have the specialized training necessary to prevent, diagnose, and treat your dental conditions. We stay current on the latest advances in research and treatment so you know you’ll get the most advanced care available anywhere. All of our friendly and talented staff take pride in their work. We require all team members to participate regularly in ongoing education and all of our clinical staff are CPR and AED certified. This is part of our commitment to provide you with the best care.
Chris Hart, Practice Administrator
Chris grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee and graduated from Cudahy Sr. High prior to attending UW-Eau Claire where she recieved a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She had a career in Home Care Administration for 10 years. She began assisting Dr. Hart part-time, when he began his own practice in 1989. She stayed home with the children when they were young and as they grew she gradually became more involved with the practice. Her job has grown into a full time position over the years as the office became fully computerized, moved to it's new location and doubled the staff when Dr. Olson joined the practice. She has taken many practice management, business and computer classes to keep our systems running smoothly. She also assists us in looking at our patient's over all health as well as their teeth.
Her interests outside of the practice include her children, pets, travel, reading, skiing, golf and running.
Tara Olson, Office Manager
Tara attended Western Technical College in La Crosse where she earned her associates degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising in 2002. She married Dr. Olson in 2006. They have two daughters, Avery and Madelyn. They also have a dog named Oliver.
Some of Tara's interests include baking, making crafts with her girls, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Business Office Staff are here to assist our patients and keep the office running smoothly.
They perform the following services:
- provide patient education regarding treatment plans and insurance coverage, pre-authorize treatment and bill insurance carriers after work is completed.
- make appointments and register new patients in our computer system.
- ensure that patients are comfortable while at our office, know when their next appointment is and that all questions have been answered.
Richelle, Patient Account Representative
Richelle has been in the dental field since 1997. She began her career as a dental assistant. Prior to joining Hart & Olson she worked in the business office at another dental practice. She obtained her Associate's degree from UW-Baraboo in 2010. She joined Hart & Olson in 2013. She is dedicated to helping our patients understand prescribed treatment and insurance benefits.
Richelle and her husband Ryan live in Reedsburg with their daughter, Taylor and son, Carter. In her free time she enjoys watching her children in all their extra curricular activities, reading and gardening
Mary, Patient Account Representative
Mary has worked in the dental field since 2002. She joined out office in 2006 and became a patient account representative in 2008. Mary can help you plan all of your necessary dental care. Prior to her career in dentistry she worked for 13 years in the Veterinary field.
She is married with 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and gardening.
Mel, Patient Account Representative/Dental Assistant
Mel has been working in the dental field since 2002. She joined Hart & Olson in 2006. She has experience with all aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry. Mel's primary job is taking care of patients at the front desk but she still assists the doctors when needed.
Outside of work she likes to fish, garden and be outdoors. Mel lives in Pardeeville with her husband and two sons, Logan and Aaron.
Deb, Patient Coordinator
Deb joined our team in February 2015. She comes to us with 20 plus years of dental experience. Her prior years were spent with Dr. Rosin. Deb has recently accepted a position taking care of our patients at the front desk. She is the first friendly face you meet when you walk through our front door.
Deb lives in Portage with her husband Phill. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Her hobbies are boating, traveling, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.
Dental Hygienists provide treatment to prevent cavities and gum disease under the supervision of the dentist.
They perform the following services:
- apply topical medications and cavity-preventing agents, like sealants, fluorides and topical anesthetic agents to your teeth
- place and remove periodontal dressings, temporary restorations
- counsel you on the importance of good nutrition for oral health
- perform such monitoring procedures as reviewing your health history, taking your blood pressure, and maintaining your dental chart
- remove tartar (calculus) and plaque from your teeth below and above the gum line
- polish teeth, including existing restorations
- teach proper hygiene techniques for your teeth and gums and develop individual at-home oral hygiene programs
- all services that may be performed by dental assistants
Lonnie, Registered Dental Hygienist
Lonnie began his dental career in dental assisting. He was an assistant for 8 years with a Prosthodontist. Upon completion of hygiene school from MATC in Madison he worked for 1 year with a Periodontist where he received invaluable training. He joined Dr. Hart in 2004 after the move to the new location. Lonnie is currently coordinating our Perio Care and OSHA programs.
Lonnie currently lives in Baraboo. He enjoys hunting, fishing, carpentry, landscaping and gardening. He has one son, Tanner.
Tracy, Registered Dental Hygienist
Tracy has worked for Dr. Hart for since 2005. She started working in the dental field as a Dental Assistant in 1988. She also gained experience at the front desk prior to returning to school to become a Dental Hygienist. After graduating she began her hygiene career at several other dental offices before joining the staff at Hart & Olson.
Tracy and her husband, two dogs and two cats live just north of De Forest. She enjoys camping, reading, gardening and spending time outdoors.
Katy, Registered Dental Hygienist
Katy graduated from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has 35 plus years of experience in the dental hygiene field. Her prior years include long-term positions with Dr. Nelson of Rio and Dr. Rosin of Portage. Katy joined Hart & Olson Family Dentistry in January 2015.
Katy lives in Poynette with her husband Brian where they run their family farm. She enjoys baking, cross-stich, snowmobiling on vintage sleds and walking.
Amanda, Registered Dental Hygienist
Amanda graduated from Madison College in May of 2015 with an associates degree in Dental Hygiene. She grew up in Rockford IL and moved to Wisconsin in 2006. Amanda is married to Greg Bortz and they live in Portage with their Puggle, Charlie.
Some of Amanda's interests include traveling, animals, water activities, doing hair & makeup, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dental Assistants provide support functions to the dentist and dental hygienist.
They perform the following services:
- provide patient education
- take preliminary medical histories and vital signs for review by a dentist
- place and remove rubber dams, matrix bands, ligature ties and temporary separating devices
- remove orthodontic arch wires, periodontal dressings, and temporary cement (not including temporary fillings)
- select and pre-fit temporary crowns and orthodontic bands
- take impressions for study casts, diagnostic casts, space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards (guards that prevent grinding of the teeth)
Melissa, Dental Assistant
Melissa joined our staff in 2006 when Dr. Olson joined our team. She became a certified Dental assistant in 2003 when she graduated from MATC.
She and her husband Tim have a daughter and a son. They also have a black lab named Jordy. They enjoy camping and watching their kids participate in extracurricular activities.
Connie, Dental Assistant
Connie has worked for Dr. Hart since March of 1990 when we had a small three staff office in downtown Portage. She had 10 years of dental assisting experience prior to joining our office.
Connie is married to Al and has a daughter, one grandson and a cat named Wrigley. She loves spending time with her grandson, bowling, pitching horseshoes and going to Cub's baseball games.
Barb, Dental Assistant
Barb attended the dental assisting program at MATC in Madison, She has over 20 years of experience as a dental assistant. Barb joined Hart & Olson Family Dentistry in July of 2008.
Barb lives in Montello with her husband, Peter. They have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. Some of her favorite things to do are spending time with family and friends, sewing, traveling, camping, and reading.
Hali, Dental Assistant
Hali graduated from Portage High School in 2004. She went to MATC where she completed her dental assistant certification in 2009. Her education included clinical hours at Hart and Olson Family Dentistry. Hali worked with us on a fill in basis from 2009-2014. She accepted a part-time position in January 2015.
Hali has two children, Brody and Bree. Her hobbies include swimming, boating, horseshoes, camping and spending time with family and friends.