Meet Our Staff

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.

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.

Danielle Hart

Office Manager

Danielle grew up just outside of Portage and graduated from UW Madison in 2013. She married Dr. Brian in 2019 and joined the dental practice that same year.

Danielle and Brian live near Portage with their cat Marley and golden retriever Bango--go Bucks! They spend their summers exploring Wisconsin state parks, camping, paddle boarding, and disc golfing. In winter, you will find them almost every weekend skiing the slopes at Cascade Mountain, with the occasional get away to a mountain out west. 

Office Staff

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.


Patient Account Representative

Mary has worked in the dental field since 2002. She joined our 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.


Patient Account Representative

Mel has been working in the dental field since 2002. She joined the team at Hart & Olson in 2006 as a dental assitant and eventually transitioned to her current front office role. Mel's experience in both a clinical and business role give her a unique perspective of the patient experience. She enjoys helping patients understand their treatment plans and insurance coverage. 

Outside of work, Mel likes to fish, garden, and be outdoors. She lives in Pardeeville with her two sons, Logan and Aaron, their dogs Luna and Hunter, and their cat Kummura. 


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 grown children and 4 grandchildren. Her hobbies are boating, traveling, entertaining and spending time with family and friends.


Patient Account Representative

Lindzay is the newest member of our office, starting in September, 2019. She has worked in the Dental field for 3 years after graduating from Marian University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2015. Lindzay takes care of patients at the front desk and can help with any dental insurance need.

She lives in Oxford with her husband, two Pomeranians, and cat. She loves football, cooking, and spending time with family.

Dental Hygienists

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


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.


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.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Renee began her dental career in 2009 as a dental assistant. In 2016, she graduated from Madison College with an Associate’s degree in dental hygiene. She joined Hart & Olson Family Dentistry in May 2017.

Renee grew up in Portage and now lives in Pardeeville with her husband Dan. They have two shih tzus named Jordy and Clay. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Renee graduated from Portage High School in 2005. She attended Madison College for the Dental Hygiene program and graduated in 2013. Renee has worked with patients of all needs and ages, and was most recently working in pediatrics in Madison until she joined our team in July, 2019.

Renee lives in Portage with her husband Nick and their four children. She feels fortunate to have many of her relatives living nearby, and she enjoys spending her free time with friends and family.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Sara joined Hart & Olson Family Dentistry in November, 2020. She graduated Madison College in 2019 with an Associates degree in Dental Hygiene and spent a year working in Madison. She enjoys meeting patients of all ages and creating personal relationships with each one of them.

Sara grew up in Westfield, WI where she and and her fiancé Evan now own a home. They have a chocolate lab named Cooper and a cat named Luna. Sara enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors. 

Dental Assistants

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)


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.


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.


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 three children, Brody, Bree, & Bayla.  Her hobbies include swimming, boating, horseshoes, camping and spending time with family and friends.


Dental Assistant

Caitlin joined Hart and Olson family Dentistry in May of 2017 as Dr. Brian’s assistant. She started her career in the dental field in 2012 when she graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Madison College. Caitlin has 4 years of dental assisting experience prior to joining our team.

In her free time, Caitlin enjoys being outdoors, running, biking, hunting, and hiking with her dogs.


Dental Assistant

Kaylee joined Hart & Olson Family Dentistry in July 2020. She had 2 years of experience prior to joining our team after she was certified through a Dental Assisting course at Madison College in 2018. Kaylee enjoys making lasting relationships with her patients and coworkers. 

Kaylee grew up in Pardeeville and currently lives in Endeavor with her boyfriend Bradley. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, baking sweet treats, and getting out in the fresh air.





Staff photos by Gretchen Willis Photography.

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Portage dentists Matthew Olson, DDS and Brian Hart, DDS offer a broad range of family dentistry services for both children and adults. Visit Hart and Olson Family Dentistry today.

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