Drs. Josef Kolling, Debra Lisull and Daniel Edwards combined their practices almost 13 years ago (in 2005) to create OAK VALLEY DENTAL ASSOCIATES. After many years in the University of Michigan campus area, it was time to expand and update the facilities in order to provide the very latest in technology and equipment. By combining our 'special' areas of expertise we are able to provide our patients with comprehensive and excellent dental care.
Josef N. Kolling, DDS, MS
University of Michigan, D.D.S., 1981;
University of Michigan, M.S. (Restorative dentistry: Crown & Bridge), 1984.
American Dental Association, *Michigan Dental Association, *Washtenaw District Dental Society, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, *F.B. Vedder Society (*Past-president)
Married to Barbara (UM Dental Hygiene, 1983) in 1981 and lives in Ann Arbor and had 2 children. His daughter Christina, graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Christina is married to her wonderful husband Adam, and recently had little JT, born July 2016. His adult son Joe, graduated from Eastern Michigan University and passed away suddenly in February 2014.
I have practiced in Ann Arbor, and taught at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry since 1981, with a 2 year break from teaching for my masters program in 83-84. Currently an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Prosthodontic Division of the Biologic and Materials Science Department at the school.
"I have enjoyed a career which has balanced private practice with part-time teaching and leadership in the Michigan Dental Association. This has provided a unique perspective which has certainly influenced my practice philosophy and has benefited my patients. I am very pleased to further enhance our ability to provide high quality dental care in our modern facility."
Debra O. Lisull, DDS
University of Michigan; Associate degree in Dental Hygiene, 1974; BS in Dental hygiene, 1979; DDS, 1983
American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association (2015-present, Committee on Peer Review/Ethics), Washtenaw District Dental Association
Married over 40 years to Michael Lisull (University of Michigan, accounting, 1976) and lives in Ann Arbor; Son, Evan, graduated magna cum laude (Political Science and Economics) from The University of Arizona in Tucson, and graduated from law school in May 2013 (George Mason University, Arlington, VA). He is currently working for a law firm in Washington D.C. and married Courtney in May 2015; Daughter, Emma, is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and received her Masters in Accounting from The Ohio State University in May 2013. She lives in Ann Arbor and works at Ernst and Young (Detroit office).
Involved with dentistry since age 16! Started dental assisting while in high school, went directly into the dental hygiene program at U of M and worked full time as an RDH for three years after graduation. Taught at the dental school in the hygiene program (radiography department and clinical instructor). Upon graduation from dental school, taught in the Oral Diagnosis and Radiography Clinic and started in private practice. Returned to teach part-time in the Department of Periodontics as a clinical instructor. Currently practicing part-time in private practice.
"My practice has 'evolved' over the years into one focusing on prevention. I spend most of my clinical time on preventive care and education. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from changing attitudes and behaviors related to dentistry. I truly feel a commitment to establishing dental health for each and every patient -- 'working together for a lifetime of oral health' is my goal."
Daniel L. Edwards, DDS
University of Michigan, BS in Biology, 1993; DDS, 1997
General Practice Residency at Loyola University Medical Center (Chicago, IL), certificate 1997-99
Professional Memberships and Positions:
American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association (Committee on Membership 2005-06, Chair Committee on Membership 2006-09, Special Committee on Annual Session 2009-present, Vice Chair 2011-12, Chair 2012-13), Washtenaw District Dental Society (Chair Committee on Membership 2007-09, Treasurer 2014-2016, President Elect 2016-2017, President 2017-2018, Past President 2018-current), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Delta Sigma Delta Detroit Graduate Chapter (Historian 2009-2013), Delta Sigma Delta Undergraduate Alpha Chapter (2010 - current Faculty Advisor/Deputy), University of Michigan School of Dentistry Board of Governors (Student-Alumni Relations Chair 2003-09, Vice Chair 2006-07, Chair 2007-08), Pierre Fauchard Academy (2013-present), F.B. Vedder Crown and Bridge Society (2013-present), Spear Study Club (2014-present).
Delta Sigma Delta "Outstanding Faculty Award" 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Michigan Dental Association "New Dentist Award" 2007, Student Council Dental Student and Dental Hygiene Student "Outstanding Faculty Award" 2008, 3 Blue Clinic "Outstanding Faculty Award" 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, Dental Class of 2013 (D3) "Outstanding Faculty Award" in 2012, Detroit's HOUR Magazine "Top Dentists" 2009, Pierre Fauchard Fellow awarded April 2013, American Dental Association Golden Apple Award 2013 for "Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring", Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity Honorary Decree 2014.
Married to Jennifer (University of Michigan, BA in Interior Design, 1992) for over 18 years, who is a Senior Director of Development for the University of Michigan Health System in Neuroscience. Lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son Zachary born 2004, and Jacob born 2007. Dr. Edwards enjoys being involved with his boys school and activities, and spending time with his wife travelling. He also enjoys running, working out and the University of Michigan sports.
Taught residents and practiced general dentistry for 3 years (1999-2002) at a General Practice Residency advanced training program in Chicago. Moved back to Ann Arbor in 2002, and became an associate in private practice and began teaching at the dental school. Currently a part-time Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Edwards also serves on several committees and acts as a mentor for student groups at the dental school. He also enjoys keeping up with new materials, techniques, procedures and products by attending continuing education courses and by meeting monthly with his local colleagues in a study group (Spears).
"My family practice is comprised of patients of all ages, as I enjoy seeing children, teens, adults and older adult patients. I believe in performing a thorough comprehensive exam and forming a treatment plan to best meet my patient's desires and needs. My goal is to create a relaxing and comfortable environment, resulting in a positive dental experience. In addition to teaching at the dental school, it is my priority to educate my private practice patients about dentistry and good oral health."
Ellie - Patient Care Coordinator
Ellie has been working in the dental field since 1976, both chairside assisting and at the front desk. Her associate degree and certification was received in 1977 from Washtenaw Community College. She is married to Tom, and is the proud 'Mimi' to a beautiful granddaughter & grandson!
Ellie joined Dr. Kolling's staff in August, 2005 and was instrumental in getting Oak Valley Dental Associates up and running. She is currently at the front desk, handling all business aspects of patient care; scheduling, billing, and insurance issues. Her friendly, caring attitude and experience make her a valuable member of our staff.
Denise - Front Desk Assistant and Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Denise has been in the dental field for over 24 years, first as an assistant (earning her certificate and associate degree from Washtenaw Community College in 1992) and then as a hygienist. She earned her BS degree and certificate in dental hygiene from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2001. Denise has one son, Ryan. Denise, her husband Mike, and Ryan enjoy their summers boating. Denise's dedication to patient education and care are an asset to OVDA. She is currently working part-time at the front desk.
Janelle - Front Desk Assistant and Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
Janelle graduated from Washtenaw Community College with her certificate in Dental Assisting in 2007, and served for several years as Dr. Edwards' main assistant. She now works part-time at the front desk. Janelle is married to Eric and is a proud mom to 4 kids and 2 step kids. Outside of the office, she really enjoys spending time with her family. Janelle's commitment to excellent patient care and positive attitude are assets to OVDA.
Meggan - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) and Front Desk Assistant
After 6 years of working for Ford Motor Company, Meggan took an education buyout and began her Bachelors of Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Michigan. She graduated in the spring of 2009 and started working for OVDA in the fall. At home, Meggan greatly enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and daughter Emily. Her warm and outgoing personality is a valued part of our family oriented practice (as she plays a dual role as hygienist and front desk assistant).
Beth - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) and Front Desk Assistant
Beth began her dental career in 1989 as a certified radiology technician. She has continued to serve as a dental team member as a chair side assistant for the past 25 years. Beth joined OVDA following 5 years at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. She is married to Scott and has three sons (Toby, Dylan and Nathan) and two grandsons (Weston & Andreas), all of which are the joy of her life. Most of her extra time is spent enjoying activities with her children and grandchildren. Beth also enjoys working on her yard and home improvement projects. In her spare time she loves to go horseback riding, biking and dancing. Her big heart is as big as her smile, helping out OVDA to run smoothly for both patients and staff.
Helena - Dental Assistant (DA)
Helena graduated from Washtenaw Community College with her certification in Dental Assisting, along with an Associate’s Degree in 1989. Helena received her RDA and CDA by 1989 and served as President of the Washtenaw District Dental Assisting Society in 1992. Helena had worked at the U of M School of Dentistry for eight years and private practice for over 27 years. Helena is married to Ed, a U of M graduate and is a proud mom to son’s Ben and Jason. As a family they enjoy cooking delicious meals together, visiting National Parks and riding bikes. She takes pride in quality patient care, making patients feel "at ease", and is very happy to be on staff at Oak Valley Dental Associates as of April 2013.
Penny - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Penny has been a hygienist for over 32 years working in a variety of practice settings. Upon graduating from Owens College, she entered the field working in general practice and for Boysville of Michigan. Penny later became licensed in Florida where she worked full time in a periodontal practice. She joined our staff in the summer of 2015 and works part-time. Penny and her husband Mike live on Evans Lake and enjoy traveling and outdoor activities in their neighborhood. She is truly excited to be part of such a compassionate and professional dental team.
Amy - Dental Assistant (DA) and Front Desk Assistant
Amy graduated from Washtenaw Community College with a certificate in Dental Assisting in 1994. She has enjoyed working as a chairside assistant in private practices for 22 years. Since joining the OVDA team in December of 2014, she has also enjoyed expanding her skills as a front desk assistant. Amy if married with one son and as a family, they love camping up north as well as volunteering at Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue. Her caring personality along with her great sense of humor are a great addition to the OVDA family!
Kathy - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Kathy joined our team in May 2016 with over 32 years of experience in a variety of dental practices including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal and pedodontics. She earned her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit - Mercy and has worked in a variety of practice settings ranging from single doctor to large group practices. Kathy lives in Dexter with her husband of over 31 years, Matt, and has two grown children: Laura (married to Jon) and Michael. She spends her free time gardening, exercising, reading and, most importantly, spending time with family. Favorite smile quote: “If you see someone without a smile, leave them one of yours”.
Barbara - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Barbara has been a registered dental hygienist for over 33 years (BS, U-M 1983). She has worked full time in private practice settings for 28 of those years. Her practice settings include general dentistry, prosthodontics and periodontics. In addition to being a dental hygienist, Barb has her registered dental assistants license (RDA), and began working with Drs. Kolling and Cooper originally as an assistant, and then as a hygienist on an as needed basis. Barbara continues to work part-time for OVDA in that capacity. She has been married since 1981 and is blessed with a new grandchild in July 2016, JT! She spends her free time reading, cooking, walking her dog, and cheering on the Wolverines.