Dr. Gillesby grew up in the Dowagiac area (Keeler Lake) and graduated from Dowagiac Union High School in 1992. After earning a degree in Biology from Hope College in 1996 he attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He graduated with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2000 as part of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. He and his wife, Rose, moved back to their hometown to begin their careers and Dr. Gillesby joined Dr. Burling in the Spring of 2000.
Continuing education has been, and continues to be, a top priority annually for Dr. Gillesby. Following extensive courses in both traditional braces and clear aligner therapy (Invisalign and ClearCorrect) he has been proud to offer both modes of treatment since 2005. Dr. Gillesby has also completed rigorous hands on education in dental implant placement, enabling our patients to have the majority of implant cases completed right here in our office. Other areas of focus have included Cosmetic dentistry (Including Lumineers), Endodontic advancements (Root canal therapy), Implant-based restorations, and Sleep apnea treatment.
Dr. Gillesby is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, American Orthodontic Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon (Dental Honor Society), and Lakeland Valley Dental Society with which he has served on multiple committees. Dr. Gillesby, his wife Rose, and their two boys (Ryan and Nathan) enjoy many outdoor and sporting activities together.
Dr. Kowalski grew up in Brighton, Michigan and graduated from Brighton High School in 2003. He then joined the Spartan ranks at Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology. Following graduation, he began his training as a dentist at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, much to the surprise of his MSU compatriotes. After earning his D.D.S. he joined the team at Dowagiac Family Dentistry, where he continues to expand his repertoire of dental techniques and services. He is currently a certified operator of the Solea laser and has taken advanced training courses to provide Invisalign treatment for patients. Additionally, he is a member of both the American Dental Association and the Michigan Dental Association. Along with his wife Natalie, Dr. Kowalski enjoys numerous outdoor activities, listening to music, and just relaxing on a lawn chair at the beach.
Dr. Virgil grew up in St. Joseph, MI and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2011. From there she moved to Ann Arbor, MI to spend 8 years at the University of Michigan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Movement Science in 2015 and Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2019. Dr. Virgil loved her time in Ann Arbor, but is so excited to come back to the West side Best side and join the Dowagiac Family Dentistry team! She is looking forward to expanding her dental expertise and knowledge. Dr. Virgil and her soon to be husband Logan (as of August 30th, 2019) who is also from St. Joe are looking forward to living in the area and being close to both families. In their spare time they enjoy spending time on Lake Michigan, skiing, and relaxing with family and friends.
My name is Megan and I am the Office Manager / Financial Coordinator and have been with the practice since 2011.
I enjoy coming to work because we are truly your hometown office. We treat our patients like they are part of the family. I was born and raised here in Dowagiac and was a patient myself as a child.
I enjoy spending any free time with my husband and three children who all keep me busy.
My name is Debbie and I have been working front desk at Dowagiac Family Dentistry since 2016.
I find it very rewarding to be part of a team that is dedicated to helping individuals attain their most healthy and confident smile. Each day I truly look forward to providing excellent customer servicet to new and current patients alike.
I love to spend time with my family, teach CCD class to the first grades at Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church and assist my husband in running the Dowagiac American Youth Soccer Organization. I have resided in Dowagiac my whole life and am proud to live in a community where I feel as though everyone is my neighbor. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 22 years and we have three wonderful children.
My name is Lynn and I joined the practice in 2015 and currently I am working in the front office.
I enjoy working at Dowagiac Family Dentistry because it is great to see and serve so many familiar faces since I was born and raised here in Dowagiac.
In my spare time I enjoy having cookouts and Sunday meals with friends and family.
My name is Sue and I started with Dowagiac Family Dentistry in 2004.
I have enjoyed serving and helping others become aware of their dental health. It is wonderful to share information that can have a lifelong impact. Every day I learn something new about my patients, their families, my coworkers and myself.
Outside of the office I have volunteered in the school system, my community and Fire Department. I enjoy swimming, skiing (both water and snow), art, reading and donig DIY home and craft projects.
My name is Donna, and 2017 marked my 30th year as a dental hygienist at Dowagiac Family Dentistry.
I love working in this community because I have the opportunity to meet many wonderful people and have developed a professional relationship with each person individually to help them achieve their dental health.
I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my grandchildren's activities, golfing, going on cruised and going to Notre Dame games.
My name is Brittany. I graduated from IUSB with my Bachelors degree in dental hygiene. I am registered to practice in both Michigan and Indiana and licensed to administer LA.
One thing I love most about my career is seeing my patients excel in their oral health and watching progress made by better and healthier choices.
Outside of dental hygiene I love to spend free time on my side by side or snowmobile in the winter.
I look forward to a very long and sucessful working career here at Dowagiac Family Dentistry and anticipate many great relationships with patients to come.
My name is Angela and I graduated from Kalamazoo Community College as a Registered Dental Hygienist with a certification in Local Anesthetic / Nitrous Oxide analgesia. I started with Dowagiac Family Dentistry right after graduating in 2008. Recently I became involved in the marketing department, this is a new and exciting chapter in my career that I am looking forward to.
I enjoy seeing the difference in my patients oral health and educating them on the importance of good oral hygiene. I especially love working in such a family friendly environement.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our son as well as our dog Smokey. As a family we try to live a healthy lifestyle and spend as much time as we can outdoors. We also stay active in our local community.
My name is LuAnn and I am a Dental Assistant, emergency contact person and purchaser for the office. I have been a Dental Assistant for over 30 years and was hired at Dowagiac Family Dentistry October 1, 1999.
I am excited to come to work each day as my passion is meeting and working with such wonderful patients.
I am married and have three children and six grandchildren. My community involvement includes Treasurer of St. Francis Outreach, Vice President of Xi Delta Mu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and Lector and Eucharistic Minister, Religious Education Instructor and a board member of the Parish Council at Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church.
My name is Debora. I attended the Lake Michigan College Dental Assisting Program. I joined the team at Dowagiac Family Dentistry in May of 1999.
I enjoy interacting with our patients and helping to improve their dental health.
I live in Decatur, Michigan with my husband. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and making floral crafts.
My name is Madeline, of Dowagiac and I joined the Dowagiac Family Dentistry team in July of 2017. I recently graduated the Lake Michigan College Dental Assisting Program this past May.
I enjoy working here because I have the ability to help others and seeing the patients smiles transform. I enjoy making the dental appointment a pleasant and happy experience.
In my spare time I enjoy being around my family and learning new things about my Native American heritage.