All our professionals at Alpine Family Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Alpine Family Dentistry
Here at Alpine Family Dentistry, we strive to bring our skill, education, and experience to our patients to provide the best dental result.
Knowing that she wanted to be a dentist from a young age, Dr. Sheppard attained her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University while working as a dental assistant. In 2011, Dr. Sheppard graduated from the University of Michigan, earning her Doctor of Dental Science degree. Since then, Dr. Sheppard has spent years in both private practice and public health, and has also worked in administrative dentistry as a Quality Control Director for dentists. Dr. Sheppard is a member of both the American and Michigan Dental Assocations.
While Dr. Sheppard is orginally from Clinton, the Sheppard family has recently moved to Gaylord. Dr. Sheppard and her husband have two wonderful daughters, Ryann and Emma. The girls are sweet, energetic, and keep their parents on their toes. The Sheppards enjoy the outdoors (boating, golfing, and snowmobiling), and are looking forward to all that Gaylord has to offer.
Originally from Ohio, Dr. Donald Zelazny is our associate dentist here at Alpine Family Dentistry. Upon completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in 1983, Dr. Zelazny went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. After graduating, Dr. Zelazny owned multiple practices in the Metro Detroit area and adopted his two children from South Korea and Kazakhstan. Now that his children are grown, Dr. Zelazny has chosen to relocate and join our growing practice here in beautiful northern Michigan.
Dr. Zelazny loves to help people achieve the smile they desire. With his many years of experience, cosmetic dentistry has become his passion. So that he may provide all aspects of perfecting smiles, Dr. Zelazny is also a certified Invisalign provider. Over the years, he has donated his services to the underprivileged in Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Viet Nam, Jerusalem, and El Salvador. In his spare time, you may find Dr. Zelazny playing his guitar, cooking, fishing, or photographing the great outdoors.
Amanda CollierRDHOffice Manager
As she is both our office manager and a dental hygienist, Amanda's smiling face can be found anywhere in our office. A Gaylord native, Amanda began working here straight out of Gaylord High School in 1993. Since recieving her Associates of Science from Lansing Community College, Amanda has been practicing dental hygiene for the last sixteen years. Amanda and her husband, William, have been happily married for twenty-two years. The Colliers have two sons, David and Zane. In her spare time, Amanda loves to read and spend time outdoors in the sunshine, especially at the beach.
Bringing over thirty years of dental experience with her, Debbie has been with our office since 2016. After graduating from Cadillac High School, Debbie received her Associate of Science at Ferris State University. Debbie and her husband, John, have one adult daughter. Together, they love being grandparents and enjoy boating, camping, and traveling anywhere away from the plentiful snow with which Gaylord blesses us.
Sarah GreenfieldRDH, BSHygienist
After attending Ferris State University and graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree, Sarah first began with our office in 2012. Sarah's twins keep her busy with soccer, dance, and taekwando. When she has free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking.
Everyone knows Linda! For the last eighteen years, Linda has answered calls and welcomed patients into Alpine Family Dentistry. Born and raised here, Linda has lived her entire life in Gaylord. Linda married her husband, Lee, forty-six years ago. Together, Lee and Linda have raised six children. Twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in four different states keep them moving. Linda loves to entertain, cook, travel, and camp with friends and family.
Carla HarderDental Assistant
Carla has been providing quality care in our practice for the last fifteen years as a chairside dental assistant. Prior to our office, Carla was also a Certified Orthodontic Assistant with years of valuable experience. When she is not at the office, Carla can be found boating, decorating cakes, or spending time with her family.
Jessica MasonRegistered Dental Assistant
Jessica is the newest happy face on our team. After practicing for twelve years in orthodontics as a Certified Dental Assistant and Certified Orthodontic Assistant, Jessica decided to further her education. By completing her degree at Washtenaw Community College, she is now a Registered Dental Assistant and brings the latest in dental assisting skills to our office. Twenty-one years ago, Jessica married her high school sweetheart, Sean. The Masons have two girls, Lillian and Adalynn. In addition to the girls, the Mason family also includes furry and feathered companions (dogs and chickens). The Masons enjoy any outdoor activity, especially camping, fishing, and hiking.
Betsy SmithDental Assistant
Although she has been with us for the last seven years, Betsy brings many more years of experience to our office, including orthodontics. Our resident workaholic, Betsy never misses a day of work. When she is not working here, she can be found delivering, catering or refinishing furniture (more work!). Betsy is the mother of five grown children and grandmother of four.