John G. Masak, D.D.S.
Dr. Masak has been practicing dentistry in Appleton since 1988, in a practice that has served the Fox Valley since 1904. He is only the third owner, and some of his patients have been treated by all three dentists over the years!
Dr. Masak is a graduate of Appleton West High School, and studied at U. W. Eau Claire prior to graduating with a DDS degree from Marquette University, in 1986. He has been very active in the Appleton community, serving as a volunteer provider of care and member and president of the Board of Directors at the Tri-County Community Dental Clinic, and as a dental care provider at the Wisconsin Mission of Mercy events. Dr. Masak has also represented his peers and the patients of the state of Wisconsin as a volunteer leader for the Wisconsin Dental Association and American Dental Association, serving on several committes, and as a member of the WDA's Board of Trustees. The profession of dentistry is a passion for Dr. Masak!
Dr. Masak and his wife Connie, a nurse pratitioner, have two grown children. Their daughter Lauren is an officer in the United States Navy stationed in Hawaii, and their son Reid is an entertainment booking agent living in New York.
Dr. Masak and his team have one goal: Help all of our patients "Smile On"!
Dr. Masak and the team, from left to right:
Julie Hanson, Kim Brabender, John Masak, Drae Jonas, Sara Beatty, and Shelley Gessler.
Kim Brabender - Hygienist
Kim is a native of Appleton and graduated from Appleton West High School. Her college experiences include 2 years at UW Eau Claire majoring in Elementary Education. She shifted directions following a summer job assisting a dentist in Appleton. The positive experiences at the dental practice influenced her decision to transfer to Marquette University where she graduated with a BS in Dental Hygiene in 1984. She keeps current with continuing education, and has been with Dr. Masak's practice since 1990.
Her passion to provide extraordinary care to patients has not wavered. Recently Kim has taken her passion to the people of Honduras as part of a dental group through Sharing Resources Worldwide.
Kim resides in Neenah with her husband Bill. They have two kids, Megan and Matthew. They have spent many summers traveling throughout the U.S. as a family and it is their goal to spend time in each state. They enjoy snow skiing/boarding and water activities. When Kim is on her own she enjoys spending time with her parents and siblings, reading, riding her bike, and volunteering at the public schools.
Shelley Gessler - Hygienist
Shelley has been with our team as a Registered Dental hygienist since 2004. She is a 1984 graduate of NWTC in Green Bay and has been practicing since then. She was raised in Sheboygan and is married to Tim, also a Sheboygan native. Tim and Shelley have raised their 4 boys; Paul, Phillip, Peter, and John, and in 2008 they added a 4 legged (daughter) Elly, a wonderful German Shepherd/Lab mix canine. Elly is still the baby! In 2004 Paul married Elise so the family is happy to have another girl amongst them. Outside of work, Shelley and family enjoy hiking, biking, and watersports in the warmer months and cross country skiing and shopping in the winter. They spend much of their down time at the cabin on Otter Lake in the UP of Michigan. Shelley has also enjoyed her numerous trips to some of the U.S. states, Europe and Mexico.
Sara Beatty - Hygienist
Sara has been a Dental Hygienist since 2009. Shortly after graduating from Fox Valley Technical College she met Dr. Masak through volunteering at Tri County Community Dental Clinic. She has been a part of Team Masak ever since. Sara is a thorough hygienist with a calm and kind chairside manner.
When not in the office, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband, Paul and their two boys, Kyle and Kevin, as a family. They enjoy outdoor activities; running, biking, boating, or a simple game of catch! One of Sara's favorite things is travel, she's been to several countries and hopes to continue to experience more of this beautiful world.
Julie Hanson - Dental Assistant
Julie graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Fox Valley Technical College in 1986, and has been a Dental Assistant for 30 years, most of it in the Fox Valley area. She has experience in Orthodontics, Prothodontics, and Oral Surgery, as well as Hospital Dentistry.
Julie is married and has a 7 year old son, Owen, and two stepsons Dylan 22, and Cole, 21. They live in West DePere. Singing is a passion for Julie and she is very involved as a Worship Leader and with the choir at her church. She has also been singing the National Anthem for 15 years at local sporting events including the Timber Rattlers and the Green Bay Gamblers. She also volunteers in the children's Awana program at church. Julie enjoys running, participates in road races, and has even completed a marathon. Julie likes to also boat, swim, fish, downhill ski, spend time with family and friends, and just relax on her patio at home.
Drae Jonas - Office Manager
Drae was new to the dental field prior to joining our team in 2013, but was quick to learn. She's your go to person for appointments, insurance, and any questions or concerns. Drae provides a positive, professional, caring environment for our patients. You will always be greeted with a smile!
Drae's truest passions are her 3 boys, Shaw, Cole, and Rhett, who keep her very active outside of work. She loves the hunt for "treasures" and is quick to pull over for an antique store, flea market, or estate sale. Most weekends are spent road tripping, often times visiting family out of town or enjoying outdoor activities; hiking, kayaking, camping, boating, snowmobiling, snow skiing, the cabin in the UP and exploring new areas.