Arcadia Dental, Kalamazoo, MI
Our staff want you to know a little more about their activities both in and out of the office.
Rusel Hollister, D.D.S., M.S.
I am a California native and lived most of my first 24 years a half mile from Disneyland, where my youth was filled with the beaches, mountains and the deserts of Southern California. I attended the University of California Irvine graduating with an Honors degree, of Bachelor of Science in the Biological Sciences (1972) and then completed my Master of Science in Medical Pharmacology & Toxicology (1974). I gladly left California in late 1974 when I was offered a research position at The Upjohn Company. After three years in research, I decided I wanted to help people in the field of healthcare and chose dentistry.
While living in Kalamazoo I met my wife Ann and we were married in the Kalamazoo Nature Center's bird watching room in 1975.
In 1977, I went to the University of Detroit Dental School, where, after four long years, I graduated in 1981 with my Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. I was now a dentist. When I first visited Michigan in '74, I was greatly impressed with the friendly & kind residents of the Kalamazoo area, along with Ann being a Kalamazoo native we decided it was the place to start my dental practice. I worked for another dentist as an associate for the first one & a half years, then in 1983, we opened our office on the downtown Kalamazoo Mall. We moved to our present location on KL Ave. in 1995. Ann has been my dental assistant since we began our dental practice.
We have two children, our daughter, Eleanor and our son, Richard, both Western Michigan University students. Ann & I enjoy winter and summer sports, camping, hiking and road trips. I became a certified shooting coach and instructor for the 4-H Junior Shooting Team. We both go to Michigan and National competitions and Championships. We live on a small farm in Cooper Township.
Carey - Front Office Administrator
I love greeting patients with a warm friendly smile while helping them with any questions. I am the first face you will see as soon as you walk through our doors. Outside the office my husband and I love spending time with our friends and family, playing games and watching sunsets. I also like to read and quilt.
I am a native of Kalamazoo and was in the last class to graduate from the "Old" Kalamazoo Central High School. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Science at Western Michigan University.
I have been a dental assistant with Rus since he started dentistry in 1981. Over the years as I learned more and more, I began taking over some of the laboratory tasks doing model work.
I have become an avid skier over the past several years, taking many advanced lessons from advanced fellow ski instructors at the slope and am now an instructor myself. This started when Rus & I became adult chaperons for the weekly Plainwell Schools' Ski Club outings; Rus stayed inside while I began going out onto the slopes. I also thoroughly enjoy being one of two Poultry Superintendents for the Kalamazoo County 4-H Program. In the summer, my garden is my major project, I enjoy growing flowers, vegetables and fruits.
Hanna - Patient Care Coordinator
I am the insurance, billing and business coordinator for Dr. Hollister. You will also hear me scheduling your routine cleanings, and making sure you don't forget about those important visits. Prior to my current position I was a chair-side dental assistant and have spent over 18 years in the dental field. Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with the loves of my life, my kids, Porter and Emma. I enjoy scrapbooking, camping and exploring northern Michigan.
Michelle - Dental Assistant
I went to Ross Medical Education Center for dental assisting and have been assisting for over 6 years now. I ensure our patients are comfortable and they get the best possible end result with dental treatment. Most people have anxiety sitting in our chair and I love to set your mind at ease. In my spare time I'm chasing my 3 dogs and 2 kids. I like to fish, garden, go camping up north, run, and cook. I would always look forward to going the the dentist as a child.
(From Left to Right: Jodie, Paula, & Noreena. Your Dental Hygiene Team)
Our team of dedicated hygienists are enthusiastic about your oral health. They look forward to seeing you regularly to achieve the best possible outcome for your smile. Our team consists of Jodie who loves treating her patients as friends, she has over 34 years of hygiene experience. Paula, her easygoing personality puts patients at ease as soon as they lay in her chair, she has 36 years of hygiene wisdom. Noreena who will talk your ear off while enthusiastically helping her patients continue to have a healthy mouth, she has 14 years of hygiene experience under her belt.