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Kathy Russell is a dental hygienist at Contemporary Dental Arts, P.C., in Williston, Vermont. She enjoys educating our patients about the link between periodontal health and overall health, especially the connection to heart disease and diabetes. Many adverse health conditions have symptoms that present in the mouth, and regular checkups are the best way to protect yourself from all types of diseases.

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Kathie Russell

Kathie Russell Hygienist

Kathie Russell graduated from the University of Vermont with her Dental Hygiene Degree in 1977. She began her career in Vermont before moving to Alaska for 10 years. It was in Alaska that she took an interest in and began taking continuing education courses specific to treating periodontal disease. She became certified in the administration of local anesthesia and began implementing a soft tissue therapy program into her philosophy and treatment of her patients.

Kathie has been with Dr. Shanard for twelve years. She has continued in her philosophy to try to help her patients maintain their periodontal health. She finds it rewarding to educate her patients not only in the health of their mouths, but in the general health of their entire body as well. She is proud to be part of the team of professionals at Contemporary Dental Arts.

Kathie believes in family life and is a country girl at heart. She enjoys gardening, walking in the woods, and any activities that result in a "sweat". She loves numbers and does the bookkeeping for her husband's construction business. She believes in volunteering and was the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Deborah Rawson Library for 3 years, has participated in the Breast Cancer Fund Raiser Dragon Boat Races, and was a volunteer for Catholic Youth Ministry for 10 years. She and her husband are the proud parents of two grown sons and live in Underhill.

Kathie Russell

Christine Rosner Hygienist

Christine entered UVM's Dental Hygiene Program in 2004 and completed her Associates In Science in Dental Hygiene in 2006 from Vermont Tech's first graduating class of Dental Hygiene. Christine has been practicing dental hygiene part time for the past 11 years for 1-3 days per week while raising her family. She has been a team member at Contemporary Dental Arts since March 2014. 

Christine is married with 3 children. She keeps busy outside of work with her family and friends who share in her love for fitness. When she is not volunteering her free time at her church's women's and children's ministries, she is either taking a fitness class, hiking, biking, running or exploring a new road that she has never been down before. She loves Vermont.


Penny Wells Scheduler & Financial Coordinator

Penny is the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you call our office. Penny is also the financial and insurance specialist for our office and coordinates the appointment schedule as well. Having worked in dental office administration and management for over 20 years, Penny enjoys working one-on-one with patients to assist them in achieving their treatment goals in an affordable way.

“Developing relationships with patients is the best part of my job. I joined Dr. Shanard’s practice in 2012 and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work in a practice that specializes in cosmetic dentistry. I am amazed at the time and care that Dr. Shanard puts into every patients case. Her skills and abilities are amazing and it shows in the beautiful smiles she creates. I’m delighted to be a part of such a great team!”

Penny and her husband David live in Underhill and have one grown son. 



Marie Hargraves Dental Assistant

June 6th 2002 Marie graduated for the Center For Technology, Essex's Dental Assisting Program with high honors & an academic scholarship. Later that month Marie challenged the Dental Assisting National Board Exam and became a Certified Dental Assistant. Her career began in general dentistry and her love from dentistry grew as well as her eagerness to learn more. Over the past 15 years she searched for the right field of dentistry for her, by working in different specialty offices and attending specialty continuing education courses. Marie has worked in oral surgery, prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry in Arizona, New Hampshire, Massachusettes and Vermont.Once she started working in cosmetic dentistry she knew she found the specialty she had been looking for! July of 2014 she joined our team adding a burst of refreshing positive energy!

"There are many things I love about assisting and it is hard to choose just one. It is tremendously rewarding helping a patient with extreme dental anxiety get the treatment they need. It can be so hard for them to just pick up the phone and call, so when they are here I acknowledge and honor their efforts and small successes. Allowing them to feel proud that they are here, and not bad about however long it's been since their last visit. Building trust in patients that have had traumatic experiences or are just afraid can be very difficult. When you're able to reach someone and get them not only through treatment and out of pain, but also proud to smile again, it makes my job priceless. What makes Contemporary Dental Arts such a great office to work for is Dr. Shanard. It's been an honor to work and learn from such a highly skilled clinician! Her attention to detail and quality is by far superior to the general dentist. The time she takes to train her staff and herself allows this office to be a fun and professional place to work!"


Wendy Verkonski Dental Assistant

Wendy has been in the dental profession for over 25 years; having both clinical and front office experience. She appreciates helping patients to achieve their dental goals, providing them with quality care and making them feel comfortable.

"It is rewarding to see a patients' confidence boosted by Dr. Shanard giving them a brand new smile!" 

Wendy resides in Isle La Motte and she enjoys the lake life, fishing, camping, gardening and the newest family addition; Deizel, her rescued American Bulldog.

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Contemporary Dental Arts
Williston Office
75 Talcott Rd Ste 60
Williston, VT 05495
Phone: (802) 878-9888
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