Dr. Ryan Yakowicz
Hi! I am Dr. Ryan Yakowicz. I grew up in the greater Milwaukee area, and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my undergraduate and dental education.
I have been practicing dentistry since 2010. My first goal in treating patients is to establish a working relationship based on trust and an agreed upon course of action. I want my patients to have healthy, beautiful teeth that do what they are meant to do and will last them a long, long time. I strive to be conservative and detail oriented in my approach to providing
excellent dental care; I want my patients to maintain their “original parts” for as long as they can! Obviously, there are times when I must intervene to establish healthy, functional teeth. My team and I strive to provide the best treatment options and care for our patients when treatment becomes necessary. My particular interests in dentistry include functional cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, and treatment of TMJ disorders.
In my personal life, I love being out in the woods or on my fishing boat. I also enjoy film, golfing, cooking, and making beer. I am just as comfortable in the middle of the city as I am in a tree stand!
I thoroughly enjoy refining my skills and knowledge as a dentist and am very active in pursuing continuing education. I am a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry, and I’m also a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, Dane County Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, and the Madison Dental Progress Forum Study Club. I look forward to meeting you!
Miranda – Dental Hygienist (RDH)
I’ve been a dental hygienist with Neighborhood Smiles – Belleville since December of 2016. I love that our practice does high-quality dentistry in the beautiful, quaint town of Belleville. It’s nice to work at a smaller practice, keeping the feel more personal for our wonderful patient clientele. We have a good group of employees, and I enjoy each day I get to be here. Some of the important things I bring to this practice are excellent care to patients and making them feel comfortable in regard to their recall hygiene visits, as well as their treatment needs. I truly enjoy all aspects of dentistry, and I love seeing the change and improvement of patients’ oral health!
Outside of work, I love spending time with friends and family, especially my husband and our two young children, whom I simply adore. We spend a lot of our free time north in Fremont, WI. I enjoy the outdoors, boating, rollerblading and riding a moped when time allows.
Megan – Dental Hygienist (RDH)
I graduated with my degree in dental hygiene from MATC in 2012, and I’ve been a hygienist here at NS Belleville since May of 2017. The things I love about this practice are the down-to-earth, relaxed atmosphere and the up-to-date technology and dental techniques. I want patients to know their concerns are always addressed, and I work to ensure they’re always comfortable in my chair.
I love to spend time with my husband and our young daughter – some of my favorite activities include camping, running, playing ultimate Frisbee, riding our motorcycle and cooking. I also love candy in the worst way!
Ann – Dental Hygienist (RDH)
I’m originally from the Albany/Monticello area. I earned my dental assistant certificate in 2007 and my dental hygiene degree in 2022. I joined the Neighborhood Smiles team in the spring of 2022. I’ve always loved teeth and thought of a person’s smile as their best feature. My focus is to provide safe, compassionate, and effective dental hygiene care, and I strive to help people retain and improve their oral health for a greater quality of life. I have over 10 years of orthodontic assisting background — through those years I’ve gained so much dental knowledge. Oftentimes patients are nervous or scared of the unknown in dentistry, and I feel that I bring a calming and reassuring presence. I love this small community, and I love that our office here truly is a family.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, especially my husband and our two school-aged children. I like being outdoors and in the sun, exercising, and baking. My family and I love the Belleville area, and we spent the last three years renovating an old 1800s farmhouse right outside of town. I’m so grateful to be a part of the Neighborhood Smiles family and look forward to providing quality care to this great community.
Lauren – Dental Assistant (CDA)
I’ve been a dental assistant since 2008, and I’ve been a member of NS Belleville’s staff since December 2017. In the dental field, relationships matter! It’s important whether it’s among family, friends, colleagues, or patients. Through the lens of assistant, I want our patients to receive the most mutual respect and trust when discussing their treatment plans or concerns to me or the team so that we can give them the best, most genuine overall treatment plan that suits them best. I believe in a team mentality of “we” not “me” and being open to new ideas and technologies to keep our patients up to date with our ever-changing dental field and their overall wellbeing. My entire team here at Neighborhood Smiles feels like an extension of my family; without them, we could not run such a successful facility. Each one of us is a key part to our overall success and providing our patients the most successful dental treatment and experience.
Outside of work, I love spending time with my family. Since the pandemic began in 2020, we started renovating campers for a quick flip. Some of the activities I enjoy most are watching my teenaged daughter and younger stepdaughter play school sports, camping, fishing, hunting, and taking part in my newest hobby: ice fishing. I also keep busy raising nine chickens and our one-year-old.
Sheila – Practice Administrator
I’ve been the practice administrator here at Neighborhood Smiles since the spring of 2020. I grew up in Lancaster, WI, and started my career in dentistry after graduating from Madison Area Technical College. My fascination with the healthcare field — and with teeth in particular — is what drew me into this field. I worked as a dental assistant for 30 years and recently transitioned into the administrative side of the professional. I’m excited to be a part of this office and the great care they’re delivering to patients. In addition to my years of clinical experience, I bring to this office a passion for working with patients to share my dental knowledge and help them to make educated decisions for a healthy smile.
I live in Mt. Horeb with my husband. And although we are “empty nesters,” we stay busy keeping up with the adventures of our five young-adult children. Some of my favorite activities include flower gardening, playing the piano, exploring waterfalls, cooking, and relaxing with family and friends.