Shanna Jackson – Financial Coordinator
I was born and raised a small town girl, originally from Baxley, which is located in the heart of South Georgia. Baxley is also the hometown to Georgia’s first Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Mrs. Caroline Miller. I graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in Administrative Services, and a minor in Speech Communications. After graduation, I moved to Atlanta, where I started out with Dr. Vanstrom as a patient. I was offered the position as his Front Office Coordinator, which I loved for 10 years. I have since been promoted to Office Manager, where I enjoy taking care of all of our patient’s needs here at Artistic Dentistry of Atlanta.
I have two amazing children, Kaitlyn and Walker and am a tried and true UGA fan. Sic em’ dawgs’! In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, shopping, and adding to my shoe collection.
Maria Pye – Office Manager
I was born in Atlanta and raised in Jonesboro, Georgia. I graduated from Atlanta Tech as a Dental lab technician. For the past 30 years, I have enjoyed my love of Dentistry in the fields of Orthodontics, Pediatric and Cosmetic Dentistry. It was with great pleasure to join Dr. Vanstrom and his team as the Office Manager. I have been marriage for twenty-seven years, which has allowed me to be blessed with two amazing adult children, Morgan and Charlie and three grad-puppies Sweetie, Kane and Nyla.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing softball, directing the tiny tot’s choir and being a youth leader at my church.
Kerri McKenzie – Hygienist
I was born in Atlanta and raised in Norcross, Georgia. I knew as a little girl that I wanted to be a dental hygienist. So after high school I attended Georgia Perimeter College, (formally DeKalb College) to seek my Dental Hygiene degree. While attending college, I worked as an orthodontic assistant to familiarize myself with the dental field. The year 1999 was a big year for me; I graduated from college, started my profession and got married to the man of my dreams. In 2002, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Vanstrom and his staff as a temporary hygienist.
I fell in love with it so much that he hired me on part-time in 2005. At the present time, my husband Tommy and I are living in Monroe, Georgia with our two children, Jacob and Elizabeth.
Kathy Tedder – Hygienist
I was born in Warner Robins, Georgia, home of Robins Air Force Base. I developed an interest in the dental field during high school, and at regular visits to my dentist office. I was encouraged to pursue my interest by a dental hygienist at my church. I graduated from Macon College with an Associate Degree in Science and Dental Hygiene. I have practiced for 19 years. I am a wife and proud mother of three lovely children. I love playing tennis and being outdoors with my children.
Beth Adams – Dental Assistant
I was born and raised in Eatonton Georgia, where most of my family still resides. I moved to Atlanta right after high school then attended Gwinnett Technical Institute receiving a Certification in Dental Assisting. Artistic Dentistry of Atlanta was my first assisting job. I love assisting and love this practice so much that I would never dream of doing anything else. My husband and I have been married since 2000 and have a beautiful little girl, Abigail. We spend most of our free time with each other and our friends going to all the amazing places Georgia has to offer.
Ximena Trujillo – Dental Assistant
I was born in a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico. I came to U.S with my family when I was about 2 years old and have resided in Georgia ever since. I have always been interested in working in the dental field, once I graduated highschool I decided to peruse my career in dental assisting at Dental Careers Institute. A couple months after receiving my dental assistant certificate I got hired by Dr. Vanstrom as an assistant and have enjoyed working with him ever since.
Whenever I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking my pup hiking, and going shopping.
Sydney Weidner – Dental Assistant
I was born in a small town in North Carolina where I spent the first 16 years of my life until my dads job relocated us to the Atlanta area. I always had an interest in the dental field and decided that dental assisting school was a way great way to get started. I graduated from the Dental Assisting School of Georgia in the summer of 2018 and got the opportunity to work with Dr. Vanstrom at the beginning of 2019.
In my free time I enjoy taking my dogs on runs and spending time exploring Atlanta with my friends.
Jordan Keplinger – Administrative Assistant
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the blues, where I spent the majority of my life. I attended the University of Mississippi, where I majored in hospitality management until giving birth to my first child in 2013. In 2016 on a whim I moved to Georgia and somehow stumbled into the dental field. I never planned on having a career in dentistry, but I have enjoyed every moment of it. I’m learning more than I ever thought possible.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my little ones Ava and Roman, exploring new restaurants, shopping, reading, and planning events.
Betty Vanstrom – Finance and Accounting Manager
I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and moved to Southern California with my family when I was four. I attended San Marino High School where I met my future husband, Peter Vanstrom. We both received our Bachelors degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983 and moved to Atlanta in 1984 so that Peter could attend Emory University Dental School and I could continue my career as a marketing representative for IBM. After five years at IBM, I went to work for Norrell Corporation in various sales and management positions, most notably vice president of the IBM national account.
After 12 years with Norrell Corporation, I made the decision in 1999 to retire from Corporate America and focus on raising our two daughters, Christine and Caroline. Since that time, I have become more and more involved with Artistic Dentistry as business and accounting manager. I love working with Peter and his wonderful staff. In my spare time, I enjoy playing ALTA and USTA with my tennis friends.
Cindy Shubert – In remembrance of Cindy, we are forever grateful for the time we had and we will always love you.
I am a Southern girl, born and raised here in Atlanta, Ga. I am Scotch-Irish, and on a good day I am 5’2″ tall. I feel very blessed because I have been given many gifts in my life: my loving family, my beautiful teenage son and my incredible friends that I get to work with everyday at Artistic Dentistry of Atlanta. I graduated from Tucker High School Â and attended West Georgia College. I received my Certified Dental Assistant degree in 1995, and shortly after that began my career with Dr. Vanstrom. It has been amazing to watch our practice grow over the last 15 years. I have a very busy and full life as a mother of a teenager. It can get crazy going every night to practice and then to another practice, weekend tournaments, being team mom and booster club president but I would not have it any other way.