About Us

Smiles Onalaska Dentist Team

Dr. RJ Ochsner

RJ Ochsner Smiles Onalaska

Dr. RJ Ochsner was born and raised in beautiful Missoula, MT and completed degrees in both Human Biology and Microbiology at the University of Montana. He completed his DMD at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to Neighborhood Smiles, he was the primary dentist at a practice in Jacksonville, FL where he honed his skills in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, oral surgery, pediatrics, endodontics, and periodontics.Dr. Ochsner is a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the La Crosse District Dental Society. He is committed to staying on top of on the latest dental trends, techniques, and tools to improve the treatment he provides to his patients. He enjoys treating patients of all ages, and is a firm believer in collaborative care.

Dr. Ochsner and his wife moved to the Onalaska area so they could raise their new daughter in a place known for its outdoor splendor as well as the friendliness of its people. He enjoys the outdoors – biking, swimming, and rowing – as well as music, ballroom dancing, reading, and the company of friends. He looks forward to meeting you and serving all of your dental health needs!

Meet Our Team



Hygienist Shelley

I have been a part of this office for over 6 years, with Neighborhood Smiles for almost 5 years, and have been a dental hygienist for over 8 years. I received my Dental Hygiene degree from Western Technical College. Prior to being a hygienist, I worked as a dental assistant for 9 years. Keeping patients happy and comfortable is very important to me.I am recently married, and have 8 nieces and 5 nephews! I love to spend my free time with my family. I enjoy time on the river during the summer, kayaking, and playing volleyball with friends. I love the warm weather!


Financial Coordinator

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I joined our team two years ago as a chair-side assistant, and now greet you when you enter our office. I am here to help our patients maximize their dental benefits and to explain our convenient payment options. I love welcoming both current and new patients to the office.My husband, Gary, and I have two children that were born and raised in the Onalaska/ La Crosse community; we also have five grandchildren, each of whom we are very proud! I enjoy spending time with my children, grandchildren, and extended family.



RJ Ochsner Smiles Onalaska

I have been with Neighborhood Smiles since 2011. I live in Nodine, MN with my husband Steve, our three children, Karson, Kiahna, and Kamden, and our Golden Retriever, Shasta. I love being with my family, and most of my free time is spent at the kids’ sporting events. I also enjoy watching my favorite teams, the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Bears.


Dental Assistant

Mallory was born and raised in Tomah, WI, and graduated from Western Technical College for Dental Assisting in 2006. She has additional training and certifications in CPR, OSHA, Invisalign®, and CEREC® same day dentistry. The best part of this job for Mallory is getting to know our patients on a personal level. When she’s not in the office, Mallory enjoys taking her dog, Ziggy, on walks. She is married to her husband Justin, has two sisters and six nieces and nephews.



Shannon F

Shannon was born and raised in a small town in Southwest Wisconsin called Lancaster. She earned her Dental Hygiene degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in May 2015. The best part of this job for Shannon is working with people from the community and teaching them about oral health. When she’s not in the office, Shannon enjoys golfing and fishing with her fiancé, who she is excited to be married to in September 2017! After the wedding she would love to travel to Africa to volunteer her dental knowledge and explore South Africa. When she visits her family in Lancaster, she enjoys going on family golf outings with her mom, dad and brother.


Administrative Assistant

Melanie grew up in a small town near Madison, WI called Pine Bluff. Mel recently moved to Westby where she lives with her boyfriend and two dogs, Nova and Oakley. Mel joined Neighborhood Smiles in July of 2016. Prior to being an administrative assistant, she worked as a dental assistant for five years. Mel is also certified in CPR, OSHA, and CEREC® same day dentistry. The best part of this job for Mel is developing and maintaining relationships with our patients, and greeting them with a smile. When she’s not in the office, Mel enjoys cooking, watching sports, being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her pups.