Dr. RJ Ochsner
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
Shelley was born and raised in Onalaska. After graduating high school, she earned her dental assisting and dental hygiene degrees from Western Technical College. She was hired by our office right out of school, and she was on the staff when Neighborhood Smiles took over in 2011. If you ask any of our patients or staff, they’ll tell you that Shelley brings a great deal of fun to the office in addition to her great knowledge and skill. Her favorite part of her job here is definitely working with her patients and continuing to build relationships with them. Outside of the office, she loves spending time with her young son, Bennett, and her husband, Jason. The couple is expecting another child this year. Some of their favorite activities include traveling to visit extended family, being outside, and taking in the sun whenever they can.
Jane joined our team in August of 2011 as a chair-side assistant, and now she greets patients when they enter our office. She is always there to help our patients maximize their dental benefits and to explain our convenient payment options. She loves welcoming both current and new patients to the office. She and her husband, Gary, have two children that were born and raised in the Onalaska/ La Crosse community; they also have five grandchildren, each of whom they are very proud. When she’s not at work, Jane enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren, and extended family.
Kayla was born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She attended college at the University of Minnesota and has been working as a dental hygienist for over six years. Since joining our Neighborhood Smiles team in July of 2018, Kayla has made a tremendous impact through her experience, her new ideas, and her positive attitude. Her favorite part about working in our office is getting to be a part of a great team of professionals, as well as meeting and building relationships with her patients while helping them achieve their optimal dental health. When she’s not at work, Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband at their cabin up north, running, cooking, and traveling.
Chanda was born and raised here in La Crosse and received her education in dental assisting at Western Technical College. She has a great deal of experience with assisting: 17 years total, with 14 of those years working specifically in oral surgery. Chanda joined our Neighborhood Smiles team in September of 2017, and she has brought with her a wealth of dental knowledge, a positive attitude, and a great work ethic. She enjoys making connections with patients and helping them to feel at ease at all times, and she appreciates working on a team with dental professionals who do the same. Outside of the office, Chanda loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Some of her favorite activities are working out and snowmobiling.
Angela was born and raised in La Crosse, where she attended Central High School. After high school, she went on to attend Western Technical College and graduated with her assisting degree in 1996. She has worked as a dental assistant ever since; and at the beginning of 2019, she joined our Neighborhood Smiles team. Apart from her 20+ years of experience and her upbeat personality, Angela brings skills and specific training related to orthodontics to our office, including her ability to remove and place attachments for Invisalign. Her favorite parts about working in our office are getting to help patients and being a part of a friendly and compassionate team. When she’s not in the office, Angela enjoys traveling, boating, and spending time at her family cabin with her significant other, her three children, and their two dogs.
Amanda has been our administrative assistant since September of 2017. She hails from Archer City, Texas, which is famous for being the location of the movies The Last Picture Show and Texasville. She received her college education at Flower Mound Dental Assistant School in Flower Mound, Texas, and she’s worked in the dental field for the past eleven years. Amanda has brought a great deal of business knowledge, hard work, and dedication to our office since joining the team. She appreciates Neighborhood Smiles for her hardworking teammates and dentist, and she also enjoys getting to know our patients better. When she’s not at the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her three girls and grandson. She loves fishing, kayaking, and taking trips back home to see her family.
Sheree is originally from the Welsh town of Tredegar in the United Kingdom, but she’s called the United States home since moving here with her parents in 2001. She has worked in the dental field since 2004, most of those years working within the specialty of oral surgery. The newest member of our team, Sheree joined Neighborhood Smiles in early spring of 2019. In addition to her extensive experience, Sheree brings great problem solving, interpersonal, and organizational skills to our office. Her mission is always to connect and build stronger relationships with patients and her co-workers on the way to delivering the best possible dental care. Sheree is proud of her daughter, who has followed in her footsteps in entering the dental field. One of Sheree’s favorite activities outside of work is spending time with her grandson and watching him grow. She also enjoys boating, cooking, traveling, and taking walks.