Appointment and Financial Coordinators
We are fortunate to have Jodie and Terry making appointments and assisting patients with their financial arrangements. Both Jodie and Terry have completed training in insurance processing and third party payment. They are always searching for better options to help our patients with their insurance needs.
Jodie grew up in North Dakota and attended Montana State University in Bozeman. She graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services. Prior to coming to Dr. Manhart’s office, she worked for Billings Clinic. Jodie has worked for Dr. Manhart beginning in 2001. She is very personable and patient. She brings a relaxing presence and her positive energy is projected throughout the office.
Terry is no stranger to the field of dentistry. Her 16 years of experience have included pediatrics, orthodontic care and restorative dentistry in both chair-side assisting and treatment coordinating. Her extensive understanding of the dental office and its operation creates a culture that provides both knowledge and support to our patients. Her positive attitude and sense of humor will improve your dental experience immeasurably.
Few dental hygienists have the interest or ability to work in the specialty setting. We are fortunate to have two of the best in the business. Our periodontal hygiene staff consists of Paul and Amanda. They provide the majority of the non-surgical and supportive therapy to our patients. They are tireless students of their profession and are a great resource for the office. Periodontal therapists of their caliber are hard to find. Their caring and commitment provides each patient with the knowledge that they are in good hands.
Paul graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Sheridan College in 2002. While continuing his studies, Paul worked part time in several general dental practices and in 2003 graduated with high honors from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science degree. While finishing his advanced education, Paul gained experience working for a periodontal specialty office in Cheyenne, WY. This experience focused his interest in working with periodontal disease patients. In the summer of 2004 he joined Dr. Manhart’s team and moved to Billings to be closer to family.
Amanda has almost twenty years of experience in the medical field with the last five focusing on dental hygiene. After working in everthing from Dermatology to ICU, she decided to focus her speciality in dental Hygiene. Graduating with a degree of Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene from Sheridan College in 2010, she spent her first four years in general dentistry. She wanted to expand her expertise and joined our practice in June of 2014. She enjoys getting to know patients while providing excellent, gentle care. Amanda grew up in Helena and has lived in Billings for the past 10 years with her husband and their three boys.
Clinical Assisting Staff
Our clinical assisting staff is second to none. Penny and Amanda bring a wealth of diverse experience to our office. A major part of their responsibilities is making periodontal therapy as stress free as possible. Their cheerful personalities will make you feel at home in the office.
Penny began working in dentistry in 1983 when she trained to be a certified dental assistant in Arizona. She also has trained and practiced as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Park City, Billings and Red Lodge Ambulance. She has worked in both general practice and specialty settings in dentistry. In addition to her assisting duties, Penny manages our medical emergency protocols. She has taken leadership roles in incorporating new technologies. Penny enjoys her work and developing relationships with patients by making their visits as comfortable as possible. She has worked for our office since 2000.
Amanda trained to be a dental assistant at the Lincoln Center in Billings Montana. She started working for Dr. Manhart’s office in 2014. Prior to coming to Dr. Manharts office, Amanda worked as a CNA in home care and assisted living settings. In addition to working as a CNA she worked in customer service. Amanda enjoys her work and helping patients feel welcome and at ease.