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Staff Bios

Get to know the dental hygienists and office staff at office in Denison.

Emma Denger - Dental Hygienist

Emma Denger
Dental Hygienist

Emma grew up on a farm near Lylton, Iowa. She received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. After graduating, she began working at Thirty Two & You. Emma enjoys educating patients about all areas of their care and promoting systemic health through proper oral care. She loves improving the smiles of our patients and helping to keep their smiles healthy for a lifetime. Outside of the office she keeps plenty busy as a dance coach, serving on the Sac County Fair Board, and spending time with her friends and family.

Kayla Lahr - Dental Hygienist

Kayla Lahr
Dental Hygienist

Originally from Schleswig, Iowa, Kayla attended University of South Dakota and has been a registered dental hygienist since 2015. She moved back to Denison to further her dental hygiene career and spend time with her family. Kayla strives to ensure our patients always feel 100% informed and comfortable during their visit. To her, there's nothing more gratifying than educating and helping patients overcome their dental fears. Kayla enjoys spending quality time with her husband Pat and daughter Finley. She also loves the outdoors, camping, boating and riding motorcycles.

Emily Koenck - Dental Assistant

Emily Koenck
Dental Assistant

Emily grew up just outside of Vail, Iowa and graduated from Iowa Western Dental Assistant program. She recently moved back to the Denison area. Emily’s favorite part of dentistry is seeing the positive life-changing results that cosmetic dentistry can provide for patients. In her spare time Emily enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outside with her dogs, and watching baseball.

Johanna Blum - Registered Dental Assistant

Johanna Blum
Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Johanna is from the Manilla, Iowa area and graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Western Iowa Tech in 2016 and recently graduated as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. Her gentle touch and friendly chair-side manner helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their visit. Outside of the office, Johanna enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, spending time with friends and family, playing with her two sons, and enjoying the outdoors.

Robbie Vazquez - Registered Dental Assistant

Robbie Vazquez
Expanded Function Dental Assistant

Robbie Vazquez has been working as a chairside Dental Assistant since graduating from the Dental Assisting program at Western Iowa Tech in 2011 and recently graduated as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant. She believes that going to work every day holds something new and is another opportunity to ensure our patients feel comfortable and leave happy. In her downtime, Robbie has a passion for crafting and photography and loves spending time with her daughter Natalie and son Matteo. Robbie and her husband are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their second son.

Patient Accounts and Insurance Concierge

Jodi Lorenzen
Patient Accounts and Insurance Concierge

Born and raised in Denison, Iowa, Jodi graduated from Iowa Western with a degree in medical business. She is able to help you manage all of your financial needs and maximize your insurance benefits. She knows how amazing it is to provide the gift of a smile to you and your children. Jodi and her husband Rick currently live in Schleswig, Iowa. Jodi spends her free time sewing, enjoying the outdoors with her dog, and making frequent trips to Omaha in order to spend time with her daughter and go antique shopping.

Erika Bygness - Business Administrator

Erika Bygness
Business Administrator

Day-to-day, you’ll find Erika Bygness tending to the daily office operations and assisting where needed. While she doesn’t spend all day in the office, she enjoys contributing behind the scenes and making sure that Thirty Two & You is staying connected with our patients. Although being in a dental office is new for her, healthcare is not. Before becoming a full-time mom, she was the rehabilitation director for a therapy company. Married to Dr. Bygness since 2005, they have four beautiful children who are their pride and joy. When she’s not in the office or running around with the kids, Erika enjoys running, traveling, doing all things outdoorsy, and trying new restaurants. She values her faith, family and friends.

Genesis Vega

Genesis Vega
Scheduling Concierge and Translator

A native of Denison, Iowa, Genesis graduated from Denison High School before attending college in Lincoln, Nebraska. Genesis is the sweet voice you will hear on the phone and will be the first smiling face you see upon arriving at our office. Meeting wonderful people and making a difference in their life is what Genesis feels makes her job worthwhile. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughter Ke’lahni and her family, running, and doing makeup for special events.