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Meet Our Dental Team - Waverly, NE

A dentist is often only as good as the people they surround themselves with, which is why Dr. Vacek has hand-selected a team of outgoing, skilled, and highly knowledgeable dental hygienists, assistants, and administrators. Every day, they come to our dental office with one simple goal in mind: to give our patients the smoothest and most stress-free dental experience possible. From check-in to checkout, you’ll learn to love our team starting at your very first visit. Read on below to learn more about our fantastic dental team in Waverly!

Julie – Dental Office Manager

Waverly dental office manager Julie

Welcome to Amberly Dental! Behind the scenes, ensuring everything runs seamlessly, is our dedicated and experienced Office Manager, Julie. With an impressive 35 years in the dental field, Julie brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for creating a warm and welcoming environment for our patients. 

Beyond her role in the office, Julie is a proud Mom and Grandma, finding joy in family moments and cherishing the laughter that comes with each visit. Her love for family extends to the entire Amberly Dental team, making our practice feel like an extended family for everyone who walks through our doors. 

Outside of her professional life, Julie is an avid traveler, exploring new destinations and experiencing diverse cultures. This passion for discovery adds a unique perspective to her approach in managing the dental office, always open to new ideas and innovative solutions. 

When Julie isn't busy making sure everything in the office is just right, you'll likely find her enjoying the serenity of her pool. Whether it's a quiet afternoon swim or hosting poolside gatherings, Julie believes in finding moments of relaxation and joy amidst the busy pace of life. 

One thing that patients love about Julie is her infectious sense of humor. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine, and Julie brings that healing touch to our dental practice. She believes in making every dental visit not just comfortable but also enjoyable, turning what might be a routine appointment into a positive and uplifting experience. 

At Amberly Dental, we are more than just a dental practice; we are a community that cares about your well-being. Julie embodies this commitment, ensuring that your experience with us is not only professional but also personal and enjoyable. 

Come meet Julie and the rest of our team at Amberly Dental - where dental care meets a welcoming smile!

Cassandra – Office / Dental Assistant

Dental team member Cassandra

Meet Cassandra, a seasoned dental assistant with an impressive 17-year career dedicated to promoting oral health and assisting in dental procedures. Originally hailing from the picturesque state of Colorado, Cassandra decided to make a significant move to Nebraska to be closer to her 19-year-old daughter, the center of her world. 

Beyond the dental office, Cassandra has a zest for life that revolves around a few key passions. One of her greatest loves is Mexican cuisine, with an undeniable fondness for tacos. She appreciates the flavors, aromas, and the communal aspect of enjoying a good meal with loved ones. In her free time, you'll likely find her exploring new Mexican restaurants or perfecting her own taco recipes in the kitchen. 

When not immersed in the world of dentistry or savoring Mexican delights, Cassandra finds solace and excitement on the water. Paddle boarding has become more than just a hobby-it's a way for her to connect with nature, get some exercise, and clear her mind. Whether gliding over serene lakes or challenging herself with the ebb and flow of rivers, Cassandra embraces every opportunity to be on the water. 

Family is paramount to Cassandra, and her decision to relocate to Nebraska underscores her commitment to maintaining strong bonds with her daughter. Together, they navigate the journey of life, creating cherished memories along the way. 

Travel is another significant aspect of Cassandra 's life. Exploring new destinations and experiencing different cultures is her favorite pastime. From bustling cityscapes to serene beach locales, Cassandra is always eager to expand her horizons and add new stamps to her passport. 

In summary, Cassandra is not just a dental assistant with a wealth of experience; she's a devoted mother, a lover of Mexican cuisine, a water enthusiast, and a passionate traveler. Her life is a vibrant tapestry woven with professional accomplishments and personal joys, creating a unique and fulfilling journey.

Danielle – Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Danielle

Welcome to Amberly Dental, where dental care meets compassion! I'm Danielle, and I'm proud to be your dedicated dental hygienist. I graduated from the UNMC College of Dentistry in 2017, armed with a passion for not just treating smiles but nurturing the overall well-being of my patients.

At the heart of my practice is a commitment to ensuring your comfort and providing you with the knowledge you need for optimal oral health. I believe that a visit to the dentist should not only be about treatment, but also an opportunity for education. Together, we'll embark on a journey towards a healthier and happier smile.

When I'm not busy caring for your smiles, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, Dan, whom I married in October 2016. Outside the dental office, you'll find me whipping up delicious treats in the kitchen, immersed in the pages of a good book, or spending time with my dog, Queenie.

Your oral health is not just my profession; it's my passion. I am dedicated to providing personalized care that goes beyond the dental chair. Let's work together to achieve and maintain a smile that radiates confidence and health.

Kari – Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Kari

Welcome to Amberly Dental, where we are not just a dental practice but a family dedicated to your oral health. Allow us to introduce you to Kari, a passionate dental hygienist committed to ensuring your smile stays vibrant and healthy. 

At the core of Amberly Dental is a family that understands the value of a warm and welcoming dental experience. Kari is not just a skilled dental professional; she is also the wife of Dr. Tim Vacek. Together, they bring a unique blend of expertise and compassion to every patient they serve. 

Away from the dental chair, Kari and Dr. Vacek are the proud parents of four wonderful children. This family dynamic extends into our practice, creating an environment that feels like home. 

As a dental hygienist, Kari is dedicated to helping our patients achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Her passion lies in educating and assisting her patients in achieving healthy gums and preserving their teeth for a lifetime. 

Beyond the dental office, Kari loves a morning cup of coffee while snuggling her cats. She also enjoys being outside with her family, taking care of her chickens, and gardening on their acreage. 

Come meet Kari and the rest of our Amberly Dental family. We look forward to welcoming you with open arms and providing a dental experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Caleb - Dental Hygienist

Dental team member Caleb

Caleb has over a decade of experience when it comes to taking care of patients' oral health, graduating in 2013 from Central Community College. Outside of his dedication to dentistry, he loves spending quality time with his wife and their 2 dogs.

He's an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his time away from the office hunting, fishing, gardening, and camping. What's Caleb's fun fact? He says, “I can almost always tell when movies don't use a real dinosaur… nice try Jurassic Park!

Amanda - Dental Hygienist

Dental team member Amanda

Amanda Chelewski is a dedicated dental hygienist who graduated from Central Community College in 2024. With a passion for promoting oral health and providing exceptional patient care, Amanda brings both expertise and a warm, friendly demeanor to her practice.

Outside of the dental office, Amanda enjoys spending quality time with her niece and nephew. She is also an avid animal tover, with a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd. Amanda has a love for travel, always eager to explore new destinations and cultures. She is also a part-time photographer, capturing the beauty of the world through her lens.

During the weekends, you can find Amanda and her husband on the golf course perfecting their swing, or embracing the thrill of skydiving. Amanda’s diverse interests and commitment to excellence make her a well-rounded professional and a valued member of the dental community.

Margo - Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Margo

Welcome to Amberly Dental, where a warm and friendly smile awaits you! I'm Margo, your dedicated dental assistant with two decades of experience in crafting beautiful smiles. I'm not just passionate about dentistry; I'm committed to making your dental experience comfortable and stress-free. 

About Me: With a rich background spanning 20 years in the dental field, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our practice. My journey in dentistry has been a fulfilling one, marked by a genuine desire to contribute to the well-being of our patients.   Life Beyond Dentistry: Away from the dental chair, my life is a delightful tapestry woven with love, companionship, and shared interests. I've been fortunate to spend the last decade with my significant other, James, who has been my pillar of support and encouragement. At home, our beloved Italian Greyhound, Prince, adds a dash of joy to our lives. His playful antics and affectionate nature make coming home a truly heartwarming experience.   Hobbies and Interests: When I'm not perfecting smiles, you'll find me exploring life's adventures. I have a passion for the outdoors, whether it's hiking through scenic trails, navigating tranquil waters while kayaking, or sweating it out at the gym to stay fit and healthy. A self-proclaimed connoisseur of the finer things in life, I appreciate a good glass of wine to unwind after a rewarding day at the dental office. And when it comes to satisfying my taste buds, there's nothing like the aromatic flavors of Chinese cuisine - a culinary love affair that I indulge in regularly. 

Your Comfort, Our Priority: My goal is to ensure that your visit to Amberly Dental is not just about dental care but also about building a lasting relationship. I understand the importance of a friendly, familiar face when it comes to healthcare, and I am dedicated to making your experience with us as pleasant as possible. 

Thank you for considering Amberly Dental for your dental needs. I look forward to welcoming you with a smile!

Ashlie – Dental Assistant

Ashlie is an adventurous soul with a passion for exploring the world around her.  Ashlie finds solace and excitement in hiking rugged terrain.  Her wanderlust spirit has taken her on breathtaking journeys, fueling her thirst for adventure. 

Ashlie has dedicated herself to dental assisting for over three years, where her compassionate nature and attention to detail have made her an invaluable member of the dental team.  Her commitment to providing quality care and ensuring patient comfort reflects her nurturing personality and desire to make a positive impact on those around her.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Ashlie finds joy in her personal life, particularly in her role as a loving spouse and devoted mother.  She is blessed to be married to her best friend Jason.  Together, they have a beautiful, blended family, raising 4 remarkable boys who bring boundless adventures and laughter into their home.

In her free time, Ashlie cherishes time spent with her family, whether it’s exploring nature trails, embarking on road trips, reading books or simply enjoying a cozy evening at home.

Nikita – Dental Assistant

Dental team member Nikita

Greetings! I'm Nikita. My journey in dentistry began 19 years ago, and I've been dedicated to providing compassionate care ever since. I believe in fostering a warm and welcoming environment for our patients, where their comfort and wellbeing are paramount. With nearly two decades of experience as a dental assistant, I bring a wealth of knowledge and passion to our team.

Beyond the dental office, my life is full of vibrant experiences. When I'm not assisting patients, you can often find me on the yoga mat, finding solace and balance in the midst of life's hustle and bustle.

I'm also a proud mom of two lively boys who keep me on my toes! We're always up for an adventure, and one of our favorite outings is visiting the zoo. There's something magical about seeing the wonder and excitement as they explore!

At our practice, you can trust that you're in capable hands. Whether you're here for a routine checkup or a more complex procedure, I'm committed to ensuring your experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your oral health journey!

Gabrielle (“Gabby”) – Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Gabrielle

Introducing Gabby, a dental assistant with a passion for both brightening smiles in the office. Gabby's professional life revolves around dental care, where her warm demeanor and dedication contribute to creating a welcoming atmosphere for patients. 

Beyond the dental chair, Gabby's heart beats to the rhythm of live music. She finds joy in the diversity of live performances, whether it's the pulsating beats and crowds of a music festival or the intimate setting of a local concert venue. Gabby's love for music is not just a pastime; it's a vibrant expression of her spirit. 

When it comes to exploring the world, Gabby is a seasoned traveler, often jet-setting with her boyfriend, Gabe. Their adventures together create a tapestry of shared experiences**, **from exploring new cities to immersing themselves in different cultures. 

Back home, Gabby's two furry companions, Gizmo and Gordon**, *bring laughter and companionship to her life*. *These dogs are more than pets; they're cherished friends who accompany her on walks*, **cuddle during movie nights, and add a dose of happiness to every day. 

In her moments of leisure, Gabby channels her creativity into crafting, upcycling furniture, testing new recipes and nurturing her garden. Whether it's transforming old furniture into stylish pieces, trying a tasty new dish or cultivating a vibrant array of plants**, **Gabby's hands are always busy, creating beauty and uniqueness in every project. 

Gabby's life is a symphony of passion, from her role as a dental assistant to her love for music, travel, and the simple joys **of **spending time with Gizmo and Gordon. Through crafting, upcycling, and gardening, she adds her personal touch to the world, creating a harmonious blend of professional dedication and creative living.

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