Our Team


Meet the Doctor

Dr. Ryan & familyDr. Ryan is married to his lovely wife Karen and has 3 children: Benjamin, Sophie and Matthew. Dr. Ryan’s passion is people, especially his family. But while taking care of his patients, Dr. Ryan enjoys the conversations he is able to have with his patients, whether educating them about dentistry, hearing about their family or just discussing recent events, Dr. Ryan is well known for taking time to get to know and learn about his patients. When he’s not at work, Dr. Ryan enjoys outdoor activities with his family like bicycle riding, football, baseball or soccer with his children and most of all fishing!

Dr. Ryan’s other passion is dentistry. Dr. Ryan enjoys all aspects of being a dentist, from talking with his patients, to being around his wonderful team, but most of all helping patients who have a toothache or giving someone a new smile. Dr. Ryan is committed to providing his patients with the most predictable, research-based treatment, techniques and technology to not only enhance their experience but also provide the value that everyone deserves when they visit their dentist. Dr. Ryan is also committed to life-long learning and always exceeds the state of Wisconsin’s mandated requirements for continuing education courses.

Dr. Ryan grew up in the south suburbs of Milwaukee where he attended Marquette University High School, Marquette University and then Marquette University School of Dentistry, from which he graduated in 2002. Before entering dental school, Dr. Ryan earned a full-ride scholarship from the United States Navy. After graduating from dental school Dr. Ryan began his service in the Navy by undergoing an intensive, one year hospital-based dental residency at the Naval Hospital in Great Lakes, IL where he continued his training in all aspects of general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry while also being prepared for his next duty as the dental department head aboard the USS Sacramento, AOE-1. While serving aboard the USS Sacramento Dr. Ryan excelled, earning the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his superior leadership. After serving aboard the USS Sacramento, Dr. Ryan returned to the Midwest where he worked as an associate dentist until purchasing the practice of Dr. Pat Dowling.


Meet the Team

The team at Winneconne Family Dentistry maintains the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry to provide you with a comfortable and safe experience.

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Taylor Hunt, Treatment Coordinator

A life long patient of the dental office, Taylor has been with Winneconne Family Dentistry since 2012.  Taylor grew up in nearby Omro.  She is our dental benefits and treatment coordinator, helping our patients and our team navigate the often times tricky world of dental benefits with ease and grace.   Her passion for people is obvious. She says: “I absolutely love what I do and truly enjoy coming to work everyday. I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to work in such a fun and caring setting.” Outside of work, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, her boyfriend Jared and their adorable children Rhylee and Beau.

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A life-long resident of Winneconne, our dental assistant Gina is passionate about spending time and traveling with her husband Dean and daughters Paige and Sydney. At work, her passion for taking care of others is obvious as she moves about the office. Gina is a caring and compassionate team member who takes care of all of her patients as though they are her family. Gina has been a dental assistant with Winneconne Family Dentistry for 18 years.

Sandy Van AstenSandy Van Asten, RDH

Originally a patient of the practice, Sandy joined Winneconne Family Dentistry as a full-time hygienist in November of 2014. Sandy was born and raised in Omro and graduated in the same class as our dental assistant/treatment coordinator Taylor. Sandy enjoys learning about and using new techniques to care for her patients and is certified to use a laser for the treatment of gum disease. When she is not at work she enjoys camping, boating and spending time with her husband Tyler.

Julie LauxJulie Laux, RDH

The newest member of our team, Julie joined Winneconne Family Dentistry in March of 2015. She has lived in Winneconne for the past 13 years and is happy to be working in the same community where she lives. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and while participating in sports activities.

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A hygienist since 1992, Laura is a very talented clinician and more importantly a very caring person. Laura is new to the team, joining Winneconne Family Dentistry in 2013. Laura is a warm and friendly professional who has a knack for relating to her patients and putting them at easy while taking care of them. A native of the Winneconne area, Laura moved back from Texas a couple of years ago to be closer to her family. Laura says: “I feel blessed to not only be working for a wonderful dental office, but also to be working in the same town I graduated high school from!”