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Lara Girdwood: Registered Dental Hygienist

Lara Girdwood: Registered Dental Hygienist

Lara was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Her passion for serving others began during her experiences as a service missionary in Europe for 18 months and continued with her employment doing in-home care for adults with disabilities. Her dedication and compassion for others is now reinforced through her position with the Harbor Pointe Dental team! 

Lara graduated from Lansing Community College with her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She adores spending time with her family, days near the water, and staying active through dance and yoga. Lara’s greatest goal in the workplace is to help others feel comfortable at our practice, and to help her patients commit to their oral health by educating on why dental treatment and routine care is so important.

Lara is newly married and is active in her church community where she teaches youth with her husband. Although she does not yet have children of her own, her experience as an involved aunt to 25 nieces and nephews sparks her love for working with kids.


Katelyn Thornton: Registered Dental Hygienist

Katelyn Thornton: Registered Dental Hygienist

Katelyn is a Northern Michigan native who is a newlywed to her husband, Jesse London. Katelyn and Jesse relocated to Petoskey following the acceptance of her position at Harbor Pointe Dental. Katelyn recently graduated from Ferris State University with her Registered Dental Hygienist degree and is excited to utilize her hygiene knowledge and clinical expertise to help improve our patient’s oral health.

Katelyn enjoys spending time outdoors and with family, reading and staying active through hiking, weightlifting and yoga. Her fun loving and humorous personality always make the office a fun place to be!


Katie Folsom: Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie Folsom: Registered Dental Hygienist

Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Katie graduated from Ferris State University in 2016 with an Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. Katie is currently working towards obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Science.

With over 10 years of experience in the medical field, Katie has previously worked as a Certified Nurses Aid in a nursing home. She has a passion for educating others, emphasizing that having good oral health leads to good overall health and wellness.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and spending time outdoors doing activities such as hiking, rollerblading, biking and kayaking.


Kelsie Eckola: Registered Dental Assistant

Kelsie Eckola: Registered Dental Assistant

Kelsie graduated from Northwestern Michigan College in 2014 with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Assisting.

Her kind heart and caring chairside manner make her a great addition to the Harbor Pointe Dental team! She looks forward to advancing her technical skills and gaining valuable experience by working at our practice alongside Hope and Dr. Ellsworth.

Kelsie recently married her high school sweetheart, and they’ve relocated to Petoskey from their original home in the Upper Peninsula. They love fishing, hunting, reading and spending time with their family.