932 Spring St., Suite 102
Petoskey MI, 49770
(231) 577-4700

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The Harbor Pointe Dental Team

 

 

David A. Ellsworth, D.D.S.David A. Ellsworth, D.D.S.

Dr. Ellsworth is sincerely interested in helping each and every patient reach and maintain optimal dental health, Throughout the course of his dental education and experience, he realized the most important way to help patients is to first listen. Only after listening and understanding his patients needs can he effectively provide them the treatments they seek and desire.

A native of Michigan, Dr. Ellsworth attended Michigan State University and obtained his Bachelors Degree and then continued on to the University Of Michigan School Of Dentistry where he received his doctorate of Dental Surgery.

He continues to expand his abilities to offer more extensive restorative and cosmetic procedures to his patients. Dr Ellsworth has had extensive hours of continuing education and is passionate about the practice of dentistry. He enjoys the process of improving the health of his patients, controlling dental disease and creating beautiful smiles.

Dr. Ellsworth grew up the oldest of eight children and knows first hand how those who volunteer in the community can impact a single life, As a result of other's examples over the years, he has also made volunteering and giving back to the community a priority. He has given time to numerous programs such as "Give Kids a Smile Day", The Migrant Dental Program and Donated Dental Services. He also visits local schools to help educate children on the importance of dental health and how it can affect your overall health.

Dr. Ellsworth is a member of The American Dental Association, The Michigan Dental Association, The American Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Resort District Dental Society and Vacationland Dental Society. He also sat on the Advisory Board of the Dental Assisting Program at Northwestern Michigan College.

Dr. Ellsworth enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and taking advantage of all that beautiful Northern Michigan has to offer.

Administrative

Christine Dixon: Office Administrator

Christine brings over 16 years of administrative experience to our practice, and was introduced specifically to the dental field after accepting her position as Office Administrator at our practice. Christine believes in the importance and value of providing quality customer service to all of our patients, and it shows in her daily efforts. Everyone enjoys her positive and professional can-do attitude!

She received her Associates Degree from North Central Michigan College, and has received numerous commendations for customer service excellence over the years, including the nationally recognized Marriott Spirit to Serve Award. 

Christine was born, raised and still resides in Boyne City with her boyfriend Charlie and 9 year old daughter Olive. They enjoy being active and try to spend as much time together as possible. They coach Olive’s youth soccer team, chaperone ski/snowboard school events and love adventure! Some other hobbies they enjoy include traveling, sports, collecting and working on cars and motorcycles, DIY projects, interior design and music.

 

Margret Zowada: Patient Relations

Margret began her career at Harbor Pointe Dental as an assistant on the clinical side of the practice, but transitioned to the Front Desk full time about a year ago. She has been a much welcomed and appreciated addition to the front office! Her friendly and nurturing personality, in combination with her clinical experience, helps our patients feel both informed and at-home in our practice.

Margret has been married for two years to her husband Nathan. Both are very active in their church community together, especially organizing and running the youth group program.

Margret loves photography and any outdoor activity in the summer months, but especially camping and hiking.

 

Lillian Ellsworth:  Accounts Payable & PayrollLil - Accounts Payable & Payroll

Lillian is the wife of Dr. Ellsworth, and a Michigan native who has called Northern Michigan home for the majority of her life. She handles all aspects of practice management for Harbor Pointe Dental, providing administrative and moral support to our entire team, and especially Dr. Ellsworth. Her contributions to staff administration, marketing, and accounts payables, among her many other duties, are invaluable and we simply could not keep our practice running smoothly without her!

Lillian received her Bachelors in Finance from Eastern Michigan University and graduated with honors. Prior to relocating to the area, she worked as a Loan Administrator for a mortgage company and as a Compliance Officer for a third-party lending firm.

Lillian is very involved with her church, family and in the local community. She has had a lifelong passion for ballet and enjoys volunteering backstage during the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet performances. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Concord Academy of Petoskey School Board. Above all, Lillian loves spending time with her family and being active with her four children.

 

Kara Cosens - Marketing Director

Kara has been a longstanding team member at Harbor Pointe Dental, and her valuable experience with the practice allows Kara to provide our entire staff with much needed remote marketing support, to ensure that Harbor Pointe Dental is sending the right message to existing and potential patients alike. Kara also helps support the practice in our community outreach programs and Chamber events, where she is able to share her passion for dentistry in person!

Her keen business sense and savvy marketing perspective keeps our brand fresh, and Kara’s previous experience as a dental assistant for Dr. Ellsworth also allows her to have a comprehensive understanding of the clinical aspects of the practice. She always makes sure we are accurately representing the high-quality, patient-focused care we provide in all of our marketing endeavors.

Kara graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Psychology, with honors, from Liberty University. She was raised in Harbor Springs, has been married to her high school sweetheart for 8 years, and they reside in the local area with their two children. In her free time, Kara really enjoys baking, health and wellness and being active outdoors.

Clinical

 

Brandy Ollanketo:  Registered Dental Hygienist

 

Brandy grew up with her four sisters in Kansas, but moved to Michigan when her family relocated to Fife Lake in 2001. She completed her pre-requisites at Northwestern Michigan College, and completed her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at Ferris State University in 2013.

During her time in college, Brandy acted as Treasurer of the Student American Dental Hygiene Association, worked a full time job and also help raise her two sons while completing her degree. This type of hard work, determination and dedication are on display every day by Brandy at Harbor Pointe Dental, and we are so proud to have her as a member of our team!

Brandy is married and lives in Gaylord with her husband Jeremy, and their sons, 6 year old Gabriel and 5 year old Landon. They enjoy reading, camping and being together with their family.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Elizabeth Sobonya- Dental Assistant

Elizabeth assists on all aspects of the clinical side of Harbor Pointe Dental, and specializes in keeping the clinical side of our practice running on schedule, a very challenging task that she is always game for!

Elizabeth is a great team player and multi-tasker, and is always the go-to person for help wherever it is needed. You can always count on her to have a big smile and hearty laugh when she’s lending a hand!

Elizabeth was raised in Northern Michigan, and really loves spending time with her family. She enjoys the outdoors, especially in the summer.

 

 

David A. Ellsworth, D.D.S.
Dr. Ellsworth has had extensive hours of continuing education and is passionate about the practice of dentistry. He enjoys the process of improving the health of his patients, controlling dental disease and creating beautiful smiles.