Our Team


Treatment Coordinator

Tara is an assistant and also does the inventory for Crist & Wenande Orthodontics. She has been here since 1998. Her favorite thing about orthodontics is interacting with the patients. She also enjoys seeing their self-esteem improve and their beautiful smiles. Tara is originally from Platte, SD and has lived in Sioux Falls since 1998. She enjoys traveling, scrapbooking and spending time with her friends, husband and their twins.



Ann joined Crist and Wenande Orthodontics in 2002. She went to Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, SD and graduated from the Dental Assisting program with her Associates of Applied Science. Ann’s favorite part of working in the orthodontic field is being able to see the patients’ self-image grow throughout treatment. In her free time, Ann likes to spend time with her friends and family and also likes to scrapbook. Ann lives in Tea with her husband two sons and a daughter.



Anna happily joined the Crist and Wenande Orthodontics team in 2008 and truly enjoys meeting all the different patients and helping them along with their new smiles. Anna graduated from Southeast Technical Institute and achieved her state certification in dental assisting. Anna and her husband enjoy camping, kayaking, and hanging out with family and friends.



Nancy has worked in the dental field for over 15 years. She started in General Dentistry and joined Crist & Wenande Orthodontics in 2008. She loves to share her experiences with patients. Nancy loves to give them the best care and smiles to have for a lifetime. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.


Clinical Coordinator

Sue has been with the practice since 1999.Her experience comes from general pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and orthodontics.   Over the years she has found her career extremely rewarding and gratifying. Sue enjoys spending time with her husband, children & grandchildren.



Gina joined Crist & Wenande Orthodontics in March 2009. She has over 18 years of dental experience ranging from periodontics to orthodontics. Gina graduated from the Dental Assisting program at North Dakota State College of Science. She loves working with all ages and being involved with such a fun, hard-working team to help create the perfect smile. Gina is married and has three children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Financial Coordinator & Treatment Coordinator

Jizele comes to Crist & Wenande Orthodontics with 23 years of dental experience ranging from assisting in an oral surgery office to being a financial coordinator in a pediatric/orthodontic office. Jizele has worked at Crist & Wenande Orthodontics since August 2000. She is the financial coordinator for the office and Dr. Wenande’s treatment coordinator. Jizele has a lot of fun meeting new people and strives to make sure parents and patients leave with a clear understanding of the importance of orthodontics and that all the information given is completely understood. Jizele is married with three children. She stays busy with school activities and clubs and also enjoys attending her children’s sporting events.

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Dani joined the Crist & Wenande team in 2004 as a Lab Tech after 15 years of prior experience. She works behind the scenes making retainers, appliances (expanders, holding arches), plaster models of patient’s mouths and trimming those models. Dani works hard to ensure that all of the appliances are handcrafted to the highest standards. In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and grandchildren.


Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

Melissa joined the Crist and Wenande team in 2012. She has been involved in orthodontics since 1995 and is a graduate of L.A.T.I. Dental Assisting program, certified with the Dental Assisting National Board, and registered with the state of SD. Melissa enjoys helping patients achieve a beautiful smile through a positive orthodontic experience. Melissa and her husband, Colin, have two children, Bobby and Vivian. She loves to spend time with her family as well as being involved with her children’s activities.

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Amber joined the Crist & Wenande team in 2012. She has been in Customer Service related positions for over 12 years. Amber enjoys greeting all the patients that come in to the practice and insuring that they are comfortable and have a positive experience. Amber and her husband Robb have three children Ethan, Elliana & Gavin. In her spare time she enjoys camping, spending time outside & being involved in her children’s activities.



Cola was welcomed into the Crist and Wenande practice in 2010. She grew up in Sioux Falls, SD. Cola received her Dental Hygiene degree(RDH) from USD and has been working in the dental field for 13 years. She now lives west of Yankton with her husband and their four children.



Shelley has been in Reception/Billing in the dental and medical fields since 1997, but joined the Crist and Wenande team in 2011. Shelley enjoys visiting with the patients and their families and seeing how happy they are coming in to their appointments. Shelley is married with three girls and lives in Yankton, SD. She enjoys boating, camping, reading, and spending time with family and friends.



Randa joined Crist & Wenande Orthodontics in 2014, she graduated from L.A.T.I in Watertown, SD from the dental assisting program.  She enjoys working with such a great team and getting to know the all the different patients.   Randa is married with 2 children and loves to spend time with her family camping, fishing, running, biking and shopping.



Terra joined Crist & Wenande Orthodontics in 2014.  She has been in Orthodontics since 2002.  Her favorite part of orthodontics is the patients and watching their smiles transform into beautiful smiles.  Terra and her husband Wade have three children, Ashley, Ethan, & Claire. Terra enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and gong to her children’s  activities.



Amanda joined C & W Orthodontics in 2011. She graduated from LATI and is Certified by the Dental Assisting National Board. Amanda loves getting to know the patients over the course of their treatment and watching their smiles transform.  In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with family & friends.



Joan joined the Crist & Wenande Orthodontic team in 2016. She has over 30 years of dental experience. Joan graduated from the dental assisting program in Canby, MN. She loves all of the beautiful smiles created by the Doctors at Crist & Wenande Orthodontics along with their teams. Joan enjoys spending time with her husband, children and playing in the sandbox with her grandchildren along with gardening.