The mission of Portage Pediatric Dentistry is to help our patients have a positive dental experience and outlook when it comes to their oral health. We welcome parents to be involved in all aspects of their child's dental appointment. It is a privilege for us to be a part of a child's life, no matter how small. We celebrate a child's triumphs: getting rid of a pacifier or no longer sucking their thumb, being able to take x-rays for the first time, having a no-cavity check-up, and when a child comes in for an appointment very nervous but overcomes their fear, does a great job, and is so proud of themselves. We are so proud of them too!
Dr. Jody Wrathall
Dr. Jody Wrathall, aka “Dr. Jody”, received her dental degree (D.D.S.) in 2010 and master’s degree (M.S.) in pediatric dentistry in 2012, both from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Dr. Jody achieved her Board Certification from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2013 and officially became a Diplomate. A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is a pediatric dentist whose credentials have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill. A Diplomate is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.
In January 2015 she joined Dr. John Deppen’s long-established Portage practice. Dr. Jody became the owner in January 2016 and changed the name to Portage Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Deppen retired in May 2017 and the practice moved to its brand new, state-of-the-art dental office in October 2017.
Dr. Jody grew up in Portage, graduating from Portage Central High School in 2003 and Western Michigan University in 2006. Her husband Doug teaches Spanish at Mattawan Middle School. They have three young children: Dougie, Clark, and Penny. In her free time, Dr. Jody enjoys Michigan Football, going to Target, and most of all, being a mommy.
Dr. Jackie Hwang
Dr. Jackie Hwang, aka "Dr. Jackie", received her dental degree (D.M.D.) in 2018 from the University of Pennsylvania School and master's degree (M.S.D.) in pediatric dentistry in 2020 from Indiana University / Riley Children's Hospital. She is currently Board Eligible and will complete her written boards August 2020 and her oral boards September 2021.
Dr. Jackie grew up in Sugar Land, Texas and studied biology at the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad. During dental school, Dr. Jackie met her now husband Nick. During residency Dr. Jackie participated in the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurdevelopmental Disabilities and Related Disorders), an interdisciplinary leadership training program with a focus on issues facing families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Dr. Jackie married Nick in July 2020. Nick teaches Math at Loy Norrix High School. Dr. Jackie's hobbies include hiking, fitness, crafting, and learning about DIY home improvement!
Our Amazing Team
Kelly is the office manager, hospital and IV sedation coordinator, and also helps at the front desk. She has been with the practice for over 40 years. She and her husband have three adult sons, three grandsons, and one granddaughter. She enjoys reading, spending time with family, and Jazzercise.
Carolyn is a front desk receptionist. She has been with the practice since 2018 and has over ten years experience working in a dental office. She has two adult children and one granddaughter. She is a cyclist, is working on being more of a minimalist, and loves to spend time with her family, especially helping out her mother and granddaughter.
Kathy is a front desk receptionist. She has been with the practice since 2019 and has previous experience working as a systems analyst for insurance companies and working for non-profit organizations. She has three adult children and four grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, cooking, baking, and assisting with her family business.
Heather is a front desk receptionist. She has been with the practice since 2019 and has worked in the dental field for over 5 years. She has two school-aged children. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, scrapbooking, and tea.
Sue is a registered dental hygienist. She has been with the practice for almost 30 years and in dentistry for over 35 years. She has two adult children, one dog, one cat, and eight chickens. She enjoys gardening, reading, playing Euchre, and spending time with family and friends.
Kathy is a registered dental hygienist. She has been with the practice for over 25 years and in dentistry for over 33 years. She has three adult daughters. She enjoys spending time with her daughters and grand-nieces, walking, gardening, and volunteering at her church.
Haley is a dental hygienist who has been with our office since 2019 and a hygienist since 2015. Her husband Jared is a local dentist. She enjoys golfing with her adult couple's league, traveling, camping, playing beach and indoor volleyball, volunteering with her mom's animal rescue group, and watching Michigan football and basketball.
Terri is a dental assistant. She has been with the practice since 2015 and in dentistry for over 26 years. She has one adult daughter, four grandsons, and one dog. She enjoys genealogy, reading, local history, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Sara is a dental assistant who also has experience as a front desk receptionist. She has been with the practice since 2014 and in dentistry for over 36 years. Her husband Gary Krebill is a local general dentist and they have two adult sons and three dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking care of her fur babies, and also has her own side business (Beading Creations by Sara LLC).
Sheila is a Dental Assistant. She has been with the practice since 2017 and in Dentistry for over 10 years. Sheila is originally from Oregon but has chosen to make Michigan her home . She enjoys reading, music, cooking, and spending time with friends.
Donna is a dental assistant who also has experience as a front desk receptionist. She has been with the practice since 2018 and in dentistry for over 28 years. She is married with two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, crocheting, doing puzzles, baking, and fishing.
Shaima is a dental assistant and has been with the practice since 2019. Shaima is a recent graduate of Western Michigan University and is currently applying to dental school to be a dentist. She enjoys hosting and planning gatherings, styling outfits, photography, cooking for family and friends, and traveling.
Allison is a dental assistant who has been with the practice since 2020. She also works part time at a childcare center. She had two step-children and enjoys spending time with family and friends, and spending time with her puppy.