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Patients of the Month

Ames, IA Dentist | Serving Ames, ISU & Central Iowa Communities


Patients of the Month

Every month our team votes on a patient that inspires us to be a better person in and out of the office. Here are our latest Patients of the Month! We salute these honorees and hope to bring in many more patients like them. Our goal is to help our patients become their best by giving them a healthy smile that they can be proud of.

March/April 2020 – The Chesnut Family

Michael and Kristin are both originally from Boone. They moved back to Boone 6 years ago to be closer to their family. Michael works for Danfoss in Procurement and Kristin works at Sacred Heart School as a Prekindergarten teacher. They have been married for 14 years and have 3 children. In their spare time they enjoy watching their kids run cross country, play basketball, baseball, softball and soccer.

The Chesnut family has been patients of Dentistry At Somerset for over 5 years, we love having them as part of our dental family and seeing their lovely family at each visit!

January/February 2020 – Joanna & Lucas

Joanna, originally from the metro Detroit area, and Lucas, originally from just outside of Rochester, Minnesota, both moved to Ames and met at Ames Fitness Center. Joanna works in the Athletics Department at ISU, providing career development and community outreach opportunities for the student-athletes. Lucas is an engineer at 3M.

Joana and Lucas both love fitness and have a goal to run half-marathons in all 50 states. Since they started this goal in November 2018, we have checked 8 states off the list and will run in state #9 in February. 2020 will be an exciting year for the couple, as Joanna is currently training for the 2020 Boston Marathon, they will be running their first Ultramarathon at Bryce Canyon National Park in May, and they will be married in early August!

We love having them both as patients and are thrilled to honor them as our January/February Patients of the month!

November/December 2019 – Lionel & Alison Sebbag

Lionel & Alison Sebbag are our November & December Patients of the Month. Lionel is originally from France and currently works at the ISU Vet Med Hospital as a veterinarian, specializing as an eye doctor for animals. Alison works at Mary Greeley Medical Center as a labor and delivery nurse. Lionel & Alison have a 2 and a half year old son Jacob and are expecting baby #2 in May! When they are not working, Lionel & Alison enjoy singing karaoke with their friends, playing soccer and traveling to warm places. Lionel & Alison are always such a pleasure to visit with whenever they are in the office! Each of them has chosen Invisalign to help them achieve their best smiles! We love your new smiles and having you both as patients of Dentistry At Somerset.

September/October 2019 – Maggie Worrall

Maggie Worrall is our September/October patient of the month! Maggie graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 and works for Fareway in their corporate office as the HR/Payroll coordinator.

Maggie resides in Ames and loves cheering on the Cyclones. She is a season ticket holder for woman’s basketball games. When she is not busy with work, she enjoys working out at TFW in Boone and Saturday nights at the Boone Speedway where you can find her spending time with friends.

August 2019 – Sharon Chitty

Sharon served on the Maxwell and Nevada First Responders and the Maxwell Fire Department and was an active volunteer at Story County Senior Care in Nevada. She was also a member of the Nevada Whirlers Square Dancing Club. She enjoyed the “Fristers” group and her Friday night dinner with friends. Sharon loved flea markets, making crafts and traveling, spending many winters in Mississippi.

A donation has been made by Dentistry At Somerset in Sharon’s honor to Story County Senior Care.

While with us for a short time, Sharon was a beloved patient of Dentistry At Somerset. We could always count on Sharon to make us smile and laugh while she was in the office. She greeted us with a great story & a stylish outfit; we always looked forward to chatting with her whenever she was in the office whether it was about her plans for her day or her tips on how to refinish antique furniture! Sharon will be missed by our doctors & staff.

May/June 2019 – The Balayar Family
Ramesh Balayar, his wife Menu Shrestha Balayar and their two sons, Hrijul and Manjul Balayar, are from Nepal, a beautiful Himalayan nation. The family has called Ames home since 2014. Ramesh completed his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in December 2018. Menu loves working with the kiddos at Gilbert School as a food service staff member. Hrijul, their oldest, is graduating from Ames High this May 2019 and will join his dad at ISU this fall to study Computer Science. Manjul will continue his education at Ames High as a Junior this fall and has yet to decide about his college education. Ramesh and Menu wish to return to Nepal in the future to continue working with people in need in remote villages. The Balayar’s are the happiest family and they believe that happiness is the biggest asset in life!

March/April 2019 – The Barrett Family

Congratulations to our March/April patients of the month, the Barrett Family! Both Brad and Annette are Iowa-born and raised, and they have lived in Ames around 40 years, including their 33 years of marriage. They are empty nesters now, having raised four daughters here, three of whom are now married, and they have five grandchildren. Grandparenting, they say, is more fun than a human should be allowed to have!

Brad came to Iowa State years ago to obtain a civil engineering degree, and then worked for 15 years, mostly for the Iowa DOT. Twenty years ago he made the “minor” career change by going into fulltime ministry as a pastor for Stonebrook Community Church. He says, “Yes, engineers do have hearts. Haha.” Annette went to nursing school at NIACC in Mason City, then worked for five years in Ames until staying home with their daughters.

They are passionate about helping others, whether spiritually, emotionally, or physically. And they love Ames!

January/February 2019 – The Roeschlein Family
Congratulations to our January/February patients of the month! The Roeschlein family recently moved to a country acreage in Boone. They have lived in Iowa for much of their lives besides a few years living in various other states.  Mitch and Amanda have been married 22 years. Logan is 11 and loves Scouts and tae kwon do. Lexa is 17 and is attending DMACC with plans to go into Web Development. Mackenzie is 9 and loves sports and music. As a family you may find them camping, hiking in the mountains on vacation or playing a thrilling game of Catan on game night! They are joined on their adventures by their faithful dog, Max!

November/December 2018 – The Leifssons

The Leifsson family moved to Ames from Reykjavik, Iceland in the summer of 2015. Leifur is an Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering at ISU and Sigrun works as a Budget Analyst at Ames Laboratory. The three girls all go to Gilbert and they are pretty busy! Two are in High School, Eyrun is a senior, preparing for college next fall and teaching little kids gymnastics three times a week, Kolbrun is a sophomore who goes from volleyball to basketball to soccer this year! The youngest one, Rose, is a 4th grader who loves to dance, and is also trying volleyball and basketball this year.

The Leifsson’s love traveling together, this year they went to Chicago, Minnesota, and Maine. But their all-time favorite trips are back to Iceland where all their extended family is, and they can’t wait to see them this Christmas (along with the mountains, the sea, the awesome heated pools, and northern lights!)

September/October 2018 – The Nelsons
Congratulations to our September/October patients of the month, the Nelsons! The Nelsons have been patients for 15 years since moving to Ames. After being a stay-at-home mom for 7 years, Terri is now in her 6th year working in the preschool room at the Gilbert Elementary School. Jeff is a graduate from ISU and is a federal veterinarian with the USDA in Ames. Their two daughters, Emma and Ally, keep them very busy with all of their fun activities! Emma loves playing soccer and hanging out with her friends. Ally keeps busy with softball, volleyball, and basketball. As a family, they are active in the community as well as their church, Gilbert Lutheran. They also love to travel, watch movies, attend sporting events, be outside with their dog, and of course cheer on the Cyclones! Thank you, Nelson Family, for being long-time patients and always brightening our day when you come into the office!

July/August 2018 – The Burkhardts
Congratulations to our July/August patients of the month, the The Burkhardts! Jerry became a patient at Dentistry at Somerset in October 2016 and Nancy became a patient shortly after him in April 2017. Both Jerry and Nancy grew up in Iowa but lived in South Dakota for 6 years. The Burkhardts live on a farm near Bagley, Iowa. Jerry and Nancy are now retired but prior to that Jerry raised cattle, hogs, and crops. Nancy was a social worker with both the state of South Dakota and also in Iowa. The Burkhardt’s enjoy ISU sports. Jerry enjoys fishing and has gone on fishing trips to Canada, Alaska and to various other states. Sometimes Nancy accompanies him. Jerry also enjoys collecting items, with neon signs being his major collectible. Nancy enjoys following various college and pro sports. The Burkhardts have one son and three grandchildren. They live in Minnesota.

May/June 2018 – The Beisners
Congratulations to our May/June Patients of the Month, the Beisners! The Beisners have been patients at Dentistry at Somerset since moving to Ames from the California redwood trees in 2014. Char and John moved to California in 2005 after living in the western suburbs of Chicago for 40 years where Char taught piano, was a church pianist, a high school accompanist, and officer in several music organizations while raising three children. John taught U.S. History and International Relations for 30 years at Glenbard West along with being the head wrestling coach for 10 years and the Model U.N. adviser for 22 years. The Beisners are avid readers, enjoy ISU wrestling, love traveling (will make their 57th round trip drive to California this summer and to spring training in Arizona to watch the Chicago Cubs) and spending time with daughter Dawn in Ames, daughter Shawn in Carol Stream, Illinois and son Shane in Bartlett, Illinois. Thank you John and Char for being vital members of the Dentistry At Somerset family!

March/April 2018 – Franke Family
Congratulations to our March/April patients of the month, the Franke family! They’ve been patients with Dentistry At Somerset for 18 years and we love having them! Warren is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at ISU, teaching courses related to exercise prescription and programming. He likes to exercise and, whenever he can, spend time outdoors. Libby teaches labs as a senior lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology. She enjoys walking for exercise and reading. Their son, Will, is a junior at ISU and majoring in Marketing. He’s also a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Recently, Will became the VP of Sponsorship (Executive Board) of the ISU Dance Marathon, a program that he has a passion for and which raises funds for the Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

January/February 2018 – MacLeod Family
Congratulations to our January/February patients of the month, the MacLeod family! The MacLeods have been patients at Dentistry At Somerset since shortly after moving to Ames in 2000. Father, Ian, recently celebrated his 15 year anniversary with Danfoss Power Solutions in Ames and plays hockey throughout the year with the Ames Adult Hockey League. Mother, Dawn, works at NewLink Genetics in the ISU Research Park and is an avid reader. Dawn also volunteers as PTO Treasurer for Edwards Elementary where their youngest daughter Megan attends as a 3rd grader. Dawn’s eldest daughter, Kate, is a freshman at Ames High School this year. Both daughters swim competitively for ACAC swim club team and Kate is on the AHS Girl’s Swim Team. Ian is also a USA Swimming official… which the family says comes in handy with all of the swim meets that they attend! Thank you MacLeods for allowing us to treat you like family! We enjoy seeing each of your smiling faces in our office. Pictured is (left to right) Kate, Ian, and Dawn. Megan is in the front.

November/December 2017 – Ryken Family
We would like to introduce our November/December Patients of the Month – the Ryken Family! The Ryken family has lived, studied, and worked in Ames for 12 years. Jim works at Danfoss, Marcy is a home educator and volunteers in missions. Taylor and Grace are studying at universities, Delaney and Bennett attend Ames High School and swim and run competitively. Jonathan loves life and attends Fellows Elementary. Together they love being active, exploring outdoors, and leading yearly mission trips to Haiti. Their house is also an unofficial B&B for friends, family, and anyone else needing a place to stay.

September/October 2017 – Zak and Kelly Bell
Congratulations to our September/October Patients of the Month, Zak and Kelly Bell. These 2 have been patients of ours for 20 years! Zak and Kelly are proud to call Ames home and have lived here since they both graduated from Iowa State. They have 2 sons, Jakson and Ryder. We are giving the Bells a Family Fun Night at Perfect Games to thank them for being incredible patients to work with for so many years

July/August 2017 – Susan Maude
Our July-August Patient of the Month is Susan Maude, a patient for over 10 years! After working at Iowa State for 8 years, Susan moved to the South, but continues flying back to come to Dentistry At Somerset because of the great care she receives. We are treating Susan to a Studio 7 spa gift so she can be pampered outside of the dental office. Congratulations, Susan!

May/June 2017 – Anthony and Kristi Buck

Congratulations to our May/June Patients of the Month, Anthony and Kristi Buck! Kristi was our Business Manager for nearly twelve years. She’s now pursuing her #1 job of being mom to Khloe (5 years) and Braxton (22 months). In addition to that big role Kristi and her husband, Anthony, run their family business, Seamless Pros, specializing in remodeling, roofing, siding and gutters. Kristi’s also an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot. We’re so happy we get to keep in touch with this dynamic family. We’ll be treating the Buck family to a night at the movies!

“We’ve been a part of the Dentistry At Somerset family since 2003. We wouldn’t dream of trusting our family’s dental health to anyone else.”

March/April 2017 – Gwen McElroy

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January/February 2017 – Kriscelle Mendoza & Scott Barros
Kriscelle is a Southern California native living in Ames for school. She’s in her last year of Veterinary School at ISU. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Scott Barros and their cat, Luna. Kriscelle loves cooking, baking and crocheting. The couple loves watching movies, hiking and trail biking. We treated this duo to a JAX Outdoor gift card for their winter adventures!

December 2016 – Merle & Elizabeth Westgate
Our December Patients of the Month are Merle and Elizabeth Westgate! This dynamic father-daughter duo have made a tremendous impact to our team with their enthusiasm for life and positive attitudes. Merle is a retired charter bus driver and Elizabeth works at Hy-Vee. Merle and Elizabeth love to travel and are planning an Alaska trip in 2017. We gave Merle and Elizabeth tickets to “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” on December 8.

November 2016 – The Edwards Family
Jode and Amy Edwards have been patients for over 11 years. Jode works for the USDA as a maize geneticist. Amy is the PTO President for Sawyer Elementary and subs at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool. Jode and Amy enjoy keeping up with their 2nd grader, Ethan, and all of his activities. It’s only natural for this family to take on many volunteer projects and community work to make Ames even better. We are proud of call the Edwards family our patients! We are treating them to tickets to Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th Annual “Christmas Rocks” tour on November 13! They deserve it.

October 2016 – The Roberts family.
The Roberts family makes the drive all the way from Clive to come to our office, and most importantly, they have entrusted us to be the first dentist for their little sweetheart! Amy grew to love Ames during her time at ISU and enjoys getting back here. “We chose Dentistry At Somerset because everyone there rocks! They make going to the dentist a positive experience. Dr. Garman has taken great care of our family and we trust him to make good decisions for us. We drive all the way from Clive because we love it that much!” As a family, Everett and Amy enjoy spending time outdoors with their daughter. We will treat the Roberts to a $75 Target gift card for more Fall outdoor fun!

September 2016 – The Spiker Family.
AJ and Andrea Spiker have been patients for more than 8 years. It’s always fun to see them come in for their appointments. The Spikers live in Ames where they give back to their church, schools and community. They have 3 active kids: Kate, John and Ben. The kids keep them busy most weekends going to soccer games. The Spikers enjoy traveling, cheering for the Cyclones and working on home projects. We will spoil the Spiker family with a gift card to Perfect Games! Congratulations!

August 2016 – Norm & Phyllis Peterson.
Our August Patients of the Month are Norm and Phyllis Peterson! The Petersons have lived in Ames for 3 years. They enjoy all that Ames has to offer. Having moved from a small rural community, they are still amazed they can walk to so many places, including Dentistry At Somerset. Norm is a retired high school math/science teacher and coach. Phyllis is a retired banker, real estate broker and insurance agent. They love to have their family and friends visit! Both enjoy sports at every level. The two also love to travel and have been to so many places in the world. The Petersons will enjoy a dinner cruise on the Boone Scenic Valley Railroad on us.

July 2016 – Matt & Jessica Loecke.
Matt and Jessica Loecke have been patients for nearly 10 years and they have referred over a dozen families to our office. The Loeckes are generous with their time, talents and resources. Together they fill numerous leadership positions supporting local schools, community organizations and their church, not to mention the countless friends and neighbors they lend a helping hand to when someone is in need. The Loeckes have 3 children — 2 daughters and a son. They love sharing their love for travel and creating new experiences with their kids. We are inspired by this vibrant family that touches many lives and accomplishes much. We couldn’t be prouder to call them our patients. We treated Matt and Jessica to a date night at The Spice Thai Cuisine!

June 2016 – Charlie Ricketts.
Charlie Ricketts has also been a patient for over 20 years. He makes life fun wherever he goes. Charlie lives first for his family. He has two grown children and 6 grandchildren. Charlie’s wife, Phyllis, has 4 children that have given her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Around spending time with family these two are season ticket holders for ISU sports, and especially enjoy hitting the Big 12s in KC. During any extra time Charlie can repair about anything in his basement workshop and volunteers with Mary Greeley Medical Center and Reiman Gardens. Charlie’s life is full and we couldn’t be any prouder to call him our patient. Charlie enjoyed a gift card to Wallaby’s to enjoy a dinner out with friends.

May 2016 – Yilin Bian.
Yilin has been a patient for almost 20 years. Dr. Niegsch did clear orthodontics for Yilin and she recently finished treatment. She loves the results! Yilin’s daughter always jokes that her mom tells everyone she meets about her teeth. We love hearing our patients are thrilled with their new smiles. Yilin’s whole family comes to our office. This is an accomplished family that is a pleasure to serve each time they come in. Yilin enjoyed a spa gift card to Finesse Salon!

April 2016 – Sharon and Dick Richman.
The Richmans have been patients for over 10 years and they carry happiness with them. Sharon and Dick raised two sons and now enjoy their kids and grandkids, especially their time up at Clear Lake. ISU sports are a highlight for the Richmans as they enjoy tickets to Women’s Basketball, Men’s Basketball and Football. Sharon and Dick enjoyed a gift card to JAX Outdoor Gear for summer lake needs!

March 2016 – Kari Ellsberry.
Kari Ellsberry
Kari Ellsberry has been a patient for 20 years. She always keeps us laughing! Kari grew up with our office and consistently brings her sunny attitude with her. Kari lives in Boone with her family and gives back to the community as a Parole Officer. She believes that there’s good in everyone and everyone deserves a chance to show it. Kari enjoyed a massage and mani on us. Thanks to Kari for spreading positivity and sharing it with us!

February 2016 – Scott and Carolyn Raymond.
Our February Patients of the Month are Scott and Carolyn Raymond. Scott served our country in Vietnam. He’s been a patient for 11 years and Carolyn has been a patient for 6 years. These two truly live life to the fullest, involved in their community and their church. We are treating the Raymonds to a dinner out to Aunt Maude’s and movie passes for some quality time together! Congratulations Scott and Carolyn!

January 2016 – The Bret and Lindsey Bartholomew Family.
Our January Patients of the Month are the entire Bartholomew Family! Drs. Bret, Lindsey and their kiddos are the perfect patients and perfect Somerset business partners. We appreciate the positive energy this family brings our team each time they come in. The Bartholomew Chiropractic Clinic is right across the street from our office. Drs. Bret and Lindsey were instrumental in coordinating the first-ever Somerset Trick-or-Treat and they were very supportive of our Operation Gratitude Candy Buy-Back and Veterans’ Free Dentistry Day in November. We appreciate the Bartholomews as leaders in our community and we are grateful for their loyalty to our office! The Bartholomews will enjoy a Family Movie Basket as our way of saying THANK YOU. Congrats!

December 2015 – Jill Buckendahl.
Congratulations to Jill Buckendahl, our December Patient of the Month! Jill has been a fan of our office for nearly two years. She is just finishing Invisalign treatment and is thrilled with the results! Jill is studies Marketing at Iowa State and was referred to us through her brother as she was complaining to him about intense jaw pain. When Jill came to us her teeth were misaligned and causing her to clench during the night making her hurt all day. Dr. Niegsch recommended Invisalign. Jill couldn’t be happier with the way her teeth look, but more importantly, she has no pain! Thank you, Jill, for your confidence and for sharing your story! We sent Jill a gift card to find something special for herself at Barefoot Campus Outfitter. Have fun shopping, Jill!

November 2015 – Fariba Moraghebi.
Fariba has been a patient for years. She works in a lab doing research on cancer and every day works toward finding a cure. We enjoy Fariba’s bubbly, ornery attitude every time she comes in to see us. She stopped in for our Trick-or-Treat event so we were able to snap her with Brittany in her flapper costume. We were happy to treat Fariba and her co-workers to a big food basket for all their hard work on such an admirable cause. Congratulations Fariba!

October 2015 – Penny Meyerholz
Penny, we are inspired by you and the way you are changing lives! Thank you for always bringing your kids in to see us. We love their smiles and hugs!

September 2015 – Allan Sorenson
Allan, we so enjoy seeing you and your whole family. Thank you for your commitment to your long-term dental health!

August 2015 – Barb Butler
All of us at Dentistry at Somerset aspire to be as kind as Barb is! Congratulations, Barb, and thank you for your loyalty.

July 2015 – Frannie Howerton.
We are thrilled to have such a fun patient. Frannie brings so much positive energy with her every time we see her!

June 2015 – Beth Hines
Our FIRST EVER Patient of the Month. Congratulations to Beth! We look forward to all of her visits and appreciate her loyalty to our practice.