Portage, MI Dental Staff
All our professionals at Wester Dental Care, P.C. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Keith Wester
Dentist in Portage, MIWester Dental Care, P.C.
Dr. Keith Wester began this dental practice in 1989 after completing his studies at Indiana University and then attending University of Michigan for dental school. Dr. Wester is an exceptionally caring and talented cosmetic dentist. Known for listening to his patients’ concerns and taking the time to explain their treatment options to them, Dr. Wester believes in educating his patients about their options. As a cosmetic dentist, he is dedicated to helping them achieve the smile of their dreams with effective options like standard diameter implants (SDI’s) and mini diameter implants (MDI’s), porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, porcelain crowns and more. He provides the utmost care for his patients and his skills are impeccable.
The father of 3 children, his oldest, Nick is a graduate of MSU and lives in Denver, Colorado. His daughter, Paige, also graduated from MSU where she was a member of the MSU Women’s Soccer Team. His youngest daughter, Leigh Anna attends Portage Central High School, loves art, works at a local business and enjoys spending time with her friends.
A Portage native, Dr. Wester has been involved with the Portage Rotary Club for over 20 years, and his children attended Portage Schools. Over the past few years he has given his time and energy in a 300-mile bike riding event for Make-A-Wish Foundation, and also enjoys an annual golf outing trip with a group of close friends. He always makes sure the office is up-to-date with the latest technology and innovations in treatment by taking the staff to seminars to keep our team current.
Dr. Jennifer Sarantos
Dentist in Portage, MIWester Dental Care, P.C.
Dr. Jennifer Sarantos has been with our practice since 2005 and has been in the field of dentistry since 2001 as a University of Michigan graduate (undergrad at U of M also in ’96). Her goal is to provide comprehensive dental care for all of her patients. She maintains the highest standards while ensuring the patient’s physical and emotional comfort. Dr. Sarantos combines her dental expertise with outstanding care. She enjoys treating people of all ages, offering a wide range of treatment options. She restores patients to function using cosmetic techniques with tooth colored composite restorations, esthetic porcelain crowns, and implant restorations. Dr. Sarantos has a warm personal touch and takes the time to get to know her patients.
She and her husband, Curtis, both hail from Portage and currently reside here, living right next door to Jennifer’s mother. Their 3 boys, Jonah, Sam, and Joshua, are close in age to each other and can be a little bit of a handful but provide great stories to share with patients. Now that the boys are getting older, she is excited to start traveling more as a family. Jennifer is an avid fan of U of M football, the music of Prince, and spending time with her family. She and her assistant, Janet, are often found swapping recipes and discussing all types of food. She enjoys reading for her monthly book club and is a volunteer in the Junior League of Kalamazoo. She grew up with three younger brothers who are now starting families of their own and have moved back to Michigan, much to Jennifer’s delight! GO BLUE!
Our courteous and attentive staff strive to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Laura Warren – Hygiene Coordinator
Laura is the first voice you will hear when calling our office. She has been a valuable team member with Wester Dental Care since 2001. Her responsibilities are answering the phones, scheduling appointments and helping answer any questions while you are here. Her main goal is to make you as comfortable as possible while in the office. Her cheery disposition and caring attitude are a definite plus for our front desk area.
Laura’s family includes her husband Tim and her two teenage daughters, Morgan and Madison. When not at work, she enjoys attending church with her family and spending time outdoors whenever possible. Her favorite things to do are motorcycling, gardening and reading.
Katie Welniak – Office Manager
Katie is our computer savvy Office Manager. Her responsibilities include accounting and keeping the office up to date. While in the office, Katie can answer all of your financial questions, and help you come up with a plan to get the smile of your dreams. If you have dental insurance benefits, she will help you maximize your plan. She has been with the practice since 2019 and is always there to help with any insurance or financial questions you may have.
Katie is the wife of Brad and proud mom to their daughter, Eleena. Katie spends her free time enjoying her family, crafting, exercising and being outside.
Pam Novak – Registered Dental Hygienist
Pam has been with Wester Dental Care since 1997 and a Registered Dental Hygienist since 1995 having graduated from K.V.C.C. Dr. Wester says, “Be careful what you tell her, she has a mind like a steel trap”, remembering interesting facts about patient families. She continues to expand her dental knowledge and education by attending numerous courses and seminars throughout the area. She is now certified and able to administer local anesthesia for our patients comfort.
Pam has a busy home life with her husband, Todd, and their 2 kids, Tanner and Sophie. Pam enjoys her work environment and relationships with our patient family. She also loves to be outside, exercise, and spending time with her faith community.
Jaime Huneke – Registered Dental Hygienist
Jaime is originally from Schoolcraft and lives in Three Rivers with her husband, Jon. She joined the Wester Dental Care team in 2012. Her fabulous smile and upbeat personality make patients feel comfortable. She attended K.V.C.C. for her dental hygiene degree and keeps up to date with continuing education seminars. Jaime joined our team certified in delivery of local anesthesia for our patients.
Jaime has always enjoyed reading mystery novels. She also enjoys growing vegetables in her backyard garden. Jaime has a dog, two cats and a turtle to keep her company along with spending time with family and friends.
Jaime Bongard – Registered Dental Hygienist
Jaime is originally from St. Joseph, Michigan and lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan. She joined the Wester Dental team in 2013. She attended Ferris State University for her Dental Hygiene degree and keeps up to date with continuing education seminars. She is a valuable member to our team because of her warm smile and sunny disposition, helping our patients feel at ease and welcome.
Jaime stays busy at home with her husband and son. She enjoys volunteering in her son’s school, gardening, teaching Sunday school at church, and spending time with her family and friends.
Janet McBarnes – Dental Assistant
Janet has been with Wester Dental Care since 2004 and has been in and out of the dental world for over 20 years. Janet assists both Dr. Wester and Dr. Sarantos and always has a great smile when she greets you! She loves making people smile and helping make their teeth beautiful in any way that she can. Janet has recently completed radiography training as a continuing education opportunity.
She is the mother of 3 daughters and grandmother to 2 lovely little girls. She spends much of her free time with them. When she isn’t busy with her girls, Janet enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and photography.
Jill Simonds – Dental Assistant
Jill has been in and out of the dental field for over 25 years, taking a 5-year hiatus to have kids. She has been with our team since 2003 and primarily assists with Dr. Wester. Jill is our dental implant and Zoom! in-office whitening specialist. She enjoys getting to know patients on a personal level and to see their smiles transformed with cosmetic dentistry.
She has a very busy home life with her husband, Mark, and their 4 children. The kids are all young adults, but still keep her busy with sports and activities. Jill always has a smile for you and a funny story to share. She is the baby of 5 siblings and loves to spend time with her extended family.