Putting Patients First!

Paul Szmanda, DDS

Dr. Paul Szmanda has been a local dentist and practicing general family dentistry in Rib Mountain and the surrounding areas for over thirty years! Paul was born and raised in Antigo, Wisconsin.

After graduating high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Paul received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University in January of 1984.

Paul and his wife Jeanne have four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, and playing guitar.

Dr. Paul is a member of the Marathon County Dental Society, the Wisconsin Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. He also has the privilege of being affiliated with the Aspirus Hospital – Emergency Department.


Yvonne Schulke, DMD
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Thomas Nichols, DMD
Dr. Thomas NicholsDr. Thomas Nichols was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. He grew up in Wausau and he graduated from Edgar high school.

After graduating high school in 2010, he attended the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where he majored in BioMedical Sciences and minored in Chemistry. Dr. Nichols received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Midwestern University in Chicago in May of 2018.

Tom and his wife, Jacqui, enjoy traveling together, spending time with family, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, skiing, March Madness, football, and their golden retriever, Otto.

Dr. Nichols is a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and Chicago Dental Society. He is constantly looking to improve himself and his skills to provide the best care possible to his patients.


Aaron Pavelski, DDS
Dr. Pavelski is a Stevens Point native and is excited to be back in central Wisconsin. Dr. Pavelski completed his undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he earned his degree in Biochemistry. He then went on to continue his education at Marquette University School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2019.

Dr. Pavelski is passionate about continuing education to develop his professional skills so he can provide his patients the best possible care. His professional affiliations include memberships in the Wisconsin Dental Association, the American Dental Association® and the Academy of General Dentistry.

In his free time he enjoys traveling, hiking, biking and playing table tennis. Dr. Pavelski is an avid Wisconsin sports fan and he enjoys watching the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and the Bucks.

Please call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Pavelski!


Ronald S. Prehn, ThM, DDS
Ronald S. PrehnRonald S. Prehn, ThM, D.D.S. is a third generation dentist who focuses his practice on complex medical management of Facial Pain conditions (TMD and Headache) and Sleep Disordered Breathing. He received his degree at Marquette School of Dentistry in 1981 and post graduate education at the Parker Mahan Facial Pain Center at the University of Florida and the LD Pankey Institute in the years to follow. He is double Board-Certified Diplomat of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, of which he is President. While being an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Dental School in Houston, he is involved in research in sleep and TMJ, and published in several journals on the subject of combination therapy for the treatment of obstructive is sleep apnea. He is a sought-after speaker on dental sleep and TMJ at the national level. He currently limits his practice to management of TMJ disorders, sleep disorders and facial pain at the Szmanda Dental Center in Wausau, Wisconsin; while enjoying the outdoor lifestyle and people of North Central Wisconsin with his wife, Linda.


Kate Collelo, DDS
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Meet Our Team
When you visit Szmanda Dental, our caring team put your interests first, providing quality care for you and your family in a warm, welcoming environment, and making sure that your treatments are efficient and tailored to meet your needs. We love being your dental advocates, and make sure that you are comfortable and have the knowledge you need to make decisions about your dental health. We invite you to call 715-845-3200 today to make your appointment with our dentists in Wausau, Wisconsin. We look forward to meeting you!


Patti B. – Administration/Finance
Patti has worked for Szmanda Dental Center for 25+ years. When she is not working she enjoys, walking, biking and relaxing around a campfire with a nice glass of wine.

David W. – COO
David has been a patient of Szmanda Dental Center for over 30 years. He moved to Wausau in 1986 after receiving his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He and his wife, Stacy, share a love of animals, the outdoors, comedy, and live music performances.

David is the proud father of three successful, happy, independent adult children and has two beautiful grandchildren.

Emilie F. – Administrative Assistant
Emilie FEmilie, Dr. Paul’s daughter, recently moved back to the Wausau area with her husband Nick and daughters Isabelle and Amelia! She loves spending time with her family, friends and pets, gardening and having fun up north at her family’s cabin.

Abby W. – Patient Services
Abby is trained in both clinical and patient services making her a versatile part of our team. She loves spending time outdoors or just curled up with a good book. Her true passion is her family. She and her husband have 4 children and 2 dogs. A die-hard Packers fan, she is a true Wisconsinite.

Kathy S. – Patient Services
Kathy has four daughters and eight grandchildren that she and her husband love spending time with. She was a professional photographer & still loves to take pictures of her family. She also loves gardening, watching the Packers & the Young & The Restless.

Kim R. – Patient Services
Kim is a Wausau native. She is married and has two sons. Kim has worked in the dental industry for 25 years. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and doing house and craft projects. She loves watching HGTV and DIY programs AND of course the Green Bay Packers.

Shelly E. – Patient Services
ShellyBio coming soon!

Cindy L. – Patient Services

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Stacy S. – Patient Services

Stacy likes to spend time with and have fun with her two wonderful kids. Her other hobbies/interests include refurbishing furniture, making jewelry, thrift/antique store shopping and kayaking.

Jackie L. – Patient Services

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Jaime R. – Head of Hygiene/OSHA Coordinator
JaimeJaime is married with two children, Dalton and Vivian. She spends her free time enjoying bowling, snowmobling, hunting, fishing and relaxing at their cottage.

Colette W. – Hygienist
Colette is a #1 hygienist and a #1 mom. She fully enjoys her family and in her ‘me time’ Colette is an avid runner. Not sure she will admit to loving running, but she’s got us convinced!

Dawn H. – Hygienist
Dawn has a great personality and is a real go-getter. She loves activities with her family – especially ones that involve the outdoors. She plays golf and enjoys watching football. #GOPACKGO

Olivia L. – Hygienist
Olivia likes spending time with her husband Colin and two kids Ezra and Ellie. She likes being outdoors, going on walks and taking a good nap (when she can). She also likes spending time with her sisters and nieces/ nephews.

Amy N. – Hygienist
Amy grew up in Rib Mountain and graduated with a Registered Dental Hygienist degree from NTC. She has 3 children and a Golden Retriever, which she enjoys spending her free time with. Amy has enjoyed working as a Dental Hygienist at Szmanda Dental for 23 years.

Claudette N. – Hygienist
Claudette lives in Mosinee with her husband Terry and her two daughters Halle and Hanna. Her favorite thing to do is travel all over to watch both her girls play volleyball all year round!!

Kathy L. – Hygienist
Kathy LKathy L. is a dental hygienist working with our Szmanda Dental Team since January 2018. She has been in the hygiene field for over 30 years and enjoys meeting and working with new people. She lives in Weston with her husband, Roy. They have one daughter that lives in the Twin Cities. In her free time Kathy enjoys sewing, hiking, golfing and gardening. She looks forward to meeting you in one of our offices soon.

Kristen W. – Hygienist
Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs, and is excited to welcome a baby in July 2018. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking and camping in Door County.

Brittani Z. – Hygienist

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Katie D. – Hygienist

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Payton S. – Hygienist

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Brianna B. – Hygienist

Brianna’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, two pugs and three cats at their house in Hatley. When she isn’t just relaxing at home with her family, she also enjoys traveling. Her all-time favorite vacation spot is Disney World.

Riley W. – Hygienist

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Dental Assistants

Tammy N. – Dental Assistant
Tammy has been a Dental Assistant for over 30 years and enjoys working at Szmanda Dental Center. In her free time she likes to practice her knitting skills, find a wood furniture project to refinish and tying quilts. Tammy and her husband love spending time with their 3 terrific kids and beautiful grandchildren!

Rachel G. – Dental Assistant
Rachel is new to the Wausau area and is enjoying the active outdoor lifestyle.  In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, thrift-shopping and the occasional lazy day on the couch.

Stacy S. – Dental Assistant

Stacy likes to spend time with and have fun with her two wonderful kids. Her other hobbies/interests include refurbishing furniture, making jewelry, thrift/antique store shopping and kayaking.

Terika S.- Dental Assistant

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Hannah S. – Dental Assistant

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Erika D. – Dental Assistant

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Kali K. – Dental Assistant

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Jess H. – Dental Assistant

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Our Locations

Rib Mountain

227071 Hummingbird Road
Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 845-3200
Fax (715) 842-4369


202 E. Grand Avenue
Wittenberg, WI 54499
(715) 253-3200
Fax (715) 253-2866


107 S. 3rd Avenue
Edgar, WI 54426
(715) 352-2700
Fax (715) 352-2168


601 Main Street
(PO Box 488)
Marathon, WI 54448
(715) 443-2247
Fax (715) 443-2454