About Us

Pediatric Dentistry of Brighton was originally founded as “Pediatric Dental Associates” in 1991 by Dr. Kevin Hale. Dr. Carrico soon afterwards became a fellow of Dr. Hale’s practice.In 2009, pediatric dentist Dr. Dana Radtke, a native of Brighton, Michigan, joined the practice.

Pediatric Dentistry of Brighton's commitment to children’s oral health has extended far beyond the practice itself.  Pediatric Dentistry of Brighton continues to support its patients and local community by sponsoring local sports teams, events and schools.

Today, Pediatric Dentistry of Brighton looks forward to furthering awareness of the importance of children’s oral health as the practice continues to expand.

Our Mission

"Because we believe that children should be loved, cared for and protected, we strive to provide exceptional pediatric oral health care for your child."

Sarah A. Carrico
Sarah A. Carrico DMD, FAAPD

Having spent most of her childhood in the Brighton area, Dr. Sarah Carrico is at home with her Livingston County patients. Dr. Carrico graduated from Brighton High School and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from Michigan State University. Moving out of state for a time, Dr. Carrico attended the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, where she obtained her D.M.D. She completed her pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Sarah Carrico joined Dr. Hale at Carrico & Radtke Pediatric Dentistry in 2004.

As an active member of Michigan’s pediatric dentistry community, Dr. Carrico advocates her own continuing education in pediatrics as well as that of her peers. Dr. Carrico is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is also a member of the Livingston District Dental Society, the Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Carrico resides in Brighton with her husband and three daughters. In her free time she enjoys boating, skiing, biking and spending time with her friends and family.

Dana Radtke
Dana Radtke DDS, FAAPD

Having grown up in the Dearborn area, Dr. Dana Radtke graduated from Brighton High School. She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Grand Valley State University before attending the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where she received her D.D.S. Dr. Radtke completed her pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she remained on staff as a Pediatric Dentist for the next two years.

A native of Southeast Michigan, Dr. Dana Radtke is passionate about improving the oral health of Livingston County’s children. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Livingston District Dental Society and the Michigan Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Radtke has been with Carrico & Radtke Pediatric Dentistry since 2009. In her free time Dr. Radtke enjoys running, spending time with family and friends, watching and playing sports and cheering on the Maize & Blue.

Rachel Gentz
Rachel Gentz DMD

Dr. Gentz is a native of Chelsea, Michigan.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Case Western Reserve University and then continued on to dental school at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.  Following dental school, she completed 2 years of post-doctorate specialty training in pediatric dentistry at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital.  During residency, she also obtained a Master's degree and completed her research thesis on pediatric dental sedation.

Dr. Gentz finds great satisfaction in working with children, helping them have a positive dental experience and putting smiles on their faces! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and their two dogs. Together, they enjoy camping, hiking, crossfit and cooking.

James M Fraser II
James M Fraser II DDS, MS

Dr. Fraser was born and raised in Port Huron. Dentistry has always been a significant part of his life as both his father and older sister are practicing general dentists.  His mother is a dental hygienist and the office manager for their family practice. Dr Fraser grew up an avid hockey player and was fortunate enough to represent numerous US national teams.  He played 4 years of varsity NCAA Division I hockey at Harvard. After one year of playing professional hockey, he decided to pursue a career in dentistry and attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

He then completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Buffalo, where he researched the anatomical limits of tooth movement, utilizing 3-D imaging technology to improve efficiency and treatment success in orthodontics.In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons, playing ice hockey, water and snow skiing, and reading.  Dr. Fraser and his wife, Alyssa, a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, are passionate about providing exceptional care to their patients.

Kathleen Zeiler
Kathleen Zeiler

Kathleen is our general manager. She has been in the dental field since 1978. She met her husband, John, in the army, in which she served for 12 years. Time away from work is spent with her husband and son, Thomas. She enjoys reading, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family.

Sheila R. Nowak, BBM
Sheila  Nowak

Sheila is our business manager. She can help with any billing or insurance questions you may have. She has worked for us since June of 2000 and will make sure your visit at our office is exceptional. She attended Cleary University where she obtained an Associate Degree in General Business, followed by a Bachelor Degree in Business Management. Sheila is married and has two children. She loves to go on vacation with her family, read, dance, and relax.

Rachel Blom
Rachel Blom

Rachel has been a dental assistant since 2004. Her years at our office have been a key part to developing an outstanding rapport with the kids. She is married and has one child. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with her friends and family.

Autumn Dornton, RDH
Autumn Dornton

Autumn joined our office as a dental hygienist in 2011. Autumn is our OSHA coordinator.Autumn graduated from Lansing Community College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in 2011. She also earned an Associate’s degree in General Studies. Autumn grew up in Byron, MI and currently lives with her husband and son. Autumn brings a fresh perspective to our hygiene department. Her smile and enthusiasm brings sunshine to our whole office. When not working she enjoys fishing, astronomy and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa Hopkins, RDH
Lisa Hopkins

Lisa is the Director of Hygiene. She is a 1987 graduate of Mott Community College, with an Associates Degree in Applied Science. Lisa joined Pediatric Dental Associates in October of 2000. Her greatest hope is to make a positive difference in all the lives she touches in our practice. Lisa is married and has four children. She enjoys time with her friends and family, exploring the beach, boating, shopping, karate and cardio kick boxing.

Lori Klender
Lori Klender

Lori is one of the smiling faces at our front desk. She is a graduate of Ross and has been working in our office since January 2014. When she is not at work, she enjoys biking, reading and spending family time with her husband and three daughters.

Ashley Marshall
Ashley Marshall

Ashley has been a dental assistant since 2014. She exudes a cheerful rapport with the children of our practice. She lives in Fowlerville with her husband and two children.

Natalie Sheehan
Natalie Sheehan

Natalie joined our practice in May 2011 as a dental assistant. Her enthusiastic nature around children and compassion for them has been a wonderful addition to our practice. In her spare time she enjoys long walks, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Courtney Feetham, RDH
Courtney Feetham

Courtney is a Ferris State University graduate receiving her Associates in Applied Science in 2013, she then started working for our company a year later. She brings a fun and peppy attitude to work every day and loves laughing alongside her coworkers! Courtney lives on the lake in Linden and loves every second of it in the summertime. She likes to go kayaking every night after work with her boyfriend, attending country concerts, and spending time with her friends and family.

Lauren Daybird
Lauren Daybird

Lauren is one of our smiling faces at the front desk.  She has been with our practice since 2018.  If you need help making an appointment or have questions regarding your insurance, she is your girl! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, family and friends. She also enjoys cooking and reading.

Francesca Patrello
Francesca Patrello

Francesca goes by "Fran" at the office. She joined our team in 2020 and loves being a dental assistant.  Her favorite part of her job is making each visit a positive experience for her patients. She finds great reward in helping a patient overcome obstacles and fears. When she is not at work she enjoys crafting, artwork, spending time with her horses and other animals and relaxing on the lake in the summer with friends and family.  

McKenna Lavoy
McKenna Lavoy

McKenna graduated from Byron High School in 2019.  She joined our team in 2021 and is one of our talented assistants.  She has a kind and caring manner that puts her patients at ease.  Her passion outside of work is photography.  She also enjoys fishing, summer days on the boat and spending time up north in Cheboygan and Caseville.

Shelly Meldrum, RDH
Shelly Meldrum

Shelly is one of our amazing dental hygienists. After graduating from Lansing Community College in 2000 with an associates degree in applied science, Shelly worked in a general dental practice with patients of all ages. She joined our pediatric dental team full-time in 2020. Her humor and kindness shine through with every patient. She lives with her husband, two sons and their two rescue dogs. In her time off she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Jessica Ignatowski
Jessica Ignatowski

Jessica is our orthodontic treatment coordinator.  She is a Howell High School graduate. She continued on to WCC where she received her RDA and COA.  She has worked in orthodontics since 2011.  She enjoys camping, drawing and spending time with her family and animals. Jessica currently resides in Pinckney with her husband and 2 boys.