February 4, 2021
With all that our nation has been through over the past year, I know many of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations. Staff at both of our locations have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions and go over our office protocol. If we are unable to speak with you prior to, your appointment may be cancelled. Please contact us with any updated phone numbers to best reach you.
• To minimize your wait time and the number of people in our waiting area, you are welcome and encouraged to remain in your vehicle prior to your appointment time and you will be notified when we are ready for you.
• We ask that you enter our office wearing an appropriate mask or face covering. We have hand sanitizer in the reception area that we ask you to use when you enter the office.
• Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, coffee, and children’s toys, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
• We ask that you limit extra companions on your visit to our office to only those essential to patient care. With our family and pediatric patients, we ask that you limit your visit to one parent or guardian to accompany your child.
• Due to the nature of this virus and the mutated variants, we ask that you postpone your visit with us if you have traveled outside the Upper Peninsula in the two weeks prior to your scheduled appointment, even if you have been vaccinated. If you have traveled for medical appointments, that is the exception at this time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, every patient and our staff members, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (906) 226-9935 for our Marquette location, (906) 475-9958 for the Negaunee location.
Thank you for being our patient. We have missed being able to see the familiar and friendly faces that we have come to know over the years. We look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
The Peninsula Family Dentistry Team
Mon: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tue: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thu: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Mon-Thu: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:00am - 12:00pm
CHRISTOPHER WILKINSON DDS
Dr. Wilkinson received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1986 and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1990. Dr. Wilkinson has successfully completed his certification through the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners and is licensed by the state of Michigan to practice dentistry.
Upon graduation from dental school in 1990, Dr. Wilkinson worked as the camp dentist at Bay Cliff Health Camp. Following this, Dr. Wilkinson practiced as an associate in a group practice for two years prior to setting up his solo practice. He is a member of the American Dental association, the Michigan Dental association, the Superior District Dental Society and the Academy of General Dentistry.
ANDREW EKDAHL DDS
Dr. Andrew Ekdahl was raised and graduated high school in nearby L’Anse, Michigan. After high school, he attended Michigan State University where he received his degree in Human Biology. Following his undergraduate work, Dr. Ekdahl attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor where he obtained his dental degree in 2012.
Dr. Ekdahl is a member of the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and the local chapter of the Superior District Dental Society. He resides in Negaunee Township with his wife Cassey and daughters Natalie, Paige and Abigail.
ASHLEY BRINTLINGER DDS
Peninsula Family Dentistry would like to welcome Dr. Ashley Brintlinger, DDS to our team! Dr. Brintlinger is a Negaunee native and has been raising a family and practicing dentistry in the Marquette area for the past few years. She is looking forward to returning to her home town to help serve the community’s oral health needs at our Negaunee location.
Dr. Brintlinger is University of Michigan alumni and a member of the American Dental Association.
This practice is based on the premise that prevention is the key to long term oral health care. The goal is to provide you with current, state of the art dental evaluations and treatment in a manner which is both caring and comfortable for you. It is our firm belief that the better you understand your dental condition, the more successful your dental treatment will be. As a result, we continuously strive to provide comprehensive patient education. We encourage questions and suggestions.
The initial visit is designed to be the time for the patient and doctor to discuss the patient’s medical and dental histories, interpret radiographic findings and clinically diagnose any pathology. We believe this is a time where the patient can voice his/her expectations. We, as a dental team, also use this time to let you know how we function.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Complete exams, x-rays, and dental cleanings
Fillings, root canals, and extractions
Cosmetic dentistry, such as whitening, porcelain and composite veneers
Crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures
Preventive care, periodontal therapy, and nutritional counseling.
According to the American Dental Association, a child should have their first dentist visit by age 1 or within six month after the first tooth erupts. Here at Peninsula Family Dentistry, we are happy to schedule "friendly visits," and are glad to see your child, even if no treatment is done.
What Patients Are Saying
Hands down the best dentist office I've ever been to! Dr. Wilkinson does a phenomenal job. He always listens to me and answers my questions. I've been terrified of the dentist for as long as I can recall, but I always end up leaving laughing and smiling. Also, the staff and hygienists are great! Courteous, caring, and always there to help!
Fantastic service and very friendly staff. My son was so scared to go to the dentist and Dr. Ekdahl and his “magic tools” put my son right at ease, as did Kim. My son now has no fear of the dentist and actually is excited to go. Thank you Dr. Ekdahl & Assistant Kim!
Dr. Chris and all the staff are awesome! My 2 year old daughter had her first dentist appointment today. Mrs. Colleen (dental hygienist) did an AWESOME job with Vera by keeping her calm and counting her teeth. She got her to keep her mouth open! Vera was so excited about the prizes she got for being a good patient. Thank you Peninsula Family for being so good to us!
For once in my life I had a dental experience that wasn't just "not bad" but actually a very pleasant experience. Dr. Ekdahl does an incredibly good dental work, is highly professional, and takes the time to get to know you and see how you're doing. The same goes for all the staff at Peninsula Dentistry.
Had always had a "fear" of dentists. Once I started seeing Dr Wilkinson (many years ago) the fear went away. I have recommended him to many people who feel the same way. Now my "fear" is my teeth will outlast his years of practice so that's where I hope Dr Ekdahl can step in!! The staff has always been top notch and welcoming!
I have been going to Dr. Wilkinson for at least 15 yrs. Wouldn't go anywhere else. He is soothing and makes you feel very secure and knows what he is doing. I vote 100 plus for his care and treatment
PENINSULA FAMILY DENTISTRY MEMBERS
DENISE // DENTAL HYGIENIST
Denise is a Dental Hygienist who has worked with Dr. Wilkinson for over 17 years. She is a graduate of Ferris State University and is licensed in local anesthesia. Denise enjoys spending time with her 2 grandsons and going to camp with her family and canine companions. She loves the variety and challenges that come with working in the dental field. Denise’s experience and attention to her patients’ needs are exceptional.
COLLEEN // DENTAL HYGIENIST
Colleen is a Dental Hygienist who has worked with Dr. Wilkinson for 20 years. She is a graduate of Ferris State University and is licensed in local anesthesia. She enjoys working with patients and taking care of their dental needs. Colleen provides patients with professional and super care.
GAIL // DENTAL ASSISTANT
Gail has been a tremendous and friendly part of the team for the past 20 years. She enjoys being able to help keep your smile healthy and being able to get to know the patients. Her priority is making sure that they are relaxed and as comfortable as possible throughout their visit. Our team is exceptional at making everyone feel welcome! Gail has achieved the Dental Assistant Certification, Radiation Health and Safety Certification, and CPR with the State of Michigan.
KIM // DENTAL ASSISTANT
Kim has worked for Peninsula Family Dentistry for over 15 years. She became interested in the dental field through her and her childrens' experience as patients when the practice was Wilkinson Dental. The exceptional team work and friendly environment was a great fit! Kim has achieved the Dental Assistant Certification, Radiation Health and Safety Certification along with CPR.
ZADA // FRONT DESK COORDINATOR
Zada is a Certified Dental Assistant who has worked for Dr. Wilkinson and Ekdahl for over five years. She assists both patients and doctors with their dental benefits, billing, x-rays and more. Zada lives in Marquette with her husband Chad, son James and dog Wilma.
SARAH // DENTAL ASSISTANT
Sarah is a Certified Dental Assistant with over ten years experience. She is a Marquette native and joined Peninsula Family Dentistry in May of 2018. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, their son and 2 Australian Shepherds. Her hobbies are camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking and snowboarding. She looks forward to making your visit to our office as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
MARYSE // DENTAL HYGIENIST
Maryse, a Manistique native, is a 2017 graduate from Ferris State University's dental hygiene program. She aspired to go into dentistry after undergoing orthodontic treatment several years ago. Maryse thoroughly enjoys reading, spending quality time with close friends and family, playing volleyball, and learning new things. Her favorite aspect of her position also happens to be the most important part of her job: educating patients about good oral health, products available to them, and ways to prevent dental disease.
JENNA // DENTAL HYGIENIST
Jenna is a Marquette native and graduate of Marquette Senior High School. She received her dental hygiene degree from Ferris State University, graduating in 2017. Since graduating, she has continued her education in dental hygiene in order to offer the best and most current care. She enjoys camping, kayaking, hockey, and spending time with her family and loved ones.
LANA // FRONT OFFICE
Lana is a Marquette native and works at our Negaunee location. She has 20 years of medical office and customer experience. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, volleyball, snowshoeing, and walking their family dogs Izzy and Lexi. She resides in Negaunee Township with her husband and two children.
CHELSEA // DENTAL ASSISTANT
bio coming soon
JILL // FRONT OFFICE
Jill is a Marquette native and graduated from Marquette Senior High School. She recently earned her degree from Northern Michigan University. She enjoys spending time with her family, being at camp, and hiking with her dog Kromer. She currently lives in Negaunee with her fiancé Luke.
JEN // DENTAL ASSISTANT
Jen joined the PFD family in November of 2019, and has been in the dental field for 14 years, with nearly 9 years of experience working in Pediatric Dentistry. In 2013 she became a Registered Dental Assistant, after completing the RDA program through Washtenaw Community College. She enjoys working with patients of all ages, and says that her two most favorite things about dentistry are building relationships with patients, and patient education. Jen is a U.P. native who loves living life as a Mom, and being married to her husband Wilson.