Our Whitefish MT Dental Staff

Say hello to our dedicated team, where compassionate care meets exceptional expertise. Our staff is committed to ensuring every patient’s visit is a comfortable and positive experience. With a shared passion for dentistry, we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment, putting your well-being at the forefront of everything we do.

From our skilled dentists to our friendly hygienists and support staff, each member of our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. At Northern Lights Laser Dentistry, you can trust that you’re in capable hands.

We understand that dental visits can sometimes be daunting, which is why we go the extra mile to alleviate any concerns. Whether it’s a routine check-up or a more complex procedure, we’re here to guide you through every step, offering clear communication and gentle, expert care. We take pride in helping our patients achieve and maintain their best oral health, and we look forward to welcoming you into our dental family. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities, and we can’t wait to serve you with a smile.

About Kalli Elford, DMD:

Born and raised in Twin Bridges, Montana, Dr. Kalli has a strong appreciation for community, and she takes pride in providing top-notch dental care to her fellow Montanans. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Montana State University in Bozeman and her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Oregon Health and Science University where her academic performance and clinical success earned her a place in Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. As there is always more to learn about dentistry and health care, Dr. Kalli continually stays at the forefront of dental innovations and practices through continuing education all over the country.

When she’s not working, Dr. Elford enjoys exploring the beauty of Montana’s outdoors, whether by land or lake with her husband and two children. She understands the importance of a healthy, confident smile in living life to the fullest, and she’s here to help her patients achieve just that.

Meet Our Staff:

Taylor - Practice Administrator

Taylor Corntassel

Meet Taylor Corntassel, the friendly face and organizational genius of Northern Lights Laser Dentistry! Taylor was born and raised in Whitefish, Montana where she has attended both grade school and high school.  After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Montana and finding her lifelong partner in crime, Brad, Taylor embarked on her career journey in dentistry. Since 2017, she’s been working in dentistry and has been blessed to spend the last five years alongside Dr. Kalli!

As our Practice Administrator, Taylor is the heartbeat of our office, often the first radiant smile you’ll encounter when you walk through our doors. With her warm demeanor Taylor ensures that every patient feels welcomed and valued from the moment they step into our practice.

Taylor cherishes the relationships she’s forged with our patients over the years. For her, dentistry isn’t just about appointments and procedures; it’s about connecting with people and making a positive impact in their lives and our community.   She embraces each day’s challenges and opportunities for growth with enthusiasm and determination.

When Taylor isn’t orchestrating the seamless operation of our office, you’ll likely find her basking in the sunshine at Flathead Lake, engrossed in a captivating book, or enjoying cherished moments with her husband Brad and their adorable Yorkie, Cici. Her zest for life and her unwavering commitment to excellence are evident in everything she does, both inside and outside the office.

We are incredibly fortunate to have Taylor Corntassel as an indispensable member of our dental family, bringing her passion, dedication, and infectious positivity to every aspect of our practice.

Meghan - Laser Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Meghan Schneider

Meet Meghan Schneider, a laser-certified dental hygienist with an impressive 23 years of experience in the field. Meghan has been an invaluable member of our dental care team for the past 16 years, contributing her expertise and dedication to the well-being of our patients.

Meghan’s journey in dental hygiene education took her through the picturesque landscapes of both Montana and Wyoming. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Sheridan, WY.

Beyond her professional achievements, Meghan is a proud wife and mother. She shares her life with her husband, two sons, and her daughter. Family time holds a special place in Meghan’s heart, and she cherishes every moment spent with her loved ones.

A true native to the valley, Meghan has immersed herself in the community for the past 15 years, supporting her children in various sports and activities. Whether it’s cheering them on from the sidelines or actively participating in outdoor pursuits, Meghan values the bond created through shared experiences with her family.

In her free time, Meghan indulges in a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, rafting, and rock climbing. Her love for reading and dedication to regular exercise rounds out her active and well-balanced lifestyle. Meghan Schneider’s laser certification speaks to her commitment to laser dentistry, aligning with her passion for staying at the forefront of advancements in dental care. We are privileged to have Meghan as an integral part of our team, bringing not only her professional expertise but also her warm and caring approach to patient care.

Stacey - Laser Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Stacey Thomsen

Stacey Thomsen brings over three decades of dedicated experience to our dental practice, having entered the dental field in 1988. Her journey began in the front office, and she subsequently transitioned into the role of a dental assistant. During her diverse experiences, Stacey discovered her passion for direct patient care and patient education.

Motivated to deepen her expertise, Stacey embarked on a journey to become a dental hygienist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the Oregon Institute of Technology. Stacey’s commitment to ongoing education reflects her dedication to providing the highest standard of care to our valued patients.

Stacey is not only a seasoned dental hygienist but also holds a laser certification, showcasing her commitment to utilizing advanced technologies for optimal patient care. Her proficiency in laser dentistry ensures that our patients receive the latest and most effective treatments available.

Beyond her professional achievements, Stacey’s three boys, who are now grown, have brought immense joy to her life. In December 2023, she welcomed her first granddaughter, marking a new chapter of love and happiness for her family.

In addition to her commitment to oral health, Stacey has a passion for golf. Whether she’s in the office or on the golf course, her enthusiasm and expertise shine through, creating a positive and comfortable experience for every patient. Stacey Thomsen, RDH, Laser-Certified Dental Hygienist, embodies the values of our practice, combining years of experience with a genuine dedication to patient well-being and education. We are honored to have her as a vital part of our dental team.

Troy Greene, Laser-Certified Registered Dental Hygienist

Troy Greene

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Troy Greene, our dedicated and experienced registered dental hygienist (RDH). Troy brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for oral health to our team, making him an invaluable asset to our practice.

Troy’s journey in dental hygiene began at Great Falls College-MSU, where he graduated from the dental hygiene program in 2015. Eager to further his education and expand his expertise, Troy pursued a bachelor’s degree in Allied Health with a concentration in dental hygiene and healthcare administration from MSU-Billings. His commitment to ongoing learning and professional development ensures that our patients receive the highest standard of care.

Born and raised in Whitefish Montana, Troy takes great pride in his third-generation Montanan heritage. He has a deep-rooted connection to the community and is passionate about serving the dental hygiene needs of the surrounding communities.

When Troy isn’t busy providing exceptional dental care, you can find him enjoying the abundance of outdoor activities that living in Northwest Montana has to offer. He’s particularly fond of spending time with his wife and kids, whether it’s hitting the links for a round of golf or cruising the pristine mountain lakes on their boat. Troy’s love for his family and his community shines through in everything he does.

Troy is excited to be a part of the Northern Lights Laser Dentistry team and looks forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Whether you’re due for a routine cleaning or seeking personalized oral hygiene advice, Troy is here to provide compassionate care and expert guidance.

Jessica - Registered Dental Hygienist

Jessica Chute

Jessica is a native Montanan who was raised by her parents on a 50-acre ranch in Kalispell.  Her parents carved out a special piece of land for their family of five, instilling morals, values, and a strong work ethic in Jessica and her brothers. 

From the time Jess was a toddler, she gravitated toward children and had an innate gift to nurture, so choosing a career path as a healthcare provider happened organically.  After graduating from high school in ’94, life’s adventures took Jess to D.C., Tucson, and Minnesota.  After a 12 year college “career”, Jessica graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the Twin Cities in 2006 as a Registered Dental Hygienist and moved back home to the Flathead Valley to begin her career and raise her two young children, Carter and Emma. 

Jessica’s passion for health and her caring nature has brought a great deal of satisfaction to her throughout her 18 years as a hygienist.  She developed a deep sense of compassion and a dedication to creating a positive influence on people’s lives from a very early age.  This guiding philosophy has shaped the trajectory of both her personal and professional journey as a dental hygienist.  

Building trust from fearful patients and seeing them progress and conquer their fear in the dental setting is by far the most gratifying thing for Jess as an oral health practitioner.  Connecting with her patients and their families is definitely the cherry on top for a very rewarding career, as many of these patients have become an extension of Jess’s family. 

Jessica - Dental Assistant

Kathy Brevik

Meet Kathy Brevik, a native Montanan hailing from Missoula, and a cornerstone of our dental care team. With over 40 years of experience as a dental assistant, Kathy brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to patient well-being.

Kathy’s journey in dentistry began four decades ago, and her passion for fostering personal connections with patients, staff, and our dental team has been a driving force throughout her career. Dedicated to making every patient’s visit painless, informative, and pleasant, Kathy’s warm and compassionate approach creates a comfortable atmosphere for individuals of all ages.

As a seasoned dental professional, Kathy has been an integral part of our laser dentistry practice for over 20 years. This rewarding experience has not only enhanced her skills but has also made dentistry more accessible and comfortable for our patients.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Kathy cherishes her family, including her four grandchildren. Her love for outdoor activities, such as golf and travel, aligns with her active lifestyle. Kathy also enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through regular workouts.

As a dedicated member of our dental family, Kathy Brevik strives to make your dental experience positive, stress-free, and tailored to your unique needs. We are privileged to have her expertise, genuine care, and infectious enthusiasm as part of our team.

Renee - Registered Dental Assistant

Renee Carbine

Meet Renee Carbine, our dedicated Dental Assistant, who brings a wealth of experience, exceptional leadership skills, and a keen eye for detail and technical information to our dental practice. Renee’s journey in the dental field has been marked by her passion for clinical excellence and a genuine commitment to patient care.

Born and raised in the Flathead Valley. She loves everything this valley has to offer, from its breathtaking landscapes to the warm sense of community. After exploring different paths, Renee returned to her beloved hometown in 2014, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and a heartfelt dedication to her work.

With 14 years of experience as a Registered Dental Assistant, Renee has been an integral part of the practice for the past 9 years. Her journey in dentistry has been defined by her love for the clinical side, where she excels in providing quality care to our patients. Renee is particularly passionate about our CAD-CAM CEREC dentistry, showcasing her commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the field.

Not only is Renee an expert in the clinical aspects of dentistry, but she is also cross-trained and frequently lends her skills to the front office. Her versatility and dedication ensure that our patients receive seamless and comprehensive care throughout their dental experience. Renee’s attention to detail and technical information ensures that every aspect of patient care is meticulously attended to.

In her spare time, Renee enjoys the pleasures of travel, exploring new culinary experiences by dining out, and spending quality time outdoors. Her love for adventure complements her professional enthusiasm, making her a well-rounded and valued member of our dental family.

We are privileged to have Renee Carbine on our team, contributing her expertise, compassionate leadership, and unwavering commitment to providing exceptional dental care to our community.

Sherri - Dental Assistant

Sherri Salyer

Meet Sherri, the skilled hands that sit chairside with Dr. Kalli at our dental practice! With over 14 years of experience in the dental field, Sherri brings a wealth of expertise and a heart full of compassion to every patient she encounters.

Sherri began her training in dentistry in Seattle, WA and quickly discovered her passion for helping others improve their oral health. In 2012, she returned to her hometown of Kalispell, where she’s been working in the dental field ever since.

Sherri has enthusiasm for cosmetic dentistry and our same-day CEREC crowns. She’s dedicated to transforming smiles and boosting confidence, one patient at a time. Seeing the joy on patients’ faces as they leave our office with newfound confidence is what truly fuels her passion for dentistry.

When she’s not busy helping create beautiful smiles, Sherri enjoys spending quality time with her two girls, immersing herself in the great outdoors of the Flathead Valley. Whether it’s camping in the great outdoors, hiking along scenic trails, or simply soaking up the sunshine, Sherri finds rejuvenation in nature with her family! With her warm personality, unwavering dedication, and genuine care for others, Sherri serves–as a ray of sunshine in our office, brightening the smiles of everyone she meets.

Sami - Dental Assistant

Sami Johnson

We are delighted to introduce Sami Johnson, a born and raised native of Whitefish, Montana, and a vital member of our dental care team. Sami brings her warmth, dedication, and a true love for her community to our practice.

As a devoted mother, Sami is raising two amazing children, Addy and Noah.   Her children are the absolute light of her life, and Sami finds immense joy in watching them grow and thrive within the close-knit community.

Sami’s love for her community extends beyond her role as a dental assistant, making her an integral part of our dental family. Her genuine care, vibrant spirit, and commitment to creating a positive experience for our patients reflect the values we hold dear.

We feel fortunate to have Sami Johnson as part of our team, bringing not only her professional skills but also her love for family, community, and the beauty of Montana to enrich the atmosphere of our practice!

Jed Schroeder, treatment coordinator

Jed Schroeder

At the front desk of Northern Lights Laser Dentistry, you will find Jed Schroeder, our experienced Treatment Coordinator with an impressive 25 years in the field of dentistry. Jed brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for helping patients achieve their optimal oral health.

Originally from St Helena, CA. He attended the University of Richmond. Jed has proudly called Montana home for the past 30 years. His deep connection to the community reflects his commitment to providing personalized and compassionate care to our patients.

Jed’s extensive experience in dentistry has equipped him with a unique understanding of the intricacies of treatment coordination. His role is not just about scheduling appointments; it’s about ensuring that every patient receives the care they need in a seamless and comfortable manner!

Outside the office, Jed is a devoted father of two children. Family is at the core of his values, and he cherishes the time spent with his loved ones. In addition to his dedication to dentistry, Jed has a passion for pickleball, a sport that combines strategy, skill, and a lot of fun!  Whether it’s his strategy on the court or in the office, Jed brings his enthusiasm and commitment to excellence.

Jed Schroeder is more than a Treatment Coordinator; he’s a valued member of our dental family, dedicated to making your experience positive and stress-free. We are privileged to have Jed on our team, contributing his expertise and warm personality to enhance your dental journey.