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Oral Surgery Team
Dr. Bruce Thomas, Oral Surgeon

Dr. Bruce Thomas is excited to be serving the Beaver Dam and surrounding communities. He attended Winona State University for his undergraduate degree, and he graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1986. He went on to complete a General Practice Residency and earned his Oral and Maxillofacial certificate at the Navy hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Thomas is a Board Certified Oral Surgeon and maintains Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric Life Support Certifications.

Dr. Thomas enjoyed a 23 year Navy career where he served assignments, throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. He also served on the USS Tripoli and USS Abraham Lincoln, where deployments took him to the Western Pacific. He retired with the rank of Commander. Dr. Thomas then joined the Marshfield Clinic where he practiced for 17 years.

Dr. Thomas brings extensive experience and training in all phases of oral surgery to his patients. His services include IV sedation, removal of wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants, bone grafting, routine dental extractions, pre-prosthetic surgery and the treatment and management of infections and oral pathology.

Dr. Thomas and his wife Kate have three sons, Jarrod, Jordan and Jason and two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and dogs, especially in Minocqua, WI. He looks forward to meeting you!

Kate, Oral Surgery Assistant

Kate is a native of Oconomowoc and recently returned to the area.  With the opening of Area Oral Surgery, she was pleased to be offered the opportunity to be part of the surgical team.  She feels honored to be part of a team that is dedicated and passionate about making people feel comfortable and enjoy their experience.  Our team is committed to taking the very best care of our patients. 

Nikki, Oral Surgery Assistant

Nikki has served patients as a dental assistant since 2010, enthusiastically joining the Area Dental team in 2017. Here she has been an asset to both our Beaver Dam and Watertown offices. While she really enjoys building rapport with her patients, making them feel right at home in the dental chair, her initiative, flexibility, and willingness to help make her a great team member. She prides herself on keeping up to date with how dentistry continues to evolve and loves being a part of such a rewarding line of work.

In her free time Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband, Benjamin, and their cats at home. Her interests include gardening, disc golfing, hunting, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and crafting.

Shannon, Oral Surgery Assistant

Shannon has been with Area Oral Surgery since January 2017.  She has since moved to Peoria, IL and continues to travel to the Beaver Dam and Watertown locations to assist Dr. Thomas.  Her entry into the field of dentistry was the result of her childhood dentist; she loved going to the dentist, inspiring her to pursue a career in dentistry.  Since starting at Area Oral Surgery, Shannon has enjoyed learning and expanding her knowledge of the dental field. She especially feels accomplished when she can make patients with previous negative memories of dentistry comfortable and happy to be receiving care.  Shannon earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Marian University in 2015 and is currently working towards her goal of becoming a dentist.

Evelyn, Oral Surgery Treatment Coordinator

Evelyn has been working in the dental field since 2012 and recently joined the Area Oral Surgery team as their Oral Surgery Coordinator.  She finds helping patients navigate their insurance and treatment very rewarding.  She is the friendly smile that greets you when you enter Area Oral Surgery and is pleased to help our patients in any way to make their appointment the experience they deserve.  When she is not at work, she enjoys working on their farm in Juneau with her husband, dog, and horses.

Michelle, Assistant Oral Surgery Coordinator

After her own patient experience at Area Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Michelle knew she wanted to be a part of the team that left such a positive impact on her. With 33 years of customer service experience, she quickly recognized the great care and service she received. Michelle enthusiastically joined the AOMS team in 2017 and has brought her experience, knowledge, and joy to the clinic. Michelle's contagious smile greets each patient and she thoroughly enjoys helping our patients with scheduling their treatment plans, while working with insurance companies to assure the best possible outcome for our patients.

When not at work, she spends time with her husband, their 4 daughters, and her first grandchild. She enjoys a busy life, as a softball mom, and going on family kayaking outings, up north 4 wheeling, and traveling.

Kate - Staff Development Manager

Kate joined the Area Dental team in 2018 after over 15 years in pediatric nursing throughout the country. Kate is passionate about patient care and being part of a team who is dedicated to making each patient’s day through team work. She is enthused to ensure continued education/staff development and to maintain a positive and fun work environment for all Area Dental team members.


Kate enjoys a variety of activities, as well as occasional quiet time, with her husband, two children, and two golden retrievers. Her kitchen is used for cooking and dancing, occasionally at the same time, and she is often spotted singing in her car. She earned her BSN at the University of Illinois and, though a proud alum of her beloved alma mater and state, she shares her family’s enthusiasm when supporting the UW Badgers and other WI sports teams in their arenas.

Deborah - Operations/ Finance Manager

Deborah has enjoyed working in dentistry since 2003 and been the Operations Manager for Area Dental since 2010. She loves all aspects of her job, but most of all the relationships built with patients over the years. It is so nice to get to know them and catch up on life when they are in for a visit. In her free time, she enjoys photography, camping and exploring our beautiful state with her husband, son and daughter.

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