Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Clinical Team


Like several of our Schmidtke Team, Abby is the newest to sport a Schmidtke Smile! As our patient, Abby was undergoing adult orthodontics and expressed a love for the dental field. She now can appreciate both aspects of provider and patient and applies that throughout her work day. Abby’s caring demeanor and gentle manner are the qualities our patients love about her!

In the summer Abby loves to fish, go boating, and spending time up north with her dog Maci. She and her boyfriend also enjoy hunting and ice fishing.


Jill recently joined us in 2015, bringing with her several years of experience after graduating from NWTC. Her favorite part of her career is the awesome team she works with. Everyone is very fun and dedicated to their profession, and knows just how to make Jill smile!

When she's not at work, Jill enjoys spending time with family and being outside.


Growing up Kara always had a natural affinity to care for people. After experiencing orthodontics she realized the dental field would best suit that need. Our patients often say she makes orthodontics fun with her outgoing and energetic personality.

Away from the office Kara spends her time outdoors camping and traveling. She also loves spending time with her family and German Shepard, Knox.


Kim has been with our office since 2011 when she graduated with her dental assisting degree. Her favorite part of her career is seeing a patient go from being apprehensive at the beginning of treatment to happy and confident when they see their end results. Kim works well with the rest of the team and always tries her best to make our patients happy.

When she's not working, Kim spends time with her family and friends, or with her  chocolate lab, Hubba. She also enjoys playing volleyball and boating in the summer.


Kris graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in 1993 and joined Schmidtke Orthodontics in 2001. She enjoys the one-on-one time she gets to spend with each patient, and loves getting to know them. Kris appreciates working with a team that is dedicated to their profession and really cares about our patients.

Kris and her husband Bill have two children, Megan and Ian. The things she enjoys the most are spending time together as a family, going on vacations, and baseball games. Kris also enjoys spending time reading and creating memories with her friends and children.


Krysti has been a part of Schmidtke Orthodontics since 1997, and has more than 35 years of experience in orthodontics under her belt. She loves the personal interactions with patients and getting to know each unique individual. 

Krysti and her husband Don have five children, Donny and his wife Angela, Margaret and her husband Nick, Kathleen, Monica, and Thomas. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.  Krysti enjoys scoring power boat racing most weekends in the summer. Her sons participate as racers and the family helps out as pit crews!


You will begin your orthodontic treatment with our Records Technician, Maddy. She will take your digital x-rays, intraoral scans and photographs. Maddy graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Biology & Society. Maddy has a love and appreciation for dentistry as her father is a local dentist, this and her role at Schmidtke Orthodontics has prompted Maddy to continue her education and apply to dental school.

When she's away from work Maddy enjoys travel and spending time with friends.



Searra joined our team as an orthodontic assistant after graduating the Dental Assisting Program at FVTC in 2016. While assisting Dr. Schmidtke she enjoys learning aspects of treatment and working with a fun helpful team.

Searra grew up on the south shore of Lake Superior near Bayfield, WI. She moved to Appleton to attend school at FVTC and has enjoyed many new friendships and likes everything “outdoors” from music festivals to snowboarding.


Business Team


Amy is one of the first people our patients meet when they come to Schmidtke Orthodontics. She is responsible for scheduling appointments, answering phones and making sure our office is organized. Amy’s background in the dental field gives her the opportunity to assist our patients in a professional and courteous manner. If she can improve your experience at our office, she’s more than happy to do so!

Amy enjoys every opportunity to spend time with her three children Jacob, Carter and Claire. She especially loves watching them play baseball during the summer.


As a teenager, Jolene was offered an after-school job by her brother-in-law, Dr. Gilbert Schmidtke. His love for orthodontics was highly contagious and she soon wanted to make a career in this field. Jolene enjoys the interaction with our patients and their families. To her, watching the transformation of not only the teeth but also the patients’ self-confidence is amazing.

In her free time, Jolene enjoys family life with her husband Dan and kids, Gabe and Grace. They love road trips out west to visit relatives in the summer and skiing in the winter. 


Paula joined our team in 2016 after experiencing Schmidtke Orthodontics from a parent’s point of view. Her three children Trevor, Teagan and Talyn are wearing Schmidtke smiles with pride. As our Treatment Coordinator, Paula is your first introduction into our office, working with Dr. Schmidtke at our New Patient exams. Her expert skills will assist you in understanding the treatment plan, orthodontic investment and insurance filing process.

Paula grew up in the Chicagoland area as well as South Korea. In 2008, Paula, her husband and three children relocated to Appleton to enjoy the beautiful outdoor opportunities in Wisconsin. Spending quality time with her family is Paula’s biggest priority as the entire family is very involved with the Appleton North Girls Basketball team.

I loved going to Schmidtke Orthodontics as a child. Now I am bringing my daughter and find it’s still the same great practice. Thank you for providing beautiful smiles for my daughter and I. – Andrea T.
My child had a difficult case. Dr. Schmidtke was sensitive to our concerns and went out of his way to make sure we felt comfortable with the care. – Robert F.
I decided to pursue orthodontics as a 43 year old woman. I admit, at first I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of wearing braces as an adult. The staff at Schmidtke Orthodontics quickly put me at ease with the decision I had made. They took the time at every appointment to explain exactly what was going to be happening. The time flew by and I am so happy I went through with it. My smile looks great and I feel much more confident. – Susan V.
If you’re looking for a top-quality orthodontic experience, I highly recommend Schmidtke Orthodontics. Dr. Schmidtke and his staff are second-to-none. They will have you smiling beautifully, and the friendships you’ll make along the way are truly priceless. – Deb S.