Meet Our Dental Team in Centuria, WI
Dr. Georgie Vargas
Dr. Vargas has owned River Birch Dental for four years. She purchased the practice from Dr. Paul Hauge in 2016. She attended University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, and she received a Bachelors of Science in biology with a chemistry minor. After her undergraduate education, she attended Creighton University Dental School in Omaha Nebraska. She moved back to the area following graduation.
She has been married to her husband Uriah since 2013. She has two children and one very fluffy Goldendoodle named Ragnar. She enjoys watching the Minnesota Vikings and cooking. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Northwest District Dental Society. Following graduation, Dr. Vargas has taken extensive extra coursework to provide the most comprehensive care for the people of this community. Clinical excellence in a warm and inviting atmosphere is her ultimate goal.
Dr. Paul Hauge
Dr. Hauge graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1974 and then became a family dentist in private practice shortly thereafter. He has been at the same Centuria location for more than 40 years. Besides serving on the staff at Osceola Medical Center, Dr. Hauge takes many continuing education courses to hone his skills and learn new techniques.
He is a member of the Wisconsin Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and American Academy of Orthodontics for the General Practitioner. A philanthropist at heart, Dr. Hauge has donated his dental services to help underprivileged patients in the Centuria, St. Croix Falls, and Polk County areas. Dr. Hauge and his wife, Norma, have five grown children and 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. In his free time, Dr. Hauge enjoys hunting, raising hunting dogs, fishing, and golf.
Dr. Deborah Kuntz
We are so lucky to have Dr. Debi with us for over 5 years! Dr. Debi went to the North Dakota State University for her undergraduate degree. She then attended Creighton University for her dental education. She loves to do many aspects of dentistry, but she especially enjoys cosmetic dentistry. Rehabilitating your smile is Dr. Debi’s specialty!
When Dr. Debi is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, and learning about holistic wellness.
Dr. Morgan Clemenson
Dr. Morgan is the our most recent addition, and we are thrilled to have her back in the area! She was born and raised in Luck, where many of you will recognize her from her many athletic successes at Luck High School. Following her graduation, she attended the University of Wisconsin at Stout for her undergraduate degree. She attended The University of Minnesota Dental School to complete her dental education.
When she is not practicing dentistry, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryson, and her two dogs, Thor and Thea.
Dr. Will Putnam
Patients describe Dr. Putman as compassionate, attentive, and gentle. He attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he went to undergrad and dental school. After dental school, he completed a year-long General Practice Residency at University of Nebraska Medical Center where he treated patients that were at high risk for medical complications and special needs patients that were unable to be treated in a traditional dental setting. He also worked at 2 separate Veterans’ Dental Clinics. During his residency, he realized the joy of working with special needs patients while providing a comfortable and fun environment for both patients and their families. It can be stressful coming into a dental office; Dr. Putman understands the feeling and puts patients at ease. As a skilled professional, Dr. Putman is experienced in surgical procedures and general dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
He recently got a black lab, Dakota. When he’s not at the dental office, Dr. Putman enjoys golf, working on the family farm in Virden, hunting, fishing, playing with Dakota, and following Creighton Basketball.
Carol, Jan, Alysia,and Michelle have been cleaning teeth for over 85 combined years! For many patients, they are part of their family. They are knowledgeable, caring, and here to help you maintain and improve your oral health.
These dental assistants are the doctor’s right hands! Krissy, Crystal, Kayla, Kris, and Kelsey are here to make sure your visit to the dentist goes smoothly. These women are a great resource for helping you navigate the “nuts and bolts” of your dental care. They assist the doctors before, during, and after each step of your dental care.
Diana, Ashley, and Deborah are your best resource for helping navigate the complex world of dental insurance and financing options. They have been in the dental industry for over 30 years, and they have an amazing amount of knowledge on how to maximize your dental benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
I had a painful experience with my last dentist and now I’m afraid to go. How can you help with pain and anxiety?
Some patients avoid going to the dentist because they’re afraid of painful treatments. At River Birch Dental, our number one priority is your comfort. That’s why we offer nitrous oxide to patients who have a low pain tolerance or dental anxiety. With the help of laughing gas, you’ll be comfortable and care-free while we restore your smile.
Why should I choose River Birch Dental as my family’s dental home?
At River Birch Dental, we strive to make you feel right at home as if you’re family. We conveniently offer a number of comprehensive dental services that can benefit the whole family. No matter the reason for your visit, you’ll always feel at home with our supportive and friendly team.
We understand the importance of education and prevention, which is why we provide additional information and instructions in areas that may need improvement. If you have any questions about our services, feel free to contact our office by calling (715) 646-2161 and one of our helpful team members will be happy to assist you.
What services do you offer at River Birch Dental?
At River Birch Dental, we offer a comprehensive list of services to meet each patient’s needs. We specialize in preventative, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. We see patients of all ages and stages in life. We can even handle complex cases requiring extensive treatments.
Whether you’re coming in for a checkup, braces, or root canal therapy, we’ll complete your treatment with precision and ensure optimal comfort throughout the process.
What payment methods do you offer?
For your convenience, we accept cash, check, money order, and most major credit cards. We also offer CareCredit which is like a credit card for healthcare expenses that aren’t covered by insurance. You can use it to pay for anything related to your appointment.
Plus, CareCredit offers an easy application process. Simply visit their website, or call (800) 677-0718. You can begin using the card immediately after you’re approved.
We also offer the Wells Fargo Health Advantage credit card. Similar to CareCredit, you can use the credit card to pay for your dental expenses.
To assist our patients without insurance, we offer the Dental Perks membership plan. After paying for your membership, you’ll receive discounted rates on several services. Click here to learn more about our financing options.