The Lindenwoods Dental Team

Kalamazoo Dentist - Dr. Carrie Lintner DDS

Dr. Carrie Lintner, DDS

Dr. Lintner was born and raised in Manistee, MI. She attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and graduated in 2000 and moved to Kalamazoo after graduation. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental organization for Conscious Sedation, American Association of Women Dentists, as well as the Kalamazoo Valley Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. Lintner’s training includes advanced certification in administering oral conscious sedation, esthetic dentistry and Invisalign (clear braces). She has also taken courses to state of art techniques, such as Lumineers and other techniques in endodontics and restorative dentistry. She is a graduate of the Dawson Center for Advanced Education in Dentistry, which focuses on cosmetic dentistry and full mouth restoration.

Dr. Lintner lives nearby with her husband and daughter and she keeps busy with her family.

Dr. Emily Smadja

Dr. Emily Smajda, DDS

Dr. Emily Smajda was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After high school, she moved to lower Michigan and attended dental hygiene school. While practicing part-time as a dental hygienist, she finished her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Michigan State University. She then pursued her doctorate at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and graduated in 2019. 


Following dental school, Dr. Smajda moved to West Michigan and began her career by working in the public health sector of dentistry. Working in public health allowed Dr. Smajda to be well-trained in handling dental emergencies, oral surgery, prosthodontic treatments, and working with children and patients with dental anxiety. She is currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Michigan Dental Association, and American Dental Association.


When she is not doing dentistry, Dr. Smajda enjoys spending time with her family - especially her nieces and nephew, golfing, traveling throughout Northern Michigan, and hiking with Bodhi - her Bernese Mountain Dog.

Dr. Alex Keefer DDS

Dr. Alex Keefer

Dr. Keefer studied biomedical sciences at Grand Valley State University and obtained his dental degree from the University of Michigan. He finds joy in being a dentist because of the opportunities it gives him to create lasting relationships with his patients and to help those in need.

He enjoys traveling throughout Michigan, golfing, and cooking.

Melissa - Dental Hygienist

Melissa - Dental Hygienist

Meet Melissa!  She is one of our full-time Registered Dental Hygienists. Born and raised in our very own Kalamazoo! She is a full time practitioner and part-time clinical faculty and advisory board member for Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Dental Hygiene Department.  With over twenty years experience, she prides herself on helping others achieve optimal health while building relationships. She excels at individualizing the patient experience!

Melissa is registered to administer local anesthesia, nitrous oxide and experienced in performing periodontal procedures for patients who are consciously sedated.  She is trained to use the diode laser and is well versed in successfully treating individuals with periodontal conditions.

Outside of work, Melissa is married with one of four children left in "the nest."  They are an active bunch enjoying a variety of activities that include outdoor adventuring, cycling, weight training, travel, armature DIY projects, and attending the youngest's many soccer games.  They have two dogs, affectionately called "the boys" who she's happy to exchange stories about at your next visit!!

Amy - Treatment Coordinator

Amy - Treatment Coordinator

I feel very privileged to be working with the staff of Dr. Carrie Lintner and team.  I have over 26 years of experience in the dental field at this office and appreciate every aspect of this office from the advanced technology to the team-orientated atmosphere.  In 1996, I started working as a treatment coordinator and developed a strong passion for taking care of people in the dental profession.  I am also cross-trained in helping the administrative team.
When I am not at the office, I enjoy spending time with my husband Larry of 30 years, and our three children Alyssa, Marissa, Michael, and our family dog.  I also enjoy yoga, camping, hiking and watching my family entertain me with their sporting events.
Shari - Office Manager

Shari - Office Manager & Financial Coordinator

Shari began working with the office in 2004 as a treatment coordinator and is now our Office Manager.  She enjoys working with the great family at Lindenwoods Dental.   She is married and has two daughters and a son-in-law.   In her off time she loves to travel, golf and bike.

Marah - Treatment Coordinator

Marah - Treatment Coordinator

Marah joined the Lindenwoods Dental team as a treatment coordinator in 2021. This is her first experience in the dental field and she has enjoyed learning all about dentistry and getting to know the patients. 
She was born and raised in Vicksburg. When she's not working she enjoys doing anything outside but she especially enjoys playing tennis, kayaking, and taking walks with her dog and husband. She looks forward to getting to meet each and every one of our lovely patients! 
Naomi Torres - Treatment Coordinator

Naomi - Treatment Coordinator

My name is Naomi and I’m so happy to be a part of a team, that shares my passion for making people smile.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy being with friends and family, working out, trying new foods and going on adventures.

Kelly - Dental Hygienist

Kelly - Dental Hygienist

Hello! My name is Kelly and I am a Registered Dental Hygienist here at Lindenwoods Dental. I attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College where I pursued my passion for dental hygiene, combining my interests in health and patient care. Outside of work, I love to spend time with friends and family, shop, go on walks, and spend time outdoors. My new hobbies include working out and gardening. I look forward to meeting you and working together to give you an awesome smile.

Carly - Treatment Coordinator

Carly - Treatment Coordinator

Carly joined Lindenwoods Dental in September of 2022. This is her first experience in the dental field and she has enjoyed learning all about dentistry and looks forward to building relationships with her patients.

Carly was born and raised in Richland, Mi and in her free time she enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, making ceramics, pottery, and art out of resin.

Denise Front Desk Manager

Denise - Front Office

Denise was a patient before she became a team member. With over 30+ years of client/customer service experience, she was immediately at home with the Lindenwoods atmosphere, friendly staff, and sincere care for the best treatment for all patients.

Denise and her husband David love to travel. She is a mom and stepmom to 6 great young people. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and when time allows, she continues to help clients on the side with interior design projects. She looks forward to meeting you at the front desk on your next visit.