"Preserving and Restoring Healthy Smiles Comfortably"
Our mission at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center is to serve our patients with the best quality dental care in a comfortable and friendly environment. We strive to understand our patients by listening to their needs, wants and concerns. We are committed to helping our patients receive the value and personal enjoyment of the best in oral health.
Training & Expertise
As your dental health professionals, we want you to be confident knowing that we are a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians. All of the dental hygienists, assistants, and office staff at Southwest Nebraska Dental Center are licensed professionally in their particular dental expertise. We pride ourselves in providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To give you the best possible service and results, we are committed to education and learning. Dr. Haag regularly attends many hours of continuing education and is committed to treating patients with the most advanced "state of the art" dental technology.
Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special individuals is vital to our success. We understand how uneasy some patients may feel about their dental visits, and how we can make a difference in providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care and service to make your visits as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
We thank you for allowing us to take care of your dental needs and look forward to serving you.
Make an appointment today and we'll give you a reason to smile!
Call toll free 800-647-5038
Meet Our Team
Dr. Kaitlin Haag
Dr. Kaitlin Haag is a McCook native who graduated McCook High School in 2004 and a graduate of Chadron State college with a degree in biology. She the attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Dr. Haag joined Southwest Nebraska Dental Center in 2011 and has since aquired full ownership, where she enjoys working with her wonderful team. She loves seeing patients of all ages and helping them achieve and maintain healthy teeth. Dr. Haag strives to be at the forefront of dental techniques by taking in-depth hands on continuing education courses.
Dr. Haag, her husband Buck, and their daughters Grace and Caroline, live in Bartley where Buck is involved in production agriculture. She also enjoys visiting her family, music, and traveling.
Dr. Haag is a professional member of the following associations:
- Academy of General Dentistry
- American Dental Association
- Nebraska Dental Association
Jeannie - Office Manager
Jeannie has been with the practice since 1985! In addition to her administrative skills, Jeannie also has training in dental x-rays and assisting with implants. Jeannie is a people person and loves helping patients understand their dental needs. Her interests include sewing and gardening.
Front Office Staff
Sue - Scheduling Coordinator
Sue has been with SWNDC for more than eighteen years. She completed the dental assisting program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln before settling in Beatrice. She values the relationships she has formed during her time with the practice.
Outside of the office, Sue spends lots of time with her children and grandchildren. She is also a member of several local musical groups.
Melissa - Accounts Manager
Melissa has been with us at SWNDC since 2012. Her work here allows her the chance to not only see old friends, but also make new ones.
If the weather is warm enough, you will probably find her with her husband and children at the lake. The family loves to fish, boat, and ride jet skis.
Katie - Receptionist
Katie is a recent addition to our dental family and began working as a receptionist at the clinic in 2015. Helping patients feel welcome and creating a positive first impression are some of the most important parts of Katie’s job.
In addition to her skills as a receptionist, she also has training in the field of veterinary technology. Katie lives in Bartley and has two children with whom she loves to spend time.
Shelly - Hygienist
Shelly also became a part of SWNDC in 2008 after completing her associate degree in dental hygiene at Colby Community College in 2002. She is one of many highly skilled members on our staff. She is trained in conscious oral sedation and is certified to deliver local anesthetics.She also is certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Shelly finds the relationships with her patients and the positive impact she has on their health to be the most rewarding parts of her career. In her free time, she loves spending time with her grandchildren as well as going to the lake and fishing!
Mechele - Hygienist
Mechele became part of SWNDC in 2012. She completed the dental assisting program at Central Community College in Hastings in 1994, then went on to get an associate degree in dental hygiene from Colby Community College in 2005. She is also laser certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry.
Mechele understands what it feels like to be apprehensive about a dental visit, so she prides herself in making sure every patient has a great experience. She loves seeing children who are eager and excited about seeing the dentist, and she enjoys working with the amazing SWNDC staff.
Mechele may be a grandmother, but she’s also a weightlifter! Mechele and her husband live in North Platte.
Shelby - Hygienist
After attending Central Community College in Hastings, Shelby returned to her hometown of McCook and joined our team as a dental hygienist in 2014. She has been making our patients smile ever since, especially children.
Shelby is married and enjoys baking, crafting, and playing with her dog Avery and her son Greyson.
Heather - Hygienist
Heather started at SWNDC in 2015 after finishing her hygiene degree at Colby Community College Dental Hygiene program. She enjoys seeing patients and loves having the opportunity to help them gain or maintain great oral health. She feels very fortunate to be in a field that can have such a positive impact on peoples lives!
In Heather's spare time she loves to spend time with her family, especially her son! She also enjoys playing volleyball, crafting and traveling!
Gay - Dental Assistant
Gay has extensive experience in dental assisting and has been a proud member of the SWNDC team since 2006. Her training includes courses in CEREC dentistry and certifications in dental x-rays and coronal polishing.
For Gay, dental assisting is more than just a job; she truly cares for the patients she treats and considers them an extension of her own family. Helping patients overcome fear and anxiety about dental appointments is her specialty.
Gay loves spending time riding motorcycles. She is married with two daughter and two dogs.
April - Dental Assistant
April became a member of our team four years ago. She received her x-ray certification from Nebraska Dental College in Lincoln, and her coronal polishing certification from Central Community College in Hastings.
April’s favorite part of being a dental assistant is seeing patients who were once embarrassed about their teeth leave the office with a smile. She also loves being part of a team that is so successful at helping anxious patients overcome their fears of the dentist.
April lives in McCook, where she also teaches fitness classes at the YMCA. Most importantly, she loves family time – especially with her son!
Britni - Dental Assistant
Britni has been with SWNDC for since 2011 after complete the Hastings CCC Dental Assisting program. She is trained in assisting in Conscious Oral Sedations since 2014.
Britni's favorite part about her job is seeing patients smile after we have done cosmetic work on them, and helping them overcome their fears of having dental treatment done. In her spare time she enjoys spending it with her husband and beautiful children! She also enjoys long distance running, her daughter and son are her biggest motivators!
Shannon Bunger - Assistant
Shannon joined our team in 2017 and is an experienced dental assistant, starting in the field in 1995. She brings her knowledge and friendliness to our office! She lives in McCook with her husband and loves watching her two sons play sports!
Pat - Dental Assistant
Pat joined our team in 2005 and has loved having the opportunity to work with an incredible staff and treat our wonderful patients. X-ray certification from Central Community College is one of Pat’s many skills.
When she isn’t helping patients, you can find her on the golf course or spending time with her grandchildren. She has a whole bunch!
Heather - Dental Assistant
Heather has been part time at SWNDC since 2008, when she graduated from Hastings CCC with her x-ray and coronal polishing certifications. She loves helping out and filling in when needed.
She is an Indianola native, but currently lives in Trenton, with her husband and 3 beautiful little girls!