Drs. Josef Kolling, Debra Lisull and Daniel Edwards combined their practices in 2005 to create OAK VALLEY DENTAL ASSOCIATES. After many years in the University of Michigan campus area, it was time to expand and update the facilities in order to provide the very latest in technology and equipment. In 2018, Dr. Riley Schaff joined our office to further strengthen our team and broaden our patient care services. By combining our 'special' areas of expertise we are able to provide our patients with comprehensive and excellent dental care.
Josef N. Kolling, DDS, MS
University of Michigan, D.D.S., 1981;
University of Michigan, M.S. (Restorative dentistry: Crown & Bridge), 1984.
American Dental Association, *Michigan Dental Association, *Washtenaw District Dental Society, American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, *F.B. Vedder Society (*Past-president)
Married to Barbara (UM Dental Hygiene, 1983) in 1981 and lives in Ann Arbor and had 2 children. His daughter Christina, graduated from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Christina is married to her wonderful husband Adam, they live in Okemos and they have 2 young sons. His adult son Joe, graduated from Eastern Michigan University and passed away suddenly in February 2014.
I have practiced in Ann Arbor, and taught at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry since 1981, with a 2 year break from teaching for my masters program in 1983-84. As of May 2021 with more than 40 years at the dental school, I have retired as an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Prosthodontic Division of the Biologic and Materials Science Department.
"I have enjoyed a career which has balanced private practice with part-time teaching and leadership in the Michigan Dental Association. This has provided a unique perspective which has certainly influenced my practice philosophy and has benefited my patients. I am very pleased to further enhance our ability to provide high quality dental care in our modern facility."
The newly retired(!!).....Debra O. Lisull, DDS
University of Michigan; Associate degree in Dental Hygiene, 1974; BS in Dental hygiene, 1979; DDS, 1983
American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association (2015-2018, Committee on Peer Review/Ethics), Washtenaw District Dental Association
Married to Michael Lisull (University of Michigan, accounting, 1976) and lives in Ann Arbor; Son, Evan, is an attorney practicing in Washington D.C.. He is married to his fabulous wife, Courtney, and they have two young sons, and live in Reston, VA.; Daughter, Emma, is a CPA working as a manager at Ernst and Young in Detroit. She lives in Ferndale, MI.
Involved with dentistry since age 16! Started dental assisting while in high school, went directly into the dental hygiene program at U of M and worked full time as an RDH for three years after graduation. Taught at the dental school in the hygiene program (radiography department and clinical instructor). Upon graduation from dental school, taught in the Oral Diagnosis and Radiography Clinic and started in private practice. Returned to teach part-time in the Department of Periodontics as a clinical instructor. Dr. Lisull practiced at OVDA for over 16 years and retired in December 2021. She spends her days in Ann Arbor, Arizona and visiting family (and grandkids!!)
"My practice has 'evolved' over the years into one focusing on prevention. I spend most of my clinical time on preventive care and education. My greatest professional satisfaction comes from changing attitudes and behaviors related to dentistry. I truly feel a commitment to establishing dental health for each and every patient -- 'working together for a lifetime of oral health' is my goal."
Daniel L. Edwards, DDS
University of Michigan, BS in Biology, 1993; DDS, 1997
General Practice Residency at Loyola University Medical Center (Chicago, IL), certificate 1997-99
Professional Memberships and Positions:
American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association (Committee on Membership 2005-06, Chair Committee on Membership 2006-09, Special Committee on Annual Session 2009-present, Vice Chair 2011-12, Chair 2012-13, Vice Chair 2019-20), Washtenaw District Dental Society (Chair Committee on Membership 2007-09, Treasurer 2014-2016, President Elect 2016-2017, President 2017-2018, Past President 2018-2019), Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (2000-2020), Delta Sigma Delta Detroit Graduate Chapter (Historian 2009-2013), Delta Sigma Delta Undergraduate Alpha Chapter (2010 - current Faculty Advisor/Deputy), University of Michigan School of Dentistry Board of Governors (Student-Alumni Relations Chair 2003-09, Vice Chair 2006-07, Chair 2007-08), Pierre Fauchard Academy (2013-present), F.B. Vedder Crown and Bridge Society (2013-present), Spear Study Club (2014-present).
Delta Sigma Delta "Outstanding Faculty Award" 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, Michigan Dental Association "New Dentist Award" 2007, Student Council Dental Student and Dental Hygiene Student "Outstanding Faculty Award" 2008, 3 Blue Clinic "Outstanding Faculty Award" 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, Dental Class of 2013 (D3) "Outstanding Faculty Award" in 2012, Detroit's HOUR Magazine "Top Dentists" 2009, Pierre Fauchard Fellow awarded April 2013, American Dental Association Golden Apple Award 2013 for "Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring", Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity Honorary Decree 2014, American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Advocate Award 2013, 2018.
Married to Jennifer (University of Michigan, BA in Interior Design, 1992) for over 21 years, who is a Senior Director of Development for Michigan Medicine. Lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and sons Zachary and Jacob. Dr. Edwards enjoys being involved with his boys schools, sports, band and activities, and spending time with his wife travelling. He also enjoys running, working out, the University of Michigan sports and the University of Michigan Marching Band (where he and Jennifer met in the clarinet section).
Taught residents and practiced general dentistry for 3 years (1999-2002) at a General Practice Residency advanced training program in Chicago. Moved back to Ann Arbor in 2002, and became an associate in private practice and began teaching at the dental school. Currently a part-time Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Dr. Edwards also serves on several committees and acts as a mentor for student groups at the dental school (Delta Sigma Delta, American Student Dental Association, Dental Student Business Association). He also enjoys keeping up with new materials, techniques, procedures and products by attending continuing education courses and by meeting monthly with his local colleagues in a study group (Spear Study Club).
"My family practice is comprised of patients of all ages, as I enjoy seeing children, teens, adults and older adult patients. I believe in performing a thorough comprehensive exam and forming a treatment plan to best meet my patient's desires and needs. My goal is to create a relaxing and comfortable environment, resulting in a positive dental experience. In addition to teaching at the dental school, it is my priority to educate my private practice patients about dentistry and good oral health."
Riley A. Schaff, D.D.S.
University of Michigan, BS in Biology, 2013; DDS, 2017
General Practice Residency at Swedish Medical Center (Seattle, WA), certificate 2017-18
Professional Memberships and Positions:
American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association (New Dentist Committee 2020-present; Committee on Endorsed Services 2020-present, Michigan Dental PAC Board of Governors 2020-present), Washtenaw District Dental Society (Membership Committee Chair), Academy of General Dentistry, Delta Sigma Delta Detroit Graduate Chapter, Pierre Fauchard Academy, Vedder Society
Grew up in Jackson with three siblings, all of whom also graduated from the University of Michigan. Husband, Nicholas, is currently undergoing medical training at Michigan Medicine as an OB/GYN resident and will continue onto fellowship in the field of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Riley enjoys traveling, music, running and spending time outdoors.
Underwent a year of intensive training at Swedish Medical Center with a strong focus on treatment of medically complex and special needs patients. Had extensive training in oral surgery, implantology, and pediatric dentistry. Dr. Schaff now practices part-time at Oak Valley Dental Associates, and part-time in his hometown, Jackson, MI. Like Dr. Edwards, Dr. Schaff also teaches as an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He also enjoys keeping up with new materials, techniques, procedures, and products by attending continuing education courses and recently joining the Spear Study Club with Dr. Edwards and other local colleagues. Dr. Schaff became a partner at Oak Valley Dental Associates in 2021.
"I have been so fortunate to begin my career at Oak Valley Dental Associates, adding new skills and a positive attitude working alongside Drs. Kolling and Edwards, all of whom played a strong mentorship role during my dental education. I love meeting new patients and spending time to educate them, thus forming a much more cooperative partnership toward improving oral health."
Ellie - Patient Care Coordinator
Ellie has been working in the dental field since 1976, both chairside assisting and at the front desk. Her associate degree and certification was received in 1977 from Washtenaw Community College. She is married to Tom, and is the proud grandma to 4 beautiful grandkids! Ellie joined Dr. Kolling and Edwards staff in August 2005 (Washington Street office) and was instrumental in getting Oak Valley Dental Associates up and running. She is currently at the front desk, handling all business aspects of patient care; scheduling, billing, and insurance issues. She enjoys camping, roadtripping and spending time with her kids and grandkids. Her friendly, caring attitude and experience make her a valuable member of our team!
Meggan - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
After 6 years of working for Ford Motor Company, Meggan took an education buyout and began her Bachelors of Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Michigan. She graduated in the spring of 2009 and after speaking with Dr. Edwards (one of her clinical faculty), she started working for OVDA in the fall. At home, Meggan greatly enjoys spending time with her husband Matt and daughter Emily. They love to cook, walk their dog, participate in plays/musicals, get together with friends and cheer on Michigan (Go Blue!). Her warm and outgoing personality is a valued part of our family oriented practice.
Amy - Dental Assistant (DA) and Front Desk Assistant
Amy graduated from Washtenaw Community College with a certificate in Dental Assisting in 1994. She has enjoyed working as a chairside assistant in private practices for 28 years. Since joining the OVDA team in December of 2014, she has also enjoyed expanding her skills as a front desk assistant and scheduler extraordinaire. Amy is married with one son and as a family, they love camping up north as well as volunteering at Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue. Her caring personality along with her great sense of humor are a great addition to the OVDA family!
Kathy - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Kathy excitedly joined our team in May 2016. She has been a hygienist for over 35 years working in a variety of dental practices including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal and pedodontics. She earned her B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Detroit - Mercy and has worked in a variety of practice settings ranging from single doctor to large group practices. Kathy lives in Dexter with her husband of over 35 years, Matt, and has two grown children: Laura (married to Jon) and Michael (engaged to be married in October!!). She spends her free time gardening, exercising, reading and, most importantly, spending time with family. Favorite smile quote: “If you see someone without a smile, leave them one of yours”.
Helena - Dental Assistant (DA)
Helena graduated from Washtenaw Community College with her certification in Dental Assisting, along with an Associate’s Degree in 1989. Helena received her RDA and CDA by 1989 and served as President of the Washtenaw District Dental Assisting Society in 1992. Helena had worked at the U of M School of Dentistry for eight years and private now practice for over 30 years. Helena is married to Ed, a U of M graduate and is a proud mom to son’s Ben and Jason. As a family they enjoy cooking delicious meals together, visiting National Parks and taking their German Shepard "Darbi" for outings to the Huron River. She takes pride in quality patient care, making patients feel "at ease", and is very happy to be on staff at Oak Valley Dental Associates since April 2013.
Beth - Dental Assistant (DA)
Beth began her dental career in 1989 as a certified radiology technician. She has continued to serve as a dental team member as a chair side assistant for the past 27 years. Beth joined OVDA in 2013 following 5 years at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry. She is married to Scott and has three sons (Toby, Dylan and Nathan) and two grandsons (Weston & Andreas), all of which are the joy of her life. Most of her extra time is spent enjoying activities with her children and grandchildren. Beth also enjoys working on her yard and home improvement projects. In her spare time she loves to go horseback riding, biking and dancing. Her big heart is as big as her smile, helping out OVDA to run smoothly for both patients and staff!
Cherylann - Front Desk Assistant and Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
Cherylann graduated from Ferris State University as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 1988 and also has experience working as a Dental Assistant (she was actually certified in a DA program she took in high school and assisted through college). She worked for Dr. Kolling for several years as a Dental Hygienist (Cooper and Kolling on Washington Street) until she left to pursue a career in sales and coaching and start a family. She re-joined Dr. Kolling and our OVDA team in December 2019 and works at the front desk. She is happily married to Steve, they have 2 kids in college~ Steven and Kristen. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, gardening, learning to play the guitar and spending time with family. She is "happy to be part of a great dental team"!
Gabby - Dental Assistant (DA)
After graduating high school in 2016, Gabby made her first entrance into the dental field. What started as a summer of shadowing to gain experience turned into gaining the skills of what it takes to be a dental assistant. She then spent the summers during college honing in these skills at her childhood dentists office. In 2020, Gabby became a full-time chairside dental assistant at that office, as well as here at OVDA. Gabby graduated from the University of Michigan in May of 2021 with a bachelors of science and a major in sociology with a focus in health and medicine. In her spare time, Gabby enjoys woodworking and other various crafts, DIYs, and home improvement projects. She was a welcomed addition to our already fabulous team!
Ta’Varus - Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
After been discovered by Dr. Edwards at Washtenaw Community College, Ta’Varus made his first appearance at Oak Valley Dental Associates in 2022. Ta’Varus spent five weeks as a student in the office doing his rotation learning the ins and outs of being a dental assistant at OVDA. Ta’Varus finished his studies at Washtenaw Community College after one year, graduating with a certificate in dental assisting. He then went on to take the Michigan RDA board examination to gain his RDA license. The team at OVDA was ecstatic when he decided to stay on with us after finishing his program. Ta’Varus’s big heart, height, and great personality is very hard to miss here at OVDA, and we are very excited to have him as a part of the team!
Barb - Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)
OVDA welcomed Barb in the Spring of 2023 as a new team member. Barb has been practicing for over 30 years as a dental hygienist. A Michigander for life, she has two adult children and two grandsons. Barb loves to spend time helping people learn about their oral health, educating them along with taking excellent clinical care of them. Her focus is always on the patient having a good experience in the dental chair and being a team player. In her free time, you will catch her on the lake boating and spending time entertaining family and friends. Barb is at OVDA Fridays—we are excited for our patients to meet her!