Our Team

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We know that our office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly, well-trained team members! As a team, we are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive, nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs as a patient.

Our team is highly skilled and uniquely trained, and we strive to provide energetic, fun-loving service to each patient. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and multiple certifications, and each one of our team members has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Our amazing team includes:



Lori Fisher – Office Manager

Lori is a contributor to the office; you will find her in every aspect of Southwest Dental Associates.
She assists with insurance, scheduling, financial arrangements and answering phone calls. Lori brings experience to the practice as well as a distinct knowledge of the patients to the team. Lori is compassionate and understanding, and she is ready to help when needed.

When away from the office, she is busy with volunteering, rescuing orphaned and injured dogs, making meals for the needy and ill, and taking time to visit with anyone in need of a smile!

Sheila Jahnke – Dental Assistant

Associates Degree in Dental Assisting 


SheilaSheila joined the Southwest Dental Associates team in 2012 as Dr. Fisher’s assistant. As a graduate of the dental assisting program at Madison Area Technical College, she brings over 25 years of dental experience to our team. Over the course of her career, she has worked in many aspects of the dental field, but finds clinical assisting to be the most rewarding. She is committed to providing highly skilled, compassionate care and strives to make every visit as comfortable as possible for her patients.

Sheila is a Lancaster native and now lives in Mount Horeb with her children, Megan and Brian. When not in the office, she keeps busy with family activities and enjoys gardening, cooking, creating jewelry, and playing the piano.


Rachel Aide – Dental Assistant

Associates Degree in Dental Assisting

Rachel joined the Southwest Dental Associates team in 2016 as a dental assistant. Although she is new to our team, she has been working in the dental field since she graduated in the dental assistant program at Southwest Technical College in 2001.  Improving smiles is her passion along with providing a professional and comfortable experience for patients.

Rachel grew up in Clinton and moved to the Highland area in 2000.  She now resides in Montfort with her husband, Lance and their two children, Avery and Sterling.  When she is not in the office, she loves spending time with her family and their dog, Ladybird.  To pass time, she enjoys gardening, baking, canning walks and boating.

Sara Burnham - Dental Assistant

Associates Degree in Dental Assisting


After taking a work hiatus to be a stay-at-home mom, Sara rejoined our team in January of 2018.  Graduating from the Dental Assisting program at Waukesha Area Technical College in 2007, Sara has accumulated years of experience assisting and more importantly, providing excellent care for our patients.

Sara grew up mainly outside the Milwaukee area and moved to Dodgeville in 2008.  Living at home with her three girls, Claire, Genevieve and dog Chanel, her free time is spent being a mom!  Aside from quality time with the family, Sara loves reading, writing and working out.

Rita Heilmann - Patient Care Coordinator

Associates Degree in Dental Assisting

ritaRita joined Southwest Dental Associates in 2017.  Rita graduated from Southwest Technical College in 2001 from the Dental Assisting Program.  Rita assists withphones, scheduling, insurance and much more!  She strives to make every patient and all the staff feel as comfortable as possible with her kindness, compassion and respect.

Rita grew up in Castle Rock and Montfort, WI.  She continues to live in Montfort with her husband, Nathan, and three children, Nolan, Mallory and Eben-who are twins and cat named Mia.  In Rita's free time, she enjoys being with family, pontooning, exercising, gardening, crocheting and doing crafts.

George Fisher - Dental Hygienist

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George has been practicing hygiene for 10 years.  With a broad and varied background, he has traveled, lived and worked in 14 different countries.  George enjoys reading, writing, physical fitness and tending to his cat, Buttercup.