Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman is excited to be practicing dentistry in the Carson Valley. While growing up in Sacramento, at the age of 12, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry. In 2007, her dream came true when she graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. After graduation, she moved to South Lake Tahoe, where she met her future husband, Chris McKean, while sailing on Lake Tahoe. The pair moved to the Carson Valley to start a life together, and Dr. Eckerman realized her ultimate dream when she acquired the dental practice in 2011. In 2014, she and Chris welcomed their daughter, Charli, into their lives.
Dr. Eckerman is dedicated to the highest level of dental care available. She is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has completed advanced education in complex restorative care from the Dawson Academy. When not practicing, Dr. Eckerman enjoys camping; hiking; and spending time with her husband, daughter, and Australian Shepherds.
Meet Our Team
The office of Celeste Eckerman DDS LLC is run by a phenomenal group of women who enjoy every minute of providing patients with the best possible care. We are excited to meet you when you visit our dentists in Minden, Nevada!
Wednesday Bartels – Patient Services Coordinator
Wednesday, a Carson Valley native, joined our staff in 2012 as our dental hygiene coordinator. Confident and self-assured, Wednesday is now our patient services coordinator. She has excelled in the dental environment and is always there supporting our team and our patients with her superior service and caring. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude brings a refreshing energy to everyone every day. Wednesday enjoys reading, is a talented writer, and loves all music.
Carrie Suessmith – Registered Dental Hygienist
Carrie is a 1993 graduate of the Community College of Southern Nevada Dental Hygiene program. She originally worked for the practice from 1995 to 1997, but then relocated to her native Las Vegas. She returned to us in 2001 when she came back to Northern Nevada. Carrie is married to Todd and, in addition to working, is always busy with her many commitments. Her son, Tim, and her daughter, Samantha, are the joys of her life. Carrie always makes time in her life to encourage others and is committed to her involvement in her church.
Dena Copeland – Registered Dental Hygienist
Dena graduated from Chabot Community College in Hayward, California, in 1996 with her degree in dental hygiene. She moved to the Carson Valley in 1999 and joined the practice shortly thereafter. She is raising 4 extremely active boys. Always on the go and very athletic, Dena and her husband, Jason, are busy people. She loves to workout, camp, hike, ski, and join the boys in motocross activities. Dena rarely has a spare moment in her busy life.
Kori Case – Registered Dental Hygienist
Kori is the newest member of our dental hygiene team, and we are fortunate to have this caring lady as a part of our team. She is a native to Northern Nevada and a graduate of Douglas High School. Her dental career started in 1998 in Carson City, Nevada, as a clinical rover and a front office assistant. In 2005, she graduated with high honors from the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, with a degree in dental hygiene. Kori enjoys working with people and serving as an oral health support member by encouraging people to strive for overall health. She loves events outside of the office shared with her boyfriend, Ernest, and two large dogs, Nick and DaKoda.
Jennifer Burke – Dental Hygiene Coordinator
Jennifer joined our practice in 2014. She is a superb addition to our staff and is a great team player. She has quickly developed an excellent knowledge of dentistry and recently obtained her radiology certificate. We are so pleased that she has chosen to pursue a career in dentistry. When not at work, Jennifer is busy with her teenage son, Garrett, and her husband, Geoff. She loves fitness and hiking the Sierras and discovering all that it has to offer.
Jennifer Hiler – Dental Assistant
Jennifer obtained her dental assisting education at Bryman College graduating in 2001. Jennifer is exceptionally personable and passionate about life. She has an incredible knack for making the most beautiful temporaries. She joined us when she moved to the Carson Valley in 2006, relocating her family from the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. She is the proud mother of 2 boys, Jace and Henry. She and her partner, Marc, are busy decorating and landscaping their home. When time allows, Jen also enjoys painting, hiking, and exploring Northern Nevada.
Mariel Charon – Dental Assistant
Mariel has an extensive dental background. She has been involved in dental offices around the world, including Los Angeles and Canada. When she joined our dental office in May of 2011, Mariel brought exceptional chairside and laboratory skills, as well as a sense of humor matched by no other. Born in the Philippines, Mariel came to the United States over 10 years ago and married her husband, Thom. Her passions are mixed martial arts, scuba diving, and her close relationship with her father.