Kalaheo Dental Group’s highest priority is the care and well-being of our patients and the Kauai community. You are our friends and neighbors, and we’ll go the extra mile to help you enjoy the benefits of exceptional oral health. Kalaheo Dental Group offers family dental care, tooth replacement, and cosmetic dentistry in a comfortable atmosphere. Serving patients of all ages, our flexible scheduling allows you to make appointments that fit your busy schedule. On behalf of Dr. Michael Lutwin, Dr. Ron Quade, Dr. Kelliann Rita, and our entire staff, mahalo! It gives us great pleasure to serve you and your ohana.
Dr. Michael Lutwin
Dr. Michael Lutwin has practiced dentistry on Kauai since 2005 and has been with Kalaheo Dental Group since 2011. He is a past president of the Kauai County Dental Society (2013) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hawaii Dental Association. He earned his DDS degree from New York University College of Dentistry then traded his heavy New York winter surfing wetsuit for the warmer waves and people of Kauai. His wife, Orie, is a social worker practicing in the mental health field on Kauai.
Dr. Lutwin most enjoys being a dentist when he can help people feel comfortable and become knowledgeable partners in their dental health. Although he enjoys all aspects of dentistry, he especially enjoys helping people have healthy, beautiful smiles and feel that getting good dental care doesn't have to be a scary experience.
Dr. Ron Quade
Dr. Quade grew up near Portland, Oregon, and attended Walla Walla College. He went on to graduate from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in 1975. In keeping with his desire to make dental care accessible to everyone, he opened the first private free clinic in Oregon in 1975.
He has been with Kalaheo Dental Group since 2010. Dr. Quade loves bringing an ample dose of good humor to his patients and enjoys making people laugh and smile. He’s happy to work with wonderful patients and a caring, professional team.
Dr. Quade enjoys working with his hands and using his woodworking skills. He’s happy to spend quality time in his man cave, complete with a recording studio. Dr. Quade is passionate about music and plays guitar, piano, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and more! He enjoys working on his off-the-grid home on the Big Island with his wife and working on his sailboat docked here on Kauai.
Dr. Kelliann Rita
Dr. Kelliann Rita grew up on Maui and, after graduating from Maui High School, earned a Bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She achieved her DDS degree from the University Of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine and completed a general practice residency at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. She has practiced on Kaua'i since 2011.
Dr. Rita lives in Lawai with her pharmacist husband Leland, who is from Kaua'i. Dr. Rita is an active member in the Kaua'i County Dental Society and is a recent past president. In her free time, Dr. Rita enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and their dog Lili, who often keeps everyone company in the office. She loves being a dentist on Kaua'i and enjoys promoting great oral health.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Margaret is always happy, optimistic, and she loves her profession! She has 30 years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist, graduating in 1986, from State University of New York at Farmingdale, and has been with Kalaheo Dental Group for over 19 years. Margaret loves the process of continuous improvement to better serve her patients, and appreciates the new advances at Kalaheo Dental Group, its fun atmosphere and its enthusiastic team. She enjoys dental hygiene and feels it is a wonderful way to serve people and benefit her island community- delivering beautiful and healthy smiles. She's passionate about conservation, is new at learning yoga and enjoys cooking. She and her husband Ted raised two beautiful children and enjoy living on Kauai.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Michelle graduated with honors from Indiana University, in Fort Wayne, where she practiced for 5 years at a state-of-the-art dental office. Since moving to Kaua’i, she has been impressed with the kind and generous spirit of everyone she has met, and is excited to use her knowledge and skill to serve Kalaheo Dental Group's patients in the same manner. She feels blessed to be working with such a great group of professionals. In her spare time, Michelle loves exploring the island and engaging in a wide variety of outdoor activities where she can continue to meet more remarkable people. When she’s not in the great outdoors, she enjoys hanging out with friends, weightlifting, reading, art, music, and attending church.
Registered Dental Hygienist
Signe (pronounced like Sydney, but with a "g") has such a charming glow and loves to laugh, even if she's cracking herself up! She is a graduate of Loma Linda University and a new resident of Kauai. She loves being outdoors, enjoys the sun, surf, and animals. Though her family lives just an island away in Oahu, she's blended right into our Kauai and Kalaheo Dental Group ohana! She loves working in the family oriented atmosphere at Kalaheo Dental and how efficient our team is at delivering high quality care and a great patient experience. She brings great skill and care to our team and likes to keep up with the latest technology in dentistry.
Patient Care Coordiator
Heather was born and raised here on Kauai, and joined our ohana in 2014. She’s happy to be in a field that works so closely with family, friends, and local people, because she feels that real ALOHA is building lasting relationships with our local community. She is as busy out of the office as she is while working, balancing her time between doing ministry work, surfing, swimming, or going to the beach with her ohana. The ocean is her getaway and "re-creation" :)
Jessica graduated from Kauai High School and has been with Kalaheo Dental Group for many years. She enjoys her job because she gets to meet new people and help them understand how important their oral health is. She also loves the ohana that she works with.
Jessica is a native of Omao, and loves spending quality time with her family, camping, hunting, and fishing.
As our financial and insurance coordinator, Jennifer is skilled at understanding the ins and outs of dental insurance and is always happy to answer your questions and address your concerns. Jennifer graduated from Kauai High School and has been with Kalaheo Dental Group since 1999. She loves being part of a team that works together to make things run smoothly, and loves the new technology in our office.
When not at Kalaheo Dental Group, Jennifer likes to relax with family and friends and...the occasional Vegas trip!
Director of Operations
Johanna was born and raised in the small town of Acme in northern Washington. She graduated with honors from Portland State University with a B.S. in Health Science and Community Health and a minor in Psychology. She has experience working in other various medical offices including Chiropractic, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. Since becoming part of the ohana at Kalaheo Dental Group, she has advanced her knowledge in the dental field and is happy to help assist patients with any of their dental needs. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the beautiful island of Kauai with her husband and dog Hank!
Patient Care Coordiator
Erica takes phenomenal care of her patients at Kalaheo Dental Group. She is a 2007 graduate of Waimea High school and is a native of Hanapepe. Erica has been in the dental field since 2014. She loves educating patients and guiding them towards good dental care. In her free time, she enjoys being a new mom to her daughter Bailey, and spending time with her family.
Patient Care Coordinator
Tiana loved coming to Kalaheo Dental Group so much, that she decided to work here! A graduate of Waimea High School, Tiana is eager to grow and learn, and especially enjoys developing her knowledge of oral health so that she can educate patients (and everyone she knows) on the importance of taking great care of their smile. Tiana grew up on the west side of Kauai and her favorite place to be is at the beach. She loves spending quality time with her son Kolten, her ohana, and her friends.
Head Dental Assistant
Marla is thrilled to work with such wonderful, compassionate doctors. They are so compassionate and caring that it makes it easy for her to love her job! Marla finds it rewarding to help our patients have a positive experience while improving their oral health.
In her free time, Marla enjoys spending quality time with friends, and likes to travel. She also loves the outdoors, whether she's going into the mountains or to Kauai's beautiful beaches.
Mary Jane is a native of the Philippines, and attended the Centro Escolar University Manila College of Dentistry. She has also completed special training in orthodontics, including Invisalign.
Mary Jane’s been a dental assistant for over ten years, and finds her job to be both challenging and rewarding. She goes out of her way to make all her patients comfortable and happy so that they'll feel good about coming to us for their dental care.
In her free time, Mary Jane makes family a priority, spending time together and attending mass every Sunday.
From Lawai, Sasha is a gentle and efficient dental assistant who loves taking care of patients at Kalaheo Dental Group.
She loves the hands on nature of her work and being able to see the positive reactions of her patients and their great outcomes.
When she is not working, she loves spending time with her family at sports activities, going to the beach, or relaxing up at Kokee.
Kalea is a graduate of Kauai High School, and we are all so proud that she is a second generation member of our KDG Ohana!. Kalea enjoys meeting new people and being able to learn more about oral health and wellness. She is grateful to work with a loving and caring staff. In her free time, Kalea likes to relax with her friends and family, and she also likes to go on spontaneous adventures.
Registered Dental Assistant
Nicole is one of our amazing Registered Dental Assistants. She has a natural and genuine care for people, superb technical skills, and works hard to make our patients feel comfortable. She's fun, professional, and enjoyable to be around. We are grateful to have her in our ohana! On her free time, Nicole enjoys frequent beach days and visits to the park with her daughter Chloe. Originally from Snohomosh, WA, Nicole now loves living close the beach where her and Chloe spend a lot of time!
Chief Canine Officer :)
Lili loves coming to work at Kalaheo Dental Group, because it's relaxing and she can catch up on her naps. When she is not working, her favorite hobby is chasing chickens!