Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

Meet the Team at Kalaheo Dental Group

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. Kelliann Rita, Dr. Robert Stebbins, and our entire staff, mahalo! It gives us great pleasure to serve you and your ohana. 

Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

 

Dr. Michael Lutin | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS

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. Kelliann Rita | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Dr. Kelliann Rita, DDS

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.

dr. robert stebbins

Dr. Robert Stebbins, DDS

Dr. Robert Stebbins graduated from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2006.  He owned a private dental practice for 11 years in Oregon. Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Stebbins practiced as an orthopedic surgery physician assistant in San Francisco.  He also spent two years in Bulgaria as a missionary.   He has served as the president of the Southern Oregon Dental Society and the Kauai County Dental Society.

Dr. Stebbins enjoys creating positive dental experiences for his patients.  He strives to establish trust and respect with each patient in a calm and comfortable environment.  Dr. Stebbins is very grateful to live on Kauai and loves spending time with his wife and four sons at the beach.  

Margaret | Registered Dental Hygienist | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Margaret

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.

Michelle | Registered Dental Hygienist | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Michelle

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.

 

 

Lea | Registered Dental Hygienist | Kalaheo Dental Group

Lea

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lea (pronounced “Lee”) has lived and practiced on Kauai for 10 years. An experienced and gentle professional, Lea was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended Dental Hygiene school at Northern Arizona University. Lea also studied photography at the Academy of Art School in San Francisco. In addition to taking great care of our patients, and helping them to achieve their full health potentials, Lea loves photography, anything artistic (drawing & sewing), and loves to read and hike.

Tialei | Registered Dental Hygienist | Kalaheo Dental Group

Tialei

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tialei is so happy to be living back on Kauai, and is eager to use her awesome skills to give back to her community by taking great care of their smiles and their health!. An alumni of Waimea High School on Kauai, she graduated from Dental Hygiene School at El Paso Community College, in Texas. Tialei enjoys random adventures with her nieces and nephew, spending time at the beach, and listening to old school R&B. Tialei’s heart is always fullest when she is with her family here on Kauai, on the mainland, and on Molokai, where her parents grew up. She is excited to be a part of our great Kalaheo Dental team and takes amazing care of our patients!

Johanna | Director of Operations | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Johanna

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!  

 

Jessica | Registered Dental Assistant | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Jessica

Front Office Manager

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.

Erica | Patient Care Coordinator | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Erica

Lead Patient Care Coordinator

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.

Jennifer | Financial/Insurance Coordinator | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Kelsey

Patient Care Coordinator

Born and raised in Waimea Valley, and a Waimea High School graduate, Kelsey lives in Kalaheo. She is an alumni of UH Hilo and Kauai Community College’s Community Health Worker program. When she is not working to help folks achieve their full health potentials, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her son, Kapenaokekai: every Sunday they ride dirt bikes as a family, and you’ll likely see them at the beach or in the mountains during  their free time!

ariel at kalaheo dental

Ariel

Patient Care Coordinator

Born & raised on Kauai, and native to Lawai, Ariel loves to make our Kalaheo Dental Group patients feel comfortable, help guide them through their appointment, and assist them in understanding their dental insurance.

She has a great smile, and enjoys helping others to achieve this as well!

Outside work, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend Tevyn and with family and friends. They love being outdoors - whether it's hanging out at the beach, camping, fishing, hiking, or spending time at the pasture with our horses.

Kelan at Kalaheo Dental

Kelan

Patient Care Coordinator

Kelan is a Kauai High School graduate of 2011 and a  native of Lihue. She is always excited to learn more about oral health to better educate our patients, family & friends.

"It is more than a pleasure being able to work with such high spirited, helpful, caring and positive professionals, here at Kalaheo Dental Group."

In her free time, Kelan enjoys spending time with my family and dog  Ali'i Kai, Going to the beach and traveling.

"Nothing brings me more joy and happiness than getting to share aloha and the warmth of my heart to others."

Marla | Head Dental Assistant | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Marla

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 | Dental Assistant | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Mary Jane

Dental Assistant

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.

Sasha | Dental Assistant | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Sasha

Dental Assistant

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 | Dental Assistant | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Kalea

Dental Assistant

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.

Nicole | Registered Dental Assistant | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Nicole

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!

Lilli | Office Dog | Kalaheo Dental Group | Kalaheo, HI

Lili

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!

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Krystl Apeles
Krystl Apeles

"Kalaheo Dental is like finding the perfect wave and cruising down the line toward a healthier me,” said Kryst Apeles, three-time World Champion Tandem Surfer, who recently completed Invisalign treatment at Kalaheo Dental Group. Here’s her story:

"I had braces 15 years ago but my lower teeth shifted and I continued to have issues brought on by the misalignment ... the poor alignment was getting worse and putting me at risk for future periodontal disease. The thought of braces was brutal! After a quick 15-minute consultation at Kalaheo Dental with Dr. Lutwin, I was approved and on board for a healthier smile with Invisalign. Bye-bye, braces, and hello to the new discreet way to healthy, straighter teeth with Invisalign.

The Invisalign trays looked great and felt better than braces, they even felt better than my plastic retainers I had after my braces were removed. Yes, you wear the trays at all times other than when you’re eating, drinking (anything other than water), or brushing your teeth. I continued doing everything as usual, which included commercial photoshoots and dancing on stage at luaus.  No one could tell I had them on unless they talked to me up close. At the halfway point, I already noticed a clear difference in my bottom teeth and was in awe with the change in the underbite I had neglected for so long. 

The staff and Dr. Lutwin were always thorough in explaining each step of the procedure. After a little over a year, my new, straight smile and I were thrilled to graduate! 

Time to celebrate! Kalaheo Dental always finds a way to go above and beyond, and with every Invisalign graduate, they gift them whitening treatments. Hooray! Who doesn’t want whiter teeth?! This is a professional grade of whitening that works with the last tray of the Invisalign. I was amazed at how quickly it worked. In about a week, I felt like I had the smile of a teenager.

Kalaheo Dental is like a family that cares about the health of my teeth and the health of the community. I couldn’t imagine doing this with anyone but Dr. Lutwin and the entire team at Kalaheo Dental.”

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