Meet The Staff:


Lori Lamb

Lori is our office manager and has been with Pipho family Dentistry for more than 30 years. She was born and raised in Dubuque and comes from a family of nine kids. She attended the University of Northern Iowa on a volleyball scholarship. Lori currently lives in Waterloo with her husband, Mike. Lori and Mike have four children: Laura, Andrew, Whitney and Christy. She has four grandchildren, Wells, Graysen and Cashmere, and Warren. Lori is very close with her family and considers them to be her best friends. Her number one priority is spending as much time as she can with her grandkids.


Megan Clark

Megan is an office assistant. She is usually the bright face that greets you when you walk into our office. Along with her many duties in the front of the office, she is also a dental assistant. She graduated Hawkeye Community College with an associate’s degree in marketing management. Megan is from La Porte City, and still lives here with her two boys, Aedric and Gryffin, and their dog Baker. She likes being outside and being active as much as she can. She also coaches both of her boys in various sports.


Leta Schmit

Leta is an office assistant. She grew up in La Porte City and attended Hawkeye Community College, graduating in 1986. She moved to Des Moines after college, got married and then moved back to the area and currently lives between Gilbertville and Jesup. She has four children: Jacob, Johnathan, Rachel and Caleb and has one grandson, Sawyer. She enjoys reading, being outside and spending lots of time with friends and family. 

Mary Jaquith

Mary is one of our dental hygienists. She attended Hawkeye Community College and graduated in 2005 with her degree in dental hygiene. Mary has almost 35 years of experience in the dental field, as she was an assistant before she became a hygienist. She is originally from La Porte City, but now resides in Cedar Falls with her husband, Brain and their dog, Archie. Mary and her husband have two kids, Brad and Rebecca. She also has 2 grandkids, Brielle and Brecklyn. Mary enjoys spending time at her cabin in Prairie Du Chein, boating, biking and shopping in her free time.

Nicole Dierks

Nicole is another one of out hygienist. She went to Hawkeye Community College, where she graduated in 2018. She grew up in La Porte City and still lives here. She is married to her highschool sweetheart, Mitchell. Together, they share two young boys: Brady and Dawson. Nicole likes spending time with friends and family, golfing and loves jigsaw puzzles and Friends the TV show. 

Taylor Thede

Taylor is a dental hygienist. She attended Iowa Central, playing on the golf team while she was there. She later attended Hawkeye Community College and graduated in 2022. She grew up in Maquoketa and now resides in Cedar Falls. Taylor has one fur-baby, a dog named Charcoal. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors, playing golf and is always doing the daily Wordle. Taylor is also ordained; officiating a wedding is on her bucket list.

Kaitlin Vaske

Kaitlin (or Katy) is our newest dental hygienist. She attended Hawkeye Community College, graduating in 2022. She is from Urbandale, but currently lives in Evansdale with her husband, Jared. Katy and Jared have a cat named, Samantha. Outside of work, she like to read, travel and doing various activities outside.

Karissa Vaughn

Karissa is one of our dental assistants. She grew up in Sumner, Iowa and later went to college at Kirkwood Community College and graduated in 2006. She now lives just outside of La Porte City with her husband Brice and their four kids: Linkyn, Kaenyn, Emeryck, and Krew. Karissa is always busy cheering her kids on while they play many different sports. She and her family are very big Iowa State fans and try to attend as many games as they can throughout the football and basketball seasons. When her busy schedule allows, she enjoys playing golf. 

Savannah Hall

Savannah is a dental assistant. She graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2020. She is originally from La Porte City, but now lives in Center Point. Savannah lives with her husband, Dylan and their two dogs: Ringo and Winnie. She likes to play tennis, taking her dogs on walks, and likes spending time with friends and family. Some would say Savannah is a crazy plant lady, as she has an abundance of house plants to tend to.  

Josie Bauler

Josie is a dental assistant. She has recently graduated Hawkeye Community College in 2022. She is from Waterloo and is now living on an acreage outside of Denver with her boyfriend, Brody and their cat, Lucy. Josie likes going to outdoor concerts, reading horror or mystery books. She also enjoys camping near the Mississippi River with her family.

Courtney Schmitz

Courtney received her dental assisting certificate in 2024. She also attended Hawkeye Community College and graduated in 2023 with a degree in marketing management. Courtney coaches both junior high and high school basketball at Wapsie Valley High School. She grew up in Fairbank, IA but currently resides in Cedar Falls, IA. In her free time, Courtney likes to bake, spend time with family and friends, and be outdoors.