Administrative Support

Doctors and Staff at SSFD

Dawn Buszmann and Monica Valek

DAWN BUSZMANN - Patient Care Coordinator

Dawn provides many years of clerical and patient care experience to Straits Smiles. On Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s, Dawn assists with keep the front desk running smoothly. She helps patients understand their insurance benefits and assists them with appointments. Dawn is the also the patient coordinator for patients who reside at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home Nursing Home and Assisted Living unit. In this position, Dawn works closely with the Lutheran Home staff in scheduling patients who are in need of dental checkups and additional treatment. Dawn lives in rural Belle Plaine with her husband, Keith, daughter, Jessica, and son, Jeremy. She enjoys working at Strait Smiles because of the new people she meets. The patients and staff are fun to work with, also. In her free time, Dawn enjoys reading and creating a variety of beautiful craft projects.

MONICA VALEK - Patient Care Coordinator

Monica brings many years of clerical and patient care experience to Straits Smiles. She has been with the practice since Dr. Tasha Strait purchased it in 1996. Monica worked for Dr. Robert Miller before Dr. Strait purchased the business from him. Monica shares responsibilities at the front desk. She helps patients understand their insurance benefits, assists them with appointments and financial concerns. Monica can be seen at Strait Smiles on Monday’s and Tuesday’s. Monica and her husband, Chuck, live in Belle Plaine. They have three adult sons, Andy, Ryan, and Tony. Her hobbies and interests include sewing, walking, and reading. She enjoys working at Strait Smiles because it is only a few minutes from her home.