Jim Cossaart attained his DDS degree in 1999 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. After operating a rewarding dental office in Middlebury, Vermont for eight years, Dr. Jim and Deb moved to North Central Kansas to be closer to family and to rescue their sixth-generation cattle ranch from deterioration. While there they purchased two part-time dental offices across the border in Nebraska and developed them into successful full-time practices. In 2011 he was awarded Employer of the Year by the Nebraska Dental Hygienist’s Association.
Jim is currently an adjunct assistant clinical professor for the University of New England’s College of Dental Medicine in Portland, Maine. He enjoys mentoring these enthusiastic young interns and is optimistic about the future of dental care.
While growing up in Indiana, Jim spent his summers helping his grandparents and uncle on the family farm in Kansas. His dream was to become a successful farmer. After attaining an Agriculture Economics degree from Kansas State University in 1978, and farming for twenty years, Dr. Jim decided he needed a new challenge. He was admitted to the prestigious UNMC program and was the oldest member of his class. At age 42 he became a practicing dentist in Vermont.
Dr. Jim recently published a memoir, called “A Piece of Kansas Soil,” about his life on the ranch. He is available for book talks and readings and is happy to sign copies between appointments.
Dr. Jim enjoys traveling back to his homestead in Kansas to keep his hand in the ranching business. He has one son, David, who lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is an avid IndyCar fan and has attended 50 annual Indianapolis 500 races. He also enjoys yoga, hiking, going to the gym, listening to his vinyl collection and writing. He loves spending time with his wife Deb and their two daughters, Emma who resides in New York City, and Sophie who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Lindsey Cunningham is a fourth year dental student at the University of New England in Portland, Maine. She was born and raised is Santa Maria, California and is married to her high school sweetheart, Zach. After graduation, Lindsey will serve 4 years in the United States Air Force and would then like to return to Vermont to work and serve the community as a dentist. In her free time she makes pottery, lifts weights and loves to host friends for dinner. She is excited to spend the fall in Bristol and meet all of the patients of Bristol Park Dental.
Eric Deschenes is a fourth year dental student from the University of New England in Portland, Maine. He is originally from California but New England family connections brought him cross-country to study dentistry. Prior to school Eric worked for ten years as an artist, supplementing his income as a finish carpenter and home builder. In his time off he enjoys being outdoors, spending time in the mountains, building and sailing wooden boats and all manner of tinkering.
Alyssa has been working as a dental hygienist since 2008. She graduated from Vermont Technical College with an associates in science. She is learning to play the guitar and enjoys martial arts and spending time with family, friends and her cats. She loves her job and her patients and says, “Being a hygienist is a very satisfying and fulfilling job!”
Michelle Grennon spent her childhood in Bristol and graduated from Mount Abe High School. She went to dental assisting School at the Center for Technology in Essex, Vermont. She is very happy to be the assistant for Dr. Cossaart in Bristol working right across the street from her twin sister! She’s married and has a beautiful daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. She loves all kinds of sports and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley.
Casey grew up in Bridport, Vermont with her four siblings. She graduated from Middlebury Union High School and now lives in Burlington with her two cats, Jude and Abel. She loves poetry, the beach, dancing, and watching The Last Airbender with her best friend Lucy.
Deb Cossaart grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She moved to Vermont in 1989 and later earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Vermont College. She worked at Project Independence in Middlebury until her move to Kansas seven years ago. While in the Midwest she helped create and develop the Arts Council of Thayer County, a nonprofit group organized to restore and operate the historic small-town Majestic movie theater in Hebron, Nebraska. For the past 10 years she has enjoyed working with her husband, Jim, as business and office administrator for their dental practices. She also greatly appreciated her education on the Kansas ranch where she learned how to help deliver calves, fix fences and dig thistles. Here in Vermont Deb loves walking with her dog, Grady, yoga, reading and traveling. She and Jim are proud new grandparents of little Elliot Theodore who lives in Brooklyn with his parents.