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.
Dr. Charlotte Church
Charlotte Church is a native Nebraskan, and now proud resident of Vermont. She knew from a young age she wanted to pursue a degree in the healthcare field where she could study the biological sciences and fuel her passion for working with people. Through complex orthodontic treatment as a child and a fascination with teeth, she realized dentistry was the career she wanted to pursue. She attained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan University, where she graduated with high distinction. She then went on to dental school at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Dentistry, where she graduated with high distinction in 2014.
After graduation, Charlotte began practicing in a small community outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. After a year of practicing, she also started teaching as a clinical instructor at the UNMC College of Dentistry. Over the next several years she thoroughly enjoyed both practicing and teaching dental and dental hygiene students, and became Course Director for the class which prepares dental students for seeing patients in the clinic. Though she loved Nebraska and both of those positions, it was time to start a new chapter. After some time in a long distance relationship and many visits to VT, she made the move to join her fiancé. They are both dentists in the area, and love serving their communities with compassionate and high quality care.
Charlotte loves spending her free time with family and friends, and spending time outdoors. Her favorite outdoor activities are hiking and paddle boarding. Her other hobbies include music, food, and spoiling their three dogs, Nala, Ziggy, and Razor.
Nicole is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and obtained her BS from UMass Dartmouth. Before dental school she worked as a dental assistant and Office Manager which helped her understand the field of dentistry and give her an edge in dental school. Nicole loves to travel; this is her biggest passion. She has already visited every state on the East and West Coast. She is eager to finally road trip across the country and travel the world. Nicole loves animals; some have even given her the nickname, "Animal Whisperer" as animals typically flock around her. Fun fact: Nicole can hula five hoops at one time!
Basim was born and raised in Freehold, New Jersey the hometown of Bruce Springsteen. Basim obtained his BS in Biomedical Engineering from NJIT and a MBS from UMDNJ (now Rutgers) in Biomedical Sciences. Before attending dental school, he worked at Six Flags Great Adventure as their New Construction & Maintenance Supervisor overseeing the installation and rehab of their rides. Basim loves to play tennis and travel. After dental school he hopes to travel across the world. Fun Fact: Basim has been on the top of the world's tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka!
Michaela has been a dental hygienist since 2014. She received her bachelors degree in dental hygiene in 2017. She lives in Ripton, where she loves spending time with her chickens, especially her pet rooster, Marshmallow (featured in these photos!). She also enjoys arts and crafts and baking. She recently created a fall themed three-tier wedding cake for her sister.
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!”
Emma grew up in Western Massachusetts and moved to Vermont in 2014 to attend Vermont Technical College for dental hygiene. Emma quickly found herself at home in Addison County. She graduated Vermont Technical College in 2017 with an Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene and is planning on completing her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Spring 2019. Emma finds fulfillment in educating and improving the health of her patients. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys being outside with her dogs, horses, and chickens.
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, especially the Patriots, and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley.
Allison grew up in South Lincoln, Vermont. She graduated from the Center for Technology in Essex as a Dental Assistant in 2017 and has been assisting ever since. She enjoys spending time outside, kayaking, fishing and walking trails with her dog, Darla. She is a huge animal lover and especially loves her cat, Bonnie.
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.