Meet The Team

At Owyhee Family Dental we feel privileged to work with a team of professionals dedicated to provide more than just excellence in dental care, but who treat each person who enters our office like family.  Meet our team by clicking on their names below.

Gena Wilson

Practice Manager

Gena joined Owyhee family dental in March 2018. Gena brings with her over 20+ years experience. Gena and her husband Mitch has three children, Tyler, Kaylee, Brandyn. Along with her kids they are proud grandparents to three grandsons Parker, Sawyer, and Ryland that are the light of their life, which is what brought them to Idaho from being native central Oregonians. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her grandchildren and husband. She loves camping, fishing, sewing, decorating and crafting, as well as going anywhere tropical. Gena loves being part of a small town team that provides quality, caring dentistry, and where a team of great coworkers and patients is a plus.


Hailee Blackwell

Front Office Coordinator

Hailee graduated from Homedale High School.  From there she attended CSI in Twin Falls, receiving her associates degree before transferring to Lewis and Clark State College where she received her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.

Hailee started working for Owyhee Family Dental in May 2017.  As a Homedale native Hailee takes pride in being back in the area to help serve the needs of her hometown community.  She is the proud mother of a fun loving and rambunctious little boy named Payson.  In her spare time Hailee loves to stay active, she tries to compete in a couple of races each year.  She is also the owner and craftsman behind Sevens Leather, where she expresses her creativity through tooling leather.

Michelle Jeppe

Registered Dental Hygienist

Michelle grew up in Nampa, Idaho, graduating from Vallivue High School. She attended Idaho State University in Pocatello and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Dental Hygiene in 1991.

Michelle married Dr. Jeppe in 1988 and has served as a dental hygienist at Owyhee Family Dentistry since her graduation from ISU. Michelle and Dr. Jeppe are the parents of two sons, Cole and Reed. After one year at BSU and attending Power Sports program at CWI, Cole is currently working at Mile High Power Sports as a mechanic. Reed is a student at Idaho State Universality's Pharmacy program. Dr. Jeppe also has 4 children from a previous marriage -  Janine, Guy, Ben and Garrett. Together they are the grandparents of 8 grandchildren - 2 girls and 6 boys.

When not serving her patients at Owyhee Family Dental, Michelle loves hiking, scrapbooking, reading and making jewelry. As a family they love golfing and recently purchased a pontoon boat that they regularly us to fish the Snake River

Michelle has the unique ability to make all those she comes in contact with, whether at home, in the community or in the office instantly feel comfortable and at home. When you come to Owyhee Family Dental you really are part of the family.

Shanell Wrigley

Dental Hygienist

Shanell is not only a wonderful hygienist for our patients she is also a busy mother of six – make that seven.  She and her husband, Darren, a parts manager at Parma Company, are the parents of Kyler, McKenna, Kiera, Konner, Kinley, Kaylene, and the newest member of the Wrigley team, McKell, born in the Fall of 2014.

Shanell first started in dentistry as a dental assistant, about the time she and Darren married, in 1998.  She decided to further her career in 2004 and went back to school in 2004, completing her associates degree in Dental Hygiene.  Shortly after receiving her degree Shanell joined us at Owyhee Family Dental in 2007.

As you can imagine, when she’s not polishing beautiful smiles Shanell tries keeping up with and directing her busy family in their school and sports activities.  Together they enjoy camping and a variety of outdoor activities.

Kristen Gibbs

Dental Hygienist

Elsa M. De La Torre

Dental Assistant

Elsa grew up in Wilder, attending school and graduating from high school in 2002.  While in high school Elsa attended a job fair and visited with a representative from the American Institute of Health Technology (AIHT).  At first she wanted to enroll in their Medical Assisting program but when she visited the campus she saw their dental program and training clinic and it just seemed more interesting.  She enrolled in the program and received her dental assisting and expanded functions diploma in 2003.  She has never regretted her decision and loves the wonderful people she gets to serve each day.

While attending AIHT Elsa interned with Dr. Jeppe.  After receiving her diploma Dr. Jeppe asked her to permanently join the Owyhee Family Dental team and she has been here ever since.  Elsa is bilingual which helps in serving our Spanish-speaking patients.

Elsa married her husband, Jerardo, in 2008.  They are the parents of a son born in 2013 and a daughter born in 2017. In her time away from the office she loves reading and cooking.  But mostly she loves spending time with her husband and their children. 

Cindy Truesdell

Dental Assistant

Cindy joined Owyhee Family Dental in 1997 and then took a side adventure for six years, and returned in 2019.  Cindy’s biggest accomplishments are her four children Miranda, Erika, Conner, and Addison.  In addition to spending time with her children Cindy loves to play tennis, hike and camp.  Cindy received her certification for Dental assisting from American Institute of health technology in 1990. Cindy loves the people she is blessed to work with, and considers them a part of her family.

Michelle Irish

Dental Assistant

Michelle resides in Parma.  Michelle enjoys time with her family, and taking care of her little farm, and adventures that take them outdoors.  Michelle received her dental assistant training at Carrington College in Boise, and shortly after in 2014 she joined the Owyhee Family Dental team.  Michelle loves her job and the people she works with.