Meet the Team


Dr. Kip Etheridge, DDS

I have the best profession in the world, providing Dental Healthcare in Battle Creek, Michigan. When I was a child, many hours of my day was spent drawing and enjoying the artistic side of my brain. It was while I was working towards my Eagle Scout, on my Dentistry Merit Badge, in Boy scouts, that I spent some time with my childhood Dentist. I discovered that you can blend science/medicine/healthcare with artistry, as you might say “I was hooked.” More…


Renae Etheridge, RDH, BS, Office Manager, CFO, Dental Hygienist

I realized at a young age, third grade to be precise, that this was going to be my calling. In 1999, I graduated with my Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene, from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry. My career choice has enabled me to improve patients’ health and I could not think of anything more rewarding.

My role, at Etheridge Dentistry, is one of “wearing many hats”. I am considered the Chief Financial Officer, so that means I handle much of the day to day operations; which permits my husband to focus on patient care and planning. My other responsibility is filling in for our three hygienists, our assistant, and front office when needed.

Continuing education is always on my list. We are continually learning and what a great way to keep oneself informed of the newest material, techniques and sometimes changes to how we advise our patients.

Education is extremely important and I have a passion for helping when and where I can. I enjoy going to the elementary school and educating the children about their oral health. It is amazing to hear and see what they have remembered year after year and it allows me to build on that.

I have 4 beautiful children and in my spare time I enjoy swimming, golfing, crafting, and sewing.


Haley Pirochta, RDH – Dental Hygienist

I always wanted to do something in the medical field growing up. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do until I got a few years of college under me. I was discussing career paths with my father one day and we started talking about Dental Hygiene and I decided right then that it was the career for me. I had never worked in a dental office before going to hygiene school so I was going in blind and loved it from the very beginning.

I graduated in 1996 from Loy Norrix High School, then attended Michigan State University for a short time but decided to come back to Kalamazoo. I attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College where I earned my Dental Hygiene degree in 2002. I began my hygiene career subbing for a short time in dental offices as well as had a permanent position in Kalamazoo for a year after I graduated. I then joined the Etheridge Dentistry team in 2003. It’s been a wonderful experience working for Dr. Etheridge and being able to be a part of his team and growing practice.

My husband and I live in Kalamazoo along with our 5 boys. We enjoy doing things as a family and our kids keep us moving, which I love. In my free time I love to run, read, and work outdoors.


Erin Cripe, RDH – Dental Hygienist

I graduated in 1998 from Bellevue High School and was always interested in the health care field. After several years at Central Michigan University, I transferred to Kellogg Community College and chose Dental Hygiene as my career path. I earned my hygiene degree in 2004 along with my Associates Degree in Allied Health. I joined the Etheridge Dentistry team later that same year and couldn’t have asked for a better team! My co-workers are more like family and they mean the world to me. They are caring, understanding, and have a good time even on difficult days. I enjoy being a hygienist and working with my patients one on one, getting to know them personally, and working with them to improve their oral health. I attend many continuing education courses each year and am always striving to learn new information to help my patients. I love that my position allows me to choose how often I work, which is two days a week so I can be home more with my family.

My husband, Jack, and I were married in 2007. I have two stepsons, Cody and Gaige. Together, Jack and I have two more boys, Westin and Parker. They keep me very busy, but when I do get a free moment I enjoy reading, gardening, and photography.


Gena Bjornson, RDH – Dental Hygienist

I love my career choice in dental hygiene where I get to connect on a personal basis with my patients of all ages. I have been a Dental Hygienist for over 25 years where I have worked both in South Carolina and in Michigan. I graduated from Ferris State University in 1985. In addition I have received my certification in Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide Sedation.

Over the years I have met many wonderful patients who I continue to enjoy educating in their dental care. I am dedicated to staying current with the latest technology in the dental field. I strive to keep our office environment comfortable and friendly so that our patients are satisfied with their treatment.

I have been married to my husband, Ken, for over 25 years and we have two children, Kaila and Gunnar. I enjoy reading, walking, and camping in my spare time.


Jenna Lorenz – Dental Assistant

I have been a dental assistant since 2006 and I absolutely love it! I began assisting for my father who is a general dentist when I was 16 years old. He did in office training with me and I was immediately hooked. After I graduated high school I became a full time surgical dental assistant for my sister, who is a periodontist. While working for her and her partner, I became certified in dental radiography and furthered my training in her office. I truly enjoy getting to know patients and helping them feel comfortable in the dental chair. I grew up on the east side of the state in Farmington Hills. I married my husband in January, 2015! He works for H&H farms in Vicksburg so I followed him to the west side of the state where we moved to Portage. I feel so fortunate that I am able to continue my career in dentistry with Etheridge Dentistry. They are a great team to work with and I couldn’t have asked for a better practice to join. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, boating, hunting, fishing and going up north.


Angela Bell – Scheduling Coordinator, Insurance/Account Specialist, New Patient Advocate

I have worked in the dental field for over 10 years as a scheduling coordinator and insurance/account specialist. I love being part of a great team, helping people obtain healthy, beautiful smiles.

My husband and I live in the Battle Creek area with our two boys, Landon and Levi. Sports and extracurricular activities keep us very busy. In our free time we enjoy being up north riding the trails, fishing, swimming, campfires and spending time with our families.

Dr. Kip Etheridge has the experience you expect and the credentials you can trust!

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