About Painless Pete Dentist & Staff
Peter “Painless” Schindelholz, D.D.S.
The oldest of five boys, Peter was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until moving up to Rhinelander in 1969 with his parents and brothers. After graduating from Rhinelander High School (yes, he was a Hodag!) he went on to UW Madison to earn his BS in Zoology in 1975. With a scientific mind, and knowing he liked to work with his hands, Painless chose dentistry graduating from Marquette Dental School in 1979. That same summer he moved up to Land O’ Lakes. He built his state of the art, log dental office in 1992 where his patients can come for their dentistry in a homelike setting. Always curious about why some teeth wore down or broke more than others, and wanting to stop or slow down that process, Painless took advanced courses in the late 90’s from the Dawson Center for Advancement of Dentistry and the Pankey Institute. This continued education has served our patients well in getting their dentistry to last for a long time (hopefully their lifetime!) Painless is a member of ADA, WDA, Dawson Alumni, Chicago Dental Society, Phelps/LOL Lions Club, the Land O’ Lakes Fish and Game Club and the Chamber of Commerce for Land O’ Lakes, Phelps and Watersmeet, MI. He has served as President of Vilas County Chamber of Commerce and the Land O’ Lakes Lions Club. Currently, Painless is chairman of The Three Bear Sled Dog Races and Games and is in charge of the “Land O’ Lakes Fireworks” every July 3rd, something he has been doing since 1981. Married for over 30 years to Diane, they have two grown daughters, Paula, a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Laura (Dr. Laura) who joined his dental practice in 2014. An avid skier, he also likes to fish, bike and hunt just about anything, especially pheasants with his dog. “I love taking courses in dentistry; especially in comprehensive care which enables me to do all dental and TMJ work that will last. I hope to practice dentistry for a long time Lord willing. The more I do it, the more I learn, the better I get, and the more I enjoy it.”
Laura M. Schindelholz, D.D.S
Laura M. Schindelholz, DDS joined the practice in the summer of 2014 but this is not the first time she has been to our office. As the daughter of Painless, she has been around this office and dentistry all of her life. “I love this area. I love the people and the pace. And I love working to make a positive difference in their lives. I could never see myself anywhere else,” she said.
Dr. Laura was born and raised in Land O’ Lakes and is a ’05 graduate of Northland Pines. She completed her undergraduate work at UW Madison with a degree in Anthropology. There she was part of PHI Beta Kappa Honor Society. She graduated from Marquette Dental School in spring of 2014 where she had been on the Dean’s List. While there she was nominated by the faculty and won the Wisconsin International College of Dentists “David Sampe Award.” Since the age of 14, she has accompanied her Dad on Dental mission trips to Haiti annually.
“I love the rural concept of dentistry” says Dr. Laura, “Where I can provide all types of dental services to my patients, thus saving them trips to specialists that are out of our area. I think rural towns have an advantage of building a great patient/doctor relationship. We share the the same community. I know planting roots here was right for me.”
Dr. Laura is a current member of the American Dental Association, The Wisconsin Dental Association and the Chicago Dental Society. She has been an active volunteer at the Three Bear Sled Dog Races and Games held annually in Land O’ Lakes.
Every season in the outdoors hold something for Dr. Laura. “From hunting, fishing and snowmobiling to just plain walking are things I have always enjoyed,” she said. When away from the office she can be found baking, cooking, crafting and working out.
Melissa – Hygienist
After graduating from Northcentral Technical College in 2016 with her degree in Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, Melissa came knocking at our door. One of the smartest things we ever did was open it! Besides her gentle, yet thorough touch, Melissa lives and breathes great patient care! While at NTC she also obtained Communication and Socioeconomic Certificates and is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association. Throughout school and into her professional career she continues to volunteer for numerous dental and sealant clinics while giving presentations to students about oral health habits in schools. She recently participated in a free dental clinic and health expo in Marshfield. Knowledgeable and compassionate, our patients know they are getting top notch treatment. A Northland Pines Alumna, Melissa enjoys spending time with family, reading and being outdoors. She is engaged to her wonderful fiancé Nathan, together with whom she has a dog, Gus and Molly their cat, all of whom reside in the St. Germain area.
Kaleen – Hygienist
In fall of 2016, Kaleen joined our dental practice as a Hygienist. She graduated from Nicolet College that May with her Associates of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene Degree. There she achieved Dean’s list status and was the recipient of the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler Award. She is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association, The Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition and serves on the Nicolet College Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee. Let’s just say Kaleen is passionate about a healthy smile and great patient care! She even authored a children’s book on fillings! Graduating in 2013 from Crandon High School, she is the oldest of nine children and is proud to call Crandon her home. Kaleen and her fiancé’ are in the process of moving into their “Forever Home” with their many fur-babies! When not working on the house, she enjoys relaxing, cooking and getting outdoors for a little hunting and fishing.
Sue (aka Suzzz) – Lead Dental Assistant
In 1995, Sue found her position working for Painless. She started managing the sterilization area, but after one year, moved into dental assisting and has been sitting alongside one of the doctors ever since. “What I love the most about my job here is to see how appreciative so many of our patients are. Many even give the Doctors a hug!” She said. Born and raised in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sue and her husband moved to the north woods to raise their family and presently live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They have three grown sons and seven grandchildren! In her spare time, Sue likes to cook, garden, walk with “Etta, her German Shepard and ride her beloved horse “Mousse.”
Jessica – Dental Assistant
In Spring of 2016, we were lucky enough to welcome Jessica into our practice overseeing our Sterilization. That however, did not last for long. Soon after, she moved into dental assisting and is now Dr. Laura’s right hand gal! To say Jessica is a mover and shaker would be an understatement. “It means a lot to me when I see the work we do positively impacts our patient’s confidence!” said Jessica. “It’s my favorite part of my job!” She is married to her best friend, Mike. Together they enjoy taking walks in the woods, playing with their boxer, Kiddo and lounging by the lake, often with a glass of wine!
Sherri – Dental Assistant
Sherri started at Schindelholz Dental as our housekeeper, but it soon became apparent that you can’t hold a smart cookie back! Today she is one of our dental assistants and oversees our in-house lab! “I really enjoy getting to know our patients!” Sherri said. “After a while, they seem like family!” Married to her husband “Buzz” for the past 24 years, they have two daughters and one granddaughter, all of whom Sherri loves spending time with! Fishing and walking her dog, Daisey are a few of her other pleasures but when springtime hits, she can’t wait to get her hands dirty working in her flower and vegetable gardens!
Holly – Practice Administrator
After working for Schindelholz Dental since 1983, Holly says “I’m still learning!” Starting as Dr. Pete’s dental assistant, Holly has seen a lot of changes in dentistry and has gotten to know a lot of people. “Some of my best friends today I met while they were in the dental chair!” She said “Dentistry is a profession that is always changing and being around the two doctors, you can’t help but continue to learn. They are both great teachers!” Today, Holly serves as the office manager, lab technician, heads up advertising and assists on occasion. She lives in the woods around Eagle River with her husband, Michael. They have two grown sons and three awesome grandchildren (her “Peeps”). Holly is a member of the First Congregational Church and the Eagle River Historical Society. She loves anything to do with old junk, red wine and being outside.