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Melanie Cowan, DDS

Melanie Cowan, DDS

General Dentist

Dr. Melanie grew up in Moulton, Texas where she graduated from Moulton High School in 1998. After high school, she studied at the University of Texas at Austin and obtained a degree in Chemistry in 2002. Melanie graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio in 2006 and then spent one year in residency at UTHSCSA furthering her knowledge of General Dentistry.

Dr. Melanie associated with two other practices before purchasing and opening Shiner Dental, PLLC in Shiner, Texas in July 2010. Family is very important to Melanie and that philosophy is evident because Shiner Dental, PLLC is built around the premise of family first. We want to be regarded as an integral, trusted part of the family to our local patients when it comes to their dental needs. We will offer top quality, professional service, with small town hospitality.

Melanie enjoys spending time with friends and family. She thoroughly loves her job and is married to Bobby Cowan, originally of Shiner, and they have two daughters, Camille and Claire.

April Simper

April Simper

Office Manager

April is originally from Moulton and is Dr. Melanie’s favorite sister.  She is a former educator and principal and brings that management experience to Shiner Dental as our Office Manager.  We hate to admit it since Dr. Melanie bleeds orange; April is a proud Aggie.  

April enjoys spending time with her family, attending baseball games with her boys and sneaking down to Rockport when she gets a chance.  She is married to Bobby Simper and they have 2 boys, Nick and Jake.

Penny Kupka

Penny Kupka

Patient Coordinator

Penny is our Patient Coordinator and is the first smiling face patients see when they walk though the door.

She has been an integral part of Shiner Dental for a decade coordinating patient appoints both at Shiner Dental and with our referrals, helping with back office and front office responsibilities, and being the voice on the phone that our patients have come to rely on.

Penny is married to her husband Clint and have 3 beautiful daughters: Kara, Kallie and Kaci.

Mary Ann Henry

Mary Ann Henry

Administrative Assistant

Mary Ann is Dr. Melanie’s mom, and she brings over 14 years of experience as a small business owner to the table to help keep operations running smoothly. She also is a former EMT and is learning the ins and outs of the dental office too.

Mary Ann enjoys her job because she gets to help others and gets to work closely with her daughters Melanie and April.

For fun, Mary Ann enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping at Canton and going to Rockport. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, spending his money in Canton, but mostly, spoiling her grandchildren.

Shandyln Koehne, RDH

Shandyln Koehne, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Shandlyn hails from Hallettsville and got her education by completing the Registered Dental Hygienist Program at Wharton County Junior College in 1991. She has been cleaning teeth for over 30 years and was able to bring that experience closer to home when she joined Shiner Dental.

When fulfilling her duties, Shandlyn makes sure that she takes the necessary time with the patients to not only fulfill their dental hygiene needs but educate them on their personal requirements that the doctor has prescribed to ensure the best outcomes. This personal touch is also on display in how she enjoys taking care of and helping others.

Shandlyn spends her personal time with her family with trips to the deer lease to relax. She also enjoys photography and taking care of the animals at home. Shandlyn is married to Steven and they have two sons, Kelton and Korbin, and one daughter-in-law, McKenzie.

Kellie Nicely, RDH

Kellie Nicely, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Kellie’s passion for dentistry evolved in 1993. She graduated from Needville High School and began working as a Dental Assistant while she went to college. She has been a Dental Hygienist since graduating from Wharton County Junior College in 1996.

Kellie never meets a stranger. Her outgoing personality is a true asset to comforting patients in her chair. She grew up in Needville, Texas and eventually moved to Lavaca County in 2011. She has been married to her husband, Gary Nicely for numerous years and they have one son, Grant.

She works part time in our office. When she is not in the office, she enjoys fishing on the coast, being outdoors, yard work, and just hanging out with friends and family. It is rare to catch her without a smile on, and her patients tend to leave with one too!

Brooke Janak, RDH

Brooke Janak, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Brooke is a 2007 graduate of Saint Paul High School. She graduated from dental hygiene school at Wharton County Junior College in 2011 and married her high school sweetheart, Adam, in 2012. She worked as a dental hygienist in Bryan, Texas from 2011 to 2017 when Adam and Brooke decided to move back home to Shiner.

Brooke started working at Shiner Dental in 2018 and is very compassion about up about putting her patients at ease and ensuring a positive dental and experience. In her spare time, she loves being with her three kids and family, going to sporting events, and spending time outdoors.

Callie Glass, RDH

Callie Glass, RDH

Dental Hygienist

 
Rhonda Janak, RDA

Rhonda Janak, RDA

Dental Assistant

 
Chassity Ramirez

Chassity Ramirez

Dental Assistant