Dr. Mark G. Brunk
Hello. I am a 1975 graduate of Brownstown Community High School, a 1980 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a 1984 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. In 1984 I worked for a local dentist in Vandalia, and in 1985 I opened my own dental practice on the corner of West Orchard Street and Sixth Street. March of 2010 we moved into a new, state-of-the-art dental facility in the same location. I am very happy providing dental care to the people who come to my practice.
Over the years, my love of dentistry has come mostly to performing extractions and making my patients affordable, natural-looking dentures. My wife Paula and I have been married for 34 years and we have three children and three grandchildren. The oldest child Kelli is now Dr. Kelli Brunk Blank and joined the practice after graduating SIU School of Dental Medicine in 2011. Our second child is now Mrs. Allison Satterthwaite. She graduated from Lakeview School of Nursing with a RN-BS degree December of 2011 and is a nurse at Greenville, IL. The youngest child Brian is a freshman at SIU-Edwardsville and a member of the Air Force ROTC at S.t Louis University. When not practicing dentistry you will find me riding around the country on a Harley, riding around in my 1928 Ford Tudor car, or trout fishing around the Midwest. (above, 11-09-2013 Spring River, Mammoth Springs, AK..)
Over the years, my love of dentistry has centered primarily around performing teeth extractions and making my patients affordable, natural-looking dentures. There is not much more rewarding than delivering a new set of dentures to a patient who has struggled with their smile for several years due to tooth loss, decay, or extremely crooked teeth. To give the gift of an good-looking smile to a patient and seeing their reaction the first time they look in a mirror at their new smile is priceless. It brings me joy in my profession. In March of 2011 I opened Brunk Family Dental Care in Metropolis, IL to provide affordable dental care to an even greater area of Southern Illinois. Since then I have been a lead provider in full mouth extraction and denture cases, and I look forward to building that practice. So if you need a new set of teeth, I'm your guy! Feel free to stop by our Metropolis office. It's located four blocks North of the famous Giant Superman Statue.
Dr. Mike Lask
Hello! I am a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Prior to my dental training, I graduated from Edwardsville High School and Illinois State University. My wife and I have two sons and a dog, Jimmie. When not in the office you will find me fishing, rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams. And most importantly, tending to the BBQ grill no matter if there is rain, snow or sunshine.
Dr. Kelli Brunk Blank
Welcome! I am a 2011 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. My prior education includes an undergraduate degree at SIU Edwardsville, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Biology:Medical Sciences, along with a Minor in Chemistry and in Spanish. During my time at SIUe I was very active member of the Alpha Phi International Fraternity and was a teacher's assistant/tutor for the Organic Chemistry Department. I'm a proud alumni of St. Anthony High School in Effingham, IL.
Besides working at our Vandalia office, I also fill in at our new Metropolis branch, Brunk Family Dental Care of Metropolis, which opened March 2013. On many weekends you may catch me suited up in my military uniform, as I also serve as a Captain in the Illinois Army National Guard Dental Corps. For two years I also taught as an Assistant Professor in the Community & Preventitive Dentistry Assistant department at the SIU School of Dental Medicine, but quit teaching once I had my second child. I hope to one day return to part-time teaching. My husband, Shane, and I reside in Collinsville, IL. We have two children; daughter Josephine, 4 years, and son Kal, 1 year. On the weekends you can find us rooting on Mizzou Football at Farrot Field, staying active in the gym, or exploring the amenities that St. Louis has to offer.
I am very passionate about dentistry. I grew up in the office of Brunk Family Dental Care and started working there at the age of 15, filing charts, cleaning, and answering phone calls. Years later I'm proud to have returned to Vandalia to work alongside my mentor/father, Dr. Brunk, and our amazing dental team. They truly make work enjoyable!
My current career goals are focused on building our new Dental Spa. I have thoroughly enjoyed bringing Facial Esthetics into our practice, and am excited to be the first office in South Central Illinois that is offering these procedures!
Dr. Amanda Hoelscher Wessol
Hello! I graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in 2014 and completed a year of advanced education in general dentistry residency in 2015. Before dental school I attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign; I graduated in 2010 with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minor in Chemistry. I am originally from Geneseo, a small town in northwest Illinois, where I graduated high school in 2006.
I currently reside in Carlyle, IL with my husband Patrick and our little Redbone Coonhound puppy Lucy Mae. In our free time we enjoy watching St. Louis sports or even better going to Busch Stadium or Scottrade Center to catch a game. I also enjoy running, cooking, and home renovation projects.
So far in my dental career I have come to enjoy all aspects of dentistry. During my residency I gained a lot of experience in simple and surgical extractions, crowns/bridges, implant dentistry, dentures, full mouth rehabilitation, fillings and pediatric dentistry. I am up to date on all the current dental materials and dental techniques so if you have questions on anything dentistry feel free to ask, I’d love to share!