Dental Staff

Hi, I am Dr. Jonathan Berns

I am a leader in the community.  I am on the board of advisors for the Ogemaw Kids Club and the Committee Chair of the Boy Scout Troop 971.  I am also a proud sponsor of many events in the West Branch Area.

I have achieved the Fellowship Award for the Academy of General Dentistry in 2008 and have been practicing dentistry for over 25 years.

I am involved in organized dentistry including President of the Saginaw Valley District Dental Society, delegate to the Michigan Dental Association and alternate delegate to the American Dental Association.

I am married to Dr. Sally Sperbeck, who is an Internal Medicine doctor here in West Branch. I enjoy playing video games with my two children and may be seen hiking in the woods on the Ogemaw Trails.  I'm an avid cook and enjoy making Thai food. 



Elisa, Dental Hygientist 

It has been my privilege to serve Ogemaw County as an oral health professional for the past 14 years. My passion is helping people.  I absolutely love advocating and educating for individuals to have healthy smiles which can lead to better health over a lifetime.  I have been involved in Children's Dental Health for the past 11 years.  I have created and taught an educational program geared to Pre-K and K children to help instill lifelong values for oral health.  Every year in February, which is Children's Dental Health Month, I have the opportunity to present this program at Surline Elementary.  I was able to plan and implement an oral hygiene program for staff at nursing homes and long term care facilities, which I administered at The Villa.  I have passion for public health.  From May 2014 to June 2015 I advocated, created and implemented a coalition for the optimal level of fluoride in West Branch's city water system.  The city of West Branch passed the maintenance of the optimal level of fluoride in June 2015.

It is very important as a health professional to maintain continuing education, and I am a member of the Michigan Dental Hygienist Association.  I attended Ferris State University for my Associates in Applied Science and graduated in 2001.  I recently continued my education and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree at University of Michigan in May 2014.  I am currently attending the University of Michigan for an  Executive Masters in Health Administration and will graduate in May 2018.

I grew up in West Branch and reside here, enjoying spending time with my amazing husband and three children.  We are busy with sports, fishing and hunting.  I love to run, hike and golf.  I am blessed to  live in Northern Michigan and truly enjoy what our state has to offer.







Stephanie, Dental Hygientist

Hey,  My name is Stephanie Howard. I grew up in Turner, MI.  I graduated from Arenac Eastern High School in 2000, there after I attented Delta College in 2007. I began my career in May 2007 at the office and have enjoyed 10 years serving the wonferful people of the West Branch community. I dedicate my skills to all my patients and their entire health. 

Outside of my job I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, and my wonderful daughter, Paige. We love living on Lake Huron.  As a family we enjoy boating, fishing and soaking up the sun. 









Nicole, Dental Hygientist

Hi, my name is Nicole and I am a Dental Hygientist at Dr. Jonathan Berns office.  I graduated from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, "EH"!  I really enjoy working with the public and educating my patients on the importance of Oral Hygiene. I love all  my co-works and now have a special bond with each and everyone of them. They make work very fun and interesting.

I am married to a wonderful man and have 3 fabulous sons.  I love the outdoors and I love all animals, especially my dogs!!  I love spending time with my family and friends. We enjoy taking our side by side out on the trails and we really enjoy being on the lake hanging out with friends and family.  I look forward to working at Dr. Berns office for many more years.








Jennifer Zimmer, Dental Assistant

I am a Dental Assistant at Dr. Jonathan Berns office. I have been with the practice for almost 14 years and now I have the pleasure working with Dr. Berns for 10 years now.  I take a lot of pride being a Dental Assistant.  I love educating our patients on the importance of Oral Health Care and helping them maintain their healthy smiles. One of my favorite parts of my job is getting to know our patients and their families.  They become more like family to me.  I love what I do and I love coming to work every day and seeing our patients.  My goal is to ensure every patients gets the best care that they deserve. I have volenteered for the Mission of Mercy, twice, and will continue to do so. 

I was born and raised in West Branch.  I currently reside in West Branch with my son, Cody.  He is a junior at Ogemaw Heights High School.  He loves to play baseball and plays for the Ogemaw Heights Falcons.  We enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, boating, kayaking, baseball and spending time with our family.




Laurie, Dental Assistant

Hi, my name is Laurie Romatz.  I am a dental assistant with the office of Dr. Jonathan Berns.  I started working at the practice on April 23, 1990 and was empolyed by Dr Jeffrey Schubert for 19 years.  Dr Berns bought the practice on June 1, 2009 and I'm still here 30 years and counting!!  As a dental assistant I enjoy helping and educating the many past , present and future patients we have in our practice. Over the years they are all like family.  Healthy smiles make for a healthy life. I have volenteered for the Mission of Mercy since it started .

I love the outdoors especially in the summer when I am on my Harley Davidson motorcyle riding with friends & I also enjoy going for my daily walks. You might even see me walking through our town.  




Cindy, Office Receptionist

Hi my name is Cindy and I'm the Office Receptionist at Dr. Berns office.  I have been with the practice for 7 years. I love working the front desk and greeting every patient with a smile and a friendly word.  I like to make everyone as comfortable as possible about "being at the dentist".

I have a beautiful daughter, Markele and her baby of 2 years, Trooper.  Which is a yellow lab and the best granddog ever. I also have 2 cats, Chiquita and Bo jangos. On my spare time I enjoy helping my sister out at her restaurant and love to cook for my friends and family.