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Dr. Carolyn Griffin

Dr. Griffin has a passion for patient care and strives to create beautiful, healthy, lasting smiles for patients in Shorewood. Prosthodontists specialize in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with missing or deficient teeth, and as such, she focuses on aesthetics and oral rehabilitation— specifically in cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry.

Dr. Griffin graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University in 2007 and Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2010, where she also earned her certificate in prosthodontics. Throughout her training, Dr. Griffin received many honors including the Marquette University Ignatius Scholarship, Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship, Midwest Dental Scholarship, Zoepfel Morton Scholarship, Delta Dental Scholarship, and Wisconsin Dental Association Scholarship. She has presented at the Wisconsin Section of the American Academy of Prosthodontics and has participated in mission trips to Utah with the Academy of Prosthodontics to perform dental treatment for the Navajo Nation.

After obtaining her DDS, Dr. Griffin completed 3 years of rigorous education and residency beyond dental school to earn her advanced degree in prosthodontics. Her residency emphasized implant reconstruction, resolving implant-related complications, aesthetic dentistry, and removable prosthodontics (dentures and partial dentures).

When she’s not at the office, you can find Dr. Griffin working with her husband on projects around the house, gardening, biking, and cooking. If you’re looking for a skilled, experienced prosthodontist in Shorewood to care for your implant or restorative treatment, Dr. Griffin would love to meet you! We also offer general services to help patients maintain optimal dental health.

Specialized Dentistry

What Is a Prosthodontist?

If the comfort, appearance, or function of your teeth have been ongoing dental issues for you, a prosthodontist can help improve your smile and overall oral health.

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty focused on the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with missing or deficient teeth.

A prosthodontist is a recognized expert when teeth need to be replaced. This can range from a single tooth to all teeth, with special consideration to gum health and the integrity of the jaw.

Exceptional Care & Service

About the Team

At Lake Bluff Dental, we work hard to give you the kind of dental experience you deserve. Our warm, inviting team is happy to answer any questions you may have while you’re in our office, and we love striking up conversations with patients because we want you to feel comfortable and genuinely cared for. From the front office staff to our lab technicians and hygienists, we work together to deliver exceptional service every step of the way.


Lead Dental Hygienist

With 19 years of dentistry experience, Nicole is a treasure to Lake Bluff Dental. She credits her grandfather, who was a dentist, as her strongest influence and motivator. While still in high school, she began her career as a receptionist in a dental office and then moved on to Dental Hygiene School. Nicole has a positive outlook and is confident that even the most challenging situations can have a gratifying outcome. She is passionate about educating and informing her patients and being with them through every step of their journey to oral health. Nicole uses photos and visuals to explain what she is seeing to help patients better understand their treatments. Nicole is an avid CrossFitter and runner. She enjoys spending time “up north” snowmobiling, ATV riding, and boating with her son, husband, and family.



Dominique comes to Lake Bluff Dental with 6 delightful years as a hygienist. She graduated at the top of her class with honors. In an effort to provide the best care possible, she actively attends continuing educational courses yearly. Dominique takes pride in creating individualized care for each patient. Connecting with patients is what drives her to succeed. Dominique is a mom of two beautiful children whom she absolutely adores. She spends her time away from the office enjoying her family, cooking and experimenting with new vegetarian meals, and making her own skin care products.


Lead Dental Assistant

At Lake Bluff Dental, Jessica’s main focus is exceptional patient care. Jessica knows there is more to dentistry than simply fixing smiles. She is dedicated and goes above and beyond to foster a friendship with her patients to make sure they get the best experience possible. Jessica is also bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish. After graduating top of her class, she proudly began her dental assisting career. Jessica is a fantastic multi-tasker and can also be seen filling in at the front desk. Jessica and her husband, a member of our military, are recent newlyweds. They share their home with their sassy dog, Harlow, and love getting to spend quality time with their families.


Dental Lab Technician

Laury brings 25 years of experience with her to Lake Bluff Dental. She began her career in orthodontics, where she spent many years helping to straighten teeth before expanding her knowledge to cosmetic and restorative treatments. She skillfully creates and restores dental appliances to satisfy patients’ individual needs. Laury enjoys meeting with patients to better accommodate their expectations and works hard to see them smile. Laury does all social media for Lake Bluff Dental, so you may catch her on the hunt for cherishable, photographic moments. Laury is very proud of her military son, Kieran, and loves spending time with her husband, Mike. Friends, family, travel, and charity are very important in her life.


Dental Assistant

Carissa began her dental career as a certified dental assistant over 25 years ago and taught dental assisting for several years in Kansas City. She is passionate about getting to know all of our patients. She goes out of her way to provide quality service and gives attention to patient care and comfort. In her free time, she enjoys baking, painting, and cheering her daughter on as she plays volleyball for Shorewood High School. Carissa and her family love camping, hiking, and kayaking as well as taking the Boston Terrier, Lola, for walks around our beautiful community.


Front Office Manager

Stephanie, joins Dr. Griffin’s team with 9 years of experience in the dental field. She obtained her associates degree in liberal arts and started her career as a dental assistant shortly after. She continues her education in healthcare administration and has been in the management role for 3 years. She takes pride in helping patients with any questions they may have regarding their treatment plan, insurance or financial needs. Stephanie is committed to making every patient’s experience in our office a positive one. Her goal is to use her experience and knowledge to ensure patient's receive the care they deserve.
She takes pleasure in helping patients find confidence in their smiles again by working with Dr. Griffin and staff as a team to achieve healthy and beautiful smiles.
Stephanie moved to Milwaukee from Madison, WI in 2017 and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family. She enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, and biking. She loves cooking and learning new recipes and spending time with her precious dog, Moka.


Business Manager

Shaun keeps Lake Bluff Dental running smoothly by managing the business side of things. He does a great job of keeping everything on track to help the office run as efficiently as possible. Dr. Griffin and Shaun have been married since 2015 and have two beautiful daughters together. When he’s not crunching numbers at the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors, working on DIY projects, and riding motorcycles.

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