Message From The Founders

Our dental marketing team is the secret sauce that makes Wonderist Agency special. “Wonder Buddies”, as we’ve come to be known, are a driven and ambitious breed. We constantly strive to find ways to improve, always elevating the work, challenging each other and pushing ourselves to be better. But most importantly, we care. A lot. We get to know our clients and their businesses on a personal level, and in a way that few other dental marketing agencies would. And that’s because every member of our team understands that our client’s livelihood rests in our hands. It’s the nature of small business, and with a small business of our own, the goal is always growth.

Meet the Founders

Learn more about the people behind the agency.

Michael Anderson
Co-Founder

Michael’s passion for entrepreneurship landed him square in the middle of Milwaukee’s growing start-up community. Playing an active role on the local scene, he and Laura started laying the groundwork to grow Wonderist Agency. With artistic vision and a scrappy, jack-of-all-trades mindset, Michael has brought energy and strength to a great foundation. When Michael isn’t burning the midnight oil, you might find him working on his 1964 classic boat, fishing, rummaging through local antique stores, or enjoying a craft brew.

Laura Maly
Co-Founder

After 10 years in the advertising world working on both agency and client sides (General Motors, Kohl’s Department Stores, Microsoft, and Sony Pictures) Laura took the jump into small business ownership in 2011. Since then she’s been having a ball helping dental practices find their marketing footing and educating her clients. Aside from her love of dental-land, you might find Laura giving back to the community through Junior League of San Diego, the San Diego County Dental Foundation, practicing Yoga, hanging with her 4 rescue dogs, traveling, and drinking coffee.

Meet the Team

See who you'll be working with when you choose Wonderist Agency for all your Dental Marketing needs.

April Roberts

Head of Account Management

April began her career working in higher education, but quickly discovered a passion for marketing. Born and raised in North Carolina, April moved west with her husband, and their chocolate lab, in search of new adventures. When she’s not coordinating marketing strategies for her clients, April can be found hanging out by the beach or road tripping across the US. April is also a member of Junior League of San Diego where she coordinates fun events for members.

Holly Holden

Head of Design

As soon as she realized “coloring on the computer” was a legitimate profession, Holly started on her path as a graphic designer by making wallpaper art for her family’s computer desktops. Her portfolio has since expanded to include designs for food startups, international development projects, and now, dental marketing and branding. When Adobe isn’t open, Holly enjoys running along the San Diego coast, extra-large glasses of California cab sauv, being disappointed by the Buffalo Bills, and tagging people in dog memes on Instagram.

Mary Scannell

Head of Content

With her nasally, Chicago accent and her no-nonsense work ethic, this big shouldered broad has a passion for all things creative. You can most often find Mary throwing her two cents into web and design meetings, asking our SEO Manager countless questions, and quietly muttering lines of copy to herself as she whips websites, direct mailers and all things content into shape.

Paul Herzog

Head of Web Development

They said building a process that creates beautiful websites efficiently and on schedule couldn’t be done. Actually, a lot of people said it could be done. It’s done all the time. As Head of Web at Wonderist Agency, Paul makes sure that it gets done here too. An alum of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Digital Media, this banana slug has over 10 years experience in marketing, web design, and all things digital. And get this, he enjoys activities outside of work as well.

Stephanie Ohlemacher

Head of Digital Search

Our Head of Digital Search, Stephanie, is on a quest to help business owners across the dental, financial and legal industries get found online. Stephanie has guided more than 300 dental practices (and counting!) into some of the most coveted positions of Google's competitive search results. As a Cultural Pillar in Health at Wonderist Agency, she enjoys persuading her teammates to join her in attending Pilates & Yoga classes.

Andres Chavarro

Controller

With over 4 years of experience in public and private large corporations, Andres, wants to make the most out of every penny for our clients and company. Chapy, as we all call him, grew up in Bogota, Colombia, moved to Argentina for 3 years, until he finally decided to make San Diego his forever home. He holds a degree in Accounting and when he is not crunching numbers here at the office you can find him spending time with his family and two dogs.

Forrest Lutz

Business Development

Forrest was born and raised right here in San Diego and has always talked a little too much… Funny how he found himself in a Business Development role where he helps lead our Sales! After a 7 year California hiatus, spending 4 years at UNC - Wilmington where he graduated with a BA in Marketing, he returned to his San Diego stomping grounds. Forrest loves to spend his time outside fishing, playing golf, playing pickleball, and drinking his favorite local beer, Karl Strauss.

Paxton Harman

Marketing Manager

Paxton is a small-town Wisconsin native that spent her time studying Marketing in college. She also found her love of dentistry by working as a dental assistant. Paxton learned that marketing in the dental world was something she wanted to jump into, having the best of both worlds ( marketing & dentistry). Her love for content creation & branding is what makes her so excited for her field of work. Outside of Wonderist, Paxton spends her free time playing tennis and exploring new coffee shops in San Diego.

Amanda Lin

SEO Specialist

Amanda is a California native, who was born and raised in the foggy town of Daly City. After graduating with a degree in Economics, Amanda realized that she would much rather help build brands instead of crunching numbers and drawing graphs. She started her digital marketing career in earned media and is currently building her digital search repertoire as an SEO specialist. When she isn’t optimizing sites and driving organic traffic, Amanda likes to find new restaurants to try, travel the world, and cuddle with her cat, Soybean.

Anna Goforth

PPC Specialist

Born and raised in South Alabama, Anna decided to make the move to San Diego to attend school at Point Loma Nazarene University’s beautiful oceanfront campus. As a PPC specialist, she has the chance to put her over-analytical mind to work. When she isn’t working on advertising campaigns, Anna spends most of her time driving her rescue pup, Oliver, to the dog park, working up a sweat in hot yoga classes, and sipping on margaritas in her favorite travel destination- Puerto Vallarta.

Chiharu Ogo

Social Content Manager

Chi is a San Diego native who discovered her love for Social Media while working for a fashion brand in New York. She brings her passion, skill, and enthusiasm to her role as well as an eclectic sense of style. When she is not creating content, Chi can be found planning her next Music Festival outing, preparing for her Great British Bake Off debut, struggling to control her Harry Potter obsession, or getting rowdy at hockey games. Go Blackhawks!

Chris Dumas

Social Media Ads Manager

Chris began his career in New York City as a Production Manager for live theatre productions, as well as television and film. After spending some years traveling the country for work, he eventually settled San Diego, CA. Chris brings 5+ years of Marketing experience to Wonderist with an emphasis in Social Media Marketing. When not managing the social media ad accounts for Wonderist clients, you can find him exploring local breweries, taking pictures around town, and cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Cortney Putters

Account Manager

Cortney grew up in Georgia and after graduating college, lived in St. Louis and Seattle before deciding to make San Diego home. Her favorite things about being an Account Manager are getting to know her clients and working with all of the different departments here at Wonderist. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to baseball games and trying new restaurants.

Elodie Demmon

Social Content Manager

Elodie is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native who grew up poring over magazines, books, and photo albums and found the perfect marriage between writing and photography through social media. She brings her eye for aesthetics into all work she touches and enjoys getting to know clients to create the most genuine content possible. When she's not scrolling through Instagram, Elodie can be found at the beach or on the couch watching Mad Men for the ninth time in a row.

Emma Moses

Account Manager

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Emma made her way to San Diego in search of warmer weather and a future in marketing. Emma kick-started her career during her last semester at San Diego State University with an agency internship and quickly settled into account management after graduation. When she’s not hammering out emails or wooing clients with her Midwestern charm, you can find Emma Instagramming picture-perfect meals and hanging at the beach. She loves pilates and perusing the aisles of Trader Joe’s.

Joanna Pickett

Account Manager

Born and raised in Georgia, JoJo spent the first few years after college traveling around the country for a non-profit organization. It was through those adventures that she found a love for the west coast, San Diego in particular. In her down time, JoJo can be found facetiming her niece and nephew, planning her next trip, and rooting for LeBron James anywhere that has the largest TV screen possible.

Joanna Wong

Account Manager

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Joanna traded perpetual fog and peacoat weather for San Diego’s sun and beaches. She earned her B.A. in Advertising and Marketing from San Diego State University, and dove into the industry first through several nonprofit marketing/communications roles. In her free time, Joanna is a voracious reader (she is especially fond of dystopian fiction and suspense thrillers), loves leg day at the gym, and continues her nonprofit involvement through volunteering.

Kelsey Gunn

Content Writer

Kelsey is from North County San Diego and has a background in both teaching and dancing classical ballet. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Literature and Writing Studies and a minor in French from California State University San Marcos where her favorite professor suggested that she look into copywriting and editing. She is a horror genre enthusiast and especially loves Hitchcock’s films. When she is not trying to convince people of the Oxford comma’s usefulness at Wonderist, she can be found gardening, cooking, or trying to wrangle her four unruly cats.

Lauren Bennett

SEO Specialist

Born and raised in the middle of California, Lauren knew she would someday make the move to Southern California. After a confusing first year of college as an Agriculture major, she moved to the much more glamorous Business department where she found her love for digital marketing. As an SEO Specialist, she helps our clients improve their online search presence; as a normal, everyday human, Lauren enjoys taking her long-haired dachshund, Apollo, to the beach and pretending to the like the San Diego Padres (they’re her favorite football team).

Lauren Doyle

Senior Content Manager

Like many of her fellow co-workers, Lauren is not a California native but moved to San Diego when she realized that people did not have to suffer through Boston winters every year. Lauren loves creating sites that reflect the client's personality and at the same time draws in their prospective patients. Her favorite thing about building websites is that the process is ever changing. There is always an awesome new feature to learn and incorporate into a site. When not in the office, Lauren is most likely driving up and down the beautiful California coast.

Lauren Horne

Content Writer

After freelancing for a while, Lauren joined the Wonder Buddies full-time as a copywriter. She likes to think that she started a trend because Wonderist hired two more Laurens immediately after she got the gig. (Together, they make up 13% of the company.) In the office, you can find her cuddled up with a blanket and coffee while she writes, edits, and accidentally responds when another Lauren is called. Outside of work, Lauren spends most of her time climbing, running, and snuggling with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley.

MJ Kovarik

Graphic Designer

The green thumb Graphic Designer here at Wonderist Agency! MJ has had more than eight years of experience in graphic design with a focus on branding. While receiving her Master’s degree in Biology with a focus in Conservation from Miami University, she hopes to find new and innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of design and marketing. In her spare time, you will find her tending to her backyard garden, beach-crashing in Ocean Beach, biking around Point Loma or volunteering at the San Diego Zoo.

Melissa Klebba

Account Manager

Although Melissa has lived in seven different states as she grew up in a military family but claims Norman, Oklahoma as her hometown. She graduated with a B.B.A in Marketing and Management as an OU Sooner. Before Wonderist, she worked nine years with Ross Dress for Less, where she quickly discovered her love of marketing while leading their Grand Opening marketing initiatives. When she isn’t learning about her clients and practices at work, you can find her chasing around her two kiddos at the beach, dreaming of her stint on Big Brother, or rooting on the Sooners as they dominate (hopefully) in sports.

Nina Cristobal

Graphic Designer

Nina comes from a dental family right here in San Diego! While she didn’t end up (directly) following in their footsteps, she’d like to think her graphic design work with dentists still counts as keeping the legacy going. Working closely with clients helped her discover a passion for communicating on a visual level, which eventually inspired her to take the leap into the wonderful world of design. When she's not designing, Nina enjoys getting lost in design and innovation magazines and taste-testing the latest food trends.

Pierce Butler

Content Manager

On a whim, Pierce moved to San Diego from his native Atlanta after graduating college. After realizing sales wasn't for him, and lacking the necessary talent for a professional surfing career, Pierce found a passion for designing beautiful and unique websites. When he isn't struggling to decide what font combination most screams "modern family dental", you can find him hiking, at a local music venue or attempting to check off every craft brewery in San Diego.

Sean Lagda

Content Manager

Sean is also a native San Diegan and has been freelancing and working professionally as a web designer for the past 4 years. He enjoys the challenge of bringing life to new visual ideas and solving well-designed layouts with code. When he's not building websites he is creating tons of music or going to local concerts with his friends.

Zach Weaver

Account Manager

Zach is a San Diego native and still loves the Chargers. Zach traveled to Colorado where he played NCAA lacrosse and earned B.A. in Marketing at THE Colorado Mesa University. He is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at CSUSM. He fell in love with digital marketing and moved back to the sunny weather where he enhanced his local marketing experience in Tech. When he is not at work he enjoys surfing and golfing.

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