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

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

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.

Ryan Haug

Head of Web Development

Ryan’s love of solving problems with code started when he was 10 years old, building websites for fun not expecting anyone to see them. Creating websites as a hobby soon became a career after graduating with his master’s degree in communication. When he’s not in front of the computer, he’s out exploring his new San Diego home, drinking an IPA or checking out the stars. Another Buffalo, NY transplant, Ryan gave up the snowy polar vortex for sunny southern California.

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.

MJ Kovarik

Head of Design

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.

Spencer LaPrath

Head of PPC

Spencer’s mission is to change the game when it comes to digital marketing. He believes in delivering advertising that is positive, compelling, and authentic. It's what he’s passionate about. When Spencer encounters a new challenge, he doesn’t view it as a problem. He sees it as an opportunity. An opportunity to raise the bar for himself, the team, and the marketing world as a whole. For Spencer, maintaining the status quo is simply not an option. Creativity and innovation are at the heart of the Wonderist spirit. He can't wait to work with you.

Chris Dumas

Head of Photo and Video Productions

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 videography experience to Wonderist. When not managing productions, you can find him exploring local breweries, taking pictures around town, and cheering for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Garrett Slate

Business Development

A Central California native, Garrett decided to stay in San Diego after graduating from University of San Diego. Garrett joined the Wonderist team initially to help them design & build websites, but was eventually given the opportunity to grow their newly acquired, finance-focused marketing agency: Merger Labs. After three years of growing the agency, Garrett rejoined the Wonderist team to help with Business Development. Outside of work, Garrett likes to explore new restaurants, go to the park with his dog (Finn!), and is continuously searching for the best Old-Fashioned in SD County.

Jared Carpenter

PPC Specialist

Born and raised in San Diego. PPC has always been in his best interest as paid advertisement is always an ever-changing field. Making sure clients have a full understanding of their PPC service is very important to him as well as delivering the best results for conversions. In his spare time you can catch Jared playing board games with friends, modding Nerf blasters, or trying to send a challenging route at the rock climbing gym.

Kelsey Muma

Senior Account Manager

Kelsey is one of the several midwesterners on the Wonderist squad and will forever be proud of her Michigan roots (Go Blue!). She’s been a competitive swimmer since age 10 and swam in college, while attending school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida aka paradise. Post college she dove into the world of business, with a focus on brand development and marketing in the cosmetics industry and then moved on to agency style marketing and working with clients from a wide spectrum of different industries. In her free time she can be found running around Fiesta Island, fishing from the rocks at Mission Bay, eating tacos in North Park at City Tacos, and photographing couples.

Michael Leighty

Senior Account Manager

Mike is more than your typical jean-cuffed, craft-beer drinking, all-black-wearing dude. He's your go-to for anything and everything marketing. 13 years ago, Mike was fortunate enough to escape the Central Valley to study Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts at UCSD. After finishing his degree, Mike pursued marketing and design. When he's not defeating divine beasts in Zelda, or snapping Instagram pics of his French Bulldog A$AP FLACO, you can find him riding his fixed-gear bike or sipping on cold brew at a hipster coffee shop in Downtown San Diego.

Gillian Duncan

Senior SEO Specialist

Gillian is both from everywhere and nowhere. For now, we’ll settle on Oahu, Hawai’i and go from there. Gill came to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego, where you could find her every morning rowing on Mission Bay in the peak early hours. She spent four years majoring in Rowing and minoring in Communications, As a Division I rower, it took up the majority of her time, but all jokes aside, rowing also developed the most key characteristics that attract her to the marketing industry - competitiveness, adaptability and being comfortable being uncomfortable. Other than being a former-athlete, Gillian is known as a bookworm, a movie buff, and a dog-loving gal!

Lauren Nichols

Graphic Designer

Born and raised in the middle of California, Lauren knew she would someday make a move out of the Central Valley. After a confusing first year of college (Go Dogs!) as an Agriculture major, she moved to the much more glamorous Business department where she found her love for advertising and graphic design. As a graphic designer, she helps our clients establish the look and feel of their brand; as a normal, everyday human, Lauren enjoys taking her long-haired dachshunds, Apollo and Hercules, to the beach and pretending to the like the San Diego Padres (they’re her favorite football team).

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.

Sarah Moersfelder

Culture & Office Manager

Another Midwesterner and proud Badger was added to the team when Sarah joined. After studying in Australia and living in Japan for a few years, she made her way back to WI to teach middle school at the same school she attended. Snowmaggedon got the best of her solar powered self and sunny San Diego gained another transplant in 2014. After several years in the events industry, she’s ecstatic to be at Wonderist Agency. Outside of “work”, Sarah can be found running for lengthy periods of time with friends, cooking and eating new cuisines, exploring new places, and listening to live music or true crime podcasts.

Elodie Demmon

Content Writer

If you thought there couldn’t possibly be another Wisconsinite at Wonderist, you haven’t met Elodie yet. This Milwaukee native joined the team initially as a Social Media Manager, sharing content from countless practices nationwide through photo and video storytelling. As her passion for writing grew within the role, she eventually dove into Copywriting full time, penning websites, blogs, direct mailers, and everything in between. Elodie brings her knack for aesthetics, tone, and clarity into all work she touches and enjoys getting to know clients to write the most genuine content possible. When she's not re-reading countless lines of copy, you’ll find Elodie wiping out on her Costco surfboard or on the couch watching Mad Men for the ninth time in a row.

Laura Ferguson

Senior Account Manager

Originally from Buffalo, New York, where she earned her BA in Marketing at SUNY Buffalo, Laura traded in lake effect snow storms for the sunny skies and IPAs of San Diego. Laura has extensive hands on experience both in creating and managing digital marketing campaigns and content. An avid chips and guacamole eater, Laura also enjoys yoga, photography, hanging with her pups and camping trips. On the weekends you can find her scoping out local farmers markets and taking in the epic SoCal sunsets.

Emma Moses

Senior Account Manager - Pod Leader

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.

Davia Sobelman

Senior Account Manager - Pod Leader

A Wisconsin native, Davia moved to San Diego after enduring one too many Midwest winters and is grateful to call this beautiful city home! With a bachelor's degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Davia's background includes nonprofit work, digital marketing and media relations. Outside the office, Davia can be found snacking her way through the farmers market, soaking up the San Diego sun, obsessing over dogs or cheering on the Milwaukee Bucks!

Anna Goforth

Senior PPC Manager

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 by the beach.

Chiharu Ogo

Senior Social Media 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!

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