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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
Madora grew up in Columbus, Ohio but was actually born in Liverpool, England (I’m a huge Beatles fan). She attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL on a tennis scholarship and earned her BA in International Business and Modern Languages. After moving to San Diego over 6 years ago, she is now happy to call this place home! Madora’s background includes marketing, event management and nonprofit work. Outside of work, you can find Madora running on the trails or by the beach, and exploring all the hipster coffee shops.
Sarah is originally from Long Island, New York and always said she wanted to live somewhere with palm trees. After visiting San Diego for the first time, she knew she would surely make her way out there one way or another. Her passion for helping businesses reach their full potential with marketing led her to Wonderist Agency and a brand new chapter in this beautiful city. In her free time, Sarah enjoys relaxing in the sunshine, trying out new restaurants, and going on long walks with her German Shepherd, Aspen.
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.
After several years of adventures while living and working in China, Jo moved back to the States to continue pursuing her collegiate studies and took a career twist by jumping into marketing. From day one, the world of digital representation of brands, people, and services fueled both her curiosity and her deeply rooted desire to help others. In her free time, you can find Jo teaching homeschool students business and marketing skills, gaining new bruises (and laughs) from falling off her Indo board, and camping off-grid anywhere from Phoenix to the PNW.
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.
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!
Abby was born and spent her early childhood on the tropical island of Guam. She attended San Diego State University and earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Sociology. After a couple of years in the law industry, she went back to school and attended a coding bootcamp, where she fell in love with creating websites. When she’s not coding and designing, she’s listening to spooky podcasts or going on culinary adventures (sometimes ghost adventures too).
Austin was born in Northern California and lived in Silicon Valley until middle school when his family moved to San Diego. Growing up in the middle of a worldwide tech hub shaped his interest in technology and design. Austin has a background in front end web development as well as web and UI design. Before his time at Wonderist he freelanced with agencies who partnered with clients like Disney, Bang & Olufsen, and NatGeo among others. When he isn’t working he enjoys going on adventures with his fiancee Sarah and his nearly one year old puppy Sam.
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.
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.
Vivian was born and raised in beautiful San Diego. Viv graduated from San Diego State University and earned her B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Sociology. She first fell in love with the marketing after her first internship with the SDSU basketball team as a marketing intern (GO AZTECS!). When she isn’t working and getting to know her wonderful clients, she loves to travel (Canggu, Bali is one of her favorite places in the world), indoor cycle, and go to the beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Maddie is proudly from the DMV, specifically the depths of Bethesda. Although from Maryland, this die-hard Duke fan traveled across the country to follow her military man to the best place in the world, San Diego. She loves flexing her design and development skills by creating human-centered sites that delight our clients and their patients. Outside of staring at a screen and studying breakpoints all day, Maddie can be found at the gym sweating profusely, the beach sunbathing while enjoying White Claws or spending too much money at Sprouts.
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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