About608 Family Dental

608 Family Dental is a Sun Prairie based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Pausma and our team invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 608-713-9418 and experience why our patients think 608 Family Dental is the best dentist in Sun Prairie.

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Owner/Doctor

Tom Pausma

Dr. Tom Pausma was born and raised in Fond du Lac, WI before going to college at UW-Milwaukee. After graduating, Tom moved to Boston to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Tom believes strongly in being a lifetime learner, his passion for dentistry has only intensified after schooling. Dr. Tom spends on average over 100 hours per year in continuing education courses. He has focused his post grad learning on placing and restoring dental implants and treating obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Dr. Tom is pursuing Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry, and Diplomate Status with the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Like any true Wisconsinite, Tom knew he wanted to call Wisconsin home upon finishing Dental school. While living in Boston, Tom met his future wife, Gina, and after a few years of dating they moved to Madison in the summer of 2016. They immediately expanded their family with the addition of their beloved Bernie, a French Bulldog, who has become 608 Family Dental's mascot. Tom and Gina take advantage of the park system throughout Dane County and Wisconsin. Hiking, biking, and snowshoeing are among their favorite outdoor activities. Gina's Italian family has sparked a love for cooking, Tom has been drawn recently to smoking meats for hours and hours on his pellet grill. Tom and Gina were married in the Summer of 2019 when they eloped to the Faroe Islands, a remote island in the North Atlantic ocean. In January of 2022, the Pausmas welcomed a baby girl into the world. They look forward to the adventure that is parenthood.

Dr. Tom met Dr. RJ Carpenter near the end of 2019. After a while they knew that their wishes were aligned and proceeded to transition ownership of the practice. Dr. Tom and Dr. RJ worked alongside each other for over a year as Tom got to know RJ's patients. Dr. Carpenter remains a valued mentor to Dr. Pausma even after his retirement in January of 2022.

Dr. Tom is a member of the ADA, the WDA, the Dane County Dental Society, as well as the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Memberships:
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Greater Dane County Dental Society
  • Education:
  • UW-Milwaukee Bachelor of Science
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, DMD
  • Colorado Implant Contiuum
  • Restorative Driven Implant Continuum
  • Doctor

    RJ Carpenter

    I enjoy developing the Doctor-Patient relationship, getting to know the patient, their dential needs, and agree how we can approach restoring their mouth and achieve dental health.

    My wife Jacqui and I have lived in Sun Prairie for 35 years. We have two sons, one in college and one grown son. We enjoy boating, golfing, and taking day trips around Wisconsin.

    Academic Credentials
  • B.S. in general science, University of Iowa, 1978
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, University of Iowa, 1984
  • Associations
  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Member of the Wisconsin Dental Association and Dane County Dental Society
  • Congratulations Dr. Carpenter on your retirement!

    Jenni

    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Jenni was born and raised in Sun Prairie and considers it "home" even though she spent many of her adult years in Milwaukee. Jenni and her husband chose to relocate back to Sun Prairie in 2018 to raise their family. They have 2 children and a dog that keeps life very busy, but full of love! Together, they enjoy being outdoors, whether it be on the lake, backyard grilling, or playing yard games. Jenni looks forward to getting to know new patients and continue serving the existing patients at 608 Family Dental!

    Jenni started her career in the dental industry in 2011. Jenni genuinely cares about your whole health, not just your oral health. People who take regular care of their mouths tend to be healthier all-around and it's Jenni's goal to work with you and cater to your individualized needs. Together we can improve your oral health so you can see changes in other areas of your health, body, and daily life.

    Morganne

    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Morganne grew up in Rockford, IL but has been living in Wisconsin for the last 10 years. She enjoys spending time outside with her 2 young daughters. Morganne loves to travel, especially to a beach. She is an avid reader and enjoys a good cup of coffee. Morganne teaches at Blackhawk Technical college in the dental hygiene/assisting program. Morganne enjoys building relationships with her patients and looks forward to making a positive impact in your overall health.

    Melissa

    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Melissa grew up in Northern Utah and has lived in Wisconsin for the past 16 years with her husband, two kids, and grumpy cat. Melissa loves summertime, hiking, and going to the beach, as well as theatre, photography, and traveling to new places.

    Melissa enjoys developing relationships with her patients and strives to put each person at ease during their dental visit. It’s very satisfying to see the positive impact that regular dental cleanings have on a person’s oral health. Melissa believes there is nothing more beautiful than a freshly cleaned mouth and bright smile!

    Kim

    Registered Dental Hygienist

    Kim is originally from Kansas City and moved to the Madison area in 2010 with her husband and two kids. She enjoys cooking, traveling, trying different restaurants (please share with me your favorites!), live music and convertible rides in the country. Kim started her career as a Dental Hygienist in 1992 and enjoys not only the clinical aspect of her job, but also getting to know each of her patients personally. Kim believes the bond between patients and their Dental Hygienist is important and leads to a great, healthy smile.

    Brianna

    Treatment Coordinator

    Brianna grew up in Sun Prairie and loves spending time with her family doing anything outdoors. One thing Brianna loves the most about Wisconsin is the beautiful summers we have and spending time out on all the beautiful lakes! Oh and of course the amazing cheese curds!

    Brianna enjoys seeing the impact a healthy smile can make in someone’s life and the new found confidence they find in themselves with a healthy bright smile!

    Kim

    Billing Manager

    Kim and her husband live on a farmette near Columbus They have a horse, two dogs and seven cats. Kim loves being in Wisconsin for the beautiful weather and watching the seasons change. Kim loves being a part of our patients' positive dental experiences. Watching patients go through a dental transformation is rewarding.

    Susan

    Practice Manager

    Although a California native, Susan has lived in Sun Prairie over the past 20 years with her family. Susan loves the beauty of Wisconsin's four distinct seasons and how genuinely friendly people are in this community. When not enjoying a walk or kayaking with her husband, Susan is also a very skilled photographer.

    Susan is most proud of the 608 Family Dental team, who are passionate about quality patient care! Susan is more than just a Manager, she takes an active role in getting to know all of the patients to make sure everyone is receiving the best care possible.

    Kylie

    Dental Assistant

    Kylie is from Fort Atkinson where she enjoys time with family and friends. Sometimes that includes going hunting, fishing, or camping. Kylie's "fur giant", Gretchen the Great Dane, keeps her on her toes when she's not in the office. Additionally, you can find Kylie enjoying a good cup of coffee, crafting, and thrifting.

    Providing great dentistry is important to Kylie because she loves providing her patients with the highest level of care and compassion - everyone deserves that! Kylie is truly excited to provide her patients reasons to love their smiles!

    Anna

    Dental Assistant

    Growing up in the small town of Lodi, Anna has recently ventured her way to Sun Prairie. Dentistry is a passion of hers and she looks forward to continuing her journey as a Dental Hygienist. Growing up in Wisconsin has taught her to enjoy each season. In her free time, Anna enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, and boating!

    Anna strives to provide a great opportunity for each patient during their dental visit. Providing proper patient care is important to Anna, making sure each patient is comfortable during their visit and wants to come back to our office in the future.

    Bernie

    Practice Mascot (Dr. Tom's dog)

    Bernie is a 5 year old French Bulldog. He enjoys long walks over short distances, getting attention from humans, belly rubs, being a lap dog, and looking irresistible to get extra treats. Bernie is a founding member of the Madison Frenchies meetup group - a group of roughly 40+ French Bulldogs that get together monthly in the Madison area. He is in competition for attention with a new baby at home, so he will not mind if you ask to see him at the office.

    Madison Frenchie Meetup (Instagram: @madisonfrenchies)