At Summit Dental, We believe in teamwork…and our mission is to include you on our team.

 

 

 

 
 
Dr. Michael P. Neal, D.D.S.
Dr. Michael P. Neal believes in always looking for a better way. He understands that when people aren't happy with their teeth they often live with embarrassment and shame, sometimes avoiding smiling, laughing and socializing. It is his goal to find the best way to solve dental problems so that Summit Dental patients can live the life that they deserve.
“Service to Humanity is the best work of Life”…the final words of the Jaycee creed and words that reflect how Dr. Mike Neal looks at his role in life. Dr. Michael Neal prefers to be called Mike. He is a highly skilled cosmetic and general dentist who is gentle, personable and caring. He is a native of Utica, Nebraska, graduating from Centennial High School as a National Merit Scholar. He attended undergraduate college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Big Red!) and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. He opened his Sidney practice in 1987, moving to our current location in 2001. Dr. Neal founded The Summit Dental Group in 2002.
Dr. Neal and his wife, Christi, have been married since 1984. They have three children, Patrick, Sean and Megan. Like many parents, following and supporting their children is the center of their lives.
 
Dr. Michael Neal — general dentistry in Sidney, NE
 
Mike was raised with a belief in civic involvement and volunteerism. He has been active at church as a choir leader, as a member of different councils and as school board president. He also was very involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, serving as the President of the Nebraska Jaycees in 2000. Along the way he had the pleasure of meeting and helping people from all over the nation. He currently serves on the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Dr. Neal is very passionate in his belief that education never ends. He has continually sought out the highest level of classes so that he may better serve his patients. Our team has attended the continuum of classes at the Schuster Center in Scottsdale, Arizona so that we might better serve our patients. He chose to develop his knowledge of the entire chewing system (TMD problems) by flying to the University of Oregon to attend and graduate from all levels of Orognathic Bioesthetic International (OBI). He is also certified in dental implantology and serves as the Secretary for the Nebraska Dental Association.
Dr. Neal's greatest joy in dentistry is getting to know his patients, their interests and their concerns. This is best summed up by another line from the Jaycee creed, “Earth's greatest treasure lies in human personality.”
 
 
Elizabeth Draper — general dentistry in Sidney, NE
 
Elizabeth Draper
Registered Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth came to our practice in February of 1998. She is always excited to help people get a better smile and a healthier mouth. She strives to be her best at home and at work, and she thinks that having a healthy, beautiful smile is a better way to live. When people are able to smile again they feel better about themselves and Elizabeth enjoys helping them get to that state.
Elizabeth grew up in Minden, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at church and spending time with her family. She also teaches combat fitness class, is currently a black belt decided heading towards her first degree black belt, and enjoys Sprint triathlons and, really, all kinds of new challenges.
 
 
 
Beth Kokjer
Registered Dental Hygienist
Beth is a native of Sidney. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1992, attended Wayne State College and graduated with her Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry in 1996. Beth joined the practice in 1996. In her years as a hygienist, Beth has always found it amazing that when a patient gets their teeth fixed, they feel so much better about how they look. And when someone feels good about how they look, they are inspired to continue improving their lives in many areas. Beth helps patients get through the steps of their treatment and see the possibilities, so they can zero in on their goals for their health and their life.
Beth is married to Carter Kokjer, also a Sidney native, who works at Cabela's and farms in Gurley. They have five children. Away from the office, Beth can be found at her fruit farm in Gurley where she is AKA as “Fanny” of Fanny's U-pick it Fruit Farm, pumpkin patch and gift shop.
 
Beth Kokjer — general dentistry in Sidney, NE
 
 
 
Christy Vach — general dentistry in Sidney, NE
 
Christy Vach
Dental Assistant
Christy is a native of Crawford, Nebraska. Prior to settling in Sidney, she attended Chadron State College. She has been with the practice since 2011. She is certified in dental radiology and E4D trained.
Christy believes in taking things step by step, instead of jumping in all at once. When our patients have questions, she takes the time to explain in a way that they can understand. She supports patients by helping them be clear on the process and making sure they have good grasp on the best plan of action.
Christy is married with one child. When not sitting chair-side, Christy cares for her horses, enjoys barrel racing, and volunteers with the 4-H Dog Obedience and Showmanship Program.
 
 
 
Rick Spearow
Office Manager
Rick joined our practice in August of 2004. He takes great pride in assisting patients to achieve their dental
goals. He handles all insurance and billing for our office, and serves as our network administrator and repair technician for much of our dental equipment. Rick enjoys working with patients to help them figure out how they can get the treatment they want and deserve and also fit it into their budget. He also spends his time making taking care of small problems in the technical side of our office, before they become large problems.
Rick was raised on a family farm southeast of Gurley, NE. He holds an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Northeastern Junior College. He and his wife Judy have three sons. Rick is very active in his church. He serves on the Board of Directors for Keep Sidney Beautiful. He is the Treasurer for the High Plains chapter of Pheasants Forever and has been honored by receiving a life time membership in the Junior Chamber International Senate. In his spare time he loves camping, hunting, and attending sporting events with his family. Rick is an avid Husker fan.
 
Rick Spearow — general dentistry in Sidney, NE
 
 
 
Christi Neal — general dentistry in Sidney, NE
 
Christi Neal
Owner / Payroll & Bookkeeping
Christi is a Sidney native and graduated from Sidney High School. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. and married Michael Neal in 1984. Together, they have three children, Patrick, Sean, and Megan. She is also the bookkeeper for NAPA in Sidney.
She spends time tending to her elderly mother, volunteering for church, and attending all of their children's activities. She also has held many local and state offices in the Jaycees and is a Nebraska Jaycee Governor.
She loves all sports and truly enjoys attending Husker football games. She loves to spend time outdoors and is an avid reader, bowler and golfer.