specialized pediatric dentists






DR. rylee dehnel

My journey to dentistry started right here at this very dental office. I was a patient at First Impressions from as early as I can remember. Some of the other doctors that work here today are the same people that would check my teeth when I was younger! I would sit in the hygiene chairs with my headphones on while watching TV and would think “Wow, being a dentist would be the coolest job EVER!”


It is with great humility and appreciation that all these years later I am joining the First Impressions team as the first general dentist. While I am not a pediatric specialist by training, I come to you as someone with not only significant experience in working with children throughout my entire life, but as someone who is committed to lifelong learning in order to provide the absolute best comprehensive care to your child. All with the goal of being able to continue to provide continuous exemplary care for them as they mature into young adults.


I am dedicated to creating the same type of experience for your child that I had when I was a patient at First Impressions. I want to instill in them the value of dental care so that they will continue to take care of their teeth throughout their lifetime. I want to be a resource to parents, and I want to give back to a community and a dental office that has already given so much to me.  


After attending the University of Minnesota for both my undergraduate and dental degrees and spending what felt like eight quick years in the Twin Cities, my fiancé Andrew (who is also a previous First Impressions patient) and I are excited to return to our hometown of Wausau along with our sweet dog Winston.


I am an active member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Central Wisconsin Dental Association