When you visit the office of Dr. Eric Claussen and Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center of Panama City for your surgical treatment, you will be greeted by our caring and compassionate staff that understands the stress and anxiety any type of surgical procedure can cause.
Our entire staff is focused on making sure you have an enjoyable visit so that when you walk out of our office, you can’t wait to come back!
Christa Stender, originally from Iowa, has worked in the dental industry for 10 years. Christa worked with Dr. Claussen previously and moved from Melbourne, Florida, to Panama City three years ago to work as the Office Manager of Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center of Panama City. She says, “It has been quite a change, but I have enjoyed watching this office grow in such a short amount of time.”
Christa has always enjoyed the surgery aspect of dentistry. Her experience and knowledge has allowed her the strength to sit with patients and make sure that they understand pre- and post-operative instructions for their treatment, as well as the financial aspects.
In her spare time, Christa enjoys spending time with her 6-month-old son, Blake Henry, and cooking in the kitchen with her family, creating new dishes.
Registered Nurse Anesthetist
Rusty is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated nursing school in 1991 and continued his education to graduate from the University of Alabama Birmingham as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in 1997. He moved to Panama City, Florida, in 2003 and graduated from the Gooding Institute of Nurse Anesthesia in 2005. He joined Dr. Claussen’s team in August of 2012 and provides sedation for in-office oral surgery procedures. He is currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia to obtain his Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice.
Front Desk Coordinator
Wendy has been in the dental assisting field for the past 19 years. She has worked for Dr. Eric Claussen for two years. Her main responsibilities are as the front desk coordinator and all that it entails—greeting patients, verifying insurances, and scheduling appointments from both patients seen in the office and from patients who call over the phone. She can also assist with surgeries, if needed, due to her previous experience of 17 years with oral surgery. She truly enjoys her job and values her work “family.”
Wendy was born in South Carolina and moved to Panama City in 1990. She has three children: Brittany who is 22 years old and also part of our staff; Austin who is 14 years old; and Logan who is 13 years old. She also has a beautiful granddaughter Ka’Leaya who is 4 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading books.
Front Desk Administrator
Rita was born and raised in Kentucky, where she lived until she moved to Panama City, Florida, in 1972. She graduated from Rutherford High School, class of 1975. All of Rita’s knowledge is from her hands-on learning through different medical and oral surgery offices. Rita has been a part of Dr. Claussen’s team since August of 2013. She has brought 17 years of experience in the oral surgery field to our practice, as well as 10 years of medical experience. While most of Rita’s experience is working in all aspects of the front desk, she has many years of patient surgical care as well.
Rita has one son and four grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with. She also enjoys traveling, shopping, and cooking for friends and family.
Carol was born and raised in a small farm town in northern Ohio. She relocated to the Florida Panhandle and purchased a home to be closer to her parents. Change of latitude is a change of attitude! Carol joined Dr. Claussen’s practice two years ago. She brings 20 years of oral surgery experience to the practice. Her most challenging experience was with a group of seven surgeons in Chattanooga. She has other dental experience in Orthodontics and Endodontics. This makes her very rounded in her skills.
Carol has two grown children that she is very proud of. Her son is Active Duty Military in Cyber Defense and her daughter is in California pursuing her nursing degree. In Carol’s spare time, she enjoys fishing, swimming, beaching, and scuba diving.
Christina was born and raised in Panama City. She is a graduate of A.C. Mosley High School class of 2008 and Gulf Coast State College Dental Assisting Program class of 2009. Christina is experienced in Restorative and General Dentistry and is a newcomer to her all-time passion in Surgical Dentistry. She strives to provide Dr. Claussen’s patients with the utmost compassion and quality of care.
Christina is married to her husband Chris, who is also a surgical assistant for a local orthopedic surgeon. They have two dogs: Trigger who is 10 years old and Molly who is 2 years old. Christina finds most of her spare time is spent crafting, baking, and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys hunting and off-shore fishing with her husband.
Front Desk/Surgical Assistant
Brittany was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. She is a graduate of Rutherford High School class of 2010. She has been on staff with Dr. Claussen for a year and a half. Her favorite part of working at Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center of Panama City is helping with patient pre- and post-operative needs. Although she is new to the oral surgery field, Brittany plans on continuing her education at Gulf Coast State College next fall.
In Brittany’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and outdoor activities such as going to the beach, long bike rides, and shopping.