Meet the Team
Becky Cotant – Patient Coordinator / Office Administrator
I feel blessed to be working with my best friend, my husband, Dr. Cotant. My appreciation for what he does continues to grow each day. He carries all the great qualities that make him a wonderful father and husband into the dental office. His passion for his profession, desire to continue to learn, dedication to his patients, and his pursuance for excellence in everything he does, makes me proud to be his wife. As a couple, we pray that everyone we encounter can see Christ’s love in and through us.
I was born and raised on a farm north of Norfolk, Nebraska. I learned many qualities from being raised on the farm- my desire to serve God, work ethic, value of relationships and ability to multi-task I owe to the experience I gained on the farm and the values instilled in me from my parents.
I am blessed to be able to continue my career in occupational therapy, while also utilizing my healthcare administration degree to perform administrative and operating duties for Cotant Family Dentistry. I enjoy building relationships with patients, building rapport with staff and being able to take on the business aspect of the practice for Dr. Cotant.
Kimmy Merritt – Financial/Insurance Coordinator
My name is Kimmy, and I am the Financial Coordinator for Cotant Family Dentistry. My start date was November 11, 2020. I moved here from Washington State in September 2020. I have been in the dental field since 2010. I went to school for Medical Administrative Assisting in 2009. I started my first job in the dental field, working for Skyway Dental in 2010, as Front Office Administrator and Scheduling. Soon after, I became the Office Manager and worked at that office until 2018. I then worked at Woodland Dental Center from 2018 to 2020 as the Insurance Coordinator before I moved here to Buffalo, Wyoming. Before going to school and working in the medical/dental industry, I was a Bartender from 2003 to 2009.
I look forward to working with the community to help patients with their financial needs; to help them achieve the best care and dental treatment. I am happy to go over your insurance with you or to send out pre-authorizations to your insurance to ensure coverage of any upcoming procedures. If you should have any questions or concerns, I’m always here to help. In my free time I like to be outdoors hiking, fishing, and camping. I also like to do arts and crafts in the wintertime to keep myself busy. I have been married since 2018, and enjoy our two dogs Ozwald and Motley, who bring me great joy.
Joyce Brown-Benedickt – Hygienist
I am enjoying dental hygiene as a second career. I was employed by the University of Wyoming Bookstore in retail management prior to returning to school for a degree in dental hygiene. I had been a dental assistant in the late 70’s and became interested in oral health care. When the opportunity was presented, I returned to school.
I worked for Dr. Cotant as a temporary dental assistant in 2006-2007, while attending hygiene school. I graduated from Sheridan College in 2007 and started my career as a dental hygienist.
I have 3 married daughters and I have 6 grandchildren who I do not get to see often enough, but when I retire they will be my main focus. I enjoy a western lifestyle, with riding horses and many closely related outdoor activities. I also enjoy woodworking and leather creations when the Wyoming weather keeps me inside.
Each day is a new learning experience and my skills continue to advance. I am fortunate to be able to see patients from 1 year of age and beyond, giving me the opportunity to become a more knowledgeable health care provider.
Kaylee Reimler – Dental Hygienist
I was born in Gillette Wyoming, but grew up in Buffalo on our family ranch 15 miles south of town. I attended Casper College on a rodeo scholarship while studying health science. I was then accepted into Sheridan College’s Dental Hygiene program where I spent the next two years living and continued to rodeo for Sheridan College.
I am a country girl and always will be at heart. I enjoy helping with livestock on the ranch, spending time in the Big Horns, camping, hiking, hitting rodeos when I can, and of course spending time with my family.
Being able to promote dental and overall health to each individual through quality dental care is a passion of mine. I enjoy forming new relationships with my patients each day as well. I truly enjoy being a hygienist; it is such a rewarding job. Working at Cotant Family Dentistry is a true blessing. I work among a team who all strive for quality patient’s care every day. Our office is very welcoming and I have always believed if you love your job you will never have to work a day in your life.
Kinzi Hepp – Dental Hygienist
I’ve lived in Buffalo since middle school, and Buffalo is definitely the place I will always call home. I went to dental hygiene school in Sheridan, WY. I graduated in 2017 and after that my husband, James and I moved to South Dakota so I could practice dental hygiene. When a position opened up at Cotant Family Dentistry, I quickly applied with the hope to move home and do the job I love and provide for my community. We are so grateful to be able to raise our beautiful daughter Kamryn (we also have two fur babies) in Buffalo!
I began working here in 2018 and I get to practice dental hygiene, as well as assist Dr. Cotant. I truly have a passion for the dental field and my position here allows me to be versatile and I love it. I enjoy being able to help my patients learn and understand their oral health needs and concerns. I am proud to work with a team of individuals who truly care for our patients, and strive to provide the best quality of care.
Christy Zezas – Hygienist
I was born in New Mexico and moved to Buffalo with my family in the 80’s when my dad was transferred here for work. Buffalo is a beautiful place to live. I enjoy hiking and paddle boarding in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. I have two grown children, a son and a daughter, and I am proud of each of them. I love spending time with them, whether on an adventure or just hanging out together.
After working in banking for 14 years, I chose to go back to school to become a dental hygienist. I worked for Dr. Cotant as a dental assistant while I went to school. I graduated from dental hygiene school in 2018. I began my second career as a hygienist in Lander and Gillette, before returning to Buffalo. I appreciate and enjoy the interaction with patients, building relationships, and positively impacting their oral and overall health.
I am blessed to work with the Cotant’s and the rest of the team here at Cotant Family Dentistry. I am blessed to be back in this wonderful community that I call home.
Charlotte Velasquez – Hygienist
I was born and raised in the great state of Montana, where my family has lived for five generations! My dad’s grandparents homesteaded near Melville, MT and my mom’s family is from the Dillon, MT area. I was raised in the beautiful area of Twin Bridges an developed a love for all things outdoors, particularly floating the rivers, hunting, and spending time in the mountains.
In 1993 I graduated from the dental hygiene program at Sheridan College, and moved to Bozeman, MT with my husband, Andres. We enjoyed raising our three children there, 2 daughters and one son. 2007 brought us to Buffalo, when Andres graduated in 1989. We like to spend our free time in the mountains, shooting guns and riding motercycles and we also enjoy boating on Lake DeSmet.
Kaylan Lamm – Dental Assistant
I was born and raised in southern Texas and moved to Casper, Wyoming (the windiest city) in 2006.
I spent time working on my education in early childhood and psychology while exploring the new world of outdoor activities, which ended up as some of my favorite pastimes.
I worked in the mental health field for several years and began my career in dentistry in 2017 as an assistant. I joined Cotant Family Dentistry in April of 2019 where I started as the Financial Coordinator. The beginning of 2020 I transitioned to the familiar role of a Dental Assistant and Patient Coordinator where I enjoy helping all of our patients feel comfortable and confident in their dental experience.
My family and I love the wonderful community of Buffalo. We cannot say enough amazing things about this state and love living here. We thoroughly enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Big Horns and the vast array of outdoor adventures to experience. I love hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, ice skating, snow showing, cross country skiing and basically any excuse to be outdoors. Buffalo has welcomed us with open arms and I am proud to be apart of such a charming community and amazing dental team.
Katie Waverek – Dental Assistant
I was born in Wyoming, but raised in Indiana; at that time, a small town named Zionsville. I have always felt and called Buffalo home and when I had an opportunity in 2006 to move back, I jumped on it.
I moved here with the intention of taking care of and spending time with my grandmother who was older and not going to live much longer. She refused to let me take care of her, so I spent as much time with her as I could. I began working at Wahoo LIkkers, DJ’s and American National Bank. My grandmother passed away in 2007 and that was what gave me the desire to join the medical field. In 2008, I met my ex-husband and spent until 2017 co-owning and operating Ed’s Body Shop, Inc.
I became an EMT in 2012 and in 2017 a CNA at Home Health and Hospice at Johnson County Healthcare Center. Following my dream of being in healthcare. I was divorced in 2018 to begin a new and improved life; but still holding on to my medical jobs.
In 2019, I recommitted my life to Christ and began following Him as a true and faithful believer. He blessed me beyond measures by introducing me to my current husband and soon to be father.
At the end of 2019, when I was approached by Becky and Dr. Cotant to join their team, a couple of things went thru my mind. 1. How blessed could I be to work for a small town, privately owned, Christ-following employers? 2. I do not like going to the dentist, how could I possibly work for a dentist :). They gave me an opportunity to shadow and see if I would like it. I shadowed for a total of a few weeks off and on and absolutely fell in love with it. To join an open team and learn everything I need to know from the owner and his hand picked team has been amazing.
I am patient-care based with the desire to learn as much as I can. And Cotant Family Dentistry has provided and encouraged that in its entirety. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for my family and my career.
Vexie Reimann – Dental Assistant
I was born and raised in Glenrock, Wyoming, where I graduated from Glenrock High School. I attended both Casper College and the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from UW in December 1988.
I met my husband, Steve, while at college and we lived in Denver for four years. We moved to Buffalo in May 1992, where my husband’s family has lived for generations and where we now raise our three children.
I have been working in the dental field for 20 years and joined Cotant Family Dental in September 2009. When not working I follow my kids in whatever sport or event they are currently participating. I also like to read, fish, camp and canoe.