Nikki Paffenroth leads the recruitment team at Edge Advisors. She uses a consultative talent acquisition approach and begins each search by helping to identify your practice’s “sizzle” and what sets your opportunity apart from your competitor’s associateship opening. From there, she’s with you every step of the way: providing tips on interviewing best practices, peeling back the curtain and maintaining transparency with the candidate’s job search, assisting with contract negotiations, helping to implement an onboarding plan and following up once an associate has started.
Nikki’s hard work and dedication to finding the hard-to-reach dentists, quick locum tenens situations, and part-time dentists has led to her reputation of the “go-to” person in Wisconsin for recruitment needs. It is her mission to help practice owners and associates by aligning their practice philosophies and goals to ensure a long-term fit.
Nikki grew up in Waunakee, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She spent the first four years of her career in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a headhunter for a boutique recruitment firm. It was here where she discovered her passion for helping people find their dream career opportunity. After moving to the Fox Valley in 2014 and spending several more years recruiting in the Fox Valley for larger corporations like JJ Keller and Oshkosh Truck, Nikki decided to shift her career to what has become her passion, the dental field.
She brings a unique and fresh perspective to Edge Advisors, not only as a consultant, but also as an Edge client and practice owner. Her husband, Dr. Trent Paffenroth, is a second-generation dentist/practice owner and has been around the business and practice of dentistry for most of his life. Having this proximity to dentistry has given Nikki an intimate understanding of the needs dental professionals and their teams require. She understands the challenges and expectations of a successful practice. In addition to dental recruiting and practice operations, Nikki has also become a dental practice management continuing education “junkie” and keeps her finger on the pulse. She regularly listens to podcasts featuring the latest and greatest as well as attends events as time permits.
She has been married to Dr. Trent since 2018. They enjoy spending time with their sons and their dog (a Silver Lab named “Captain”). She enjoys exercising, boating, snowmobiling, and spending time with family and friends.