Meet Dr. Ilene Choal, our Laramie Dentist

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care at our Laramie dental practice. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients. As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice in Laramie, my team, and the many services (including denture placements) we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment!


Office Manager

JoAnn is a Wyoming born native who started her tenure in Laramie as the Office Manager for a local health professional before joining this office with Dr. Becki Burman. She has been the Office Manager here ever since; keeping everything running smooth and efficient. She looks forward to helping Dr. Choal help you with your best smile possible.

When she is not in the office, she can most likely be found watching the nearest Wyoming game. Along with spending time with her 3 children and Husband of 30 years, she also enjoys cooking, trying new recipes with the people she works with, knitting, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Dre is a Wyoming native. She joined Laramie River Dental in 2020. She attended the University of Wyoming where she earned a B.S. in Business and Finance in 2008. She worked in the accounting profession until 2017 in Rock Springs, WY. She returned to Torrington, WY to further her education by commuting to Cheyenne, WY daily to attend LCCC Dental Hygiene school. With dedication and excitement she graduated in 2018. Her Favorite part of being a Registered Dental Hygienist is educating and getting to know patients.

Out of the office she enjoys spending time with family. The best gift she has received is being able to adventure through life with her son. Together they enjoy bike riding, baseball/softball, golfing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and most outdoor activities.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Emma is a Laramie, WY native. She studied dental hygiene at the University of Wyoming and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in May of 2019. During her college studies she completed an exchange year in Bozeman, MT and two years of clinical dental hygiene studies in Sheridan, WY. After graduating, Emma moved to Boulder, CO to work for a family dental practice, but decided a year later it was time to return to WY-home-ing. Her favorite part of her job is getting to know all of you and helping you achieve your best smile.

When Emma isn’t working in the office she loves to be outdoors hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or just taking amateur photographs of nature. She also loves to play and watch hockey and of course spend time with her dogs.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Patty was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. After graduating from the University of South Dakota, she started her career as a hygienist by working in private practice. After a few years of private practice, she returned to the University of South Dakota and worked as a clinical instructor for two years. In 1979 she moved to Lander, WY, practicing at the State Training School for seven years. Patty met and married Jim in Lander, where all of their children were born. The Verley family then moved to Laramie in 1986, where Patty has worked in several flourishing dental practices in her thirty plus year career. She loves being involved with the Laramie community, working to improve the dental health of her Laramie friends and family.

Outside of the office, Patty can be found spending time with her amazing family. Once they moved to Laramie, Jim received his PhD and teaches at UW. Her children all grew up and attended University Prep School and Laramie High School. Jason graduated from the University of Wyoming, attended the Colorado School of Mines, and is currently a Physicist in New Mexico. Elise graduated from and now works at the University of Wyoming as she continues on in graduate school. Eleanor is an actress and artist at the Cooper Center. She also works at the Pet Spa and in the office at University Prep School.


Dental Assistant

Melissa is a Wyoming native and has been working as a dental assistant for two years. She loves helping people and finds the dental office a great place to do so. She’s looking forward to continuing to learn everything there is to learn as a dental assistant.

When she is not working she can most likely be found reading a book, creatively engaged in some form of art, or playing a video game. Her favorite person to play video games with is her wonderful Husband, with whom she’s been sweethearts since the 4th grade. Melissa and her husband are the proud parents of a year old Blue Heeler.