I was lucky to always know that I wanted a career in dentistry. What excites me about my work the constant improvement in technology that lets us help our patients get the care they deserve in the best way. I am passionate about getting patients on board with their dental health and working with them to feel good about and value their oral health. You don’t take care of anything you don’t value, so creating a caring atmosphere of comfort is essential.
I find it an honor that people trust me to take care of their oral health. I take that trust very seriously and love giving them the smiles they deserve. Seeing someone love their smile is one of the best things I do every day. Working with all different kinds of patients has truly given me a perspective on life I would not have gotten elsewhere. I know I am a better person because of all the patients I’ve seen over the past 23 years.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. Having a beautiful smile makes that easier by giving you self-confidence to make that first impression memorable. I love that I have been able to help so many people achieve or maintain their smile. The dental profession works so hard to educate not only the providers of care but also the public as to benefits of care. I work alongside some amazing people who team with our office to help us deliver the best care possible. I am so thankful for all my colleagues as well as the vast array of patients that I am privileged to work with. The many unique people that have walked through our door and given me the privilege to work with them have taught me so many lessons in life. I have come away with so much more than I have given.
Education and Continuing Education
Since graduating from the University of Minnesota with my dental degree, I have participated in the 21 Century Study Club and the Metro Women’s Study Club in order to continue my education. These organizations provide me with access to top speakers who are always teaching new techniques and clinical information to better serve our patients’ needs. In addition, I am an active member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the World Clinical Laser Institute.
Outside the Office
I grew up in a small town in southeastern Wisconsin called Hartford. Yes, that is in the heart of cheese country, making me a lifelong Packer fan. My family and I moved from North East Minneapolis to Lino Lakes almost 13 years ago. Having grown up in a small town I missed seeing the stars at night. I love to look out and see the sky and in the summer the lightning bugs.
My family consists of my husband, Henry, two sons, Evan and Connor, and the newest addition, Cinco, Havanese puppy some of you may have seen at the office. I have recently renewed my interest in knitting, so Wednesday nights you will find me knitting with the girls. I also enjoy walking on the trails near our home, cooking, and planning family events.
In the Community
I think everyone needs to volunteer at some level. This year, both my husband and I participated in the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, providing close to one million dollars worth of free dental care. In the past, I have traveled to Jamaica with 10,000 smiles, treating people in the hills with no access to care. I also see patients in my office from Donated Dental Services. Giving back to the community is important, and I hope that my efforts improve lives of those I serve as much as possible.