Meet the Team


Administrative Staff

renee.pngAs office manager, Renee is at the hub of Dakota Dental. In the dentistry field for more than three decades, she nearly has done it all. A graduate from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, she began her career as a dental assistant in 1980. She joined Dakota Dental in 1995 as a dental hygienist and became the office manager in 2000. A Red River Valley native, Renee, her husband and daughter call Grand Forks home. When it's time to relax, she likes to travel, spend time with her family and get knee-deep in scrapbooking.

nicole_k.pngDakota Dental's hygiene coordinator is Nicole, a dental professional with more than three decades in the field. Nicole graduated from dental hygiene school at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. She started at Dakota Dental as a hygienist in 2001 before becoming the hygiene coordinator in 2010. Nicole enjoys spending time with her daughter, gardening and is the ringmaster of small “circus” of unruly pets at home.

kelsey.pngIf you are planning for more than a filling, you will sit down to discuss your treatment and financial options with Kelsey. Kelsey graduated from MSCTC with a degree in Dental Assisting and spent five years working chair side prior to becoming Dakota Dental's treatment coordinator. If Kelsey finds herself with spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with her husband and kids.

miranda_111815.pngMiranda is one of the first people you'll talk to when making a new appointment or checking out of a current appointment. She may review your insurance information and can answer questions about fees. Miranda earned a degree in early childhood education from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2009. She volunteered with the Peace Corps for two years and joined Dakota Dental in May 2012. She enjoys camping, baking, bowling, and spending time with her husband, Shane, and their son, Luke.

Staff_Sandi_081414.pngThe first smile you see when you enter the office is likely to be that of Sandi. Sandi will assist you in getting checked in for your appointment as well as getting your insurance on file. Sandi is an East Grand Forks native with education in both medical secretary and dental assisting. She likes spending time with her two daughters, their dog, Shadow, and during the warm summer months, she enjoys relaxing at the lake.

Staff_Allison_01Nov2016.pngReady to assist patients with scheduling an appointment and checking you out of your current appointment, is Thompson native, Allison. She is a true dog lover and has three dogs of her own, Digger, Dodger and Burrito. She enjoys being a volunteer agility instructor at the Grand Forks Dog Training Club and participating in local animal events in the Grand Forks area. Allison loves cooking, swimming, racing, hockey and football. She especially loves cheering on her favorite local college, The University of North Dakota. When you don't find her busy with her dogs and sports, she is spending time with family and friends.

Taylor_111815.pngTaylor grew up in Northwood, ND and graduated from UND in Grand Forks, ND with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Sociology. You will find Taylor busy updating patient's insurance information and can assist you with your insurance questions. In her free time Taylor enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew, who keep her busy and heart full of love! Taylor also enjoys spending time with her dog, Curry, attending concerts, date nights with her boyfriend and wild Friday nights of watching Dateline.

Hygiene Staff

Jess_02Nov2016.pngJess, a Page, N.D. native, graduated in 2010 from the dental hygiene program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Jess and her husband, Dallas, have 3 energetic boys, Toren, Barett and Wilder . When Jess isn't chasing around her boys, she enjoys reading and home renovations with hopes of moving the country one day. She also likes to spend time with her entire family at her parents' lake home and going for walks with the kids.

Rachel_01Jun2016.pngDental hygienist Rachel is a 2013 North Dakota State College of Science graduate. She is originally from Michigan, N.D. and returns home often to spend time with family. She likes gardening, baking, cooking and doing projects around her new house with her husband, Cody. They enjoy going on vacations together and watching Netflix.

Lindsay.pngLindsay is a Grand Forks native and returned to the area after graduating in dental hygiene from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2011. Lindsay and her husband, Bryan, enjoy going to the lake, cross country skiing, watching sports and playing with their daughter, Karlie.

Staff_Kayla_081414.pngA native of Drayton, ND, Kayla graduated from the dental hygiene program at NDSCS in Wahpeton in 2013. She loves educating and motivating her patients to take an active role in their oral health. When she is away from the office, Kayla loves spending time with her husband, Mike, and their German Shepherd, Gemma.

Staff_Sara_5may15.pngSara grew up in Alvarado, MN and graduated from MSCTC in Moorhead, MN with a degree in Dental Hygiene. When not at work Sara enjoys baking, crafting and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys going to her family’s cabin at Lake of the Woods in the summer and working on home projects.

Originally from Fordville, ND, dental hygienist Lexi graduated from MSCTC in Moorhead, MN in 2015 with a degree in dental hygiene. Growing up she loved her hygienist and getting her teeth clean so it inspired her to work in the dental field. She likes being able to give advice and educate patients on how to help improve their oral health. Lexi likes to stay active in her free time by playing basketball, softball, working out and spending time with her dog, Baylor. When not at work, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and watching the Minnesota Vikings & Duke basketball.

A native of Crookston, MN, Amber, graduated from the dental hygiene program at MSCTC in Moorhead, MN in 2017. She has always been drawn to smiles and after having braces herself, she wanted to help others appreciate their own smiles. Amber and her fiancé, Aaron, love to travel together and spend time with their 2 golden retrievers, Hank & Henley. When she isn’t busy with work, she enjoys working on different projects around the house.

Assistant Staff

robyn_02Nov2016.pngRegistered Dental Assistant Robyn, is an East Grand Forks native who joined Dakota Dental in 2005 after graduating from Moorhead State Technical College in 2004. When she's not working she’s juggling children. Her and her husband, Jason, have a daughter, Bailee, twins, Max and Miley and a black lab named Jazzy. Robyn enjoys baking, going to UND hockey games, spending time with family and going to the lake in the summertime.

staff_Alayna-22sep14.pngAlayna grew up in Roseau, MN and graduated from Northwest Technical College in Bemidji for dental assisting before joining our office in 2013. When Alayna isn't working or caring for her dog, Suki, she enjoys reading, visiting with friends & family, practicing yoga, and dancing.

Staff_Ali_5may15.pngAli, who leads our sterilization department, is from Grand Forks. When she isn’t working or attending the Healing Arts Institute for massage therapy, she likes to cook, see the latest movies, and spend time with friends, family, and her daughter, Olivia.


Rachael_01Nov2016.pngRachael grew up in Thief River Falls, MN and graduated from NCTC in Bemidji, MN with a degree in Dental Assisting. She enjoys assisting the Doctors with whatever the day brings and especially loves working in our high tech environment. When not at work, Rachael enjoys spending time with her dog, Rayn, roller blading, cooking/baking, sports, and binge watching Netflix!

Brianna is a Devils Lake native and graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science with a degree in Dental Assisting. Brianna has had an interest in dentistry for as long as she can remember and is excited to be pursuing her career as a dental assistant at Dakota Dental. Outside of the office she enjoys outdoor activities, concerts, and watching North Dakota/Minnesota sports teams.

Jael is another Devils Lake native and graduated from the Dental Assisting program at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, MN. Jael has always wanted to work in the medical field and enjoys being able to educate and support patients with their oral health. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, water spots and walking her dog.

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