Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.Our family-friendly Fargo, ND dental office serves patients from West Fargo and Moorhead, MN, as well as all nearby communities. Call Dakota Smiles today!


Lexi

Office Administrator/Financial Coordinator

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In addition to greeting patients when they come in for appointments, I also help them schedule appointments, handle accounts, bill insurance, and answer any questions our patients may have. Although I didn’t have a previous background in the dental field, I thought it would be a fun and rewarding career—and I was right! I love working here! I especially enjoy seeing what our team does for our patients and the positive effect it has on their lives. Everyone here is passionate about what they do and we work great together!

Outside of work I love watching movies, reading, spending time with friends and family, and relaxing at the lake!


Carlie

Office Administrator/Appointment Coordinator

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I am here to make our patients feel comfortable and welcomed from the moment they enter our office. I’m also one of the friendly voices our patients will hear on the phone. I have an associate’s degree in medical office administration and joined this office in 2015. I love the people here at Dakota Smiles: both my awesome teammates and our wonderful patients. It’s truly a lot of fun coming into work! 

My husband and I enjoy taking our dog to the park, playing yard games, and grilling. Otherwise, you could find me watching a good movie or reading a good book. My favorite book series is Harry Potter!


Michelle

Registered Dental Hygienist

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I graduated with an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead, and worked at a pediatric dental office before joining the Dakota Smiles team. My experience with kids comes in handy when I help our younger patients enjoy their dental visits and learn about their oral health. It is always my goal to make each patient, child or adult, feel as comfortable as possible. My team helps me achieve that goal by creating a positive, fun work environment where every day is an enjoyable experience.

I am originally from Red Lake Falls, MN. I just got married in September 2015. We have a dog named Grizzly and a cat named Zoey. In our spare time we like to be with our friends and family. We have seven nieces, and I love when we get to spend time with them and watch them participate in their various sports and activities. My husband and I are also avid sports fans and try to get to the cities a couple times a year to watch the games in person.


Michele

Registered Dental Hygienist

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I started my dental career in 1992 after graduating from North Dakota State College of Science.  I joined the Dakota Smiles team in 2016.  The team at Dakota Smiles is great!  I love how everyone is willing to go the extra mile for our patients and each other.  Over the years I've had countless hours of continuing education courses and have seen many amazing changes in the dental field.  I look forward to coming to work every day to build stronger relationships with our patients and I think it's awesome that I have the opportunity to help our patients have optimal dental health.

I grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota and have worked in Northwestern Minnesota and the Twin Cities before moving back to Fargo in 2004.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 daughters, and our yellow lab.  In the summer, I spend my free time on a boat at a lake or if it's winter, you might find me snowmobiling.


Heather

Registered Dental Hygienist

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I began my dental career as an assistant and continued my education at NDSCS, where I earned my dental hygiene degree in 2004. My favorite part of my job is building relationships with my patients to make their experience more enjoyable and comfortable. I also place great importance on educating and working with them to fulfill their personal dental health needs. I love that our team always helps each other out, which makes every day go smoothly. Our dentists’ advanced training and experience shows in their excellent clinical skills and our patients’ beautiful smiles.

I am married and have a son and a basset hound. I enjoy camping, photography, reading, eating supper with friends, watching the Bison and other sports with my husband, and watching “Days of Our Lives.” I love being a mom and playing with my son, who keeps me on my toes!


Miranda

Registered Dental Assistant/Certified Dental Assistant

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I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in 2013 with an associate’s degree in dental assisting, and joined Dakota Smiles shortly thereafter. I am here to help the doctors with specific procedures while ensuring our patients feel comfortable and educated about their oral health. I love being able to help people and knowing that when they leave the office, they have been provided with the best care available.

I’m originally from Kindred, where I had all my years of schooling and spent my summers being a lifeguard. I am getting married in the fall of 2016 to my fiancé, Brandon. We have been dating for the past six years. I absolutely love watching movies and spending time with my family and friends!


Brenda

Registered Dental Assistant/Certified Dental Assistant

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I assist our dentists and take care of our patients’ needs so they have the best clinical care and results. I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science with a dental assisting certificate in 1990 and am a life member of the American Dental Assistants Association. I joined Dakota Smiles in 2015 and felt welcomed to this office from day one! Everyone here is very patient and has a great team approach to our patients’ care.

I grew up in Wyndmere and have been living in Minnesota for the last 25 years. I recently moved to Fargo, along with my husband Tyler. I have two children: Phillip is a senior at U of M Morris, majoring in music education, and Amelia is in the Army Reserve, taking online classes, and working. I’m a huge sports fan. I enjoy going to Twins games and watching the Vikings, which is a Sunday ritual at our house.


Ashton

Registered Dental Assistant/Certified Dental Assistant

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I love creating relationships with the patients we see and making them feel welcome and comfortable. Being able to help a person achieve the smile they’ve always dreamt of is just a really awesome thing! I graduated from NDSCS in Wahpeton with an associate’s degree in dental assisting in 2015 and began working with Dakota Smiles immediately after. I love to laugh, and being able to do that in the work environment is so nice! I don’t think I could find a better combination of people to work with!

I’m from rural Leonard and Enderlin, ND. I come from a very large family and absolutely love to spend time with all of them, as well as my friends. I currently live in Fargo with a few roommates and my pet fish, Frank. I enjoy trying new things, traveling, and would love to ride in a hot air balloon some day!


Michaela

Registered Dental Assistant/Certified Dental Assistant

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Connecting with patients and helping create positive and memorable experiences is what I love most about my job. I graduated in 2015 with an associate's degree in dental assisting from SCTCC in St. Cloud, Minnesota and practiced in my hometown until recently when I joined the Dakota Smiles team in 2016.  I am also a member of the ADAA.  By assisting the doctors and others in the office, I get to make sure that every patient has a pleasant experience from start to finish of each appointment.

I grew up in Minnesota and recently moved to Fargo.  I enjoy traveling and have been to 36 states and 10 different countries!  My family is very important to me and I love creating wonderful lifelong memories with them.

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