For the past 30 years I’ve enjoyed working in dental offices. I joined the dental field after attending Normandale Community College in Bloomington, MN, and being a head start teacher. I went to dental hygiene school when I decided I was looking for employment year round. My sister was a dental assistant, and she made the dental field seem interesting to me. I’m happy she did, I love working in dentistry.
Here at our Woodville office I perform prophys, or “teeth cleanings”, to keep current patients healthy. I also treat patients who have gingivitis or periodontal disease, as well. I take x-rays, administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide, and I assist the dentist when needed. It’s extremely fulfilling to see that pink, healthy gum tissue with the patient after we’ve completed periodontal therapy. I truly enjoy seeing the smiles of happy patients. It energizes me, makes it fun to come to work. For fun I enjoy spending time with “my mom”, my partner Dick and his three grandchildren, I like to cut wood out in the woods, sit on the porch and watch the birds come to the feeders. My favorite bird is a hummingbird.
I have been in the dental field for about 17 years now. I entered the dental care after graduating in 2001 from the Dental Assisting program at Lakeland Medical Dental Academy. How I ended up working in the dental care world is because when I was young, I was in a bike accident where I lost my two front teeth. The assistants at the oral surgery center where I was treated were fantastic and I wanted to be able to help people just like they helped me. Here at our Woodville office my daily responsibilities include setting up rooms, sterilize instruments, order supplies, take x-rays, chart, and assist the doctors and hygienist in procedures. The favorite part of my job is seeing the difference that I can make when a patient’s health has improved. I love being a part of the patient’s healthcare journey starting with their first appointment and assisting them to get where they’d like to be. When not working I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My son is my world and we love to go camping, ice fishing, and watching movies together. I also enjoy reading a good book and cross stitching.
Desiree graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College as an Office Assistant in 2005. She loves to build that relationship with her patients and in her community. In her free time she loves to be with her family and friends, go camping, watching the Minnesota Wild, and be a cheerleader for her family at their sporting events.