Meet The Team

We’re here to make your smile happy!

At Blue Ridge Dental, our exceptional dentists and staff provide you and your family dental care results that last a lifetime. We believe every patient deserves their best smile. Our dentists and dental teams work hard to ensure you receive quality treatment in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere at two office locations: Maple Grove and Minnetonka. Each Blue Ridge Dental Center dentist has received top-of-the-line education and is qualified to deliver outstanding treatment.

Maple Grove Location

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Dental Hygienist

Luanne grew up in Eveleth, MN, and graduated from the Lake Superior College Dental Hygiene program, in Duluth, in 2007. She joined Blue Ridge Dental in 2015, and really enjoys the chance to meet new people and be a part of their overall health. Luanne demonstrates a passion for healthy mouths by creating a comfortable, caring, and positive environment for all her patients. She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter, niece, and nephews. When she gets the chance she enjoys traveling, four wheeling, fishing, and just being in the outdoors.

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Dental Hygienist

Pat is a Licensed Dental Hygienist who primarily works in our Maple Grove location. Pat is a Minneapolis native, and graduated from the U of M. She started with Blue Ridge Dental in 2004 and says the best part of her job is the wonderful patients, who have given her excellent recommendations – from great restaurants to which vet to trust. She has 4 grown children, 6 grandchildren and 1 dog! Her hobbies include dancing, reading, travel, theater, movies and Zumba classes. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time with my family.

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Dental Hygienist

Jolene began working with Blue Ridge Dental in 1996. She strives to help patients attain better oral health and feel more comfortable in the dental office setting. Jolene enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level and develops long-term relationships with them. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons and daughter.  Her hobbies include quilting, riding bike, playing cards and games, and traveling.

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Dental Assistant

AbbeyAbbey starting working with Blue Ridge Dental in the summer of 2014, and primarily works with Dr. Wilkes. She enjoys the variety of procedures we do; implants and Invisalign are her favorites. Outside of work, her interests include fishing at her parent’s cabin, hunting, kayaking, family (which includes her crazy Great Dane puppy), spending time with my niece and nephews and of course shopping!

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Dental Assistant

Lisa is a Licensed Dental Assistant who has been with Blue Ridge Dental Center since 1992. What she enjoys most her job is helping patients relax and feel comfortable in the dental setting.  She is excited about learning new technology, such as Invisalign and implants. Lisa has been married for 30 years and has 3 adult children; 2 sons and 1 daughter. She also has a furry child (Skyy-dog), and one furry grandchild (Buddy- dog). Lisa enjoys walking her dogs, hiking, kayaking, camping and ice fishing and loves being outdoors.

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Dental Assistant

Melissa is a Licensed Dental Assistant and has worked primarily in our Maple Grove location since 2014.  She assists the doctors as well as work at the front desk.  Melissa has one daughter who is 2 years old, and is the light of her life.  She enjoys spending time with her playing at home, at parks, and at grandma’s house with cousins.  She is also a musician. Melissa loves to travel, and hopes someday to visit islands in the Bahamas and bask on pink sand beaches.

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Dental Assistant

Lynn began working at Blue Ridge Dental  in 1994, moved away in 1997, and then returned to work with us again in 2000.  Lynn works with Drs. Kemmitt, Olson and Klecker.  She enjoys the variety dental assisting offers, and has a special interest in learning new procedures to create beautiful aesthetic smiles for our patients. Outside the office, Lynn loves to do projects including sketch pencil drawings from a photograph or making something new out of something old. She also enjoys spending time with her daughters and traveling.

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Dental Assistant

Sarah joined the Blue Ridge Dental team in 2005.  She is a Licensed Dental Assistant and works primarily with Dr. McHugh.  Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and son.

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Financial Coordinator

LynnLynn started working at Blue Ridge Dental in the summer of 2017. Her primary responsibility is Financial Coordinator, butshe also helps with administrative tasksand works at the front desk. Lynn has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2001,and continues to assist our dentists. Lynn enjoys working closely with patients to understand their specific needs. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, bike riding, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two sons.

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Administration

Susan recently joined the staff at Blue Ridge Dental as the Clinic Administrator.  She brings 25+ years of experience managing both medical and dental practices. Ouside of work, Susan’s interests include her family (including her beautiful Golden Retriever!), traveling and scrapbooking.  She is ‘Nana’ to her young grandson and this past Spring welcomed a granddaughter to the family. Susan is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which she earned in September, 2015.

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Administrator

Mary started with Blue Ridge Dental in 1987, when we were a small office on the second level at the Minnetonka location.  She’s enjoyed being a part of the expansion into two levels in Minnetonka, as well as the additional office in Maple Grove, which she currently manages.  Mary is a people person, so the most enjoyable part of her work day is spending time with patients; getting to know their stories, lives and personalities. Mary’s time away from work is spent camping, fishing, boating and relaxing with her husband, son and daughter.

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Administration

Amy started with BRD as a patient coordinator in the summer of 2014 after working several years in the medical field.  Her mission is to make sure our patients leave satisfied and smiling! Amy enjoys being outdoors (except during the winter!) riding her bike and walking the lakes with her husband and two pups, Ben and Jerry.

Minnetonka Location

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Dental Hygienist

image013Diane graduated from dental hygiene school in Green Bay Wisconsin in 1980, and has been with Blue Ridge Dental since May of 1989. She cares about her patients and enjoys working with them so they can achieve the best dental health possible. Outside of work, Diane loves gardening, reading, coloring, scrapbooking and doing yoga/classical stretch exercises.  She can also be found spending time outdoors with her husband, son and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dakota.

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Dental Hygienist

Luanne grew up in Eveleth, MN, and graduated from the Lake Superior College Dental Hygiene program, in Duluth, in 2007. She joined Blue Ridge Dental in 2015, and really enjoys the chance to meet new people and be a part of their overall health. Luanne demonstrates a passion for healthy mouths by creating a comfortable, caring, and positive environment for all her patients. She enjoys spending her free time with her daughter, niece, and nephews. When she gets the chance she enjoys traveling, four wheeling, fishing, and just being in the outdoors.

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Dental Hygienist

Kayla joined the Blue Ridge Dental team in 2013 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. Kayla strives to build positive working relationships with each of her patients. She enjoys hearing their stories and helping them to both understand, as well as achieve, their optimal dental health. Kayla grew up in Minnetonka, and spends most of her summer weekends at her family cabin in northern Minnesota. She is an avid runner, loves to cook, and remains a loyal supporter of Gopher football and hockey!

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Dental Hygienist

JoyJoy started at Blue Ridge Dental in 2003 as a dental assistant and later went back to school for dental hygiene. She enjoys working with a great team, as well as watching our children patients grow up and see their changes from baby teeth to braces and beyond. Outside the office, Joy enjoys spending time with family and friends doing various activities such as trips to the zoo, boating on the lake, and the Minnesota State Fair. She is Mom to Harrison, who is one, and he keeps her busy and on her toes. She also welcomed a new baby daughter, Courtney, who keeps her smiling constantly. She also has two Yorkies, Rocky and CoCo. Joy’s hobbies include downhill skiing, hiking, and biking.

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Dental Hygienist

Pat is a Licensed Dental Hygienist who primarily works in our Maple Grove location. Pat is a Minneapolis native, and graduated from the U of M. She started with Blue Ridge Dental in 2004 and says the best part of her job is the wonderful patients, who have given her excellent recommendations – from great restaurants to which vet to trust. She has 4 grown children, 6 grandchildren and 1 dog! Her hobbies include dancing, reading, travel, theater, movies and Zumba classes. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and spending time with my family.

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Dental Hygienist

image010Judy received her dental hygiene degree at the University of Minnesota. She started working for Dr. Jim Schwantes and Dr. Jim Strampe over 30 years ago and continued to work as their practice evolved into Blue Ridge Dental. Judy is married and has 3 grown children; a son Peter, who is married and has two beautiful daughters, and two daughters Caitlin and Danielle. Judy’s hobbies include reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She loves to cheer on our Minnesota sports teams, the Gophers, the Vikings and the Twins!

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Dental Hygienist

After graduating from the University of Minnesota with her Bachelors of Science degree in Dental Hygiene, Laura joined the Blue Ridge Dental Center team in 2014. Originally from a small town in SW MN, Laura now enjoys exploring all that the Twin Cities has to offer. Laura and her husband like trying new restaurants, attending sporting events, and spending time with their dog. She is grateful to work alongside such a wonderful dental team, whom she considers her second family. Laura also loves meeting new people and hearing their story, which always makes meeting new patients a pleasure! 

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Dental Hygienist

jenniJenni grew up in Eden Prairie. She and her husband Steve currently live in Bloomington with their two girls Grace and Lillian. Outside of work Jenni enjoys being up north, playing hockey and spending time with her family.

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Dental Hygienist

Regina recently started at Blue Ridge Dental as a hygienist but her background in dentistry started in 1986 as a chairside assistant. As a dental professional, she enjoys the opportunity to educate her patients on the benefits of good oral hygiene.

At home, Regina and her husband Scott of 22 years share their love of Italian Greyhounds and are ‘pawrents’ to four Iggies: Willie (15), Olie and Lena (10) and our newest addition, Pia (2).

When time allows, she enjoys reading, taking walks and traveling with Scott.

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Dental Assistant

AbbeyAbbey starting working with Blue Ridge Dental in the summer of 2014, and primarily works with Dr. Wilkes. She enjoys the variety of procedures we do; implants and Invisalign are her favorites. Outside of work, her interests include fishing at her parent’s cabin, hunting, kayaking, family (which includes her crazy Great Dane puppy), spending time with my niece and nephews and of course shopping!

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Dental Assistant

Amy MAmy has been a Dental Assistant with Blue Ridge Dental since 1994. She enjoys working with a terrific staff, as well as having fun with patients. Her primary focus outside of work is her family. Amy is married and the mother of one son. Together, they like to hike, bowl, cook & game together!

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Dental Assistant

JanineJanine has been in dentistry since 1989, and with Blue Ridge Dental since 1998. The part of dentistry that she loves the most is helping to create beautiful smiles and transforming a patient’s outlook. Outside of work, Janine has been teaching group exercise for the past 10 years. She enjoys cruising the Caribbean and is very proud of her two daughters. Rachael, just graduated from cosmetology school, and Hannah has a passion for writing.

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Dental Assistant

image014Carly has been Assisting since 2005, and started with Blue Ridge Dental in August 2011 She loves the tight-knit family feel at Blue Ridge Dental! Carly is mom to two baby girls, ages 1 and 3 years old. She enjoys watching them learn and grow, or just taking to them to parks or other fun activities. She loves to work out, especially outdoor activities like biking, hiking or snowmobiling in the winter. Carly loves music and enjoys seeing live bands.

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Dental Assistant

Lynn began working at Blue Ridge Dental  in 1994, moved away in 1997, and then returned to work with us again in 2000.  Lynn works with Drs. Kemmitt, Olson and Klecker.  She enjoys the variety dental assisting offers, and has a special interest in learning new procedures to create beautiful aesthetic smiles for our patients. Outside the office, Lynn loves to do projects including sketch pencil drawings from a photograph or making something new out of something old. She also enjoys spending time with her daughters and traveling.

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Dental Assistant

Jen has been part of the Blue Ridge Dental team since 1984. She works both as a Dental Assistant, as well as helping out with administrative tasks.  Jen enjoys helping improve smiles, and treats patients like family. Her favorite hobby is planting both vegetable and flower gardens.  During the summer, she enjoys spending time with her husband at their camper. Jen is also Mom to two adult children; a daughter and son.

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Dental Assistant

Sarah joined the Blue Ridge Dental team in 2005.  She is a Licensed Dental Assistant and works primarily with Dr. McHugh.  Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and son.

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Administration

Susan recently joined the staff at Blue Ridge Dental as the Clinic Administrator.  She brings 25+ years of experience managing both medical and dental practices. Ouside of work, Susan’s interests include her family (including her beautiful Golden Retriever!), traveling and scrapbooking.  She is ‘Nana’ to her young grandson and this past Spring welcomed a granddaughter to the family. Susan is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which she earned in September, 2015.

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Administration

image020Laurie is one of the first faces you’ll see when you visit our Minnetonka office, and she should be familiar to you since she’s been our scheduling coordinator since 2002.  Outside of work, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, including her grandchildren.  During the summer, she also can be found boating down the Mississippi River.

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Financial Coordinator

Brenda has been with Blue Ridge Dental since 1998. She initially started as a Scheduling Coordinator, but more recently works with patient accounts. Brenda is known as the “queen of bling,” because of her love of all things sparkly! Outside of work, she enjoys traveling to Las Vegas.

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Dental Assistant

Lynn began working at Blue Ridge Dental  in 1994, moved away in 1997, and then returned to work with us again in 2000.  Lynn works with Drs. Kemmitt, Olson and Klecker.  She enjoys the variety dental assisting offers, and has a special interest in learning new procedures to create beautiful aesthetic smiles for our patients. Outside the office, Lynn loves to do projects including sketch pencil drawings from a photograph or making something new out of something old. She also enjoys spending time with her daughters and traveling.

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Administration

Susan is a scheduling coordinator who has been part of the Blue Ridge Dental team since 2001! She is one of the warm, smiling faces you see when you arrive in Minnetonka. Outside of work, Susan enjoys spending time with her family.

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Dental Assistant

Jen has been part of the Blue Ridge Dental team since 1984. She works both as a Dental Assistant, as well as helping out with administrative tasks.  Jen enjoys helping improve smiles, and treats patients like family. Her favorite hobby is planting both vegetable and flower gardens.  During the summer, she enjoys spending time with her husband at their camper. Jen is also Mom to two adult children; a daughter and son.

Lynn B. Dental Assistant at Blue Ridge Dental in Minnetonka
Financial Coordinator

LynnLynn started working at Blue Ridge Dental in the summer of 2017. Her primary responsibility is Financial Coordinator, butshe also helps with administrative tasksand works at the front desk. Lynn has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 2001,and continues to assist our dentists. Lynn enjoys working closely with patients to understand their specific needs. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, bike riding, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two sons.