A Legacy of Excellence since 1948

Meet The Staff

Meet Your Trusted Rochester Dental Team

Our team’s warm and friendly smiles will help you feel right at home starting at your very first visit. Every member of our staff is dedicated to giving you the most stress-free patient experience imaginable, and whether you’re scheduling a visit or have questions about your insurance, they’re ready to meet all of your needs with unmatched speed and expertise. They’re a big reason why so many Rochester families trust us with their smiles! Read on below to start getting to know our fantastic team. 


Dental Assistant

Kristie’s career in dentistry covers over 20 years so far. In addition to completing her education at Rochester Community and Technical College, she has also attended the Dawson Dental Assistant and Spear Dental Assistant Courses. Today, she loves interacting so closely with patients and getting to know them very well over time, as well as hanging out with such a great group of coworkers!

Originally from here in Rochester, Kristie and her husband Keith have two sons named Keyan and Tayte and two dogs named Khloe and Bruno. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks, reading, and fishing with her family.


Dental Assistant

Melissa has been working in the dental field for nearly two decades so far. She attended both Concordia University and Rochester Community and Technical College for her oral healthcare education. She’s also attended advanced training courses through Spear and the Pankey Institute. Her favorite part of this job is changing people’s lives with making better smiles.

Originally from Alden, Melissa is married, has a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. When she isn’t busy at work, she enjoys going to breweries, practicing CrossFit, and being a proud grandma. Something you wouldn’t know about Melissa is that she was on The Price is Right “In it to Win it”.


Dental Assistant

Sue’s career in the oral healthcare field spans nearly 40 years so far! Originally from Austin, MN, she studied at Rochester Vocational Technical School. What she enjoys most about her job is being able to touch a patient’s life in positive ways, not only giving them new reasons to smile but actually enhancing the quality of their life as well through dentistry.

Sue is married and has two grown children, as well as two wonderful granddaughters. When she isn’t busy at work, she enjoys spending quality time with her family, playing with her two cats Jimmy and Eddie, canoeing, and hunting for vintage fishing lures. She also loves Monarch butterflies and released 96 of them last year!


Dental Assistant

Asia is originally from the Twin Cities area. She relocated to Rochester to pursue a degree in Dental Assisting and communications. Asia has two daughters, Kailani and Aubrey. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on walks around the lake, and going out to the movies.

She strongly believes that you can achieve anything you put your heart to.


Dental Assistant

Monica attended dental assisting school at RCTC and graduated in May 2022. She loves working at Gentling Dental Care and being apart of such an awesome team! Her favorite thing about working at Gentling Dental Care is getting to meet new patients and making a difference in their smile. When she’s not working, she likes spending time with her boyfriend, Nathan and her three little nephews. Her and Nathan enjoy outdoor activities, watching movies, trying new things and going to Viking games.


Dental Hygienist

A Rochester native, Tara has been working in dentistry for well over two decades now. She attended both Rochester Community College and Mankato State University for her education. She loves working at Gentling Dental Care and being part of such an amazing team!

Tara and her husband Brent have four boys named Seth, Dylan, Tyler, and Blake. When she isn’t busy at the dental office, she spends her free time with her family, gardening, reading, cooking, and taking care of her chickens.


Dental Hygienist

Karen has been a member of the Gentling Dental family for nearly 40 years now! For her education, she attended both the University of Wisconsin and Mankato State University. She’s also taken years of dedicated continuing education courses in order to keep current with new techniques and procedures. Today, her favorite part of this position is being able to connect with patients so closely as she guides them towards excellent dental health.

Originally from Appleton, WI, Karen has been married to her husband Rick for over 30 years. They have one daughter named Nicole and a very large extended family. When she isn’t busy at work, she enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Being around water is definitely her Zen, whether it’s the Minnesota lakes or the ocean.


Dental Hygienist

Anna is from Rochester and earned her degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Rochester Community Technical College. Her favorite thing about working for Gentling is forming life long relationships with the patients and helping them form healthier habits. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling, hiking, shopping and spending time with family and friends. In addition to her hobbies, she loves spending time with her three black Cats!


Dental Hygienist

Lora began her career in the dental field working as a dental assistant for 6 years. She continued her education at Rochester Community and Technical College where she graduated with high honors and was President of the Dental Hygiene Program. She loves helping patients have a comfortable and positive experience at every visit!

Lora is originally from the Rochester area and lives here with her husband whom she has been married to for 2 years. They enjoy lifting weights, rock climbing, and spending time outdoors. By far, the craziest and most challenging thing she’s ever done has been completing three Tough Mudders!


Office Manager

Lisa joins the team with 30 plus years of dental experience and is looking forward to getting to know both coworkers and patients at Gentling Dental.

When Lisa is not at work, she spends her time with family and friends. Lisa and her significant other, Duane, have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren and 2 dogs that keep them busy. When not in southern MN you can find them at their favorite spot, their cabin in northern WI.


Front Office

Tammi has a long career in the administrative field. One of the things she enjoys most about her job at Gentling Dental is meeting and helping patients while getting to know them and their families.

Originally from Byron, Tammi enjoys spending time with family, including her husband, three adult sons and their growing families. Tammi also has a love of crafts, attending concerts, and travel when she can.


Front Office

Kelly is new to the dental field with just a year under her belt. Prior to Gentling she worked in restaurants for 34 years. She loves to interact with people and Gentling is the perfect home for her with a family feel that she needs!

Her partner, 3 children and 2 grandchildren fill her time outside of work. She has a Corgi named Ferris, and a cat named Oliver. Fall is her favorite time of year to be outdoors, and they all enjoy taking Ferris on long walks in the crisp air. She loves movies and music.

Meet Your
Award-Winning Doctors

A Qualified Team of Dentists Dedicated to Your Smile

At Gentling Dental Care, we strongly believe that four heads are better than one – that’s why our dental office features a team of knowledgeable doctors who all bring unique strengths and skills to the table! At the same time, they share a similar passion for trustworthy, family-friendly dentistry that always adheres to very high clinical standards. To put it simply, they never perform care that they wouldn’t recommend to their very own loved ones.

Dr. Ryan Henrichsen

Dr. Phil Pattee

Dr. Melissa McColloch

Dr. Erich Eichwald

Dr. Scott Gruwell

Read Our Reviews

The Proof is in Our Patients

“Gentling staff graciously fit me into a busy day for a tooth pain emergency. The dentist and assistant quickly found the problem, applied a temporary fix and gave me a treatment plan for follow up. Everyone clearly knew what they were doing. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. All good here!”

- George D.

“I had a wonderful experience during my recent visit. The staff were not only friendly and professional but also genuinely cared about me as both a person and a patient. They consistently take the time to get to know you, your family, and your care needs. Additionally, the services provided were top-notch. Overall, I highly recommend this dental practice to anyone looking for exceptional care.”

- Joe D.

“I had chipped the corner of my front tooth when I was a kid and had a composite filling that time really took a toll on. So, I got an appointment scheduled to get a new filling! Dr. Melissa and Kristie did a wonderful, efficient, and painless job on my tooth. They matched the color and shape perfectly. You can't even tell I have a filling! Thanks for your great work!”

- Meredith M.

“Gentling 's dentists and staff are all very kind, patient, and friendly. Our entire family agreed upon a five star rating for Gentling. We highly recommend Gentling for any family, kids and adults.”

- Todd Z.

See What Makes Us Different

Our Friendly Dental Team Treats Everyone Like Family

Thorough Consultation

Treatment Plan

Every Dental
Need Covered

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