Because we have 3 highly-trained dentists on staff, patients never have to worry about finding a convenient appointment time. Plus, thanks to their cumulative knowledge and individual strengths, we're able to handle absolutely every type of patient and every dental need with unmatched skill and expertise. With them, you can trust that you'll always be in good hands whenever you come to Gentling Dental Care. You can start getting to know them by clicking on the photos below.
In the field of dentistry, there is a wide range of skill levels and expertise among dentists. Much of this discrepancy is based on a commitment to advanced training, education, and a patient-centered practice philosophy. Our dentists at Gentling Dental Care take great pride in going above and beyond the average dentist. They have trained with the best dental experts in the world to assure our patients always receive the highest quality care.
Dr. Ryan Henrichsen and Dr. Melissa McColloch have each been awarded a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Henrichsen has also achieved the title of Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. Both have graduated from the Dawson Academy.
All of our dentists at Gentling Dental Care have received advanced training from a variety of prestigious dental education institutions. These include but are not limited to: the Dawson Academy, Pankey institute, Kois Center, and Spear Education.
The doctors at Gentling Dental Care practice the concept of complete dentistry that is taught through these knowledgeable dental institutions. Every structural part of your chewing system, including your jaw joints, facial and temporal muscles, and teeth are taken into consideration. This concept of complete dentistry also emphasizes a comprehensive, individualized approach to each patient's dental care, beginning with prevention and early intervention. In the long run, this approach cannot only protect you from years of pain, sensitive teeth, and achy jaw muscles and joints, but it also could save you from unnecessary dental procedures that could have otherwise been avoided.
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.
Krista has been working in the dental field for over two years and counting. She attended SMSU for her education, completing her Bachelor's in Business and Finance. Originally from Stewartville, she has two children at home, as well as a fur baby named Turk. Her hobbies outside of work include hiking, knee-boarding, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Elese is originally from the town of Sleepy Eye. She studied at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has also completed training through Spear. Today, she has been working in the oral healthcare field for nearly a decade! Her favorite part of this job is developing such strong relationships with the patients and spending quality time with her wonderful co-office manager.
At home, Elese and her husband Michael have a special "fur child" - a dog named Frank. Her hobbies include weight lifting, traveling, going to breweries, and spending lots of quality time with family and friends. She's actually part Filipino, but it's hard to tell because of her skin tone!
Kristie's career in dentistry covers over 15 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 a Pug named Khloe. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and being with family.
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 an easy answer - the patients!
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.
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!
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.
Grace is originally from Sartell and has attended the University of Minnesota Duluth, Argosy University - Twin Cities, and Metropolitan State University. Grace obtained her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2015 and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2019. She started her hygiene career with Gentling Dental Care after obtaining her first degree in 2015. She loves the great people she works with here at Gentling Dental, as well as talking with all of the fabulous patients.
At home, Grace is married with no children just yet. She spends her free time working out, going on walks, crocheting, spending lots of time up at the lake, and playing with her sweet nieces and nephews. She can do the worm!
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.
Lora's career in the dental field spans a handful of years so far, and while she may be relatively new to Gentling Dental, she hopes to be a part of our team for a good long while. She loves helping patients have a positive visit every time they come in! She attended Rochester Community and Technical College for her education and is also certified in CPR/AED and BLS.
Although she attended school in Byron, Lora is originally from the Rochester area. She currently lives with her wonderful boyfriend and is always ready for an adventure in her free time, including skydiving, zip-lining, and parasailing. By far, the craziest and most challenging thing she's ever done has been completing two Tough Mudders! She is also passionate about weightlifting. Here's an interesting fact about her: she's been the best man at a wedding before (but still wore a dress).