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Meet the Dental Team – Mankato, MN

Get to Know Our Friendly Team

Our friendly and compassionate team is the backbone of our dental office. They’re always looking for new ways to make each patient’s experience more memorable, enjoyable, and educational, and they’re all incredibly passionate about what they do. Whether you need help understanding your insurance benefits or you’d like to learn more about a treatment recommendation one of our dentists suggested, they’re always there to help. Read below to learn more about the friendly faces you’ll see around our dental office.

Office Manager

Dental office manager Marie

A Madison Lake native, Marie has been working in oral healthcare for an impressive 25+ years. Over time, she’s attended countless seminars and continuing education classes in order to improve her skills and learn as much as she can about this field. Today, what she enjoys most about her position is building such meaningful relationships with coworkers and patients alike. Plus, every day is different!

Marie and her husband Jim have five adult children and four grandkids. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with the grandkids, quilting, reading, horseback riding, and visiting the ocean. She’s also involved in the 4-H Dog Project, which keeps her very busy.


Receptionist Jody

Jody has been a part of our dental team for a handful of years so far, and she really enjoys getting to know all of our nice patients! Originally from Blue Earth, she studied at Anoka Technical College.

Jody’s family consists of her husband Brian and their two grown children. Her son lives in Washington, while her daughter (along with their son-in-law and grandson) live near Twin Cities. In her spare time away from work, some of her favorite hobbies include gardening, reading, biking, taking a daily walk, traveling, and playing pickle ball. She’s also a faithful Twins and Vikings fan!

Registered Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienist Sarah

Sarah’s career in the dental world covers two full decades so far, which most of that time spent right here at our dental office. She loves being able to work with such amazing, compassionate, and talented women who support each other in the common goal of improving patient care! Originally from Jackson, she has undergone advanced training courses in TMJ treatment, orthodontics, and periodontology in order to better support our dentists.

Sarah’s husband Mark is an engineer, and she also a daughter named Lauren who is a social butterfly and a soft-hearted, adventurous son named Parker. When she isn’t busy at work, you can often find her tackling various crafts or home projects, working out with friends, unwinding with some yoga or a good book, and riding bikes with the whole family.


Dental hygienist Ellie

Ellie’s hometown is Lakeville, Minnesota. After graduating from Lakeville South High School, she attended Minnesota State University. Since then, she has undergone additional training in restorative functions, local anesthesia, nitrous oxide inhalation, and more. When asked about her favorite part of her job, she shared that it’s building relationships with patients and working with an amazing staff!

Ellie comes from a tight-knit family with five siblings and two adorable nieces. In her free time, one of her favorite things to do is play games! She also enjoys going to concerts, whether it’s a large country band or a local cover band. Here’s something you may not know about her: she’s always loved going to the dentist.


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Myofunctional Therapist

Dental hygienist Cassie

Cassie has been in the dental field for several years and counting, all of which have been spent right here at Hyland Dental. She loves helping others achieve their oral health goals alongside like-minded and supportive co-workers. For her studies, she attended Minnesota State University. She is also certified in restorative functions and nitrous oxide sedation, and she has completed additional training in orthodontics, TMD, and sleep disorders. Over time, she decided to transition into a myofunctional therapist after experiencing issues with migraines, jaw discomfort, narrow mouth, and mouth breathing herself—which has led her to be able to help her children as well as our patients who face similar complications!

Cassie and her husband got married in 2019 and enjoy spending time with each other as well as their beautiful children. She loves making wonderful memories with her loved ones, playing with their family dog, Wallace, shopping, pheasant hunting, and building furniture out of wood. She also enjoys puzzles, reading, going on walks, and hanging out near a bonfire during the summers.

Licensed Dental Assistant

Dental assistant Katie

Katie hails from Janesville and studied dental assisting at South Central College. Today, she has been working in dentistry for well over 15 years! She loves being able to help our patients by keeping them smiling brightly.

At home, Katie and her husband have six children (Brayden, Macy, Eli, Ellie, Rylan, and Ayla), as well as a dog named Molly. As a group, they love to camp and go canoeing, especially at Boundary Waters Canoe Area! Gardening is also one of her favorite personal hobbies.

Brittany, Dental Assistant

Brittany is a native of Mankato and started her career in dentistry by attending South Central College. There, she attained her license as a Dental Assistant and has been enjoying the work she does. At our practice, you’ll find her helping around the office, assisting the dentists during procedures, and educating patients on the best ways to care for their smiles. Her favorite part of being at Hyland Dental is working with amazing coworkers and the relationships she gets to build with them and our wonderful patients.

Outside of the office, Brittany spends time with her friends and family as often as she can. She enjoys doing puzzles, camping, and exploring the outdoors frequently. One truly interesting fact about her: she has a twin sister!

Arika, Sterilization Assistant


A Minnesota native, Arika decided to pursue her studies locally at the Minnesota State University, Mankato. In fact, she is currently in school and starting a dental hygiene program and advanced dental therapy program in the Fall of 2023! When asked what she likes most about her job, she shared that it’s getting to work with and help others daily.

Outside of dentistry, Arika’s interests include hanging out with family, fishing, being on the lake, and watching hockey. Here’s a fun fact about her: she’s a triplet!

Financial Coordinator

Financial coordinator Miranda

Miranda was born and raised right here in Mankato, MN. She chose to pursue her studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Now, we are happy to welcome her to our team! So far, her favorite parts of her job are meeting new people and helping patients have a good experience.

Married with two kids, Miranda loves spending her free time with her family, especially at their family home in Colorado. She also enjoys using her free time to walk, go to the lake, and watch Hallmark Christmas movies and football (go Vikings!).

Marti, Licensed Dental Assistant


From Tomah, WI, Marti has been helping patients maintain and improve their smiles for several years and counting. She loved visiting her dentist growing up, but she also knows that most children are nervous or scared during their appointments. That’s why she enjoys making kids feel more comfortable while getting their teeth taken care of. Her journey into the dental field began by graduating from South Central College for dental assisting. She also has experience in various areas, such as orthodontics, BLS/CPR, nitrous oxide, four-handed dentistry, general practice, and chairside dental assisting.

At home, Marti enjoys her time with her partner Eric, and their wonderful son. Other than dentistry, she has many hobbies like rollerblading, biking, swimming, and video gaming. She’s also a major book lover, as she can read a 400-page book in a single sitting!

Dani, Sterilization Tech

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