All professionals at Dental Depot maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Laurie graduated with honors from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND where she received her Dental Hygiene degree. She is an accomplished dental hygienist who loves the patients as much as they love her. Laurie is touched by our patients’ many stories, jokes, journeys, children, adventures, and antics! She treasures the many close relationships she has developed, and enjoys motivating her patients to achieve optimum oral health and beautiful smiles. Out of uniform, Laurie can often be found kissing and hugging her five grandchildren, or at the end of her dock with her toes in the water and fishing pole in hand.
Joni graduated from North Dakota State College of Science where she received her Dental Hygiene degree. Never content to just “get the job done,” Joni makes an extra effort with all her patients to educate them on the importance of oral health and how it relates to the health of their entire body. She makes it a priority to get to know her patients and tailor her cleanings to meet their unique needs. A lifelong perfectionist with a touch of OCD, She has a wonderful knack for recalling small details about her patients. Away from the office Joni and her husband are enjoying their ‘new normal’ as empty nesters, where she enjoys watching HGTV, Pinterest, & doing small projects around the house. Joni is truly blessed with her four grown children and three grandchildren, AKA: “the best gifts ever!”
Wendy graduated with a Dental Hygiene Degree at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Always the first to volunteer to assist anyone who needs help, Wendy is a cherished gem in our practice. Many times throughout the day you can hear giggle fits in our practice, and you would be safe to bet they are coming from Wendy’s room. She works hard to make patients’ experience at the dentist fun and relaxing—and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by the pediatric patients who especially enjoy seeing Wendy. Wendy loves spending time with her family too, especially if it gets her lake side. Her high energy keeps her moving, whether she’s in the office, at home with her family, or outdoors.
Denise graduated from North Dakota State College of Science where she received her Dental Hygiene degree. Denise is passionate about oral health and has the uncanny ability to motivate and enlighten patients through her unique humor and cutting edge information. She takes tough subject matter and presents it in such an interesting way that it becomes thought provoking, even to those not familiar with dentistry. Her favorite part of her job is giving someone confidence in their smile, always striving for a higher standard of dental care. Denise’s enthusiasm for the improvements that can be seen in your oral health will make your time here lots of fun. After hours, Denise can be found out on her family farm helping her father and brother with chores, spoiling her nephew, and sharing laughs with family and friends.
Judy graduated from Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Canby with here Dental Assisting Degree. Judy hails from “Packer Country” Eau Claire, Wisconsin. But we don’t hold that against her, with more than 31 years’ experience alongside Dr. Hauger, Judy considers the practice and her patients as family. Playing many roles to keep the practice running smoothly, from ordering all the supplies to keeping the office “alive” with her green thumb, Judy is essential to our practice. She thrives on the camaraderie and pride for working in such a well-established practice. She enjoys coming to work each day and hearing the laughter of her co-workers and visiting with her patient friends. After hours, Judy is off spoiling her four granddaughters and two sons, watching the sunset from her patio, or participating in a victory dance after the Vikings made a touchdown. Correction: Judy meant to say, “Packers make a touchdown.”
Carol Ver Steeg
Carol graduated from Minnesota West Technical College in Canby, MN with her Certified Dental Assistant Degree. With 15 years of experience it wasn’t that long ago Carol remembers as a teen wanting to join the dental field. Her calming, soft-spoken, gentle approach is an asset in providing our patients with a comfortable dental experience. You will love her patience and understanding. After hours you can find Carol and her husband starting their transition from farm life to big city living in Hancock, trying to juggle time with 11 grandchildren (four additional ones this year), and bonding with friends and family.
Peggy graduated from Brainerd Technical College with her Certified Dental Assistant Degree. Peggy is a Bemidji area native sharing 39 years’ worth of dental experience. She genuinely enjoys all aspects of dentistry and helps in the dental office in a variety of ways. Peggy is a people person who has the unique ability to readily establish and nurture trusting relationships with our patients. Whatever Peggy commits to doing, whether providing patient care or ensuring the smooth operation of a variety of tasks, it gets done and done well. Outside of work Peggy enjoys listening to her husband play music, creating meals for family gatherings, and soaking up every moment spent with her grandchildren.
Angie graduated from Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD with her Certified Dental Assisting Degree. Angie’s a small town girl, born and raised in Alberta. She started her career at another small town dental office before joining our staff in July, 2013.Angie has a passion for working with people, knowing what a great smile can do for someone, and values exceptional patient care. Between helping patients with their treatment you might catch her singing a tune or two. In addition to assisting the dentists, you will at times find her working with the ladies at the front desk. After hours, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, catching up with friends, and bonding with her sisters.
Julie graduated from Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Canby with her Certified/Registered Dental Assisting Degree. Julie started her career as a chair-side dental assistant and now is our loyal Office Manager of over 10 years, with over 17 years of dental experience. Julie is an incredible asset to our practice in all aspects. Proficient with financial arrangements and dental insurance, Julie will help make your dental experience a pleasant one. When she is not at work, Julie is kept busy with her 18 year old son, working on her family heritage with her father, and bonding with her daughter and husband. If she can find time for herself, you can find Julie enjoying a refreshing can of Diet Coke.
Jodi studied at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she majored in Multi-Disciplinary Studies and attended Saint Cloud State University where she majored in Elementary Education. Jodi is one of the newest members to our team. She is the friendly voice and the smiling face at the front desk when you call and schedule your appointments. Jodi is more than happy to help you the best she can. She is so thrilled to be hired on by such a caring group of people that she strongly feels that she has finally found her “external” family. During her free time she enjoys chasing her new energized puppy around, enjoying the little moments in life with her family, and relaxing.