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.
Joni Kotts graduated from NDSCS more than thirty years ago. She enjoys working with a small group of people with doctors who set high standards and sharing laughter with all of them. She likes being part of a profession where she must continue her education and face challenges of new technology. Most important is the connection she has with many of her patients. She truly cares about them and what is happening in their lives.
Outside of work, she loves that her four grandchildren are just an hour away! Decorating cupcakes, going to the zoo, and attending dance recitals and hockey games help her maintain “active grandma” status. Joni and her husband, Kevin, spent much of their summer up in the Park Rapids, MN area. They found their perfect retirement spot…a lake home next to The Paul Bunyan State Forest.
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. She works hard to make patients’ experience at the dental fun and relaxing. Wendy loves spending time with her family too, especially if it gets her to the lake or camping. 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. When not there, she is probably doing small home projects, spoiling her nephews and nieces or sharing laughs with family and friends.
Meet our newest hygienist, Courtney! She graduated from Mankato State University with her (B.A.Sc.) Bachelors degree of Applied Science, Dental Hygiene in 2016. Courtney is eager to learn and seizes opportunities. This along with her vivacious personality allows her to gain experience quickly. She is a skilled hygienist that thrives on improving people’s oral care at whatever level her patients’ current needs find them. Courtney’s personable and confident manner often puts patients at easy quickly. She has a wide range of interests and grew up doing 4-H, Volleyball, and Softball amongst other things. Courtney and her fiancé are looking forward to their February wedding and thus kept busy with wedding plans, house projects, and most importantly, spending time with family and friends.
Judy graduated from Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Canby with her 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 many 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 giving golf cart rides to their grandchildren 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 and Licensed 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. 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 family, 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 21 year old son, working on her family heritage with her father, and bonding with her daughter and husband.
Karissa grew up in Hancock and graduated high school in 2006. Karissa is one of the newest members to our team, but has been in dentistry since 2008 when she graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN with her Dental Assisting degree. She spent almost 10 years assisting dentists chairside before venturing to the business side of the dental office this year. Karissa is the friendly voice and smiling face at the front desk and is more than happy to help with all your needs. She is very excited to be living and working back near her hometown. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and being outdoors with her husband and dog, Ellie.