At Woodland Dental we believe you don't have to live in a big city to get state of the art dental treatment. We strive to offer the best possible treatment using the latest technology while giving you small town, personal service. We treat you like family because when you come to Woodland Dental, you ARE part of the family! Meet our team below.
Dr. Ryan & Brandi Anderson:
Dr. Anderson grew up and met his wife Brandi in Bagley, Minnesota. They both attended BSU in Bemidji. Dr. Anderson received his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2000 and has been practicing in Wadena since 2001. Ryan enjoys the opportunity to learn and incorporate all the new technlogy that dentistry has to offer. He stays busy by being on the board of the Wadena Lions Club and the Boad of Directors for Tri-County Hospital. Brandi is a real estate agent but spends a lot of time keeping the office running smoothly, so you may get a chance to meet her during your visit. Ryan and Brandi enjoy everything outdoors from hunting, fishing and camping to snowmobiling and skiing.
Diana Snelgrove: Office Manager
Diana grew up in the Twin Cities but has made rural Minnesota her home for nearly 30 years. She found it to be very rewarding to raise her 2 boys in the New York Mills area. Her husband married a city girl and turned her into an extra farm hand when needed! In her free time she enjoys being at the lake/cabin, skiing, biking, swimming, reading and traveling with her family and friends. She enjoys the fast pace and working with patients in the dental industry.
Dr. Kale Hermanson, DDS
Dr. Kale and his wife Betsy recently moved back up north to Baxter, where he grew up, after living in the Twin Cities. Kale did his undergraduate studies in Biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, before graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2018. He enjoys meeting and working with people from all different backgrounds, and helping patients to achieve their dental goals while maintaining good oral health. He is dedicated to always being available to answer questions and serving patients in any way he can. In his free time, Kale enjoys spending time outside with his wife and dog, hiking, biking, camping, and doing anything near water. Kale is also a huge Minnesota Vikings fan and tries to attend as many games as he can!
Jason Allred: Advanced Dental Therapist
Jason has been a resident of Wadena since 2005 along with his wife Michelle and two children Aiden and Avery. Jason graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Dental Therapy Program in December 2012. Jason and his family spend most of their time fishing, hunting and playing sports. Jason's favorite quote is: "If the mind were simple enough for us to understand, we would be too simple to understand it" - author unknown.
Torri Thompson: RDH
Torri grew up in Pillager and received her Registered Dental Hygiene license from Minnesota State Community & Technical College in Moorhead, MN. She loves being able to help people maintain their oral health in any way she can. She enjoys time with her boyfriend Chance and her very busy son and daughter. She spends her extra time on the lake fishing and catching up with her friends & family. "I love saving smiles!"
Lanae Brockpahler: RDH
Lanae is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She is a Sebeka native and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead in 2014. Lanae now lives in rural Sebeka with her husband Tyler. She loves helping her patients learn how to maintain a healthy smile! She spends many hours watching baseball games in the Summer and enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Christa Bauck: RDH
Christa is a Registered Dental Hygienist. She graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2012. Christa lives just outside of Bluffton with her husband Jesse and two sons. She enjoys working in her flower beds, finding funky junk at garage sales, being outdoors and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.
Olivia Schroers: RDH
Liv grew up on her family's homesteaded farm outside of Hancock, MN. She earned her Registered Dental Hygiene license from Minnesota State University, Mankato and Master's of Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Minnesota. After marrying her husband in 2015, she joined him first in North Carolina and then in Okinawa, Japan as he served in the United States Marine Corps. She and her husband are excited to be back in Minnesota after spending a few years overseas. Their son, Everett continues to be a true joy each day! In her spare time, Liv enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and playing board games.
Kianna Watson: Patient Coodinator
Kianna graduated from Central Lakes College in Brainerd as a Dental Assistant in 2008. Kianna and her husband David live in Scandia Valley with their three wonderful kids. When not working, she likes to take her kids on a bike ride to a beautiful park just down the road a few miles and have a picnic. She also enjoys doing things with David such as snowmobiling, hunting, and going for a ride on the motorcycle. "I Love working as a dental assistant and look forward to helping you set up an appointment to come join our family here at Woodland Dental!"
Kayla Coffey: CDA, LDA, RF
Kayla is a Certified, Licensed Dental Assistant and 2004 Graduate from North Dakota State College of Science. She and her husband, Jared, have three very busy little boys! Kayla grew up on a dairy farm near Verndale and enjoys being with family and friends, shopping, spending time outside, sports (GO VIKES), and refurbishing old things to new!
Lacey Eckman: RDA
Lacey has been an assistant at Woodland Dental since 2001. She graduated from Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. Lacey's husband Justin and two daughters Kaitlyn and Keira keep her VERY busy! At work she enjoys "working with a great group of people and our patients here are wonderful." When not at work she enjoys going to a good movie with family, shopping with friends and Keeping Up With the Kardashians!
Janet Brasel: CDA, RDA
Jan graduated from the Moorhead Tech Dental Assisting Program in 1979 and has over 40 years of experience! She began working in Wadena in 1986. She feels the best part of her job are the relationships she's built with patients over the years. Jan lives in Ottertail with her husband Wayne. She has 2 grown daughters and 5 grandchildren. Jan's hobbies include collecting antique dishes, sewing, gardening and spending as much time as possible with family.
Jessica Balder: CDA, RDA
Jessica has been with Woodland Dental since 2007. She has also been married to her husband Steve since 2007. That was an exciting year! Jessica's hobbies include crocheting and riding motorcycle. Since she's very organized, she has recently become the Scheduling Coodinator at Woodland Dental. Give us a call and Jessica will be happy to fit you in to our busy schedule.
McKenzie Zitur: CDA, LDA, RF
McKenzie grew up and lives in Pillager with her boyfriend Jared and two children, Hunter and Danika. She graduated from CLC Brainerd in 2012 and continued her education at the U of M earning her Restorative Functions degree in 2016. Her hobbies include crocheting, camping, and exploring Minnesota.
Joy grew up in Northern Illinois along the Mississippi River. She met her husband in 2007, got married in 2018 and moved to Sebeka. She loves working with the community and helping people and that's why she enjoys working at Woodland Dental! In her spare time she enjoys reading, baking, knitting, working in her flower beds and hunting on their 140 acres.