Meet the Team

We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.

We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.


 

Tara

Office Manager

I am here to assist our patients with their scheduling and account needs. Each day brings new and interesting interactions with our patients, and I love getting to know them on a personal basis. I especially enjoy hearing all the fun stories our patients tell us. Everyone here on our team is genuine and truly cares about our patients. We want everyone to feel comfortable, like family!

I have two beautiful daughters, Abigail and Norah, along with a cat named Moxie. I love spending weekends on Lake Lida, skiing at Big Sky, and reading when I get the chance! I am also an NDSU Bison alum! Go Bison!

 

Wendy

Patient Coordinator

I work with our patients to schedule convenient appointments and assist them with any questions they may have about their appointments or account. I enjoy talking with patients and getting to know all about their life outside our office. They have some really great stories! I also really appreciate working with such an outstanding team of people who are passionate about what they do.

My husband Dan and I have a son, Brody, who keeps us busy with sports and activities. I enjoy shopping, being with family and friends, and the North Dakota weather.

 

Lauren

Registered Dental Assistant

It is my goal to make sure each patient is comfortable throughout the procedure. Our team is wonderful; we all work together to make sure each patient has the highest quality of care. We make each patient feel at home, whether it means adding some extra pillows on the headrest or covering patients with a blanket to make them nice and cozy.

I’m originally from a small town in central Minnesota and moved to the area a number of years ago with my husband Jon. We have enjoyed raising our son in this safe and growing community.

 

Caitlin

Registered Dental Assistant

I truly enjoy working as a dental assistant, and have a lot of respect for Drs. McDonald and Gruchalla. We work together to provide each patient with a positive and comfortable dental experience. There is nothing I like to see more than our wonderful patients smiling brightly. I am grateful to be part of such a talented team. We are truly dedicated to the highest quality of patient care, and it shows.

When I am not in the office, I enjoy working out, cooking, taking road trips, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Sara

Dental Assistant

I attended M State in Moorhead for my dental assisting degree and was fortunate enough to be placed in this office for my internship. I began working full-time after graduation. As a dental assistant, I work hard alongside our doctors to create a positive environment in which our patients receive care. Everyone I work with is so amazing! They make me smile every day!

I grew up in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, but was born in Dover, Delaware. I currently live in Fargo with my fiancé Jacob. I enjoy being at the lake with my family, fishing, hiking, running, biking, and swimming.

 

Mariah

Dental Assistant

I graduated from M State in Moorhead and am excited to be a part of Drs. McDonald and Gruchalla’s dental office. I love the variety of dental assisting! Every day is different and I’m constantly learning something new. The best part of my job is establishing relationships with our patients; I enjoy hearing about their lives and interests outside of the office. Our doctors are also very encouraging when it comes to education and passionate about the work they do.

I grew up in Moorhead but moved to Idaho my junior year of high school and graduated there. After a bit of traveling on the west coast and in Germany, I moved back to Moorhead. I’m now married to my husband Ryan and have a young daughter named Aria. We love camping, traveling, and basically anything that has to do with the outdoors!

 

Angie

Dental Hygienist

I have worked in our office for more than ten years. As a dental hygienist, my main focus is improving and maintaining our patients’ gum and bone health, and making sure they receive the treatment needed to keep their teeth healthy. One of the things that I find most rewarding is being able to make the experience of the patients a pleasant one.

It is also nice and to introduce an enjoyable and fun experience for kids when they begin coming to the dentist, so that they look forward to future appointments in our office. It is gratifying to see our patients leave with a smile. We have a very close team at our office. We are not only co-workers, but friends as well. We enjoy spending time together both in the office, and out of the office.

I am very lucky to be blessed with two wonderful healthy and happy children: a girl and a boy. I am fortunate to have my parents, siblings, and nieces living in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The kids and I enjoy spending a lot of time with our family. We also spend every free moment of warm weather enjoying time at our lake cabin.

 

Kari

Dental Hygienist

I have worked in our office for nineteen years. As a dental hygienist, my duties include cleaning and polishing my patients’ teeth and educating them so they can take an active role in their oral health. My patients’ comfort is also very important to me, and I’m a real softie when it comes to kids! I like the fact that our doctors take the time to explain any necessary procedures to the patient and help alleviate any fears they may have. They also encourage us to attend continuing education meetings so that we keep current with any new advances and changes in the dental field. I have gotten to know many patients throughout the years, and enjoy catching up with them when they come in for their visits.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the lakes, gardening, working out, volunteering and spending time with my family and friends.

 

Linda

Dental Hygienist

I have worked as a hygienist in this office for two dozen years and have come to know many of our patients very well. I am interested in them, their lives, and their families, and consider them to be my friends. Our office is interested in the health and well-being of each and every patient. Our doctors always go the extra mile for our patients and provide the same level of care they would give to their own families. People can come to this office and rest assured that they’ll be well taken care of!

My husband Mike and I have two grown and married daughters and have been blessed with three grandsons and a granddaughter. I love to read and work outside in my yard, work out, and spend time with my family and friends.

 

Allison

Dental Hygienist

My career began in dental assisting and continued to dental hygiene, which I’ve done for the past seven years. I can be found assisting the doctors when needed, cleaning teeth, providing other preventive services, as well as educating patients on the best ways to reach and maintain a great level of oral health. I truly love every aspect of dentistry—no day is ever the same! We also have the best team!

I have been married to my husband Ryan for a dozen years. We have two kids, Addison and Grayson, as well as two German shorthair dogs. I love anything to do with fitness and nutrition—I even plan to run a race in all 50 states! I love hanging out with family and friends, golfing, scrapbooking, and like any Minnesotan, going to the lake!

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