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Our dentists combine years of experience and continuing education, along with gentle, compassionate care to provide you with a smile you can be proud of. We invite you to call us today at 651.488.5522. We look forward to getting to know you, talking with you about the goals for your smile, explaining your various treatment options and helping you make the best decisions for yourself and your family.
 

MEET OUR DOCTORS

 
Dr. Stanton, Dr. Joseph Opack, and Dr. David Opack from St. Paul Family Dentistry
 

Dr. Peter Stanton of St. Paul Family Dentistry
Peter J. Stanton, DDS

Dr. Stanton is a 1992 graduate and former associate professor in oral medicine and diagnosis from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Stanton’s educational pursuit has led him to numerous advanced trainings in cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, Invisalign® (removable braces), CEREC (one-appointment crowns), endodontics (root canals) and wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Stanton has been recognized as an Invisalign Elite Provider because of his hard work and dedication to the needs of his patients. Dr. Stanton enjoys anything outdoors. He likes fishing with his daughters, archery with his son, and coaching youth basketball, baseball and football teams.

 

Dr. Joseph Opack of St. Paul Family Dentistry
Joseph Opack, DDS

Dr. Joseph Opack is a 2007 graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and has been a part of St. Paul Family Dentistry ever since. He is committed to delivering the most up to date quality dental care possible. Dr. Opack enjoys furthering his dental education with numerous courses each year. He has a special interest in dental implants, cosmetic and CEREC dentistry, endodontics (root canals), and the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. Along with these courses, Dr. Opack is a member of Spear Education, the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, CEREC DOCTORS, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the International Dental Implant Association. Dr. Opack is a Duluth native who enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Katie, and their four children. Dr. Opack looks forward to building a long-term relationship with his patients in the office and in the St. Paul community.

 

Dr. David Opack of St. Paul Family Dentistry
David J. Opack, DDS

Dr. Opack is a graduate from Creighton Dental school in Omaha, Nebraska. He has extensive experience in treating dental trauma, emergency dental care and wisdom teeth removal as well as many restorative procedures. He is a member of the ADA and pursues continuing education in endodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery. When Dr. Opack is not practicing dentistry, he enjoys many outdoor activities, sports and music.

 


 

MEET OUR TEAM

 
St. Paul Family Dentistry Group Picture
 

HYGIENISTS


Hygienists of St. Paul Family Dentistry

 

Lori Bird
Lori

I have been a part of St. Paul Family Dentistry since 1981. My favorite part about my job is building lasting relationships with my patients and watching the practice grow over the years. Outside of work I love to spend time with my husband and two boys, or reading a good book.

 

Lisa Haines
Lisa

This will be my 20th year as a hygienist at our practice. I attended Minnesota State University Mankato for my degree, and moved to the Twin Cities shortly afterwards. The most rewarding part of my career is helping my patients achieve their best oral health. Outside of the office, I enjoy attending sporting events for my two kids, traveling, working out, and cookies.

 

Nancy Meyer
Nancy

St. Paul Family Dentistry has been my home for 14 years! I love that I get to work in the evenings, with a great team, so I can enjoy my mornings gardening, hiking, Pilates, and kayaking. I want to be able to give back as much as I can, including volunteering my time doing hygiene with the boy’s club, at the Food Shelf, and Operation Grace.

 

Jackie Ascheman
Jackie

I started at St. Paul Family Dentistry in 1999 as a Dental Assistant. I then became a Dental Hygienist in 2005 and have been working here ever since! The best part of working at our office is that we are surrounded by great doctors and co-workers with the common goal of making our patients healthier. I love researching new and better products/ ways to help my patients. Including, going to the Colgate Technology Center to learn about their products. Outside of work, I enjoy working out and spending time with my husband!

 

Kim Mork
Kim

I have been with St. Paul Family Dentistry since 2005. As a hygienist, I value the importance of prevention, good oral health and how it affects one’s overall health. My goal is to help my patients achieve and maintain a healthy smile and provide a friendly, comfortable dental experience. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, doing triathlons with my husband, cooking and traveling.

 

Maggie Opack
Maggie

I graduated as a Dental Hygienist in 2015 and St. Paul Family Dentistry has been my home ever since. The best part of my job is working with great, caring, Dentists, and equally caring staff who have the common goal of making our patients feel comfortable and welcome. Besides work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, fishing, biking, and shopping!

 

Heidi Rooney
Heidi

I started at our practice in 2018, but I have been a Dental Hygienist for 15 years. In the office I enjoy meeting new patients and encouraging good dental hygiene practices. Outside of the office I spend my time with my grandson swimming, playing games, and reading books.

 

Toni Fernandez
Toni

I have been working as a Dental Assistant since 2011 and went back to school to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. I believe that the experience in both allows me to better educate my patients on all aspects of their appointments. The most rewarding part of my career is building relationships with my patients and easing their stress of coming into the dentist. Other than work, I am passionate about my rescue Pitbull group, horses, family and friends, and spending time outdoors!

 

ASSISTANTS


Assistants of St. Paul Family Dentistry

 

Kim Kenny
Kim

St. Paul Family Dentistry has been my work home since 1984. I believe that the best part of my job is working with the caring, talented doctors and helping our patients become healthier every day. Outside of work I spend my time with my husband and two children.

 

Cheri Santanni
Cheri

I have been working at St. Paul Family Dentistry for 21 years as Dr. Stanton’s Assistant. I enjoy getting to know my patients, listening to their stories, and providing a comfortable dental experience. When I am not at work, I enjoy making memories with my Son and Daughter, refinishing vintage wood, and running.

 

Toni Johnston
Toni

I have been working at St. Paul Family Dentistry since 2003 as a dental assistant. My career is rewarding in many different ways, but I believe the most rewarding part is that I am able to take care of our patients and ensure that they have a comfortable and stress-free dental experience. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my kids, playing softball, and being in the outdoors.

 

Amanda Morris
Amanda

I started at St. Paul Family Dentistry in 2012. My favorite part of being a dental assistant is having the opportunity to aid in creating beautiful, healthy smiles. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful daughter and exercising, especially running outdoors!

 

Nicole Wickersham
Nikki

I have been an assistant for a total of 19 years. In January 2016, I moved back to the St. Paul area to join our team as Dr. David Opack’s assistant. For the past 8 years I have been specializing in restorative functions. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 

Beek Lor
Beek

I became a part of the SPFD front office team in 2018 and I am currently pursuing my degree in Dental Assisting at Century College. When someone asks what my favorite part of my job is, my typical response is “I like everything about it!” I enjoy the variety and meeting new people/patients every day. When I am not at work, I spend my time with my husband and three children going to church, playing outdoors, reading, and taking photos.

 

Nick J
Nick

In 2018, I joined St. Paul Family Dentistry’s team as an intern. Currently, I am a student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in Biology. During my free time I enjoy kayaking and anything outdoors.

FRONT DESK


Front Desk staff of St. Paul Family Dentistry

 

Kim Foss
Kim

I have been with this practice since 2005 as a part of the front office staff and a licensed dental assistant. My favorite part of my job is working at a friendly, caring office that has our patients’ best interest at heart. Although I enjoy my job, my most treasured time is with my family—camping, fishing, skiing, and four-wheeling.

 

Erica Heydt
Erica

I joined the St. Paul Family Dentistry team in 2015. I enjoy building relationships with every patient that comes through our doors, aiding Dr. Stanton with Invisalign, and working alongside fun, caring co-workers. Trying new cuisines, traveling, and spending time with my amazing family is how I enjoy my free time!

 

Trisha McKinnon
Trish

I have been at our practice since 2016 as the financial coordinator. I enjoy helping patients understand the best way to utilize their insurance benefits, easing the financial stress patients may face, and working with such caring, giving, and understanding doctors. When I am not at work, I choose to spend my time with my two daughters and husband camping, fishing, or going to country music concerts.

 

Samantha Hyduke
Samantha

I started at St. Paul Family Dentistry in August of 2018. This job allows me to help people/patients, work with great co-workers, problem solve, all while using my creative side. I love the way that our practice always puts the patient first, no matter the situation. Outside of work, I spend my time visiting my family and boyfriend in Duluth, watching my little cousins, and trying the newest vegetarian restaurants.

 

Gabrielle Falkner
Gabrielle

I originally started at SPFD in 2011, moved back to WI with my husband, but when the office presented me with an offer to return in 2018, I gladly accepted! This practice has great values and high standards that offer patients exceptional service. The entire staff is an amazing professional group I enjoy working with each day. Outside of work, I spend my time with my husband, our chocolate lab, family and friends. Dining out, traveling, home decor, sampling gluten free beer and chardonnays, and spending weekends at the family cottage are things I enjoy most.