Meet The Staff

Dayna, CDA/LDA, Dental Assistant

Dayna attended St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, MN graduating in 2011. She enjoys restorative dentistry and  being a part of a dental team dedicated to providing quality care as well as excellent patient care. Dayna appreciates spending time with her husband and two children, as well as outdoor recreation.



Linda, LDA, Dental Assistant

Linda attended Hennepin Technical College, in Brooklyn Park, MN to become a licensed dental assistant.  She has been a licensed dental assistant for over 25 years.  She enjoys being part of a team that strives for quality dental care to our patients.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, who are college graduates beginning their careers.  She lives on a hobby farm where they raise horses, dogs, and cats.  Her family is very busy these days, but they still enjoy gathering whenever they can. They all enjoy attending Rodeos and her son loves to compete!

Judy, Dental Assistant

Judy is married and has four children and six grandchildren, and lives in Raymond, Minnesota. Judy has spent many years in Dentistry and is still a vital member of the dental team. Judy helps things flow smoothly on the clinical side. She is so helpful in caring for the patients, even if somewhat working “backstage”. We value her on our team. During her free time, Judy enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, and hanging out with family and friends. If you see the beautiful flowers and festive decorations in the garden areas at our office- that’s thanks to Judy!



Kayla, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kayla attended North Dakota State College of Science and obtained an Associate Degree in dental assisting and dental hygiene.  Kayla is passionate about education.  After starting her career in dental hygiene she chose to continue her education at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in dental hygiene. Kayla enjoys sharing her passion of education with patients by helping them learn the best ways to keep their mouth healthy. She describes seeing patients’ oral health improve with each visit as the best part of her job.  Outside of the office, Kayla enjoys spending time on the lakes, running, biking, and being with her husband and family include Boulder the “best golden retriever ever”.

Kay, Appointment Coordinator, Certified Licensed Dental Assistant

Kay attended Canby Technical College for Dental Assisting. She has been working for Dr. Gardner for over 30 years. Kay enjoys getting to know patients and helping to make sure that their visits are comfortable and pleasant while working towards their dental health. Being a part of this dental team has been so rewarding.

Outside of the dental office, Kay enjoys spending time outdoors, walking, flower gardening, reading and going to many local sporting events. Most important to her is the time spent with family and friends. Her daughter and her family live in Owatonna and her son and his family live in Duluth. Being a grandparent to a grandson and two granddaughters brings a lot of joy to her life.



Carol, Business Assistant

Carol has more than 20 years with Dr. Gardner. She attended MN West Technical College and has four children and six grandchildren. She has many years of experience helping patients with their insurance benefits and financing. She enjoys being a part of a team dedicated to assisting those patients achieve the best possible dental health. Although semi-retired (don’t be surprised to see her at the office) we appreciate her continued dedication, and we see a lot of her. During her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, decorating, and photography.

Jackie, Registered Dental Hygienist

Jackie attended Lakeshore Technical College in WI for dental assisting and Normandale Community College in MN for dental hygiene.  She enjoys learning what’s new in dental hygiene and prevention and helping patients achieve optimal oral health. She and Dr. Gardner have worked together for many years. In her spare time she likes to bike, play tennis, and various outdoor activities.



Andrea, Financial Coordinator

Andrea is our financial coordinator. Andrea attended Minnesota State and graduated with a BS degree. She has been working in the Dentistry field for the past 10 years in various capacities. She enjoys getting to know the patients and assisting them with their dental finances.

Andrea enjoys spending time with her two daughters. She loves spending time on the lake, downhill skiing, spending time at her cabin up north, and watching the girls in their many school activities at NLS.

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