Doctors
Alyssa Hedstrom, DDS

Alyssa Hedstrom, DDS — Dentist

Alyssa grew up in Grand Marais, graduating from Cook County High School.  After receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2004, Alyssa her husband and daughter returned home to raise their family.  She joined her father, Dr. Rolf, practicing dentistry and took over the practice in May of 2008. Alyssa now has three daughters, and a Bernese mountain dog. The family loves sailing, swimming, traveling and adventures of all sorts. Alyssa enjoys giving back to the community and has served on the Co-op and the North Shore Health Care Foundation boards.  She was instrumental in the creation of the Oral Health Task Force and continues to support their efforts as a board member and with her contributions of services.  Professionally Alyssa is a Member of the ADA, MDA, NEEDS and AOS.  One thing Alyssa enjoys about dentistry is the ability to continue to learn and grow as dentistry changes.  Continuing education is an important part of professional development and Alyssa stays connected to dentistry through her love of learning.  Alyssa loves working and living in Cook County and every day is thankful for the opportunity to practice a profession she loves for a community she is proud to be a member.
Rolf E. Lindquist, DDS

Rolf E. Lindquist, DDS — Dentist

Rolf received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1978. After practicing in Parkers Prairie for 10 years he took a chance and moved with his family to Grand Marais. Rolf and Layne started this practice in 1988 and it has grown steadily over the last 25 years. Rolf sold the practice to Alyssa in May 2008.  Most recently Rolf has retired from private practice and is giving back by sharing his extensive dental experience at the state prison in Moose Lake, MN.  Dr. Rolf will continue to help out and will been seen occasionally as he supports Alyssa when she is taking time for her family or is away for continuing education.  Rolf keeps busy sailing, reading, and playing with his grandchildren.

Staff
William Heitzman

William Heitzman — Dental Therapist

Bill is from White Bear Lake Minnesota and has lived in the Twin Cities most of his life. He earned a Master's Degree in Dental Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and most recently practiced at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic.  Bill and wife Anna recently moved to Grand Marais with their daughter who is very busy exploring the world.  For recreation they enjoy running, biking, canoeing, and hiking as a family.  Professionally, he is a member of the Minnesota Dental Therapy Association, and has volunteered at the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile, and is a part of the Oral Health Task Force.  Bill looks forward to proudly serving the community of Grand Marais and surrounding area.  Better health means better lives.
Layne Lindquist

Layne Lindquist — Registered Dental Hygienist, Restorative Function

Layne received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth in 2001. She was then in one of the first graduating classes in a Restorative Function program from the University of Minnesota in 2002. Over the past 25 years Layne has, at various points, been involved in every aspect of the office. Layne loves taking yoga and she and Rolf take long walks almost daily. She also enjoys knitting, sewing, sailing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Brittany Emmert

Brittany Emmert — Registered Dental Hygienist

Brittany joined our practice in November 2013 after moving her from the big city of Rochester MN. Born on the east coast in Massachusetts, Brittany’s large family of seven made the move to Minnesota when she was young. After high school, she received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Rochester Community and Technical College. Brittany loves to travel and has been to Germany, France and the Netherlands. She loves to be outdoors in her spare time; paddle boarding and jet skiing are her favorite. She loves all sports, especially football and lacrosse, which her younger brother plays! She is close to her family and misses them dearly, especially her mini schnauzer, Bella.
Kristy Ekroot

Kristy Ekroot — Licensed Dental Assistant

Kristy graduated from Hibbing Community College with a degree in Dental Assisting. Kristy has been working at the office for the past 25 years. Kristy and her husband Craig, have a son and two grand-children.  When not at work, Kristy spends her time travelling to Canada or their cabin, she enjoys camping, snowmobiling, trips to Duluth with her sister or daughter-in-law, and time with her grandsons.
Cathy Terry

Cathy Terry — Licensed Dental Assistant

Cathy graduated from Hibbing Community College with a degree in Dental Assisting. A native of International Falls, Cathy joined the office in August of 1997. Cathy and her husband, Dennis, have two adult children. Her greatest joy was becoming a grandma to a beautiful baby boy. Cathy is very active in water fitness and Zumba, she grows tons of gorgeous tomatoes, flowers and vegetables every summer. Cathy enjoys visits with her father at the Care Center, and spending time with her husband and their cat Bailey.
Lisa Wahlers

Lisa Wahlers — Dental Assistant

Born and raised in Grand Marais, Lisa spent the majority of her life in this small community. She has worked for the office for many years; starting in 1988 before she had children, and then she came back to work after her girls were older in 2011. Family is most important to her and she tries to spend most of her time with her 3 daughters. Lisa enjoys gardening and being outdoors on sunny summer days. She loves to dine out and her favorite food is Mexican. Lisa loves working as a dental assistant and she feels rewarded from helping people.
Karlie Steward

Karlie Steward — Licensed Dental Assistant

Karlie is a native of the north shore, born in Duluth and raised in Silver Bay. After high school, she attended Hibbing Community College for their Dental Assisting program and graduated the spring of 2014 with an AA degree. Karlie joined our practice in June of 2014. In her spare time, she loves to ski, fish and basically anything outdoors, especially taking her dog, Mia, on walks. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.
Stephanie Best

Stephanie Best — Reception

Born and raised in North Dakota, Stephanie received her degree in Applied Science from Brown College in Minneapolis and pursued a career in radio. Stephanie moved to Grand Marais to be with her boyfriend in 2008. Stephanie loves tracking weather and has a nearly flawless memory for names and faces. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys cheering for the Minnesota Twins, and the Wild as well as ND Fighting Sioux hockey and spending time with her boyfriend.
Karina Roth

Karina Roth — Reception

Karina received her Bachelor's degree in both math and music from Simpson College and has worked in the reception area of the office since 2010. Karina and her husband Mike have 3 children and she spent the prior 10 years being the house manager for all of them. Karina is a gifted musician and sings in a jazz quartet as well as being the primary musician at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She coordinates the lunch program at Great Expectations School and grows all the beautiful flowers and veggies for the GES plant sale every May. Karina also has a gift with animals and their entire family is working hard to rehabilitate Ruby their rescued mixed breed dog.
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