White Bear Smiles
We've taken the time to put together a great team here at White Bear Smiles, and we'd love to introduce ourselves! Since we enjoy getting to know our patients so much, we thought we'd return the favor. Each member of our team is a professional through and through, but we also like to have fun. We love what we do, and we think it shows. So the next time you come by, be sure and say hi!
Meet Our Team
Paul Anderson, DDS
After earning his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Anderson continued at U of MN Dental School, earning his DDS degree and graduating with honors. He then completed a select advanced dentistry residency post graduation.
Dr. Anderson’s passion for learning didn’t stop after graduation, however. He continues to study and seek out new opportunities to learn more advanced techniques so that he can provide the highest quality care for his patients. Dr. Anderson takes courses through the Pankey Institute, and has certifications in 3M implants, Biolase, Perio Protect, and ZOOM.
To keep an eye on the latest developments in dentistry, Dr. Anderson is a member of several professional associations, including the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the St. Paul District Dental Society, and the East Metro Dental Study Club.
Because Dr. Anderson believes in supporting the education of every member of his team, White Bear Smiles sponsors specialist training of our entire staff.
Dr. Anderson’s skills have not gone unnoticed, and he’s received multiple accolades, including selection for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine’s Hall of Fame and an Angie’s List’s Super Service Award.
Dr. Anderson loves his community and makes time for helping others, whether he’s supporting the Union Gospel Mission or coaching youth sports. Outside the office, Dr. Anderson might be found paddle boarding or participating in a triathlon, and chances are good that he’ll be surrounded by his family.
Surrounded by family and friends, Dr. Anderson and his wife Mary are, as he says, living the dream!
Ellen Swift, DDS
Dr. Ellen Swift was raised in Mahtomedi, MN by her father, Dr. Paul Anderson, and mother, Mary, a dental hygienist. Inspired to pursue a dental career, Dr. Swift earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, graduating with distinction. She previously earned a degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with highest honors.
Dr.Swift is delighted to be a member of the White Bear Smiles team, and couldn’t be more excited to practice dentistry alongside her father. She treats patients of all ages through a wide variety of dental procedures. She enjoys visiting with her patients, considering them her White Bear Smiles family while providing excellent oral health care.
Dr. Swift is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the St. Paul District Dental Society. These professional associations and an abundance of continuing dental education allow her to better serve her patients while keeping up on the latest techniques and technology in the industry.
Outside the clinic, Dr. Swift is passionate about spending time with her family and friends. She can often be found at the family cabin, various workout classes, or trying new restaurants and activities in the metro area with her husband, Peter.
Katie - Licensed Dental Hygienist
I reside in Hugo, with my husband and our puggle Frankie! We’re expecting our first baby in February and we’re so excited! I love to spend time outside enjoying what Minnesota seasons have to offer, whether it’s biking, snowboarding, spending time on the lake, or shopping!
Kathy - Licensed Dental Hygienist
I have worked as a licensed hygienist at White Bear Smiles since 1998. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I enjoy meeting and getting to know the patients and learning more about them and their families.
I obviously like working at White Bear Smiles as I have been here nearly 20 years. Besides the patients, I enjoy the great staff and working environment. Outside of work, I enjoy gardening, baking and reading (or listening to audio books). My family spends time on Lake Vermillion where my husband’s family has a cabin.
Tammy - Licensed Dental Hygienist
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from College of Saint Benedict in 2005, and went on to get my Associates degree in Dental Hygiene and graduate with honors from Herzing College. I have been a hygienist at White Bear Smiles since 2011.
I love being able to help patients feel good about their smiles, and educating patients on their oral health. I feel that White Bear Smiles is a dental office that always puts our patients first, and I’m so proud to be a part of this team!
I live in Mahtomedi with my husband Eric, our two girls, Nola and Clara, and our crazy dog, Calypso. I am a huge Vikings fan! I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, and spending time with my family!
Ashley - Licensed Dental Hygienist
I earned my Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Normandale Community College. My passion for dentistry pushed me to further my education as I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene from Metropolitan State University.
I am blessed to work alongside Dr. Anderson and the team at White Bear Smiles! My favorite thing about working here would have to be the judgement-free environment. We allow our patients to be the driver of their own health. Helping patients realize the connection between oral and systemic health is a great passion of mine.
A few of my hobbies include gardening, playing hockey, going for walks, ice fishing, in general just being outside! In my free time, I enjoy family activities with my husband and son.
Laura - Licensed Dental Assistant
I earned my degree in dental assisting from Herzing University. I first took an interest in the dental field my senior year of high school, when I had an opportunity to do a PSEO class at Century College in dental assisting.
I have been working chairside with Dr. Anderson for over 10 years! I love helping people smile! Being able to help from just a few simple fillings to a full mouth rehabilitation, it's giving people confidence in themselves that makes such a difference.
I live in Coon Rapids with my husband, two sons Jameson and Axel, and our dog Scooby. We enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities such as gardening, swimming and snowmobiling!
Tina - Licensed Dental Assistant
I have been a licensed dental assistant since 1996. I graduated with honors from Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy. The best part of my job is getting to know my patients and doing what I can to care for their dental needs. White Bear Smiles is a modern and knowledgeable dental practice, and I am thrilled to be working in and serving the community where I grew up!
My kids keep me pretty busy with their many sporting activities. I also enjoy sports, and working in my flower garden. We love being outside, walking our dog, Luna around the lake, swimming or paddle boarding! I love White Bear Lake, and am so happy to be able to live and work here.
Dana - Licensed Dental Assistant
I graduated from Century College in and have been working as a dental assistant for the last 11 years. My family and I recently moved to the north side of the cities, which brought me to White Bear Smiles!
It is important to me to serve the community and I love that I am starting to know and recognize our patients.
I reside in Lino Lakes with my husband, Dan, and our 2 children, Sidney and Logan. In our free time, between team sports, we spend our time in true Minnesota fashion: at the lake!
Nancy - Front Desk Coordinator
I earned my degree in dental assisting from the University of Minnesota. I love making patients feel comfortable from their very first phone call to our office. It makes me so proud to know that we are providing the best care for our patients. I have worked at White Bear Smiles since 2013!
I live in Shoreview and enjoy spending time with my two grown children and my granddaughter, Sophia. I also enjoy traveling to San Diego to visit family, and cheering on our Minnesota Vikings!
Patty - Front Desk Coordinator
I earned my Associate of Arts degree from Winona State University, then went on to earn my AAS degree in dental assisting from Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy. I have worked at White Bear Smiles for over 6 years. I enjoy helping patients improve their smiles and helping them understand their dental needs and how it relates to their overall health. I live in Forest Lake with my husband and our Scottie dog, Duff. In my free time I enjoy doing various crafts.
Nan - Front Desk Coordinator
I received my degree from the University of North Dakota. Although my previous positions were in orthopedics, I am glad I made the switch to the dental field. I love being a part of the White Bear Smiles team! I enjoy working for White Bear Smiles because it’s a place where the entire team really does care about the patient and their health.
I live with my son Jackson in White Bear Lake and my daughter, Clair, a firefighter lives in California! On weekends you can usually find me on my bike, in my kayak or tending my garden!
Karli - Front Desk Coordinator
I earned my Medical Administration degree from Rasmussen College. I started my career in the dental industry right out of college, and was hooked! I love working in the dental field, no two days are ever the same. I love getting to help our patients every day. I am so proud to work for a company that truly cares about its patients the way White Bear Smiles does. We take pride in our work and the treatment that our patients receive.
I was born and raised in White Bear Lake, and I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy reading, swimming, and being outside with my dogs, Chase and Amber!
Jenny - Licensed Dental Assistant
I graduated with honors from the Century College Dental Assisting Program and completed my internship at the University of Minnesota Dental School. My passion for dentistry started while I was growing up. Going to the dentist was always such a positive experience for me and I had built a great relationship with my dentist and hygienist. The best part about working at White Bear Smiles is being able to help patients feel great about coming to the dentist and create that same positive relationship I had growing up!
I live in Lino Lakes with my parents, two siblings and black lab Remi. When I'm not in the office you can usually find me in the kitchen cooking for my family, rollerblading, camping, playing hockey, or walking my dog. I also love to travel to new places and am always planning my next adventure!