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 others, and has certifications in 3M implants, Biolase, Perio Protect, Cerec, 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 , Angie’s List’s Super Service Awards, Minnesota Monthly magazine, White Bear Lake magazine, and NextDoor.com.
Dr. Anderson loves his community and makes time for helping others, whether he’s supporting the Hope Dental Clinic, the Minnesota Dental Foundation, or coaching youth sports. Outside the office, Dr. Anderson might be found paddle boarding, biking, or participating in a triathlon, and chances are good that he’ll be with 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. She is also a member of a local Spear Study Club - a group of like-minded dentists dedicated to education.
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.
Chelsea - Licensed Dental Hygienist
"Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life!"
That came true in 2010 when I graduated from Normandale Community College. I have a true passion for dental hygiene as I can educate patients and help them create a healthy smile. I feel so fortunate to work at White Bear Smiles and be able to share my passion. A healthy smile can brighten anyone's day!
When I'm not chasing my toddler around our house in Hugo, I enjoy working out, traveling with my husband, and experiencing new things.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Heather - Licensed Dental Assistant
I went to Minneapolis Technical College to earn my degree in Dental Assisting. I have been assisting for over 25 years and feel very fortunate to be here at White Bear Smiles, where all of the staff are so dedicated to being of good service to our patients. I love getting to know our patients and helping them with their dental health, and making a difference. I grew up in this area and love working in this community.
I live in White Bear Township with my husband. We have two adult children and a dog, Remington. I love to read, going for walks and spending time with family and friends.
Paula - Licensed Dental Assistant
I graduated with honors from Century College Dental Assisting Program in 2001. I love being a Dental Assistant because I have a chance to educate the patient , and to go above and beyond their expectations of great dental care. It is so nice to be a part of the Team at White Bear Smiles, because we share the same passion for our patients and love for our profession!
I live in Scandia with my husband, and have 3 grown children. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.
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.
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!
Kim - Front Desk Coordinator
I earned my dental assisting degree from Lakeland Medical and Dental Academy. I am proud to work at White Bear Smiles because of how much the doctors and staff love dentistry and helping patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
I live on a hobby farm in Pine City with my husband Joe, our 3 Australian Shepards, Zeke, Zelda and Twizzle, along with a menagerie of other critters.
Annette - Front Desk Coordinator
I have been in the dental field for over 16 years, working in several states. I started at White Bear Smiles early in 2018, and the second I read the ad and researched the Google reviews, I knew this was the office for me! White Bear Smiles takes such pride in the patient's care and experience from the moment of the first contact, through the actual visits, and then throughout the years.
I reside in Bayport with my husband and dog. In my free time I love spending time with family and friends. I am an avid runner, and love being outdoors.