Our Oral Health Care Providers
Dentists - Park Rapids, MN ~ Pleasant Avenue Dentistry
All our professionals at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Jay Jorgenson, DDS
I am Dr. Jay Jorgenson. I grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN where I graduated from High School in 1984. I then went to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. In1995, I graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE.
I married Krista Hesby, in 1994, and started practicing dentistry in Park Rapids in the fall of 1995. In 2000, I built a new dental office on Pleasant Avenue where I continue to practice. Krista and I have two active sons, Per and Bjorn.
Favorite pastimes of mine include Nordic skiing, running, triathlons, trout fishing, hunting, and spending time on the lake with my family.
I am extremely passionate about biological dentistry. I'm intrigued with how the mouth affects the human body and I am constantly advancing my skills and continuing my education. I have taken my staff to the prestigious Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco, CA where I had the opportunity to do a live hands-on smile makeover for a patient under the guidance of the world's top cosmetic dentists (before and after photos can be seen here). The staff and I have also gone to Destin, Florida to the Excellence in Dentistry conference. I feel it is important to include my team on these endeavors so that they too can elevate patient care and service. It is my plan to strive for excellence by continuing to improve my skills through further advanced education.
Elise Soulliere, DDS
I am Dr. Elise Soulliere. I was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, where the majority of my family still resides. I studied at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Anthropology. In 2013, I moved to Minneapolis, MN, where I attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. I graduated with honors in May of 2017, and shortly after, returned to my hometown in Michigan.
For the first year of my career, I worked as an Associate Dentist alongside three other general dentists in the Sterling Heights, MI area. After one year, I was offered a position with a Bemidji, MN practice as the Managing Clinical Director, where I practiced as a solo dentist. Upon my arrival to Park Rapids, I met Dr. Jay Jorgenson through a mutual friend, and was intrigued by his philosophies in Biological Dentistry. I look forward to this opportunity at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry to benefit our patient’s overall health through the oral cavity.
In my spare time, I enjoy family game nights, live music, volunteering, and anything that gets me outdoors with sunshine and fresh air! I am not yet married, nor do I have any children, so for now, I am enjoying the freedom of being a young new dentist. I look forward to exploring Park Rapids, and working alongside Dr. Jorgenson and his amazing staff to give our patients the best overall dental experience!
Lacy Ament, RDH
I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND with a degree in Dental Hygiene. I enjoy coming up to Park Rapids to work because of the great team and quality dentistry.
My husband, Trent, and I have 3 children - our son Cass, and two daughters Aubree, and Marlee! We live on 40 acres near New York Mills. We enjoy being near our families, the outdoors, and working on house projects. Personally, I enjoy reading, gardening, and being a mom.
Sara Becker, RDH
I graduated in 1989 from Mankato State University. I look forward to every day I work with our great dental team and wonderful patients.
My husband, Ed and I live in Nevis. We have two grown children, Katie and Gavin. Ed and I own In-We-Go Resort. When I have spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, going on walks and biking.
I am one of the office managers at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. I have worked in the dental field since 2001 & absolutely love it! I feel truly blessed and honored to work with such an exceptional dental team as well as absolutely amazing patients!
I moved to the Park Rapids area in 2013. I have 2 children: Maddie and Brock. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, running, and arts/crafts.
Tracy Girtz-Gartner, RDA
Kristi Heiling, LDA
Caroline Kalinen, RDA
I am one of the office managers at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. I am very excited to join the wonderful team here at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry.
My husband Justin and I live in Nevis with our children Nora and Jackson. We have one dog named Bella. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, reading, and time at the lake.
Julie Sitz, RDH
I have been a Dental Hygienist since 1994. Prior to that, I was a Dental Assistant for 13 years. Needless to say, I enjoy working in the field of dentistry, and it is an honor to work with such a great team at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry.
My husband Greg and I enjoy traveling, spending time with our kids, grandkids, friends and family.
Ashley Vagts, CDA, RDH
I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science with degrees in Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, and Liberal Arts. Working in the dental profession brings great satisfaction to my life; I enjoy providing quality dental care to our patients.
My husband Jason and I live in Park Rapids. We are proud parents to two wonderful children. I am an animal lover, having 2 dogs and 2 horses. I also enjoy hiking, fishing, downhill skiing, and furniture restoration.
"I enjoy the friendly staff and the knowledge they share. They are very experienced and seem to care about me as the patient!" -Mark O.