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.
Steve Schell, DDS
I am Dr. Steve Schell. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in 1976. I owned River Road Dental, a four doctor dental clinic in Brooklyn Center, MN for 28 years. My practice included all types of general dentistry as well as implant restoration, cosmetics, braces and Invisalign. I have done dental missions to Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Madagascar.
After selling my practice I took a year off to start Airport Cars Club (Airportcarsclub.com), a web based car exchange club for private pilots to use as ground transportation.
I have been an active pilot since age 16 and hold a commercial pilot's license with instrument and multi engine ratings. I own a Mooney personal aircraft which I use to commute to the various offices I have worked in. Currently I serve as the President of the Flying Dentists Association which is an association of dentist/pilots dedicated to dental continuing education, aviation and family travel.
My wife, Tara, is a Registered Dental Assistant and worked as the clinic manager for River Road Dental before our sons Alex and Michael were born. We all enjoy travel, snow skiing, and tennis. I also enjoy biking, SCUBA, sailing, windsurfing and wilderness camping with my boys. Tara's not really into the camping thing.
Throughout my career I have employed many doctors and recently worked in several other dental clinics. Dr. Jorgenson and his team are exceptional. Together we will be able to serve our patients without compromise while keeping our families first.
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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.
Marcia Giese, RDA
I began dental assisting in the early 1970s. I have enjoyed the advances in dentistry and am happy to serve with this team in offering professional and quality dentistry. It is rewarding to help our patients recieve and maintain dental health.
My husband Marty and I have 4 grown children ~ Anna, Sarah, Rachel & David, and 7 grandchildren. In addition to dentistry, I enjoy being a pastors wife, time with family and friends, golfing, fishing, furniture restoration, travel, perennial gardening and quilting.
I am the office manager at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. I have worked in the dental field since 2001 & absolutely love it! I am excited & honored to have been given the opportunity to work with such an exceptional dental team!!
My husband Mark & I moved back to the Park Rapids area in 2012/2013. We have 2 children: Maddie & Brock. Together with Mark's family we have Round Bay Resort on 3rd Crow Wing Lake. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family & friends, being outdoors, reading, running, & arts/crafts.
Tracy Girtz-Gartner, RDA
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 grew up in the Park Rapids area, and are blessed to be able to call Park Rapids home again after spending a few years in the Twin Cities. We enjoy 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 our daughter, Cambria. 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.