Jay Jorgenson, DDS

Dr. Jorgenson grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN where he graduated from high school in 1984. He then went to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and received his Bachelor of Science in biology. In 1995, he graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE.

Dr. Jorgenson married Krista Hesby in 1994 and started practicing dentistry in Park Rapids in the fall of 1995. In 2000, he built a new dental office on Pleasant Avenue where he continues to practice. He and Krista have two active sons, Per and Bjorn.

Dr. Jorgenson’s favorite pastimes include Nordic skiing, running, triathlons, trout fishing, hunting and spending time on the lake with his family.

Dr. Jorgenson is extremely passionate about biological dentistry. He is intrigued with how the mouth affects the human body and he is constantly advancing his skills and continuing his education. He has taken his staff to the prestigious Pacific Aesthetic Continuum in San Francisco, CA, where he had the opportunity to do a live hands-on smile makeover for a patient under the guidance of the world’s top cosmetic dentists. Dr. Jorgenson and his staff have also gone to Destin, FL, to the Excellence in Dentistry conference. He feels it is important to include his team in these endeavors so that they too can elevate patient care and service. It is his plan to strive for excellence by continuing to improve his skills through further advanced education.

Elise Soulliere, DDS

Dr. Soulliere was born and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, where the majority of her family still resides. She studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she received her Bachelor of Science in biological anthropology. In 2013, she moved to Minneapolis, MN, where she attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She graduated with honors in May of 2017 and shortly after, returned to her hometown in Michigan.

For the first year of her career, Dr. Soulliere worked as an associate dentist alongside three other general dentists in the Sterling Heights, MI, area. After one year, she was offered a position with a Bemidji, MN practice as the managing clinical director, where she practiced as a solo dentist. Upon her arrival in Park Rapids, she met Dr. Jay Jorgenson through a mutual friend and was intrigued by his philosophies in biological dentistry. She looks forward to this opportunity at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry to benefit our patients’ overall health through the oral cavity.

In her spare time, Dr. Soulliere enjoys family game nights, live music, volunteering and anything that gets her outdoors with sunshine and fresh air! She is not yet married, nor does she have any children, so for now she is enjoying the freedom of being a young new dentist. She looks forward to exploring Park Rapids and working alongside Dr. Jorgenson and his amazing staff to give our patients the best overall dental experience!

Ben Sitz, DDS

Dr. Ben Sitz is a Park Rapids native, and spent the majority of his life on Fish Hook Lake. He graduated from Park Rapids High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in biology from Bemidji State University. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and began practicing at the White Earth Service Unit for the Indian Health Service.

Dr. Sitz grew up as a patient in this practice, and he’s known Dr. Jorgenson since he was a child. The attention to detail, passion for continued learning, and the care provided for patients by this office and its staff is why he’s proud to be a member of this team.

In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors. Dr. Sitz prefers the fall and winter months, but nothing beats a Minnesota summer! When he’s not in the dental office you can find him at the golf course, on the lake or in the woods.

Meet Our Team
We have an amazing dental team! They are here to support our dentists and you, our patients. They work well together and have been cross trained in all aspects of our office to answer your questions and help ensure that your visit is easy and pleasant. They make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Call Pleasant Avenue Dentistry at 218-237-7200 for your dental appointment in Park Rapids, Minnesota, and meet our team in person!

Team

Ashley Vagts — CDA, RDH

Ashley 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 her life. She enjoys providing quality dental care to our patients.

Ashley and her husband Jason live in Park Rapids. They are proud parents to two wonderful children. Ashley is an animal lover and has two dogs and two horses. She also enjoys hiking, fishing, downhill skiing and furniture restoration.

Caroline Kallinen — RDA

Caroline has been a dental assistant since 1993. She enjoys working the dental field!

Caroline and her husband Larry have 11 children together. Their family enjoys the upkeep of their hobby farm. She also enjoys crafting and reading.

Jennifer Frank — Office Manager

Jennifer is one of the office managers at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. She has worked in the dental field since 2001 and absolutely loves it! She feels truly blessed and honored to work with such an exceptional dental team as well as absolutely amazing patients!

Jennifer moved to the Park Rapids area in 2013. She has two children: Maddie and Brock. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, running and arts and crafts.

Julie Sitz — RDH

Julie has been a dental hygienist since 1994. Prior to that, she was a dental assistant for 13 years. Needless to say, she enjoys working in the field of dentistry and it is an honor for her to work with such a great team at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry.

Julie and her husband Greg enjoy traveling, spending time with their kids, grandkids, friends and family.

Kristi Heiling — LDA

Kristi has worked in the dental field since 2001. She has been a dental assistant since 2005. She enjoys providing quality dental care to our patients and is excited to be a part of this team.

She and husband recently moved to the Menahga area. They have two boys: Wyatt and Wayne. In their free time you can find them outside enjoying the river, fishing and four-wheeling.

Kristin Maaninga — Office Manager

Kristin is one of the office managers at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. She is very excited to join the wonderful team here at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry.

Kristin and her husband Justin live in Nevis with their children, Nora and Jackson. They have one dog named Bella. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and time at the lake.

Lacy Ament — RDH

Lacy graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND, with a degree in dental hygiene. She enjoys coming up to Park Rapids to work because of the great team and quality dentistry.

Lacy and her husband Trent have three children: their son, Cass, and two daughters, Aubree and Marlee! They live on 40 acres near New York Mills. They enjoy being near thier families, the outdoors and working on house projects. Personally, Lacy enjoys reading, gardening and being a mom.

Sara Becker — RDH

Sara graduated in 1989 from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She looks forward to every day that she works with our great dental team and wonderful patients.

Sara and her husband Ed live in Nevis. They have two grown children, Katie and Gavin. Sara and Ed own In-We-Go Resort. When she has spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on walks and biking.

Tracy Girtz-Gartner — RDA

Tracy loves working in the dental field as a dental assistant with such a great team.

Tracy and her husband Bernie were married in 2006. Together they have seven children and four grandchildren. She enjoys going to the lake, sporting events and reading.