Meet Our Doctors
Ben Sitz, DDS
Dr. Ben 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. Ben grew up as a patient at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. 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. Ben 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.
Elise Soulliere, DDS
Dr. Elise 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. Elise 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. Elise enjoys family game nights, live music, volunteering and anything that gets her outdoors with sunshine and fresh air!
Carolyn Disse, DDS
Dr. Carolyn grew up in Detroit Lakes, MN in a large family on a resort. Carolyn graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a bachelors degree in Biology. She then attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated in 2017. Carolyn married her high school sweetheart, Max, who is also in healthcare and together they moved to Hershey, PA after dental school for Max to complete his residency in dermatology. They now have three children and are thrilled to be raising their young family back in Minnesota.
Dr. Carolyn is so happy to be joining the caring and compassionate team at Pleasant Avenue Dentistry. She strives to provide each patient with a comfortable appointment and to help educate them on their oral health as well as the connection to their overall health.
Dr. Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family and seeing the joy of life through the eyes of her kids. Personally she loves cross country skiing, biking, hiking, and has recently been hooked on pickleball!
Our Trusted 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!
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.