Maple Grove, MN Staff
Ryan Francis, DDS
Dentist in Maple Grove, MNGrove Health Dental
After obtaining his degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in 2000, Dr. Francis went on to the University of Minnesota where he graduated from the School of Dentistry in the spring of 2004. Since then he has enjoyed practicing in both private and community practice settings. He has gained much experience in emergency dental procedures as well as cosmetic procedures. Dr. Francis is a certified Invisalign provider, as well as a DOCS member staying up to date on the latest and safest methods for providing oral conscious sedation. Dr. Francis is a continuing member of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and both the Minnesota and American Dental Associations.
"The greatest thing about being a dentist is being able to build relationships and have a positive impact in the health and confidence of my patients."
He and his wife, Michelle, have recently moved to Maple Grove with their three children, Avery, Drew and Brynn. His hobbies include playing hockey, golfing, jogging and spending time with his family, including their dog, Zoe.
Shivan Nelson, DDS
Dentist in Maple Grove, MNGrove Health Dental
Dr. Shivan is originally from Bemidji, MN. She completed her undergraduate work at the College of St. Benedict/ St. John's University before entering dental school a year early under the University of Minnesota's early admissions program. Dr. Shivan graduated from the U of MN School of Dentistry in spring of 2011. Since graduation, Dr. Shivan has worked in a large community clinic where she gained invaluable experience working with children, triaging emergency patients, and tackling complex treatment plans. She enjoys all aspects of dentistry, treating people of all ages, with a special passion for treating children.
Amanda LDA, Patient Coordinator
Amanda received her license and certification in Dental Assisting from Herzing University in 2011. After working a year as an assistant, Amanda was cross-trained at the front desk.
“I love being able to educate patients while assisting, as well as front desk! My main goal is to build a friendship as well as a working relationship with my patients. “
Amanda just got married to her wonderful husband in June of 2016. They live in Plymouth with their cats Puss and Pancake!
Carmen LDA, Financial Coordinator
Carmen received her license and certification at Minneapolis Community and Technical Collage. Carmen has worked in a large community based dental office for over three years and has now found a home with us here at Grove Health Dental.
“I have come to find that the difference between a community office and a private office is the fact that here I really get to take my time and get to know my patients. It allows me to customize a type of care that fits the patient’s needs. I love being able to overcome fears as well as indulge in new experiences with my patients. I have definitely found a home here at Grove Health Dental”
Carmen lives in Fridley, MN with her 10 month old daughter Siyuri and her Fiancé’ Remy. She enjoys cooking, dancing, spending quality time with her family and friends, and learning new things.
Ashley received her license and certification in 2005 from Herzing College in Crystal, MN. She started her career in a large community clinic setting but is really enjoying the more personal attention she's able to give to her patients now.
"I love making sure my patients are comfortable and also getting to know them on a more personal level."
Ashley currently resides in Isanti with her husband Nolan, son Liam, daughter Brooklyn, and dog Kora. She enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.
Adrienne received her degree in Dental Hygiene from Fox Valley in Wisconsin. Adrienne has been with us since July 2011 and has enjoyed getting to know our patients on a more personal and professional level."I enjoy educating my patients so they can obtain optimal oral care that they deserve!"
In her free time, she has a passion for cooking, shopping, running, taking her pup to dog parks, hot yoga, concerts, traveling, and socializing with friends and family.
Heather received her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2011. She has previous experience from a small community clinic and is now enjoying being a part of a practice where she can focus on her patients.
“I love getting to know my patients and helping them leave with a smile!”
She enjoys going to Twins games, hanging out at the lake, and snowmobiling in the winter. She recently got engaged to Phil, her boyfriend of 2 years, and they plan to marry in July 2015.
JJ graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree from Minnesota State University of Mankato in May of 2015!
She was lucky enough to find the perfect fitting career with Grove Health Dental. She is excited to work with such great people and gain more experience every day. She is dedicated to making it a fun and comfortable environment for her patients, all while providing them with oral health education! Her goal is to see them leave with a smile!
She enjoys shopping, cooking, trying new things, traveling, and spending quality time with her wonderful boyfriend, family, and friends!
Sophia received her Degree in Dental Assisting in 2009 from Herzing University in Crystal, MN. She has worked at a large practice for 5 years, but decided to go back to small practice so she is able to build relationships with patients better.
"I enjoy helping my patients become better educated in their oral health as well as getting to know them personally."
Sophia currently lives in Andover with her husband Rob and dogs Teddy and Willow. She enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, and cooking.