Meet the Team

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is highly skilled, well trained and strives to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient! Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office staff has years of experience treating patients with the highest level of care. We stay abreast of the very latest in techniques and technology by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

Carrie – Licensed & Certified Dental Assistant

Carrie.JPGCarrie is a native of Sauk Rapids and attended Central Lakes College. She has been with the practice for 36 years. In her spare time, she enjoys their cabin in West Central Minnesota and the culinary arts.

Jennifer – Licensed & Certified Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

Jennifer.JPGJennifer (Jen) is married to Paul, has a daughter, Tabitha, and a black cat named Espresso Bean (aka Essi). Jen has worked as a dental assistant since 2001 and enjoys the fast-paced environment of orthodontics as well as connecting with kids. She enjoys family time at the cabin, music (all genres), cooking (NOT baking) and game shows as well as game playing. She LOVES comic relief and making people laugh because she believes that joy and happiness DO change the world around you. S-M-I-L-E…

Judy – Licensed & Certified Dental Assistant

Judy.JPGJudy graduated from St. Cloud Technical College for Dental Assisting. She has been with the practice for 30+ years. Judy also taught orthodontic clinical to future dental assistants for 10 years at St. Cloud Technical College. When not at work, Judy enjoys remodeling, garage sales and taking trips to the Mall of America and IKEA for new ideas for her home. Rooted in tradition, Judy’s all-time favorite is going to the Minnesota State Fair and seeing how many foods on a stick she can eat! Judy is always smiling and looking for the next opportunity to make someone laugh!

Brichelle – Licensed & Certified Dental Assistant

Brichelle11-2015-4.jpgWe are currently gathering information for this biography. Check back soon to learn about Brichelle!

Colleen – Licensed Dental Assistant/Treatment Coordinator

Colleen11-2015-7.jpgColleen’s career in dentistry started in her home state of Wisconsin. She attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, and yes, she is still an avid Packers fan. Her family relocated to Minnesota and has been fortunate to call St. Cloud their home for the last 25 years. She continues to stay active in the orthodontic field and is happy to be part of Dr. Yapel’s team. Her family consists of her husband, Kerry, daughter, Lindsey who is married to Ryan, and son, Justin who is married to Holli. Both of her children own black Labs that are referred to as Colleen’s "grandpuppies"! She likes to spend time at their cabin in Richmond or scrapbooking with friends.

Becky – Financial Coordinator

Becky11-2015-6.jpgBecky has been part of the team since December 2010. She has 9 years of accounting experience since graduating from St. Cloud State University. She is married with three young boys. When not at work, she loves to spend time with her boys, reading and writing. She is also a published author.

Natalie – Orthodontic Lab Specialist

Nat.JPGNatalie has worked for the office for 29 years doing the lab work. She enjoys her job because it allows her to be artistic, an important part of who she is. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts and being a grandma.

Tasha – Licensed & Certified Assistant/Diagnostic Records

Tasha2.jpgTasha graduated from Central Lakes College. She enjoys cheering her children on at their school activities. She loves spending time at the lake, running, reading and baking.