At Dakota Dental we want each patient to know they are part of our family. Our goal is that every person leaves with a smile that is not only healthy, but one which they can be proud of. From our excellent support staff to our homey environment, the Apple Valley dental care offices of Dakota Dental Clinic are warm and inviting for all.
Dr. Ellen Jacobson
Dr. Jacobson grew up on family owned Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake, MN. She completed two bachelor’s degrees at Iowa State University before coming back to Minnesota for her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. She is a friendly and caring Doctor with experience in treating children and adults. Dr. Jacobson places special emphasis on the connections between oral health and overall health.
Dr. Jacobson feels it’s important to give back to her community through volunteering, both locally and abroad. She has participated in Give Kids A Smile, Mission of Mercy events in Minnesota & Iowa, the Union Gospel Mission, and public health initiatives in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Uganda.
Outside of dentistry Dr. Jacobson enjoys exploring the great outdoors. She is a frequent visitor to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dr. Jacobson also enjoys gardening and doting on her pets (Dog-Jack 11 yr-old Lab/hound, Cats-Fritter and Lady Marmalade 5 yrs old).
Dr. Shelley Wakefield
Dr. Wakefield grew up in Burnsville, but fled to the warmth and sun of the south to receive her degree from the University of West Florida. She returned home to attend the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. She opened Dakota Dental Centersoon after graduation and has been serving the south of the river communities in the Apple Valley dental clinic ever since.
Dr. Wakefield is one of fewer than 100 dentists in Minnesota to have completed the University of Minnesota’s Post-Doctorate Degree Program in Cosmetic Dentistry making Dakota Dental Clinic one of the few clinics where you can receive everything from a tooth filling to cosmetic dentistry to a complete smile makeover.
When she is not working in the Apple Valley dental care clinic, Dr. Wakefield is speaking to the community about good oral health, giving free exams during the annual “Give Kids a Smile” day or enjoying time with her husband and two daughters.
Dr. Bennett Isabella
Bennett Isabella, DDS, attended Marquette University and was accepted after three years into the Marquette University School of Dentistry. After graduation, he moved back to Apple Valley, MN where he grew up, to start seeing patients in private practice. He always had an interest in dental surgery and pursued continuing education with the very top professionals in the field to learn IV sedation, dental implant placement, and other surgical techniques. Though Minnesota requires 25 hours of continuing education each year, Dr. Isabella has consistently done 75 to 100 hours or more to stay at the top of his profession. In 2013, he began lecturing other dentists both locally and nationally on the placement and restoration of dental implants. Dr. Isabella has been included in MN Monthly magazine’s “Top Dentist” list multiple times and is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and Academy of General Dentistry.
While in dental school, Dr. Isabella finished his first Ironman Triathlon. Since then he has completed three more, has two National Championship titles, is a four-time triathlon All-American, and has represented Team USA for the International Triathlon Union World Championships. This is all done while keeping a happy wife Jessica and son Oliver, performing surgery at other dental practices, lecturing on a national level…and enjoying all of it!
We are quite proud of the different look and feel that our dental office near Apple Valley, MN exudes. It is important to us that you feel comfortable and at home while visiting our dental clinic. Our waiting room welcomes you with comfy leather furniture, a fully stocked snack counter and a soothing environment to help you relax. Children can enjoy our play space made just for them. There are dozens of books, puzzles and toys to help them enjoy their trip to the dentist.
We do everything at Dakota Dental Clinics with you in mind. While healthy teeth are our bottom line, we believe we can deliver top-notch quality dental service while keeping you at ease.
Call Dakota Dental Center and set an appointment to begin receiving superior dentistry services today.