Our dentists have served Rochester for more than 75 years! That’s a lot of smiles we’ve helped over the years. You'll love that we are family friendly, and we offer extended hours for your convenience. We can even see your entire family during one visit and get all of your family's work done under one roof!
We Love Our Community!
The team at Northwest Dental Group is dedicated to being involved with the community in more ways than one. You might find us participating with the Good Samaritan Clinic, Dentistry From The Heart, Donated Dental Services, Mission of Mercy, or the Sperling Smiles Foundation. In February 2020, we took a trip to the Dominican Republic where we provided needed dental care and supplies to the people of the rural community of Punta Cana. Our team also sponsors several sporting teams in the area, and you might even see Dr. Post out there coaching!
Dr. Katie Post, a Rochester Dentist Dedicated to Excellence
Dr. Katie Post is the leader of our team at Northwest Dental Group. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2003 and then completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Post joined Northwest Dental Group in July of 2004. An artist at heart, she enjoys helping patients create their dream smiles. She also makes comfort a top priority. Dr. Post has advanced training in using a STA wand for painless anesthetic, oral sedation, implant dentistry, Invisalign and same day crowns. You are likely to find her coaching one of her three children in basketball, traveling on mission trips (Costa Rica, Haiti, and MSP), or supporting the ISU Cyclones with her husband when she is not in the office.
Dr. Steve Sperling, DDS
Dr. Sperling grew up in Rochester, and he is happy to be able to serve his hometown community. After graduating from St. Olaf College, he completed his dental education at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Sperling has his mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and his fellowship in both the International College of Oral Implantologists and the American College of Dentists. He also serves on the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
Dr. Tim Hansen, DDS
Dr. Hansen grew up in Waterloo, IA, and graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. In addition to helping patients at Northwest Dental Group, he also volunteers his time and talents at the Good Samaritan Clinic, which provides dental services for people who may not be able to afford them otherwise.
Dr. Ryan Meyer, DDS
Dr. Meyer is a native of Davenport, IA, and was a classmate of Dr. Post at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He served at the VA hospital for several years, including as chief of dental services from 2010 to 2013. After working in private practice in South Carolina for a few years, he joined our team in 2016.
Dr. Elisa Shin, DDS
Dr. Shin came come to our practice by way of California. She graduated with honors from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. She, her husband, and their daughters moved to Rochester years ago, and our patients benefit from her compassionate care. Dr. Shin’s heart is in helping people, whether it’s here in Rochester or at one of the countries she has visited to provide dental care during mission trips.
Dr. Rob Vander Broek
University of Michigan graduate Dr. Vander Broek has been part of our team since 2015. After dental school, he completed a one-year general practice residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He also completed one-year fellowships at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has achieved fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Ashley Valesano
Dr. Valesano, a native of Nisswa, completed her undergraduate and dental school education at the University of Minnesota. One of her favorite things about dentistry is seeing how improving a patient’s smile also can restore his or her confidence. She also volunteers at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic.
Dr. Frederick Nolting, DDS
Frederick W. Nolting, DDS has a passion for high-quality dental care and providing a pleasant patient experience to everyone who visits our family dentist in Byron, MN. The warmth and concern for patient comfort he shares is uncommon in modern dentistry. Dr. Nolting is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He also has a Master of Science in maxillofacial radiology with a minor in speech pathology. Before opening our Byron office, he taught at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. He has lectured on a variety of dental topics and published articles in both dental and international scientific journals.
Dr. Xiaodan Zhang, DDS
Dr. Xiaodan Zhang received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She has practiced dentistry since 2008, including practice in China as a licensed dentist and oral surgeon. Her professional accomplishments include a clinical research award from the Mayo Clinic in 2012 and being named an Excellent Young Investigator at Zhejiang University in 2009. Dr. Zhang enjoys the artistic aspect of dentistry, as she likes to work with her hands. To her, it is fun and rewarding to have a wide variety of cosmetic dental procedures at her disposal to help patients improve their appearance and boost their self-confidence.
Dr. Brandon Preuss
Dr. Brandon Preuss grew up in Plymouth, MN, where he, at a young age, developed a genuine love for people and a sincere passion to care for others by aiding his mother as she navigated an unexpected critical illness; she is why Dr. Preuss became a dentist.
Dr. Charles Praska
Dr. Praska grew up in a small farming town in North Dakota. He attended North Dakota State University, with an undergraduate study in zoology. He spent six years at the University of Minnesota completing his dental studies and orthodontic residency. In July of 1990, he owed the practice of Dr. Lloyd Truax and they spent nearly 20 years practicing together.
What Our Patients Are Saying
The visit with Dr. Post DDS, and the hygienist was first class! Everyone is extremely nice and are truly interested in the patient. I signed up for the “Whitening for life" program. Anyone who whitens their teeth should inquire about it. The only problem I experienced was with the impression for the upper tray that was made. The tray was cut down too low so I don’t get good/full coverage of my two center front teeth. I would like this to be corrected if possible. I’ll let you know what happens. My thanks to everyone at Northwest Dental!
Everyone is so efficient and friendly!
They have an excellent team! All my family goes here regularly for our dental care. Very caring, practical staff with great human values!! Highly recommend them!!
Very friendly and accommodating staff. I enjoyed cleaning visit very much. Would highly recommend Northwest Dental to anyone looking for a new dentist.
What Set Us Apart
We make it easy to schedule an appointment. We offer early morning, late afternoon, and even Saturday hours for the convenience of your family. Plus, call us before noon and we’ll get you in the same day – guaranteed!
Many of our patients are nervous, so we offer three fantastic sedation options – one of which will work for you. Choose inhaled sedation, pre-op oral sedation, or oral conscious sedation. Call us today with any questions about dental sedation.
Simply put, our leading-edge tools mean better care for you. You’ll benefit from digital and panoramic X-rays, electronic cavity detectors, digital impressions, and CAD/CAM same-day crowns. Talk to our staff for more details.
Read Our Patient Testimonials
Dr. Post and Lindsay are the best!! Dr. Post always explains everything and makes it easy to understand. She is also very personable. Lindsay is very easy to talk to and makes me feel comfortable. They both care about their patients and I even wish I needed more work just so I could see them. ...- John B.
Dr. Post and staff was awesome with my two children. When my oldest needed some fillings, they worked with us and got us right in to have that taken care of. They were very pleasant and my 7yr old felt nice and relaxed. Thanks for all you did!!!- Ethan Claire
I just went to Northwest Dental today, and I must say, they made me feel so welcome and happy! It’s been a couple years since my last trip to a dentist, but none of the people I talked to made me feel bad about that! Everyone was easy to keep conversation with, and they all seemed very ...- Amy
After 15 years of not going to the dentist I was so nervous about returning. Dr.Post and the team at Northwest Dental Group made the entire experience very easy and fun. I’ve never had such a positive experience from the dentist and I’m actually looking forward to my return visit. Thank ...- Scott Bohonek
I have been a patient at Northwest Dental Group for 30 years along with my family, extended family, and friends. The staff is caring and friendly. Each and every person that I have come in contact with is knowledgeable and dental work is extraordinary. I have referred many people to this ...- JoAnn Volker
I was so impressed with this place. I had a raging toothache, and really just wanted the tooth gone. I scheduled a first thing in the morning appointment, and was greeted pleasantly. As I was filling out paperwork, the secretary, whose name i have forgotten, (sorry!) brought me a gift bag for ...- Benjamin Stout
Thank You, Rochester!
Northwest Dental Group would like to thank the people of Rochester, MN for selecting us the Post-Bulletin
Reader’s Choice Award 4 of the past 5 years in a row!
- Convenient appointments that fit your family’s busy lifestyles
- Dental Assistance Savings Plan that will keep more money in your pocket
- Free dental exams for children under three
- Cavity-free club that rewards good dental exams with prizes