Meet the Doctors
My father is a Veterinarian, my grandfather was a Veterinarian, my grandfather was actually the State of Iowa’s State Veterinarian so I grew up with my dad working 7 days a week, 24/7 and I love animals. I love spending time with them. I really like that his best friends were his clients and the animals and he can tell you the names of different dogs but maybe not the names of the owners which I think is great. He loved being able to influence different people who were his employees and different people in the community and kind of giving back to the community and that was a big part of it. Part of dentistry over medicine for me was I can do that. For me, ever since I was a little kid, I liked to sketch or draw or work with my hands. I would take lots of pottery classes and things like that so dentistry ended up being a gold mine for me. I can talk all day and nobody can talk back and I can work with my hands. You spend a lot of time when you do these full mouth rehabs. We have people come in and we will just redo their entire smile and a lot of it is shade or color, this angle or just a little turn here, a little thing there. My assistant Kelly will always tell the patient “take a look at this, okay now we are going to have Dr. Post come in and put her magic touch on it” and Kelly will say “I don’t understand how you see that” but once I smooth that off, then it just looks that much better. And I think from a small age that has been a part of me and I just kind of fell into it and it is a perfect fit.
As a child, Dr. Katie Post loved to draw and sketch. Now she uses her creative side doing smile makeovers and other dental procedures that require an artistic touch. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and completed her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Minnesota Dental Association, and Zumbro Valley Dental Society.She packs a lot of activities into her free time with her husband, two sons, and daughter, including camping. She cheers on her children in swimming, basketball, tennis, and baseball. Still an artist, she also enjoys quilting, gardening, landscaping, and playing the piano. Tailgating for Iowa and Iowa State athletics is another favorite ...Read More
I’m a Rochester native. I grew up here in town and went away to undergrad at St. Olaf College just up the street in Northfield and then University of Minnesota for dental school. Part of the reason I got into dentistry is I had some role models in my upbringing. I didn’t have any relatives or anything like that who were dentists but I had an excellent dentist myself growing up and then my orthodontist as well who were really encouraging and when I had an interest, they were very good about answering my questions.
A native of Rochester, MN, Dr. Sperling attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He holds both a Fellowship and a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and a Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. To keep up with the latest dental trends, Dr. Sperling has taken thousands of hours of continuing education and participated in many in-office training sessions. Dr. Sperling has recently been awarded Fellowship in the American College of Dentists (FACD) and will receive the award at their annual meeting in Atlanta.He sits on the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, a position appointed by the governor. Dr. Sperling contributed a chapter to the book “Change Agents,” a best seller in several business categories on ...Read More
Dr. Elisa Shin earned her D.D.S from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in California. She graduated with Honors in Dental Education and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. She also received the Fixed Prosthodontics Award and Academic Excellence Silver Award in recognition of her clinical and academic accomplishments. Rochester became her home several years ago when her husband started working at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Shin is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and Zumbro Valley Dental Society. She has a heart for missions and has enjoyed traveling to many countries worldwide to provide dental care to underprivileged communities. Outside of the office, Dr. Shin enjoys spending quality time ...Read More
Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, Dr. Tim Hansen has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and a dental degree from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He enjoys volunteering at the Good Samaritan Clinic, which provides dental care for people who cannot otherwise afford it. ...Read More
Dr. Ashley Valesano grew up in Nisswa, Minnesota and attended Brainerd High School. She graduated from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. For her clinical prosthodontic skills, Dr. Valesano was honored with the J. Raymond Gill Award. Her favorite aspect of dentistry is being able to restore a patient’s smile and confidence by being artistic and detail oriented in her work. Her professional memberships include the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association and the Zumbro Valley Dental Society. Dr. Valesano also enjoys volunteering at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic.Dr. Valesano ...Read More
Dr. Rob Vander Broek joined Northwest Dental Group in the summer of 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he completed a one-year general practice residency at Carolinas Medical Center. He also completed a one-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and another one-year fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to his extensive education, Dr. Vander Broek has shared his knowledge through multiple published articles about head and neck cancer.Dr. Vander Broek believes in continuing his education even further. He has passed the fellowship examination for the Academy of General Dentistry, and he continues learning through continuing education courses and memberships with the American Dental Association and Minnesota Dental ...Read More
Dr. Ryan Meyer is a graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry. He graduated in 2003 and did a General Practice Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and VA Hospital which he completed in 2004. Dr. Meyer was a classmate and co-resident with Dr. Katie Post.Dr. Meyer worked for the VA hospital from 2004 through 2013, in which he served as a staff dentist from 2004 to 2010, he was chief of the dental service from 2010 to 2013. He relocated in 2013 to Florence, South Carolina, where he owned a private practice and had practiced until coming to Rochester in the Fall of 2016. Dr. Meyer and his wife Becky missed the Midwest and were excited for the opportunity to come back.He is originally from Davenport, Iowa. Dr. Meyer Is looking forward to ...Read More
Dr. Smith is originally from Lakeville. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota. He then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Smith believes in educating patients on their oral health and is especially interested in restorative dentistry, esthetic dentistry and pain management. He is an active participant in continuing his own education through various seminars and study clubs. Dr. Smith has also enjoyed volunteering his time and services at various events including Give Kids a Smile Day, the Minnesota Mission of Mercy, and a mission trip to Guatemala. Outside of the office, Dr. Smith enjoys running, cycling, golfing, and kayaking. ...Read More