- Dr. Steve Sperling
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.
Dr. Sperling, DDS, MAGD, FICOI, joined Northwest Dental Group in 1983, bringing together highly reputable dentists to provide superior dental care throughout the Rochester area. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He then continued on to graduate from 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.
Dr. Sperling is dedicated to providing you with the best dental care in the local area and he truly cares about the appearance of your teeth. That is why he has taken thousands of hours of continuing education as well as participating in live in-office trainings. Recently, he was appointed by the Governor to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and coauthored a bestselling book, “Change Agents,” with Brian Tracy.
When he is not at the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Shelley, and their two sons. He also enjoys playing tennis, scuba diving, growing apples, and skiing.
- Dr. Katie Post
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.
Dr. Katie Post graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She then went on to complete her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Post is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Minnesota Dental Association, and Zumbro Valley Dental Society. In her free time, she can be found with her husband, two sons, and daughter. Her favorite pastimes include cheering her children on in swim team, basketball, tennis, and baseball, as well as tailgating for Iowa and Iowa State athletics, playing the piano, quilting, camping, landscaping, gardening, and being an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.
- Dr. Tim Hansen
Dr. Tim Hansen was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN and his dental degree from the University of Iowa. Dr. Hansen is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He actively volunteers at the Good Samaritan Clinic.
- Dr. Katie Odland
Dr. Katie Odland received both her dental and undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Katie volunteers at Good Samaritan Dental Clinic and was the lead organizer for Northwest Dental Group’s 2014 fall Dentistry From the Heart event, offering free dentistry to the Rochester community. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, biking, running, attending sporting events, and spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Cooper.
- Dr. Ron MacBeth
Dr. Ron MacBeth was raised in Florida and attended Birmingham-Southern College to receive his undergraduate degree. He continued his education and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Minnesota Dental Association. Outside of dentistry, Dr. MacBeth’s interests include sports, cooking, hanging out with family and friends, and staying active. In his spare time, he and his wife, Lisa, can be found enjoying the outdoors with their two dogs, Sandy and Huck.
- Dr. Rob Vander Broek
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 Association. Each of these institutions allows him to deepen his knowledge of general dentistry and helps him prepare to treat patients of all ages and medical needs.A native of West Michigan, Dr. Vander Broek enjoys going home to visit his family. He also enjoys volunteering, traveling, and spending time outdoors with his loved ones. He is very excited to begin his journey with Northwest Dental Group and hopes to build enduring relationships with the people of Rochester and the surrounding areas.
- Dr. Ashley Valesano
Dr. Ashley Valesano, a Nisswa, Minnesota, native, attended Brainerd High School, where she participated in tap dancing and alpine skiing. 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 professional memberships include the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association.Dr. Valesano loves attending Minnesota Golden Gopher sporting events. She also enjoys yoga, downhill skiing, cooking, and spending time with her family on the lake. Her husband, John, works at Mayo Clinic as a radiology resident. Along with their fluffy dog, Talia, they are very excited to join the Rochester community.