Our Team

Pa Her, LDA

Pa is a dental assistant at Willow Lake Dental. She earned her degree as a Dental Assistant from Century Technical College in 2013. During her studies, she was awarded several honors and recognitions for her commitment to her profession. Pa loves working with children and putting smiles on patients’ faces!

Outside of her work as a dental assistant, Pa enjoys the time she spends with her husband and their three boys. She keeps herself busy playing volleyball, watching movies, and finding new things on Pinterest.  She and her family currently reside in St. Paul.

Taylor Navis, LDA

Taylor is a dental assistant at Willow Lake Dental. She graduated with a Dental Assistant degree from Century College in 2016. While earning her degree, she worked in a dental office for several years. Taylor earned several recognitions while attending Century College and continues to perfect her craft. Since a young age, she knew she wanted a career in dentistry – she wanted to be “a dentist’s helper”. Now that she is, she can honestly say she loves her career! She loves the family atmosphere and working with such wonderful patients.

In her spare time, Taylor loves to spend as much time as she can with her family and friends and enjoys traveling, checking out new restaurants and being outdoors as much as possible.  Taylor is currently residing in White Bear Lake.

Lia Thao, LDA

Lia is a dental assistant at Willow Lake Dental. She received her Associates Degree in Dental Assisting from Century College in 2014. She was recognized by Century College for several awards and honors during her studies. Lia is extremely thorough when she assists patients, and her soft- spoken demeanor reassures patients that they are in good hands.

Lia grew up in St. Paul and currently resides in North St. Paul with her family.  In addition to her love for the dentistry field, she stays busy with activities such as baking, do-it-yourself projects, and spending time with her husband and 4 children.

Nadia Dessouki, LDA

Nadia is the Manager at Willow Lake Dental. She obtained her Associates degree in Dental Assisting from Century College in 2006. Nadia had a strong desire to continue her education, so in 2016, she graduated from Rasmussen Business School with her Bachelor’s degree in Business. She is eager to use her new skills and experiences!

Nadia enjoys building personal and professional relationships with her patients while helping fulfill their dental needs. She has worked in the dental field for many years in various capacities. She truly cares about the patients and looks forward to coming to work every day.  Nadia loves to smile….and, it’s contagious!!

Nadia grew up in the St. Paul area and currently is living in Cottage Grove with her fiance and two children.  Being a “hockey mom” keeps her very busy, but she still finds time to enjoy the little things, like painting and just hanging out with her kids.

Ashley Hetland, RDH

Ashley is the dental hygienist at Willow Lake Dental. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Rochester Community Technical College in 2013, where she received several awards for academic and clinical excellence.  Ashley worked with Dr. St. Dennis when she was an associate DDS, and Ashley is excited to join Dr. St. Dennis again as she starts her own practice. Ashley is a tremendous hygienist with a calm chairside manner and kind demeanor. She is an extremely talented patient educator and very passionate about helping people understand the importance of their oral health.

Ashley grew up on a dairy farm in central MN and has lived in multiple cities throughout MN. She recently moved to Vadnais Heights with her husband and is excited to explore the area. Ashley and her husband enjoy outdoor adventures and travel.  She loves being involved in her church, goes on short-term mission trips annually, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Mark St Dennis

Mark is the General Manager of Willow Lake Dental where he spends his days working on the operations and administrative functions of the practice. Mark attended the University of St Thomas where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration – Finance. Mark grew up in Shoreview, MN and graduated from Mounds View High School (1997) where he played football and ran track. He is excited to have the opportunity to become a part of the local business community in the area where he grew up.

In his free time, Mark enjoys reading, grilling and spending time with his friends and family. He enjoys outdoor sports such as downhill skiing and water skiing and has completed several marathons.

Tracy (Wendland) St Dennis, DDS

Dr. Tracy is a 2008 graduate of the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry. After graduation, she worked in both a community health setting and a private practice setting and now is so excited to be starting her own practice “back home!” with her husband, Mark. She grew up in Arden Hills, MN and graduated from Mounds View High School (1997) where she enjoyed playing soccer and hockey. She then attended the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire where she switched her athletic focus to rugby and graduated with a BS in Biology.

Outside of the office Dr. Tracy enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, and daughters. She loves planning and taking her family on “adventures”, taking walks around nearby Lake Nokomis, and spending as much time as she can outdoors. Tracy enjoys playing sports such as racquetball and tennis and has completed several marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

Lucille “Lucy” St Dennis

Lucy is a fun kid who loves to play and sing songs. Her favorite activities include seeing her friends at school, spending time with her family, taking a bath, and getting her dad to pretend he’s different animals with her.

Violet St Dennis

Violet is the baby of the team. Although she isn’t ready to handle any of the instruments or answer the phones, Violet’s positive attitude gives everyone a boost.