Kelly, Licensed Dental Assistant
Kelly is Dr. Lira's lead assistant and has been working side by side with him since 2000. She keeps Dr. Lira on schedule and also makes sure that the office is fully stocked. She is the "go-to" person when it comes to quick repairs in the office. Kelly also has an incredible gift of remembering almost everything about our patients (personal and dental!).
Kelly calls Waverly, MN home and enjoys spending time with her dog, Lexi. Kelly attended Howard Lake/Waverly High School and received her degree in Dental Assisting at Hennepin Technical College. Her interests include spending time in the great outdoors, gardening, snowmobiling, riding her motorcycle, traveling and watching all Minnesota sports teams. Kelly was recently engaged to her long time boyfriend, Jayson.
Brooke, Licensed Dental Assistant
Brooke is a welcomed new member to our office. She joined our team in 2013 and has been very versatile working as our second assistant and as a valuable member in the front office. Her high energy, creativity and sense of humor only add to the positivity she brings to the office every day.
Brooke grew up in Glencoe, MN with her two brothers, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 30 (yes, 30!) ducks and geese. She was very active in high school playing volleyball and basketball and as part of the Danceline and Cheerleading teams. She graduated from South Central College in Mankato. She loves spending time with family and friends and going to Vikings and Wild games. She always looks forward to the summer and spending time on the lake
Jenna, Registered Dental Hygienist
We were very happy that Jenna joined our team in the summer of 2008. She is a very thorough, but gentle dental hygienist and does a wonderful job keeping her patients comfortable. She is a graduate of Maple Grove High School. and attended the Lake Superior College in Duluth before receiving her Dental Hygiene degree from Argosy University. Jenna is a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association.
Jenna and her husband, Jonathon have a little boy, Jackson, and are expecting a little girl very soon! In her free time Jenna enjoys running, going to her family cabin, playing soccer, boating on Lake Minnetonka, Snow Boarding, and riding on motorcycles.
Megan, Registered Dental Hygienist
We are also very happy to have Megan join our team in the summer of 2008. Again, like Jenna, she is a very thorough hygienist with a soft touch and has a wonderful, comforting personality. Megan is originally from Madison, WI (yes, she is a Packer Fan!), and moved to the Twin Cities where she attended the University of Minnesota and received her degree in Dental Hygiene. In May of 2007, Megan was awarded the Naomi Rhode Dental Hygienist Patient Relationship Award. This award was given in recognition of a graduating student who exhibited exceptional interpersonal skills with patients. Megan also was a member of the University of Minnesota Cheerleading Team where she cheered for the U of M athletics. Megan's professional affiliations include the American Dental Hygiene Association and the American Dental Education Association.
Megan and her husband, Mike, have have two little ones Mason and Monroe (Roe). Her interests outside the office include home decoration, spending time with her friends and family, and taking her French Bulldog/Pug mix puppy (Olive) to the dog park.
Sandi, Scheduling Manager & Insurance/Financial Coordinator
Sandi was Dr. Lira's scheduling manager when he first started practicing in 1999. She has brought her experience and knowledge to Cities Dental and works with patients with scheduling and to coordinate insurance benefits and finances. Not only does she keep our front office going, she is also a Licensed Dental Assistant (Minnesota State Mankato graduate) so she has a deep understanding of treatment plans and patient needs.
Sandi is originally from Glencoe, MN, spent a long time living in Arlington, MN and now lives in Buffalo, MN. She graduated from Glencoe Senior High where she was active in sports and cheerleading. Sandi has a degree as a Medical Office Assistant & Medical Secretary from Willmar Vocational School. She has 3 children, Justin, Jaime and Janessa. Her daughter Janessa is a Dental Hygienist and fills in at our office for Jenna and Megan. Sandi loves spending time with her dog, Rydell, bowling, and going to the local race track where she plays the role of videographer at times. She is an avid NASCAR/Dale Jr. Fan and NHRA/John Force fan.
Tammi, Licensed Dental Assistant
We are very excited to have Tammi as a part time assistant. She has many years of experience and is very talented at what she does. Tammi is a very fast learner and enjoys doing all facets of dentistry. Like Kelly and Brooke, she is wonderful with patients and is excellent at keeping each appointment running smoothly and organized. We are very fortunate to have her even if it is only one day a week.
Tammi grew up in Tyler, MN and went to RTR High School. She received her degree at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. In her free time, Tammi loves to spend time with her husband, Neil, and their 3 sons. Her boys keep her busy as they are all very active in sports during all seasons. In her free time, Tammi enjoys running and going to see live music.