Patients of Dr. Tanya Peterson and Dr. Heidi Smith

Creating Life Changing Smiles

for Burnsville area Families Since 1970


New Patient Hotline
(952) 856-8771

Existing Patients (952) 890-2791

We Can’t Wait to Meet You

With our customized care, private treatment rooms, state of the art technology and passion for excellence — you’ll quickly find out what the buzz is all about.

Fun, joy and great smiles… all delivered with heart…

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Dr.Peterson Tanya

Meet Dr. Tanya Schulz Peterson

“My father started the practice in 1970, and I worked here part-time while in college and decided I wanted to go into health care. My favorite part of Heart of the City Dental is caring with generations of people from our area.” –Dr. Tanya
  • I was born and raised in Burnsville, MN, and attended the College of St. Benedict and St. Cloud University, where I attained my Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science.
  • I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1997.
  • Our practice was started as Schulz Family Dental by my father in 1970, and I have worked in all areas of the office since 1987.
  • I enjoy volunteering my time to Donated Dental Services in the community.
  • I am dedicated to providing excellent dental care in a caring, family-friendly environment. We strive to make our patients comfortable by providing personalized dental care. I believe that our patients will live longer, healthier, and happier lives when their teeth are healthy, look good, and function well.
  • I believe that extensive continuing education for myself and my staff is the best way to provide my patients with the most options available.
  • I have over 23 years of experience and am highly skilled in all aspects of dentistry.
  • My husband Jeff and I have a son and a daughter along with a cat and a dog. I enjoy waterskiing, spending time with family and friends, and gardening.
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Dr. Heidi Smith

Meet Dr. Heidi Smith

  • I went to the University of MN for undergrad and Dental school. Go Gophers!!!
  • I love the relationships I get to build with people and lives I can change by giving someone the smile they’ve always desired.
  • I’m passionate about airway issues and sleep-disordered breathing in adults and children. It’s an epidemic that’s negatively impacting our lives and our health. As a dentist I might be the first person to see the signs and be able to provide early intervention. That’s exciting!
  • I’m a continuing education junkie. I travel all over the US keeping up on the latest and greatest in dentistry.
  • I’m a member of the St Paul District Dental Society, the MN Dental Association, the American Dental Association, Spear Study Club, Seattle Study Club.
  • I regularly volunteer with Mission Outpost Dental Clinic and Mission of Mercy.
  • I grew up in Apple Valley and my husband grew up in Burnsville. We met in high school!
  • We have a son who loves football and swimming and 2 cats who love eating and sleeping.
  • I love to travel. I’ve been to all 7 continents! Ask me about my favorite places.
  • I also love waterskiing and skied in a waterski show for over 15 years. That’s where Dr. Tanya and I met.
  • I also enjoy reading when I can find the time. If you have a favorite book I’d love to know about it.
“Dr. Tanya and I met doing a waterski show together. There’s a lot of corporate dentistry coming to our market now, and we’re a very different experience than a big box. We like to have fun, and laugh with our  patients.” –Dr. Heidi
Team Members

Our team loves what they do

Our friendly and compassionate dental team works alongside Dr. Tanya and Dr. Heidi to give you the most comfortable experience possible, keeping your overall health in mind. We’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams! We look forward to hearing from you.


New Patient Hotline

(952) 856-8771

Our patients are smiling with confidence

We strive for amazing service, come discover dentistry with heart
“The day we finally finished my mouth, I cried. And I now had to learn something which was how to smile and not be ashamed. I had self-esteem and confidence, and that was huge for me in my life. Dr. Tanya is my artist, and I recommend Dr. Tanya.. first class!” –Dan

Dan started coming to the office 25 years ago and met Dr. Tanya’s father, Dr. Bruce. With his gentle demeanor and patience, Dr. Bruce helped Dan to get over his fear of the dentist. That same level of care and understanding was taught to Dr. Tanya, and Dan’s been with Heart of the City Dental ever since. Dan now loves coming to visit the caring team at Heart of the City Dental. Come join our family.

“I feel like I’m family when I come in. It’s like coming home, not coming to the dentist. Both Dr. Heidi and Dr. Tanya are very good about explaining and comfort, and there’s never any pressure to do anything. They give me great choices for me to make the best decision for my health. I actually fell asleep in the chair during a root canal.” –Jen
“The experience I had here was they were very genuine, and very informative. Dr. Heidi was just wonderful, she took all the time that was needed. Since I’ve been coming here, I’ve had extensive work done including crowns and implants. I have complete use of my whole mouth. It’s been life-changing really.” –Kelly
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Comprehensive Family Dentistry

We’ve cared for generations of Burnsville area families. Join us today!

Dr. Tanya and Dr. Heidi and their dedicated team find it very rewarding to provide dental care to you and your family. Since Heart of the City Dental has been providing care for the Burnsville area for fifty years, generations of our friends and neighbors have received care with heart at our office.

From seniors, adults, teens, and children, our skilled dental team is familiar with the unique needs of every patient, no matter their age. Our goal is to help them develop great oral habits that will last them a lifetime. We love inviting new family members to our practice! Come join our family.


New Patient Hotline

(952) 856-8771

Dental Implants

Restore your smile with Dental Implants

Dental implants replace your natural teeth to provide normal chewing and create natural looking, undetectable replacement for missing teeth. Implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth and preserve your natural bone.

By filling gaps left by missing teeth, implants can provide better ability to chew, tooth alignment and avoid jaw joint problems.

New Patient Hotline

(952) 856-8771

Get a stunning smile without braces

Invisalign® lets you restore your smile and maintain your lifestyle
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Get the smile you've always wanted with Invisalign® Orthodontics! Straight teeth and a revitalized smile no longer need to come from a mouth full of unattractive wire and bracket braces. Enhancing self-esteem and physical confidence, invisible braces offer an aesthetic and barely visible alternative to conventional wire/bracket braces. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.


Get the confidence you’ve always desired

Tanya Schulz Peterson, DDS
Heidi Smith, DDS
550 Burnsville Pkwy #200
Burnsville, MN 55337
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New Patient Hotline

(952) 856-8771

Existing Patients

(952) 890-2791
Office Hours
Mon 7:00am - 3:30pm
Tue 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 7:00am - 4:00pm
Fri 7:00am - 1:00pm
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We’re looking forward to meeting you

Is Cost a Concern?

At Heart of the City Dental, we strive to make each of our patients’ visits as easy and convenient as possible. That is why we accept most insurance plans and file all insurance claims for our patients. We also accept payment in the form of cash, check, and credit card. We are able to offer no-interest healthcare financing to most patients (some restrictions apply).

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We want your visit with us to be relaxing. Please complete the registration forms 2 days prior to your appointment so we can be best prepared for you!

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