Our friendly and compassionate dental team works alongside our dentists, Dr. Tanya Peterson, Dr. Heidi Smith, and Dr. Noah Berge, to give you the best oral health and dental experience possible. We are here to provide excellent dental care in Burnsville, Minnesota, and to help you achieve the smile of your dreams! If you would like to get to know our team at Heart of the City Dental a little bit better, we invite you to read our biographies and give us a call. We look forward to working with you!
Alicia – Office Manager
Alicia is our Office Manager and began her career in dentistry in South Dakota in 1993, sterilizing the dental instruments. She went on to become a Dental Assistant in 1994, moved to Farmington and joined our team in 1999 as one of our smiling faces at the Front Desk. She became our Office Manager in 2004. Alicia has two adorable kids (bunnies) Sophie and Phoebe. She grew up in California and enjoys camping, gardening, fishing (summer and winter), traveling and just enjoying cabin life!
Brittany – Front Desk Coordinator
Brittany is the other smiling face who will greet you at the front desk. Brittany has worked in the dental field as a Front Desk Coordinator since 2013. When she first started out, she took the initiative to learn more about dentistry by researching procedures and watching educational videos online. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and playing with her three rat terriers, Duke, Thor and Pebbles.
Jane – Scheduling Coordinator
Jane’s smiling face joined our front desk team in 2015. Jane has been in the dental field since 1992; first as a dental hygienist and then as a scheduling manager. She loves animals, and has 2 cats named Bert & Ernie. She enjoys baking, reading, and time with friends by the water whether it’s the beach or the lake. Her most important job is being a mom and spending time with her two adult children Alexandra and Keith. Jane is currently adjusting to the “empty nest” feeling at home but loves that her house stays clean now.
Noni – Dental Hygienist
Noni, one of our wonderful Dental Hygienists who has been in the dental field since 1971 and with us since 1990. Now semi-retired, Noni has the time to give back to the community and she is a regular volunteer at the Mission Outpost Dental Clinic in Burnsville. She has also volunteered with Mission of Mercy, Team Smile and Give Kids a Smile. Her special interest is educating Seniors about their specific dental needs. Noni has been a guest speaker at local Senior Centers and Homes, and an exhibitor for Heart of the City Dental at the Senior Expo. Noni and her husband live in Burnsville and are empty-nesters, but love to have their 9 grandkids visit the nest! Noni loves to garden, and at last count she has over 600 hostas growing. Their property is a registered Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Foundation. She is a member of the Minnesota Hosta Society, the American Hosta Society and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. With fewer work hours, Noni has more time to read, go shopping, fostering, as well as volunteering with a senior dog rescue and having wine with the girls! Her favorite quote is “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need”!
Carrin – Dental Hygienist
Carrin, one of our Dental Hygienists, graduated from Argosy University with a degree in dental hygiene 2012. In her free time, Carrin loves to spend time outdoors going for walks or being on the water. She also enjoys yoga, essential oils, spending time with her hubby, family and friends; and hanging out with her two “fur children”, a golden lab named Ziggy and her miniature pinscher, Ezra. Carrin also participates in softball, keeping book in a Burnsville recreational league. Carrin is also a huge Packers fan!
Bonnie – Dental Assistant/Dental Hygienist
Bonnie is the newest member of our Dental Hygiene team. Bonnie has been in the dental field since 1988 and a graduate of Normandale Community College. She loves being a Dental Hygienist. If she hadn’t found Dental Hygiene, she would be driving a food truck somewhere selling BBQ sandwiches! Bonnie is a Minnesota native, growing up in the Iron Range (Duluth, believe it or not, Duluth is considered an Iron Range town). Bonnie enjoys going to Twins games whenever possible.
Kim – Dental Assistant
Kim is one of our Licensed Dental Assistants that has been in the dental field since 1982 and with us since 2004. Kim is an avid Minnesota Gopher fan, especially hockey. She was born and raised in Farmington and still lives there with her “kids”, Shih-Tzu Cinder and Shih-Tzu Bichon Zoey. Kim enjoys boating, fishing, hockey, riding her scooter Buddy, and being with good friends.
Jody – Dental Assistant
Jody is one of our licensed dental assistants. She has been a dental assistant since 1995 and is certified in restorative expanded functions. She has worked extensively with patients with high dental anxiety who need IV or oral sedation. Jody enjoys volunteering her dental skills at Mission Outpost and Mission of Mercy. Jody is originally from Wisconsin and is a Green Bay Packers fan. She is married and has 4 grown children. Her youngest son is in the Army National Guard, and Jody enjoys volunteering with Blue Star Mothers of America. When she is not working, Jody enjoys spending time with family; hunting; fishing; and playing up at her cabin with her 2 dogs, Harley and Dakota.
Heidi – Dental Assistant/Dental Hygienist
Heidi joined our team in 2017 as a Licensed Dental Hygienist and Licensed Dental Assistant. She graduated from Normandale Community College in 1989 as a LDA. Then went on to complete her degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota in 1993. In her spare time Heidi enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys scrap-booking, working out, boating and writing. Heidi was blessed to have been able to write and publish the book “The Lily Pad and the Dragonfly”. However, her biggest passion is people! She truly enjoys getting to meet new people. Heidi has been in dentistry for 28 years and believes it’s her responsibility to deliver the utmost of quality care to her patients.