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Caitlin Ziemer, LDA

Dental Assistant

Caitlin graduated from South Central College in Mankato with a Dental Assisting Degree in 2012.  She interned with River Valley Dental in 2012 and returned to our team as a full time Dental Assistant in April 2017. Her five years of dental experience, along with her friendly and outgoing personality, help patients feel welcomed and relaxed when in for treatment.

Caitlin grew up in Cleveland, MN and currently resides in St. Peter with her daughter, Aubrey, and her cat, Archie.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, Pinterest projects, fishing, and rollerblading.

Tamara Gibson, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Tamara received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. Tamara has four years of experience as an Adjunct Assistant  Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Clinical Instructor at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dental Hygiene Programs.

Tamara grew up in Mankato and currently resides in North Mankato with her husband, Shane, and their son, Archer. Off the clock you will find Tamara spending time with her family and friends, walking their dog “Bro”, enjoying concerts, plays, and movies or planning their next trip.

Lyndsay Pick, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Lyndsay joined the River Valley Dental team in 2009 as a Dental Hygienist and Business Assistant. She graduated with a Dental Hygiene Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Continuing education courses are a priority and she highly values learning updates in the dental field. Lyndsay grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and enjoys trips back to visit family. She and her husband, Scott, currently reside in North Mankato and welcomed their first daughter, Kenley, in April 2014. In Lyndsay’s spare time she loves to spend time with her family, friends and dog “Roxie”; cooking and crafting.

Janessa Bakken, LDA

Dental Assistant

Janessa graduated from South Central College Mankato with a Dental Assisting Degree in May 2014. During her schooling, she worked at a dental practice developing her skills and knowledge in the dental field.

Janessa has a very friendly, outgoing personality and enjoys getting to know each one of our patients. She currently lives, with her husband Randy, in St. James and plans on moving to Mankato in the future. In her spare time, Janessa enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and watching movies.

Jessica Linde

Office Manager

Jessica attended Minnesota State University, Mankato with a focus on Pre-Dental Hygiene and Community Health. She has worked in the dental field since 2000 and loves to interact with our patients and make the dental experience as pleasant as possible.

Jessica graduated from St. Peter High School, and currently resides in Mankato with her husband, Rick, son, Mason, and daughter, Brooklynn. When she is not trouble shooting insurance claims or stream lining doctor-patient communications she can be found in her kitchen or at a country music concert.

Jessica is an active member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) and is currently a board member of a local administrative dental study group (Behind the Smile).

Erin Cheney

Business Assistant

Erin graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She joined River Valley Dental in September 2015 as a Business Assistant. Greeting patients, answering phones, working with insurance companies and managing River Valley Dental’s social media presence are a few of Erin’s responsibilities.

Erin grew up in Northfield, MN and currently lives in Mankato with her fiance, Richard. In her spare time she enjoys painting, reading, going to movies and the theater, watching Netflix and spending time with her two cats, Spyro and Lola.

Hilary Pooley

Sales & Marketing

Hilary has been a long time resident of the Greater Mankato area. She was a graduate of Mankato West High School in 1996 then went to college at Mankato State University.  She graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in business and marketing.

Hilary has worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager for William Feder Homes for the past fourteen years and assists River Valley Dental with practice promotion.  She lives in Mankato and is married to Dr. Pooley.

They have 2 children, Noah and Garrett.