Meet Our Team
Meet the team behind the most beautiful smiles in Minnesota.
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Robyn Ruppert, Financial and Treatment Coordinator, joined Serene Oaks in 2018. After starting her professional life as a Registered Dental Hygienist, Robyn has spent the majority of her career in treatment advisory and office manager roles at premier dental offices around the Twin Cities. She also spent some time consulting with dental offices throughout the upper Midwest regarding ways to improve the front office and clinical patient experience.
When Robyn is not spending time with patients, she enjoys honing her hygiene skills on her dog Montana, a less than willing, but easy-to-schedule patient, and spending time with her children, husband, and their two cats.
Ashley first worked as a dental assistant for one year, then decided to further her education in dentistry and get a degree in Dental Hygiene. Ashley has worked as a Dental Hygienist for nine years, graduating from Century College in 2009 with an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene. She loves building relationships with her patients and working closely with them to achieve optimal health. She is very excited to be joining the Serene Oaks Minneapolis Dental team.
“Everyone here is so passionate about dentistry, and the focus always remains on the patient. Dr. Horn and Dr. Loween always strive to provide the best dental care by learning what their patient’s health goals are, and providing optimal care to get them there.”
Ashley and her husband Cliff live in Blaine with their three boys Blake, Brody, and Blair who are all very active in sports. She enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin, watching and cheering on her boys in all their activities, being outdoors, running, reading, and enjoying a good cup of coffee from Caribou!
Kiera is a Licensed Dental Hygienist who graduated from Argosy University in 2014. Her favorite part of being a dental hygienist is building relationships with her patients. Kiera is so excited to be apart of Serene Oaks Dental and from day one she felt like she was home and found her forever work family. “My goal is to make sure my patients have the proper tools and education to be as healthy as they can be and to help them feel comfortable throughout their entire dental journey.”
Kiera loves the vision that Serene Oaks Dental has always had of making people feel at ease and even spoil them while at the dental office. “I am so excited to learn from this amazing team. Dr. Horn and Dr. Loween teach me something new every day and have always made me feel 100% at home!” Kiera is so happy to be with a team that always strives to be their best and makes sure to provide top of the line care to their amazing patients.“ This team is always learning and continuing their education in afield they are truly passionate about!”
Kiera and her husband Matt live in Andover with their daughter Athena. Outside of work Kiera loves spending time with family and friends and holds them close to her heart. She is also a certified scuba diver and enjoys diving the local lakes in the summer and the ocean anytime she can! Anytime she can get outside she is happy, especially if it involves water. Kiera loves baseball and her bucket list is to see all the baseball stadiums with her husband.
Licensed Dental Assistant
Kristen Hogan has been a Licensed Dental Assistant since 2014 when she graduated from Century College with an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Dental Assisting. She joined the Serene Oaks Minneapolis Dental team in July of 2014.
Kristen has continued her education by attending courses at the Spear Education Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and ACT dental practice coaching. Kristen is delighted to be a part of a group of people who take pride not only in their work but in their relationships with their patients. She admires Drs. Gesica Horn’s and Chad Loween’s passion for their work and dedication to their patients.
“Here at Serene Oaks Dental, we don’t just fix teeth; we change lives!”
Kristen and her husband Dan are natives of Mahtomedi where they attended high school together. They were married in June of 2013 and were later blessed with their daughter Jessica in 2016. As a family, they enjoy spending time on their pontoon with family and friends, entertaining on their deck, and skiing down the snowy slopes of Spirit Mountain in Duluth.
Licensed Dental Assistant
Melissa has been a Licensed Dental Assistant since 2002. Her career began in Oral Surgery, and she gained experience with pre/post-operative care, dental implants, simple and complex extractions. She joined Serene Oaks Dental in 2006.
Over the years she has worked side-by-side with Dr. Gesica Horn and has continued her education in Dentistry by attending courses with the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, FL, Spear Education Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as ACT dental practice coaching.
“We take great pride in turning previous bad dental experiences into a new experience that will certainly decrease, if not eliminate your dental anxiety. The passion of both Dr. Horn and Dr. Loween towards the practice of dentistry is contagious and is shown by the whole team. We love what we do!”
Melissa and her husband Andy were married in the spring of 2006 on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas. They have two daughters, Morgan and Melina and reside in Blaine. As a family they enjoy snowboarding, gardening, being outdoors, motorcycle rides, the Vikings and cruising the waters of the Caribbean.
Licensed Dental Assistant
Sarah Ambourn is a Licensed Dental Assistant who graduated from Century College in 2001, she has been working as a dental assistant for over 17 years, 10 of those years were spent specializing in Orthodontics. She loves being a part of creating beautiful smiles. “My goal is to make our patients laugh and feel comfortable in a sometimes uncomfortable environment. I understand patient anxiety and am here to make you feel at ease.”
What Sarah loves most about working with her Minneapolis dental team at Serene Oaks Dental is the high quality of care that we deliver to our patients. “I have always valued quality over quantity and have found the perfect place to work alongside other like-minded people. I am constantly learning and growing as a dental assistant thanks to the support and continuing education our doctors provide us”.
Sarah resides in Hugo, MN, and spends her free time hanging out with family and friends and going to her lake cabin in Siren, WI. Her hobbies include shopping, crossword puzzles, reading, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. “Go pack go!”
With over 20 years of experience in the dental industry, Carol spent most of those as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Wisconsin.
She enjoys building relationships with patients and learning about their journeys. Carol has expanded her dental career into an administrative position where she can continue her passion for dentistry and helping others live healthier lives.
She is excited and grateful to be a part of the amazing team at Serene Oaks Dental.
Carol now lives along the river in Minneapolis and loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling, entertaining, and outdoor activities: especially hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, and spending time at the lake or the beach.
Melanie has spent nearly 15 years in customer service and genuinely loves people. Her heart’s desire is to meet people right where they are at. She knows that everyone has a story and enjoys walking alongside them without judgment.
“Life is full of wild rides and exciting adventures…sometimes they are scary and sometimes they are painful; no matter the journey, everyone deserves a little extra kindness and love and I am not only excited but proud to be a part of the Serene Oaks Dental Team!”
Her goal is that each person she crosses paths with leaves with more Joy than they first came in with.
When Melanie is not spending time loving on patients, she enjoys chasing around her two furry, yellow, Labrador mongrels and embracing all of our Minnesota seasons with boating and snowboarding/skiing with her two daughters and high school sweetheart.
When I arrive, I always know that the staff has my best interest at heart and they care about my health. They are always pleasant and make sure my issues are resolved in the best way possible, and pain-free. I am not one who enjoys going to the dentist, but they always make me feel like it is a good thing. Thanks, everyone!
Michelle, M (Former Skeptic)