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Paul Bothun DDSPaul Bothun, D.D.S.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Paul Bothun has provided his patients with exceptional comprehensive and cosmetic dental care. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Bothun feels it is important to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry. Thus, he has had memberships in:

  • American Dental Association
  • Northeast District Dental Society
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • American Orthodontic Society

He also keeps up to date by reading his favorite dental literature, including the Journal of American Dental Association, Compendium (advanced dentistry), Journal of the American Orthodontic Society, Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Products Report, Clinical Research Associates Newsletter, Inside Dentistry (cosmetic dentistry), ADA News, Chairside, Inclusive “Restorative Driven Implant Solutions”, and CEREC Doctors.

Dr. Bothun enjoys sharing his knowledge of dentistry with the community by lecturing in the Grand Forks area. He also participates in the high school job shadowing program. Dr. Bothun has volunteered his time and talents to Give Kids a Smile, Third Street Clinic, and provided dental exams at Head Start. He also talks to high school students about oral health and has given lectures to students at the University Of North Dakota School Of Medicine.

In his personal life, Dr. Bothun enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife Lori and their five children: Rachel, Chris, and triplet sons Ryan, Adam and Loren. He likes running, hunting, fishing, woodworking and water sports.

Heidi Stevens DDSHeidi Stevens, D.D.S.

For more than 15 years, Dr. Heidi Stevens has been providing quality care to her patients at Dakota Dental Associates. In 1998, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of North Dakota, and she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2002.

Throughout her career, Dr. Stevens has given presentations at the Grand Forks Senior Citizens Center, Grand Forks Public Schools, St. Michael’s School, Head Start, and the University of North Dakota. She has volunteered her time providing dental care for Give Kids a Smile, Head Start and Third Street Clinic. She has also been a longtime supporter of the North Dakota Dental Foundation.

Dr. Stevens maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations including:

  • American Dental Association
  • North Dakota Dental Association
  • Northeast District Dental Society

She is a past president of the Northeast District Dental Society and has served as a delegate to the North Dakota Dental Association House of Delegates.

Dr. Stevens enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Brian, and their two children, Jack and Hayley. She also enjoys the lake, playing piano, traveling and keeping busy with her kids’ various activities.

Rachel Cummings DDSRachel Cummings, D.D.S.

Dr. Rachel Cummings is a Grand Forks native who graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2016. In 2011, she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Anthropology. She is excited to be back in her home state to practice dentistry with Dr. Heidi Stevens, her dad, Dr. Paul Bothun, and brother, Dr. Chris Bothun.

Dr. Cummings enjoys staying up to date on continuing education. She is a member of both the North Dakota Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

Away from the office Dr. Cummings can be found spending time with her husband Cody and their dogs Thor and Wanderlei. She likes to read, run, bike and play sports such as volleyball and golf. She often joins her family at the lake during the weekends. While she may have spent her college years in Nebraska (go Big Red!) she is a UND hockey fan who enjoys attending home games.

Dr. Cummings is looking forward to serving the Greater Grand Forks community by providing comprehensive, quality dental care.

Chris Bothun DDSChris Bothun, D.D.S.

Dr. Christopher Bothun recently joined Dakota Dental Associates after graduating from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2017. He was born and raised in Grand Forks and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at the University of North Dakota.

He enjoys staying up to date on the newest techniques in dentistry by reading clinical journals and maintains the following memberships:

  • North Dakota Dental Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Endodontics

Dr. Bothun enjoys spending time with his wife, Rachel, who practices physical therapy in Grand Forks, and their dog, Vinci, a 2 year old Vizsla. Although he spent 4 years in gopher territory, he is still loyal to UND.

Dr. Bothun is glad to be back in Grand Forks with family, and is looking forward to serving the Red River Valley at Dakota Dental Associates.

Administrative Staff

Renee AAs office manager, Renee is at the hub of Dakota Dental. In the dentistry field for more than three decades, she nearly has done it all. A graduate from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, she began her career as a dental assistant in 1980. She joined Dakota Dental in 1995 as a dental hygienist and became the office manager in 2000. A Red River Valley native, Renee, her husband and daughter call Grand Forks home. When it's time to relax, she likes to travel, spend time with her family and get knee-deep in scrapbooking.

 

LoriBLori manages the vendor accounts, employee benefits, and the many charitable donations and activities Dakota Dental is involved with. She is a surgical technician by education, but has adapted nicely to her important role as the need grew. If you take a look at our Facebook page you will likely see one of the many gift baskets she has put together.  She is married to Dr. Paul Bothun and together they raised five wonderful children. She is passionate about all styles of exercise and thoroughly enjoys spending time with her family engaging in many outdoor activities. She is very proud to be part of the wonderful team at Dakota Dental and the quality health care they provide.

 

Miranda MMiranda is one of the first people you talk to when making a new appointment or checking out of a current appointment.  She may review your insurance information and can answer questions about fees.  Miranda earned a degree in early childhood education from Minnesota State University of Moorhead in 2009.  She volunteered with the Peace Corps for two years and joined Dakota Dental in May of 2012.  She enjoys going to the lake and spending time with her husband, Shane, and their children, Luke and Maia. 

 

Sandi GThe first smile you see when you enter the office is likely to be that of Sandi. Sandi will assist you in getting checked in for your appointment as well as getting your insurance on file. Sandi is an East Grand Forks native with education in both medical secretary and dental assisting. She likes spending time with her two daughters, their dog, Shadow, and during the warm summer months, she enjoys relaxing at the lake.

 

no image availableThe first face you see when you enter our office is likely Sam.  She is part of our administrative team, giving patients a warm welcome when they arrive.  She is originally from Seattle, Washington.  Sam enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, swimming, and running.

 

Hygiene Staff

Rachel MDental hygienist Rachel is a 2013 North Dakota State College of Science graduate. She is originally from Michigan, N.D. and returns home often to spend time with family. She likes gardening, baking, cooking and doing projects around her new house with her husband, Cody. They enjoy going on vacations together and watching Netflix.

 

Lindsay FLindsay is a Grand Forks native and returned to the area after graduating from the dental hygiene program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2011. Lindsay and her husband, Bryan, enjoy going to the lake, cross country skiing, watching sports and playing with their daughter, Karlie.

 

Lexi EOriginally from Fordville, ND, dental hygienist Lexi graduated from MSCTC in Moorhead, MN in 2015 with a degree in dental hygiene. Growing up she loved her hygienist and getting her teeth clean which inspired her to work in the dental field. She likes being able to give advice and educate patients on how to help improve their oral health. Lexi likes to stay active in her free time by playing basketball, softball, working out and spending time with her dog, Baylor. When not at work, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and watching the Minnesota Vikings & Duke basketball.

 

BrittanyGBrittany is a McVille, ND native who graduated from Dakota Prairie High School and Argosy University in the Twin Cities. She has always envisioned herself in the healthcare field and feels dental hygiene is the perfect fit. Outside the office Brittany enjoys time at the lake, walking her dog Charlie and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

 

no image availableKait is originally from Gerry, New York.  She earned her dental hygiene degree at the Fortis Institute in Erie, PA.  She is passionate about helping people, which led her to a career in dentistry.  In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time with her husband and dog Remi.

 

Assistant Staff

Robyn BRegistered Dental Assistant Robyn, is an East Grand Forks native who joined Dakota Dental in 2005 after graduating from Moorhead State Technical College in 2004. When she's not working she’s juggling children. Her and her husband, Jason, have a daughter, Bailee, twins, Max and Miley and a black lab named Jazzy. Robyn enjoys baking, going to UND hockey games, spending time with family and going to the lake in the summertime.

 

Alayna OAlayna grew up in Roseau, MN and graduated from the dental assisting program at Northwest Technical College in Bemidji before joining our office in 2013. When Alayna isn't working or caring for her dog, Suki, she enjoys reading, visiting with friends & family, practicing yoga, and dancing.

 

Rachael LRachael grew up in Thief River Falls, MN and graduated from NCTC in Bemidji, MN with a degree in Dental Assisting. She enjoys assisting the doctors with whatever the day brings and especially loves working in our high tech environment. When not at work, Rachael enjoys spending time with her dog, Rayn, roller blading, cooking/baking, sports, and binge watching Netflix!

 

Raychell Raychel  is from Ronan, Montana and graduated with a certificate in Dental Assisting from Salish Kootenai College. She always dreamed working in the dental field and loves helping patients feel comfortable and confident in their smiles. When she’s not assisting Dr. Bothun she can be found exploring Eastern North Dakota or watching Netflix.

 

no image availableAmber is one of our dental assistants.  She is originally from Brainerd, Minnesota, and attended school there for dental assisting.  When she is away from the office, she is keeping up with her four kids and trying to find time to enjoy the outdoors and travel.

 

no image availableErika is our sterilization tech who makes sure our team has what they need to take great care of our patients.  She can be found helping sterilizing instruments, ordering dental supplies, and coordinating service visits.  Outside of the office she enjoys spending time with her family and following her three kids in their many activities.