Dentist Marion, IA
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Dr Laura has received advanced education in lasers, digital dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, study of the bite, worn teeth, implants, implant supported dentures, communication, periodontal disease, and esthetic fillings. She is also a certified life coach and teaches other dentists how to achieve their own goals. She has a podcast for dentists on iTunes.
Dr. Laura had two daughters when she started dental school: Sally was 4 and Emma was 2. During her sophomore year of dental school, she had her son, Max. The kids were just 8, 6 and 3 when she graduated. Everybody has really changed! Here are current pictures of the family and each of the kids. Dr Laura remarried in 2016 and gained a third daughter, Carleigh. All pictured above!
Throughout her dental school career, she co-authored nine publications featured in prestigious dental journals. She held leadership roles in several student organizations, and she even won the dental school talent show with her vocal parody of Phantom of the Opera, entitled “Phantom of the Operatory” during her second year.
Outside of dentistry, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, a good Netflix binge, spending time with her family, and attending performing arts events, especially musicals and the ballet. If you’re lucky, she might even sing or dance during your appointment!
Dr. Erica puts her research expertise to use by staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest dental materials, technologies, and treatment options. Dr. Erica especially enjoys restorative dentistry, oral surgery, and seeing children. She is a member of the Iowa Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Erica prides herself on providing compassionate and patient-centered comprehensive dental care. Each smile is unique, and she strives to positively transform patient’s lives by restoring function, esthetics, and overall oral health. Her kind and caring nature ensures that a trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be an anxiety-ridden or scary experience. Dr. Erica is excited to meet you and help you achieve your oral health goals.
Stefanie graduated in 2002 from Illinois Central College with an Associate in Applied Science in Dental Hygiene with certification in local anesthetic. Born and raised in Peoria, Stefanie moved to Cedar Rapids in 2013 with her husband, Shane, and their three boys. Prior to moving to Iowa, Stef worked in general dentistry and periodontics. While working in the periodontal practice, she assisted in LANAP and Implant Surgery therapy.
Heather graduated in 2009 from Kirkwood Community College with a dental hygiene degree and certification in local anesthetic. She grew up in Belle Plaine, Iowa and moved to the area after completing school at Cornell College in Mt Vernon. Heather is married to David and has two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, reading, and cheering on the Hawkeyes.
Erika graduated from Kirkwood August of 2014 with her degree in Dental Assisting. She has been with Marion Dental since April 2015 and just received her Expanded Function certificate. She was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and is the oldest of 4 children. Erika enjoys traveling any chance she gets. Some of her favorite hobbies include snorkeling and cooking. She enjoys camping with her family and her fiancé, Sean, and being outside as much as possible... especially with her dog Mac!
Laura Lynn graduated with her Associate Degree in Dental Assisting from Kirkwood Community College in the summer of 2012. She has been with Marion Dental since graduating and has continued her education with becoming Expanded Functions certified and training in CAD/CAM technology. Laura Lynn was raised in the middle of five children in the small town of Farley in Northeast Iowa. In her free time, Laura Lynn enjoys spending time with her daughter, Brianna, and son, Jackson. She also spends a lot of her spare time in Northeast Iowa with family, riding her horses, camping, canoeing...or pretty much anything outdoors!
Jessica joined our team in March of 2019. She earned her certification as Dental Assistant in 2000 at Kirkwood Community College and has transitioned back into the dental community after raising her two boys. She epitomizes the expression “calm, cool & collected” and is more often than not the soothing voice you hear on the other line answering our phones or calling to schedule your appointment. She loves to assist and assures your comfort and care are top notch. She keeps the office atmosphere light and fun and works closely with staff and patients to provide the best care possible. In her free time, Jessica finds time to work in her yard and maintains a garden for home-grown veggies. She also enjoys outdoor activities, particularly kayaking and hiking.
Carrie joined the team in August of 2020. Along with her husband, she moved down from Canada to work at Rockwell Collins in 1999. She was a stay at home Mom for many years raising 6 kids. Carrie has an office assistant background and is excited to help every patient become comfortable with our team and the amazing dental work we provide. If you have questions about scheduling, insurance, financing, or any other aspect of treatment, she can help you get the answers you need. Outside the office, Carrie loves being a Mom and watching her kids grow up. She enjoys going on walks with her husband, driving her kids to various sporting events, and spending time in their yard.
A Michigan native, Melissa planted her Iowa roots in 2007 (Go Blue)! Melissa graduated from the dental assisting program at Hawkeye Community College in 2013. She started her dental assisting career in Periodontics and learned a lot in the surgery realm. She then moved to general dentistry, where she has been assisting since 2015. She continued her education to become an expanded functional dental assistant, and she has also completed her nitrous oxide certification. Melissa enjoys being a dental assistant and seeing patients become less fearful and more excited about their visits. She also loves witnessing the transformative powers of dentistry and making a difference for our patients. She and her husband, Austin, have a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier named Bailey (her fur child) and plenty of nieces and nephews to keep them very busy. Together, Melissa and Austin like to kayak, garden, and enjoy the great outdoors!
Carly graduated from Hawkeye Community College in 2013 with her degree in Dental Hygiene with local anesthetic certification. She joined Marion Dental in February of 2018. Since joining our team, Carly has also completed a PerioLase laser course. Originally from the small town of Jesup, she is the baby of the family with two older brothers. In her spare time you can find her eating sushi and drinking wine with her boyfriend Justin, walking the area trails with her labrador Wapsi, traveling every chance she gets or shopping, shopping, shopping!
Laurel joined Marion Dental in 2005 as a Dental Assistant. Since then Laurel has gone back to school and received her degree in Dental Hygiene with local anesthetic certification. You may find Laurel cleaning teeth, answering your questions on the telephone or assisting Dr. Laura. Her wide array of experience in the dental field makes her an excellent person to help you find an answer to a dental question or work out details of your treatment plan. Laurel is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Laurel graduated from Washington High School in 2003 and Kirkwood Community College. During her free time you may find her out shopping, having dinner with family and friends or enjoying the outdoors with her two kids Carter and Elizabeth. Laurel looks forward to helping you fulfill your dental goals!
From infants to the elderly, 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.
Laser dentistry is a highly-effective, gentle way to treat gum disease, remove bacteria, and decrease harmful pockets of attachment loss. Laser dentistry is a comfortable, accurate way to produce excellent results without cutting or stitches.
Protect and keep badly decayed or fractured teeth while maintaining a beautiful smile. Made to perfectly match the shape and shade of your other teeth, they’re durable, strong, and undetectable.
Crowns should be placed before the tooth is so decayed that it may fracture. This can often help prevent the expense of root canal therapy in the future. If a tooth is too damaged to have a crown applied, a porcelain bridge may be a good alternative.
Many everyday things like coffee, tea and wine can significantly dull teeth. Smile-whitening enables us to significantly brighten your smile for that dazzling white smile you deserve. We have many pricing options available, some are surprisingly affordable!
Veneers are very thin porcelain pieces that are custom made to adhere directly to the front of teeth without grinding or shaving. Transform your smile without drilling on your natural teeth!
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely collapses, blocking airflow into the lungs. The harder one tries to breathe, the tighter the airway seals. This airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person, unconsciously closing the jaw and returning the tongue and throat to a normal position.
We offer effective, nonsurgical relief from sleep apnea and other sleep-related disorders — including snoring. Ask us how you can get the restful, healthy sleep you’ve been missing.