Meet The Staff
Peggy — Peggy received her BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her Dental Hygiene degree from Normandale Community College in 1997. She has been a valued member of Tonka Smiles since 1998. Peggy loves visiting with patients and hearing their stories while helping them achieve optimal dental health.
Her interests include family time, travel, biking, jazzercise, movies, and reading.
Julie — Julie graduated from the U of M in 1981. She joined our team in 1996 having previously worked in a specialty perio practice for 15 years. She loves coming to work each day and providing quality care for her patients alongside an awesome team.
In her spare time Julie enjoys hiking, biking, curling, and reading. Her favorite things is spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband Doug live in Minnetonka and they have three grown children; Megan (JD), Kylie, and Kevin and two grandchildren, Amelie and Levi.
Lexis — Lexis joined the Tonka Smiles team in June 2019 after graduating from MN State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She also graduated with her Dental Assisting degree in May 2016. Lexis is looking forward to getting to know all of her patients while helping them take care of their smile.
Outside of Dental Hygiene, Lexis enjoys traveling, doing anything outdoors, shopping, being active, DIY projects, and spending time with friends and family.
Lali– Lali Vang is from Charlotte, North Carolina and has lived in MN for the last 11 years. She started her career as a dental assistant and worked for her uncle in North Carolina. When she moved to Minnesota, she decided she wanted to expand her growth of knowledge and knew that she wanted to become a dental hygienist one day. She attended Normandale Community College and received her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene. While in dental hygiene school, Lali was the President of the Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) to help serve and empower future dental hygienists. Lali enjoys spending time educating her patients on the importance of taking care of their oral and overall health. She also finds passion in staying up-to-date on the latest innovations and culture in the dental hygiene world. Outside of work, she enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering her time at Hope Dental Clinic. Lali also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and she loves all things that glitter.
Amy — Amy graduated from Lakeland Medical/Dental Academy in 1980. She started working for Dr. Ronald Axel and Dr. Tim Bergstedt over 30 years ago. She has continued to work at this practice until it evolved into Tonka Smiles. Amy enjoys working with a terrific staff as well as having fun with patients and building lasting relationships with them.
Outside of work, Amy’s interests include: playing volleyball, biking, baking, spending time with her nieces and nephews and traveling with her husband. Amy resides in Eden Prairie with her husband Jim.
Chrissy — Chrissy graduated from dental assisting school in 2013. She is originally from Hawaii and she currently lives in Maple Grove. Before attending dental assisting school, Chrissy was a nursing assistant for four years and has always loved working with patients. What she loves most about her job is helping improve people’s smiles and confidence.
Chrissy has three daughters; Nicole, Courtney, and Elissia and a springer puppy named Chewy. She enjoys cooking, shopping, running 5Ks, spending time with family and friends, fishing, going to the beach, and camping.
Mai –Mai graduated from Hennepin Technical College in 2022 as a Certified and Licensed Dental Assistant. She joined Tonka Smiles in Sept 2022 and she enjoys educating patients on oral health care.
When she is not working, she enjoys exploring nature, going shopping, traveling as much as she can and going to street food markets.
Kara — Kara graduated from St. Cloud Technical and Community College in 2017 as a Certified & Licensed Dental Assistant. She joined Tonka Smiles in May 2019.
Outside of dental assisting, she and her husband enjoy hunting, fishing, trapping, traveling and mountain biking.