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.
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.
Rachel – Rachel graduated with her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene in 2023. She is originally from Little Falls, MN, and looks forward to providing quality dental care to patients and their families!
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the gym, and spending time outdoors; whether that’s hiking, going on walks, golfing, or snowboarding! She hopes to get more traveling in and eventually get a dog of her own.
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.
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.
Leah — Leah has been a licensed Dental Assistant, graduating from South Central College in 2020. She spent her first few years in the dental field working in pediatrics. She joined Tonka Smiles in 2023. She looks forward to giving quality dental care to patients and their families.
Outside of dental assisting, Leah enjoys watercolor painting, going for runs, and hanging out with family and friends.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, cooking, crafting, going to the lake, and gardening.