Meet The Staff

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Sarah Nygaard — Registered Dental Hygienist

Sarah graduated from Edmore High School in North Dakota and went on to earn her degree in dental hygiene from NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND. Sarah started working at Perham Family Dentistry when it opened in 2007. Sarah and her husband, Shawn, moved to the area from Devils Lake, ND that year and have since had three children that they love watching grow up. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running marathons, and reading. Sarah takes great pride in her work as a dental hygienist and enjoys being able to provide exceptional care in such a comfortable environment.

Erika Sailer — Registered Dental Hygienist

Erika graduated from Perham High School then attended M State in Moorhead and graduated in 2008 from their Dental Hygiene program. She has been here at Perham Family Dentistry since 2012. Erika enjoys making going to the dentist a positive experience for every patient. Erika and her husband, Mark, have two children named Quinn and Wesley, who take up most of their time. When Erika does get free time, she enjoys cooking and camping with her family and friends. Erika welcomes you to our practice and hopes to see you soon!


Jenna Schornack — Registered Dental Hygienist

Jenna is a Registered Dental Hygienist who joined our team in January, 2017. She has been in the dental field since 2009, when she graduated from Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota. Jenna, her husband, Todd, and their three girls Lena, Elsey, and Adelynn moved back to the area from Moorhead to be closer to their families. For fun, Jenna enjoys going to the lake, sewing, and snowmobiling with family. Jenna looks forward to providing the best oral health care to the community!

Mary Kate Caulfield — Registered Dental Hygienist

Mary Kate is a Registered Dental Hygienist who grew up in the neighboring town of Detroit Lakes. She graduated from NDSCS in Wahpeton, North Dakota in May 2017 and joined us right after. She is loving the dental field and enjoys learning the newest and best information in dental care. Mary Kate also helps up front next to our office manager in addition to being a hygienist. After college, she moved home to Detroit Lakes to live on the lake. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse, hanging out with friends and family, and traveling. Mary Kate takes pride in her work as a dental hygienist. She welcomes you to our office and looks forward to meeting you, and caring for all of your dental needs!

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Teresa Jorgenson — Registered Dental Hygienist

Terry’s family is her pride and joy. Dr. Nathan and Terry have three grown children, and five grandchildren. They all are the smartest and cutest, just ask her!!!  Terry has done many different jobs relating to dentistry.  She taught at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  She has been an office manager, bookkeeper, dental screening volunteer, and clinical hygienist.  She loves her job.  Meeting new people every day and being able to help people be more healthy just because of the way they brush and floss their teeth at home brings her great joy!!  Did you know you can add 10 years to your life expectancy just by flossing every day?  That’s not fake news!  Terry also loves to read, cook, EAT, and spend time with family and friends on the lake and in the woods.

Heather Cooper — Licensed Dental Assistant

Heather in a Licensed Dental Assistant who joined our team in 2013. She graduated from the Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN. Heather and her boyfriend, Andrew, recently bought a house and welcomed their baby girl, Aleida, in April of 2017. For fun, Heather likes spending time with her family and friends. Heather strives to build relationships with her patients and finds their trust very important and rewarding. Going to work every day is a new experience and another opportunity to ensure her patients feel comfortable and leave happy.


Ashley Schornack — Licensed Dental Assistant

Ashley is a Licensed Dental Assistant who joined our team in 2016. She graduated from Perham High School in 2009 and went on to receive her degree at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN. Ashley and her husband, Brian, have a son named Reid and a puppy named Zoey. Her family and friends mean the world to her. She also loves being outdoors and baking. Ashley enjoys getting to know each one of her patients and their needs so they are always comfortable and confident with treatment.

Maria Miller — Licensed Dental Assistant

Maria has been a dental assistant for 30 years. She joined Perham Family Dentistry in April 2018. She has enjoyed the advances in dentistry and is happy to serve with the professional and quality team at Perham Family Dentistry. Maria finds it very rewarding to help our patients recieve and maintain great dental health. In addition to dentistry, Maria loves spending time with family and friends, gardening and restoring furniture. She is really enjoying experiencing being a grandmother to her granddaughter for the first time.


Cherryann Post — Office Manager

Cherry is the office manager at Perham Family Dentistry. She received her dental assisting degree and worked as an assistant in 1995 and 1996. She then went back into the dental field as an office manager in 2003 and worked for over 10 years in Park Rapids and absolutely loved it! Cherry joined Perham Family Dentistry in 2016 and is excited and honored to have the opportunity to work with such an exceptional team. Cherry and her husband Russ live in Detroit Lakes and have two children named Levi and Hudson. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, traveling and learning new things.