Meet our Doctors

Dr. Tuyen Nguyen D.D.S.

Dr. Tuyen Nguyen resettled in the U.S. in 1993 from Vietnam and went to college for his undergrad and dental degree at the University of Minnesota. He has a very strong passion for dentistry and always wants to excel to the next level, striving to be better and better. Dr. Nguyen is a member of the Minnesota Dental Association, American Dental Association, Seattle Study Club and a diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association.

Married to his wife Lien Lam, he has two daughters, Emily and Tina, and has been living in Blaine, Minnesota for more than 14 years. He is living his dreams to the fullest everyday, from having good education in America to having a high tech dental office with a great team. In addition to enjoying all the services he performs for his patients and staff, Dr. Nguyen really enjoys working out, swimming, running, playing violin, playing table tennis, and traveling.

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Team Member

Nicholas Saari, D.D.S.

Benefit from a dentist who is truly passionate about life-long learning to continually improvement for his patients, just like you. Dr. Saari attended and graduated from:

  • St. Johns University in Minnesota
  • The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Dr. Saari now seeks out every continuing education opportunity available to fine-tune his skill for you. He is passionate about excellence in patient care and dedicates himself each day to providing patients like you with personal, honest and professional dentistry. Always trust that Dr. Saari has your comfort, health, beauty and overall best interests at heart.

Dr. Saari enjoys hunting, fishing, and reading in his free time. He is married with four beautiful children.


Team Member

Tim Q. Pham, D.D.S

I chose dentistry because it allows me to build long-term relationships with my patients so that I can serve them to the best of my abilities. All care I provide is patient-centered, and I spend as much time as I can to keep my patients well-informed so they can make the best decisions regarding their dental care. I love general dentistry because it allows me to be by my patient's side throughout our treatment plan. I also enjoy attending continuing education courses so I can stay up to date in all the latest technologies in the ever-changing field of dentistry.

Outside of the office, I volunteer in our community by teaching at my Church's Sunday school. I stay active by exercising with my wife. We enjoy biking and jogging in the city and love sneaking in a camping trip for some fishing. My latest passion is cooking, I have even been calling my mother up to gather some of her traditional recipes.

Education

  • B.S. Finance (2002) California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, California
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (2016) University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Professional Associations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association

Meet our Business Team

Team Member

Jeanne K.

Scheduling Coordinator

When you call to make an appointment, chances are you will be talking with Jeanne. Jeanne is our primary Scheduling Coordinator and works with all aspects of the hygiene schedules, doctors' schedules and works on patient retention. Jeanne brings years of experience from not just the dental field, but from the medical field too. She is married, has three grown daughters and four grandchildren. Jeanne enjoys traveling, camping and party planning.


Team Member

Jeanne D, CDA, LDA

Business Team Lead, Business Administrator / Clinical Assistant

Jeanne D. is the treatment coordinator here at Soft Dental. Her versatility is an invaluable asset and allows her to split her time between the business office and the clinical area as a clinical assistant. In her free time she enjoys playing softball, volleyball, bowling and spending quality time with her husband and twin boys. She is an avid New York Yankees fan!


Team Member

Rachael, CDA, LDA

Clinical Assistant / Business Administrator

Rachael is a Certified and Licensed Dental Assistant and works as an insurance/business administrator with our business team. Rachael is able to split her time as needed between the front office (scheduling appointments and assisting with treatment consultations) and the back office (verifying insurance benefits and working with insurance claims). She is proud to have served in the U.S. navy as a Naval Hospital Corpsman. She is happily married with two grown children. In her free time she loves spending time with her family.


Team Member

Laurie

Business Administrator/ Marketing Assistant

Laurie is our most recent addition to the business team. She comes to Soft Dental with several years experience in Dental Administration. In addition to assisting our Scheduling and Treatment Coordinators, she is our Marketing Coordinator. Laurie loves finding new parks, beaches and live music to check out and spending time with family, especially her teenage son!


Team Member

Lien

Office Administrator

Lien is our Office Administrator and does a large load of the "behind the scenes" work in this office, including accounts payable and recordkeeping. She also maintains her CPR certification to help with in-office safety. As a mother of two small children, she is constantly busy, but enjoys cooking and planting flowers in her free time. Lien is proud to also be Dr. Nguyen's wife.


Meet our Hygienists

Team Member

KRISSY, RDH, LDA, BS

Hygiene Team Lead

Krissy uniquely is both a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Licensed Dental Assistant. She has received additional training through ALD to become diode laser certified. She has experience in both general and orthodontic practices, bringing a vast knowledge to her patients. In her time away from the office, she stays busy with her four children and loves attending their activities. Krissy also enjoys camping, gardening and traveling with her husband and children.


Team Member

COURTNEY, RDH, BS, RF

Hygienist

Courtney has been working at Soft Dental since the spring of 2010 after receiving her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from the U of M (GO Gophers!). Courtney's main goal is to have patients feel comfortable and at ease during professional cleanings. She has received additional training through ALD to become diode laser certified. Outside of the dental office, she enjoys working out, and hiking, camping, traveling, gardening with her husband, Dan and son Hudson.


Team Member

SARA, RDH, LDA, AAS

Hygienist

Sara grew up in Pine City and graduated from Pine City High School in 2002. She attended Century College for Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene. Sara takes pride in continuing her education. She has been working in the dental field since 2005. Sara enjoys educating and helping her patients so that they can attain optimal dental health. She loves meeting new patients and building personal and professional relationships. When away from the office, Sara has a passion for gardening, quilting, traveling, spending time with family and riding her motorcycle any chance she can get!


Team Member

TANIA, RDH

Hygienist

Tania has been in practice as a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2001, she attended North Dakota State College of Science. Tania values the opportunities she gets to work with the latest technologies to help provide the best care to her patients. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and working on D.I.Y projects.


Team Member

KAYLA - RDH

Hygienist

Kayla is originally from Pine City and graduated from Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN with an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys creating relationships with every patient she sees and also likes to expand her knowledge on subjects in the dentistry field. She currently resides in Pine City with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, gardening, traveling, cooking, and biking.


Meet our Clinical Team

Team Member

Jess, LDA, AAS

Assistant Team Lead

Being an experienced dental assistant, Jess will make your dental appointment go smoothly! Jess is always advancing her knowledge while leading the assistant team. Jess is married with two children and in her free time she enjoys boating, fishing, camping, biking, going to concerts and spending time with her friends and family.


Team Member

Tricia, LDA

Clinical Team

Tricia has been a licensed dental assistant for over 9 years. As a dedicated dental assistant, Tricia has volunteered her time in Jamaica as part of a dental mission and looks forward to the day when she can once again help people in need. Tricia enjoys working alongside the doctors while getting to know our patients and providing them with an excellent dental experience. You will always find Tricia in good spirits and ready to make your appointment a fun part of your day. In her free time, there is no place she would rather be than spending time with her daughter Mara.


Team Member

Trisha, LDA

Clinical Team

With a great personality, Trish keeps a smile on your face. Trish grew up on a farm just outside of Pine City. She went to Century College for her Diploma in Dental Assisting. When she is not at the office she enjoys fishing, hunting, four wheeling, and camping with her husband Tyler. She also likes to go horseback riding and scrapbooking with her auntie and two cousins.


Team Member

Julie, LDA, AAS

Clinical Team

With years of experience in working in general dentistry offices, Julie is a Certified and Licensed Dental Assistant. She has spent most of her years as an assistant working in the Rush City community and has seen much advancement in dentistry and in this particular dental practice. She loves working in such a beautiful, high-tech office. In her free time, Julie enjoys reading, camping, biking and spending time with family and friends.


Team Member

Kristi, LDA

Clinical Team

Kristi has been a dental assistant for 20 years and still loves what she does. She resides in Mora with her husband and 1 child left at home. She is very proud of her son Corey, Daughter Kaitlin and son-in-law Seth. In her free time enjoys fishing, gardening, taking her two dogs Stars and Xerxes to the lake or just reading a book in the sun.


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