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Meet The Team

Emily Plooster

Dental Hygienist

Emily has over 30 years experience in patient care and monitoring periodontal disease.  “Better oral health can lead to better overall health.  For example, there is an association between periodontitis and heart disease.  Helping patients become healthier is a very rewarding part of my job.”  Emily especially likes to visit with patients of all ages and walks of life. 

Emily graduated with honors from the University of MN and is a member of the American Dental Hygienists Association, the Minnesota Dental Hygienists Association and the Midwest Study Club.  She lives on a farm near her hometown of Jordan with her husband Paul and their son, Scott.  Em enjoys remodeling projects, being outdoors, and spending time with her large extended family and her friends.  

Tina Way

Dental Assistant

Tina has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1989 and joined the team at New Prague Dental Center in 2000.   Tina divides her time between chairside assisting and the frontdesk.  Tina enjoys visiting with the patients and greatly contributes to the office. 

Tina grew up and still resides in Montgomery.  She spends her time camping in the summer and reading all year long.  Tina keeps busy with her three daughters, Laura, Amanda and Rachel.

Tess Gustafson

Dental Assistant

Tess is passionate about dentistry and enjoys educating and helping patients make informed decisions about their dental needs & desires. She has over 35 years of experience in dentistry starting with the very youngest pediatric patients to the periodontally compromised patients. Tess loves working in a multigenerational practice where patients are treated like family. Tess looks forward to making a new family of patients in the years to come. Outside of work Tess loves being with her family and especially her grand babies. Biking and enjoying life is what it is all about.

Amy Whipps

Dental Hygienist

Amy treats her patients with respect, compassion and the highest quality of care. She makes the anxious patient feel relaxed, calm and puts them at ease. Questions are welcomed and she does her best to explain procedures so her patients can make educated decisions concerning their oral health. She takes pride in educating herself and keeping up with the latest research and technology through continuing education. Amy is passionate about her patients and treats everyone as if they were family. Amy grew up in Alaska and moved south to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth graduating with a Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1993. Amy has 2 very active boys (young men). The oldest being a United States Marine. Amy spends her free time watching her youngest son play Lacrosse, spending time in her yard and being with those she loves.


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