All professionals at David Andersen, D.D.S., P.A. maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in the medical field. Read on to learn more about our staff's experience and training.
Dr. David Andersen – Dentist
David grew up in Remer, MN on their family resort. He attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate and dental school. He graduated in 1992 with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and moved to Park Rapids. He was married to Amy in 1994, and they built his current dental office in 2003.
David has served on many community committees and boards, holding several officer positions along the way. In 2005 he was selected as the Park Rapids Community Service Award winner and was honored as one of the Minnesota Jaycee’s Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. He is currently a Rotary member.
David has also served on many dental committees and officer positions. He is currently First Vice President of the Minnesota Dental Association and will become its President in 2018. Whether it be hunting, fishing or spending time on the pontoon with friends, David enjoys spending time outside with his wife, Amy ,and their lab, Skyler.
Dr. Lora Nelson – Dentist
Dr. Lora Nelson has been with the practice since May 2012. Dr. Nelson grew up in Cambridge, MN before attending college at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She then attended the University of Minnesota where she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Dr. Nelson is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Minnesota Dental Association (MDA), and Northwestern District Dental Society.
Dr. Nelson lives in Park Rapids with her husband, Jeremy, who owns Park Performance Chiropractic. They have two daughters--Layla, a two-year-old, and Natalie, just born in March 2017. In her free time, Dr. Nelson enjoys being on the lake, home decorating, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her basset hound, Humphrey.
Shelly – Patient Coordinator
Shelly has been with the practice since 2010, before that she lived and worked in the Minneapolis area. She was a certified/registered dental assistant for 18 years before moving to the front desk. Shelly and her husband, John, enjoy watching their children, Jack and Rachael, in their sporting events which keep them busy year-round. They also like spending time with family and friends and enjoying the area lakes.
Carol – Dental Hygienist
Carol was raised in Perham, MN. She entered the Armed forces and then went onto college at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND where she graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 1990. She joined Dr. Andersen's dental team in 1992. Carol and her husband live in New York Mills on a dairy farm. They have two daughters, Sada and Savannah. Sada is mother to Carol's two granddaughters, Mila & Sage. Savannah is teaching in Minneapolis.
Anna – Dental Hygienist
Anna was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, MN. She graduated high school from Detroit Lakes and pursued a degree in dental hygiene from MSCTC in Moorhead, MN. After graduating from MSCTC she began working as part of Dr. Andersen's office in August 2010. In her spare time she enjoys barrel racing and horseback riding, hunting, and spending time with her husband, Mitch, and their pit bulls, Hammer and Remi.
Mariah – Dental Hygienist/Front Desk
Mariah joined our office in April 2015. She was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. She attended Argosy University in Eagan, MN and received her Dental Hygiene degree in 2014. She and her husband, Ben, have two dogs--a Mini Australian Shepherd named Nala and an English Springer named Kona. In her free time she enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with her husband and their dogs.
Jessica – Dental Assistant
Jessica has been a licensed dental assistant since 2009. She earned her degree at Central Lakes College and joined our office in 2011. Jessica, her husband, Darin, and daughter, Haley, live on a small farm in Deer Creek, MN. In her free time she likes to horseback ride, hunt and spend time with her family.
Faith – Dental Assistant
Faith joined our office in August of 2017. She was raised in Frazee, MN and is currently living in Wadena. She attended Central Lakes College in Brainerd where she earned her degree in dental assisting. She has been dancing for 5 years and is now an Alumni Dancer and Coach of the Frazee Flygirls Dance Team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family at the lake, farming with her boyfriend, Kyle, and taking dance classes as an Alumni dancer at Northern Lights Dance Academy.