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Dr. Emily Schmalz Periodontist

Dr. Schmalz.

Dr. Schmalz grew up in Fargo North Dakota where she was raised by hard working parents who passed along a strong work ethic to their daughter. Growing up Emily had a love for sports, reading and enjoying Minnesota lakes. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 2005 where she further pursued a career in dentistry at the University of Minnesota. She graduated in 2009 and completed a general practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in 2010 and then did three additional years of further training at the University of Minnesota in their graduate Periodontal clinic. She completed her training in 2013 and practiced in the Twin Cities for four years before practing in Rochester full time. Dr. Schmalz is also a board certified periodontist, which means she has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory education requirements of the speciality. Dr. Schmalz has made Rochester her home with her husband Dr. Brandon Kelly for the past four years and loves both the people of Rochester and the beautiful setting of southern Minnesota. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, yoga, and spending time with her husband.

Dr. Schmalz is also a current member of:

  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Minnesota Association of Periodontists
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • Zumbro Valley Dental Society
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (Board Certification)

Dr. Schmalz loves working with patients and her main goal is to provide patients with information so they can make a decision that works best for them and provide the highest quality of treatment in a non-threatening environment.

Non-dental facts about Emily

  • Emily grew up in Fargo, ND. (most of that movie was actually filmed in MN :) )
  • Although not very consistent, Emily has a mean golf swing (contact with the ball is optional)
  • Emily completed 12 years of learning after high school to do what she does today! And she loves it
  • Tennis? Yes she loves watching it and even has a secret crush on Roger Federer
  • Why Rochester? Emily loves the “bigger city feel”… Brandon likes the “small city feel” and mostly didn’t want to move to Fargo (due to the movie)
  • Did you know Emily can do Figure skating jumps that you see on TV?!? … She tore her knee at 16, but her dance partner went on to the Vancouver Olympics
  • Emily can out sleep you. Period
  • Emily would like to learn to play the cello, speak French and play tennis
  • If you want to get Emily started talking about football, just say you are an NDSU Bison fan
  • To relax Emily really loves to read, but also love to do pottery on the wheel
  • Emily has finally gotten her puppy that she has wanted for 8 years.... her name is Lola

Sarah Licensed Dental Assistant

Sarah, Licensed Dental AssistantSarah is our licensed and certified dental assistant. She graduated with honors from the assisting program at Rochester Community and Technical College in 2012. She is currently a member of the advisory committee for the program and loves to go "back to school" to be a patient for the up and coming students!

Non-dental facts about Sarah:

  • She now resides in Rochester with her three teenage children-Gabe, Sophia and Grace. Also part of her family is Lou, an adopted greyhound.
  • She grew up in Chatfield, but has been fortunate enough to live on each coast of the United States and also Okinawa, Japan. Since one of Sarah's favorite things to do is travel, having friends all over the world makes those adventures easier to accomplish!
  • Even when the Chicago Bears are playing awful, you'll still see (and hear) Sarah cheering her favorite team on!
  • She is an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish where she volunteers for the Faith Formation Program.
  • Her family volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army multiple times during the holiday season. Since starting, they have increased the number of times each season with this past year's total being 7!
  • In her past life, Sarah was a personal trainer and is trying to get back into shape. She ran a half marathon in 2012 and it's her goal to run another in the fall of 2017.

Ruth Registered Dental Hygienist

Ruth, Registered Dental HygienistRuth is our registered dental hygienist. Ruth is originally from Eugene, OR but moved to Byron, MN almost 30 years ago when she married her husband Paul. They have 4 kids, 3 of which currently attend the University of Minnesota. Go Gophers! Ruth has been a hygienist for 28 years, and has just recently joined Dr. Emily’s office. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, traveling, going to concerts, tending to her flowers, and visiting her kids at college. She will never pass up an invitation for coffee or a fun night out. Ruth loves chatting with her patients about their oral health but also loves forming connections with them as she gets to see them several times a year.

Andrea Licensed Dental Assistant

Andrea, Licensed Dental AssistantGraduate from Kenyon - Wanamingo High School. Attended Dental Assistant program at Dakota County Technical College and graduated with honors in 2014. I reside in Wanamingo, MN.

Non-dental facts about Andrea:

  • Fishing and canoeing - enjoy the small lakes in the area.
  • Playing sand volleyball league with friends.
  • Playing golf, my brother has been teaching me this past year. Starting to loose less balls.
  • Started gardening this year and love trying new recipes with fresh vegetables from our garden.
  • Planting flowers.
  • Spend free time with family and friends. I have a twin sister who is my best friend.
  • I have 2 nieces Makenzie and Grayce who I adore.
  • Enjoy traveling and would love to do more.
  • I have a beagle named Chase who loves being outside and going for walks.
  • Guilty pleasure is HGTV and Pinterest. Love working on small projects and home decor.

Colleen Patient Coordinator

Colleen, Patient CoordinatorHi, my name is Colleen. I’m the patient coordinator for Dr. Emily and the first friendly face you’ll see when arriving at the office. I truly enjoy my career and the relationship that I form with each patient. The dental field is my passion and I love our smaller office that truly cares about every patient that comes in the door. I am currently going on 14 years in the field with many more to come.

When I’m not working, you may find me working in some of the fields around my house. We have a small funny farm that keeps me very busy. Starting with just one dog; we now have 7 horses – 2 of which I show in Dressage, 3 dogs, a cat, pond and tank of fish, and most recently a bunny. Animals bring me tons of happiness; unable to have them at home as a child, I’m just making up for lost time. :-)

Besides the abundance of animals, we also have 2 young daughters. If I thought our hobby farm kept me busy; boy was I mistaken. I never thought my heart would be so full raising these spunky fun-loving girls. Always on the go; they keep me running to grandparents, swimming, riding lessons, and play dates with lovely friends. I couldn’t ask for more.

I look forward to meeting you at your upcoming appointment with Dr. Schmalz. My promise is to always put my best foot forward along with our whole staff when it comes to your periodontal and implant care.