Meet The Staff

Uptown Dental Team

Meet Our Albert Lea Dental Staff


Immediately upon entering our Uptown Dental Office you will notice how inviting and friendly our staff is. Our hand-picked staff looks forward to helping each patient achieve and keep the best smile and dental health possible. We strive to provide each individual patient a comfortable, relaxing, and positive experience. We build trust with our patients as they feel personally pampered and cared for.                                                                                                                         

Professionals Who Care.

Our warm, friendly, caring, and knowledgeable staff offer both professional expertise and personal care. Each patient is unique and our staff takes the time to get to know you and your individual needs. Learn more about each staff member below.

Registered Dental Hygienists- R.D.H


Nguyen Pham, R.D.H.

Nguyen Pham has been a hygienist for more than three years. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota. Nguyen enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal level and taking care of their oral health. When she’s not in the office Nguyen enjoys spending time with friends and family. Her favorite outdoor activity is fishing.

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Heather Johnson, R.D.H.

Heather graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota, Mankato.  She enjoys educating her patients in oral hygiene as well as helping them improve their overall health.  In her free time, Heather likes reading, traveling, camping with her family, and playing with her dog.

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Ashley Duvall, R.D.H.

Ashley graduated from Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa with an associates degree in Dental Hygiene in 2008.  She is licensed in both Iowa and Minnesota to practice dental hygiene.

Ashley enjoys working with patients to improve oral health and creating a good dental relationship.

When not working Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys.  She enjoys playing volleyball, camping, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Registered Dental Assistants- R.D.A


Meka Simmons, R.D.A.

Meka Simmons has worked at Uptown Dental since 1999. She graduated from Albert Lea Senior High School in 1995, attended Riverland Community College for two years then graduated from Rochester Community and Technical College in 1999 as a Registered Dental Assistant. While in college she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Meka’s favorite procedures include Botox and Juvederm for facial wrinkles, tooth alignment by Six Month Smile and Clear Correct, and teeth bleaching. Meka lives with her husband, dog, and cats. She enjoys spending time with her 3 nieces, reading, art, biking, hiking, boating, horse back riding and gardening.


Anissa, R.D.A.

Anissa has been at Uptown Dental since 2008. She graduated from RCTC in 2001 as Registered Dental Assistant. Her favorite procedures are crown, dental implants, and helping patients achieve the smile they want. She stays busy at home with her husband,  two sons, and energetic dog.






Missy Bailey

Missy Bailey, Dental Assistant.

Missy has been working in the dental field for 15 years.  She graduated from Rochester Community and Techincal College where she completed the Dental Assistant Program. She enjoys educating and helping patients with dental care.  She is married and has one daughter.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and outdoor activities such as flower gardening.






Office Staff


B.D.- Office Manager

B.D. has been with Uptown Dental as Office Manager since 2003. She went back to school when her son was just an infant. After graduating top of her class she earned her CA state license as a Registered Dental Assistant. After a short time of assisting she decided to branch out into different area of dentistry. She decided to go into management. She was lucky enough to work with some of the top dental consultants with gave her a better insight on the business end of dentistry. She enjoys spending time with family and friends especially her grandchildren.


Sherry B. – Assistant Office Manager

Sherry B has worked at Uptown Dental for a few years as a business assistant. She has always been interested in dentistry from a young age. She was born in Duluth, MN and graduated from Minnesota Medical Dental Academy in the Twin Cities. Her journey took her out west to the mountains of Colorado for many years where she and her husband raised their daughter and son. She has now found herself back in Minnesota spending time with family and friends a full circle returning to her roots.


Kim- Assistant Office Manager

Kim is a 1997 Riverland graduate of the Health Unit Coordinator program, and though new to dentistry, she has always enjoyed working in healthcare. In her time off, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, going to her children’s activities, and gardening with her husband.

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Amy Busall – Business Assistant

Amy, formerly a phlebotomist is new to dentistry but has always had an interest in the field. She is hoping to further her education in dental assisting.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, reading, and gardening.