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.

Beth Phillips

Beth Phillips, BS, R.D.H.

“Beth’s career in Dental Hygiene started in 1981.  She graduated from MSU – Mankato with a B.S. degree in Health Science and Dental Hygiene.  Beth enjoys visiting with patients and making them comfortable in the dental chair.  Her priority is educating patients in dental oral health for the patients’ optimum health.  In the spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, friends, and involve with activities in church and traveling.”

Registered Dental Assistants- R.D.A


Meka Simmons, R.D.A.

Meka graduated from ALHS in 1955, attended RCC with 96 credits toward an AA degree, graduated from RCTC in 1999 as a CRDA and has been working at Uptown Dental since then.

Her favorite procedure to perform is in-office teeth whitening to include take home custom trays, making mouth guards and orthodontic retainers. Her favorite procedures to assist with are Fast Braces, Clear Correct, root canals, oral surgery, and implants.

Her hobbies include traveling, reading, kayaking, hiking, camping and taking her dog for walks. She enjoys spending time with her son, husband, nieces, and other families and friends.


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.

Amy BusallAmy 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.

Tara Engerl

Tara Enger – Business Assistant

“The dental field has been my passion for many years and I’m so thankful to be a part of Uptown Dental.  Each day working, I enjoy helping our patients; they truly brighten my day.  When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I like to attend my son’s activities, doing yard work, and playing with my dogs.”

Angela Hoium

Angela Hoium – Business Assistant

“Angela is a graduate of 2004 class from Albert Lea Senior High.  She took college courses at Riverland Community College to pursue a career in the medical field but ended up working in the dental field.  Angela is the newest member of Uptown Dental and she loves to learn new things everyday.  She enjoys spending time with family, going to sporting events, and being outside.  She looks forward to seeing and working with you”