Meet Our Doctors
Dentists in Saint Paul, MN
All our professionals at Associated Dentists maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Dr. Butkus graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Psychology in 2009 and from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 2013 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and the St. Paul District Dental Society.
Dr. Butkus strives to work with each patient to address his or her specific dental needs in a comprehensive and comfortable manner. He believes that communication is key for both patient education and the development of an individualized treatment plan. He is committed to providing high-quality, long-lasting dentistry, and he enjoys staying current with modern dental trends through regular continuing education.
Dr. Butkus enjoys spending time with his wife, Aleeta, as well as running, fishing, and biking throughout the Twin Cities.
Dr. Norman Coates holds a B.A. from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He earned his D.M.D. from Fairleigh-Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1978. His early professional experience was acquired in the public health sector as a member of the United States Public Health Service. As director of dental services at Community Health Services (CHS), Dr. Coates co-authored a book on school-based dental programs. In conjunction with his work with CHS, he founded a community dental center in Worcester, Massachusetts that has since grown into a full service facility with departments in optometry, social services, mental health and general medical care.
In 1983, Dr. Coates opened a dental office in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts and remained there in the practice of general dentistry until his relocation to St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been a member of this community since 1990 where he added geriatric dental care to his widening professional interests. Since beginning private practice in Highland Park 20 years ago, Dr. Coates continues to dedicate himself to the challenge of providing dental care to the community he has come to call his own. His ever-expanding armamentarium of skill-sets include implant placement, CEREC crowns, rotary endodontics, all-ceramic bridges, exodontia, tooth-colored fillings, and all the traditional services one expects of a state of the art modern dental practice. Dr. Norman Coates has been recognized for the quality of his care by a local publication for the past two years.
In 2015, he was selected as a Top Dentist in Saint Paul, MN by the International Association of Dentists.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association (MDA), the MDA House of Delegates, the Chicago Dental Society, and serves on the executive council of the St. Paul District Dental Society.
His continuing education credits are numerous and his pursuit of additional learning and self-improvement is boundless.
Meet Roger Ettel
Dr. Roger Ettel is a graduate of Bethel University with a degree in Biology. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he received a degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Subsequently, he decided to specialize in periodontics, and received a Master of Science degree in that field from the University of Minnesota. He is certified by the American Board of Periodontology. He has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Dentistry, an organization that recognizes community leadership and seeks to advance ethics and professional excellence in the field.
Dr. Ettel endeavors to provide excellent care to his patients in a kind, professional manner, and focuses on providing care that is in line with the latest standards of evidence-based dentistry. He volunteers regularly at the Union Gospel Mission’s Dental Clinic.
Dr. Ettel and his wife, Diana, are the proud parents of three adult sons. He enjoys spending time with family, gardening, playing the guitar, and fishing.
Dr. Heller attended Louisiana State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He received a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Marquette University in 1989. Dr. Heller is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, and St. Paul District Dental Society.
Dr. Heller is proud to serve patients in the local St. Paul community with the help of his dedicated and experienced staff. Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, he offers expert care to you and your family. His team will give you a warm welcome and become an integral part of your ongoing dental health. Dr. Heller specializes in Invisalign- the clear alternative to braces, CEREC- one visit dental crowns, rotary endodontics, and all other dental procedures. Dr. Heller is a native of Peru and welcomes all Spanish speaking patients.
After graduating from Marquette Dental School, Dr. Heller accepted a four year commitment to the United States Navy. While serving our country, he had the privilege to participate in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. He met his wife, Mary, in dental school. She received her Master's degree in orthodontics and currently practices in Eagan and Cottage Grove. They are proud parents of two very active boys. Matt and Will are involved in multiple sports that keep them running all year. As proud parents, they race to attend most, if not all, of the never ending games.
Dr. Sam LaChance is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a degree in Zoology. He went on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and St. Paul District Dental Association. He has furthered his education with training in CEREC dentistry, offering patients esthetic porcelain crowns in one appointment.
Dr. LaChance focuses his practice on oral health education and makes it a priority that his patients understand the procedures they are having done. He enjoys meeting new patients and providing the highest quality dental care. He takes great pride in improving his patient's quality of life through necessary and esthetic dental procedures. He makes sure patients are comfortable and relaxed during each dental visit.
Dr. LaChance and his wife met in Northern Wisconsin on a water ski show team. These days they spend much less time building water ski pyramids and more time raising their two young daughters here in St Paul. Dr. LaChance enjoys fishing and water skiing in his free time.
Dr. Lee attended the City University of New York at Queens College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. In 1988, she graduated from the dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. The following year she attended the University of Minnesota and completed her residency in Advanced General Dentistry.
For the first ten years of practice, Dr. Lee maintained a small, solo suburban office in Mendota Heights. For the past 12 years she has been enjoying the many benefits of a large group practice at Associated Dentists in St. Paul. Dr. Lee is a long time member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association and the St. Paul District Dental Society. Over the years, she has been active in study clubs and meetings, taking advantage of many opportunities to further her education and experience.
Dr. Lee enjoys the variety that comes with general family practice. She has always focused on caring for her patients in the most respectful, gentle manner and taking the time to answer all their questions. She is skilled at relaxing the most anxious patients and is dedicated to making each experience in the dental chair a positive one.
Four children keep life outside the dental office very busy for Dr. Lee and her husband. They can often be spotted at a basketball, soccer or hockey game, or even a cross country meet with the Henry Sibley High School fans. Yoga and reading help keep life in balance.
Dr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1977. He practiced general dentistry in Minneapolis for two years and since then has been here at Associated Dentists in St. Paul.
Dr. Miller has been a member of the St. Paul District Dental Society, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Miller strives to make his patients visits very comfortable and relaxed. He is a good listener and helps his patients understand their options and the treatment they choose. He works hard and takes pride in delivering the highest quality dental care. His dental skills include all facets of restorative dentistry, CEREC one-day ceramic crowns, exodontia, occlusion and TMJ consults, periodontal treatments, and cosmetic dental procedures.
Dr. Miller and his wife, Cathryn, have two children who have kept them busy for many years. The family is involved in church activities and sings in choirs. Dr. Miller loves the outdoors, takes care of the gardens and the house, and likes to bike, canoe, go boating, and hike in the woods.
Dr. Resch is a graduate of Gustavus Aldolphus College with degrees in both chemistry and psychology. Dr. Resch went on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery. He has been in private practice in the field of general dentistry since 1978.
He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the St. Paul District Dental Association, is an associate member of the Chicago Dental Society and a member of the Organization for Sterilization and Aseptic Procedures (OSAP), an international organization that emphasizes infection control in dentistry. Dr. Resch is past President of the St. Paul District Dental Society and holds several leadership roles with the Minnesota Dental Association.
In addition to serving in organized dentistry, he has lectured in the field of Infection Control and OSHA regulations, both regionally and at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in their Continuing Dental Education Program. Dr. Resch continues to strive for excellence in his profession through participation in continuing dental education and is dedicated to improving the oral and systemic health of his patients and transforming their smiles.
Dr. Resch's hobbies include sailing, hockey, and golf.
Dentists in Roseville, MN
Dr. Bosch graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Biochemistry. While at St. Thomas, he was team captain and Academic All-American on the baseball team. Dr. Bosch then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and the St. Paul District Dental Society.
Dr. Bosch focuses on listening to his patients and delivering a comfortable and pain-free dental experience. He enjoys learning the newest technology and techniques in family and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bosch performs all aspects of general dentistry including esthetic dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, CEREC crowns, implant dentistry, and endodontics.
Dr. Bosch and his wife, Jayme, enjoy staying active, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Dr. Bosch enjoys being outdoors and playing golf in his free time.
Dr. Shearen attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, where she majored in biology. She then went on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Upon completion of her DDS degree, Dr. Shearen entered private practice in the field of general dentistry.
Dr. Shearen is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association and the St. Paul District Dental Society. She frequently attends continuing dental education courses to advance her clinical skills and oral health knowledge in order to provide the best possible dental care each patient deserves.
Dr. Shearen focuses on comprehensive, quality care for patients of all ages. She values patient service and honest dentistry with a gentle touch. Always willing to take the extra time to listen, educate and encourage, Dr. Shearen will ensure that each patient understands the condition of their oral health and any procedures that need to be performed.
Dr. Shearen enjoys traveling, camping, cooking, and reading.