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Meet our Team

Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring.
Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office.

LifeSmiles Dental Center Staff

Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate with our patients to provide the best care possible.

Dr. Todd McGovern


Dr. Todd McGovern was born and raised in Glendive, Montana. He attended Carroll College in Helena, Montana where he majored in biology and chemistry. He graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude. Dr. McGovern then studied at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated in 1987 with a doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.

After earning his degree he established a private practice in Huron, South Dakota providing family dentistry. He and his wife Stacy moved to Fergus Falls in 1989. They have two children, Matthew and Lauren. Dr. McGovern is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the West Central District Society.

Dr. McGovern consistently attends continuing education seminars on new dental technologies covering a wide range of topics, including advanced restorative and preventive care. His interest in cosmetic dentistry has been strengthened by several hundred hours of continuing education courses, including graduation in the inaugural class of Level I and II of the University of Minnesota Dental School Post-Graduate Program in Esthetic Dentistry. The University honored him as one of only twenty-one doctors to be awarded their Certificate of Achievement.

When not engaged in dentistry, Dr. McGovern enjoys family activities, reading, and running marathons. He has benefited from his involvement with several area volunteer organizations including the Lake Region Healthcare Foundation, YMCA, Dollars for Scholars, Kiwanis, coaching youth sports, and his church.

Dr. Todd's love of dentistry and patient care is evident in his commitment to the building of the new LifeSmiles Dental. "LifeSmiles' goal is to provide beneficial dental care in our state-of-the-art facility to help our patients achieve overall health and wellness. We all focus the practice on our patients concerns with our strongest asset being our experienced and caring team of dental professionals."


Dr. Michael J. AndrewsDR. MICHAEL J. ANDREWS

Dr. Michael Andrews was born and raised in Fergus Falls, MN He attended the Fergus Falls Community College, Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Andrews graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1993.

After graduating, Dr. Andrews practiced in the Twin Cities providing family dentistry in Columbia Heights and Cottage Grove. At the Cottage Grove clinic he gained experience in treating "TMJ" disorders and Craniofacial pain. He also volunteered for six years at The Community Clinic in Minneapolis providing care to uninsured/low income patients.

Dr. Andrews is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the West Central District Dental Society.

Dr. Andrews regularly attends continuing education seminars. Topics of interest to Dr. Andrews are Tempormandibular Disorders and pain management, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring, cosmetic dentistry, preventive care and dental emergencies. When not focused on dentistry and managing his dental practice, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather and their four children. His hobbies include hockey, boating, outdoor activities, and grilling/dining.

Dr. Andrews believes in, staying up to date on the latest technologies providing quality care in a relaxed atmosphere, and treating patients as he would himself or a member of his family. LifeSmiles commitment to patient care and wellness will keep you smiling for life.


Dr. Mitchell WellmanDr. Mitchell C. Wellman

Dr. Wellman is a native of Auburn, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in biological sciences. Dr. Wellman then studied at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, graduating in 2008 with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery.

After graduation Dr. Wellman completed a year of advanced training in a general practice residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Wellman spent time at the Veteran's hospital and University hospital treating a wide range of patients, both in a clinical setting and in the operating room. Dr. Wellman approaches dentistry with the philosophy of being a wound healer instead of just a person who repairs teeth. Dr. Wellman believes that overall health begins with a healthy mouth as people with a healthy dentition are generally in a state of good physical health.

Dr. Wellman is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the West Central District Dental Society. Dr. Wellman is also a member of the Heartland dental study club, which is currently one of the largest in the United States.

Away from the office, Dr. Wellman enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, and his two young daughters, Alexis and Cassie. He enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds including fishing, camping, hunting, and boating. Dr. Wellman has also started participating in triathlons of various distances, which includes swimming, biking and running. Dr. Wellman is excited to be a part of LifeSmiles Dental and the Fergus Falls community. He looks forward to meeting you at your next visit.


Dr. "Bud" MellonDr. "Bud" Mellon

Dr. "Bud" Mellon is a lifetime resident of the Fergus Falls area. He was born thirty miles southwest of Fergus Falls in Campbell, Minnesota. He attended Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota. He graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry in 1972.

A strong believer in continuing education, Dr. Mellon has taken many post-doctorate courses in cosmetic dentistry, emergency dental treatment, and preventive dentistry. He's a member of the Lake Region Hospital Dental Staff, the West Central District Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

When he's not practicing dentistry, Dr. Mellon is active in the community. He's a member of the First Lutheran Church and is also an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and motorcycling. He and his wife, Linda, have two grown daughters, Sarah and Erica.

Dr. Mellon believes it's important to make high quality dentistry available to all people by keeping current on the latest techniques and materials, as well as being accessible to working people who may find it difficult taking time to see the dentist.

He says, "We pride ourselves on being available for any type of dental emergency. Our goal is to help people achieve optimal dental health for their entire lifetime and make them secure in the knowledge that we'll always be there to serve them effectively and courteously."


Dr. Patricia KingstonDr. Patricia Kingston

LifeSmiles Dental is fortunate to benefit from the specialized services of Patricia Kingston D.D.S, M.S.

Dr. Kingston is our visiting periodontist. She practiced general dentistry in St. Paul and was on the faculty of University of Minnesota Dental School for 12 years before returning to further her education by graduating from the Department of Periodontology. Dr. Pat has accumulated many awards and honors during her dental career while remaining a strong believer in the value of continuing education.

Patients who previously had to travel out of town for implant or specialized periodontal care can now be treated here in our office. Dr. Kingston is skilled at all phases of perio care from examination and consultation to surgery. A special interest of hers is dental implant treatment planning and placement.

Dr. Kingston lives in Fergus Falls, with her husband Tom and big ol' dog Diva. Outside of dentistry, her passion is competitive ballroom dancing in which she owns a national title! Her other interests include sailing, reading & cooking.



Our Practice Administrator

Matt began working for LifeSmiles as the Practice Administrator in 2014, facilitating daily business operations and administrative duties ranging from financials to marketing. Matt strives to improve clinical efficiencies with the goal of optimizing patient care outcomes.

After graduating from Saint John's University in 2012 with a Bachelor's in business management, Matt lived in North Dakota developing a corporate housing company of which he remains a managing partner.


Front Office Staff
Our Front Office Team



Jami is the office manager and has been keeping LifeSmiles Dental / Westridge Dental Center running smoothly for over 25 years. She also works with your insurance company to get the most out of your benefits and enjoys helping patients have a pleasant dental experience.

Jami and her husband, Mike, have two grown children and 3 grandsons. She likes living on the lake, boating, walking and spending time with her family.


Barb has been working at LifeSmiles Dental / Westridge Dental Center since 1988. As the recall coordinator she has the vital responsibility of overseeing our preventative dental health department and scheduling our patients for their regular cleaning appointments. Her quick wit and fun personality are enjoyed by all.

Barb and her husband, Rick, live on a farm southwest of Fergus Falls. They have three grown children and one granddaughter. Barb enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, scrapbooking, and "junktiquing".



Cheri has worked at the front desk, welcoming and scheduling patients for more than sixteen years. It is her friendly voice you often hear when you call the office.

Cheri is married and has two grown children.


Sherri and her bright smile have been greeting patients and scheduling appointments for LifeSmiles Dental since 2001. She enjoys the friendships she has developed with coworkers and enjoys working with all of our patients.

Sherri and her husband, Dean, live near Dalton. They have four children: Justin (married to Sarah), Tia (married to Brian), Logan, and Cyndal (married to Alex). Grandchildren Kolby, Kamden, Elijah, Wendall and Konnie along with Sherri's brother, Josh, complete the family.

Sherri enjoys spending time with her family and friends, motorcycling, scrapbooking, church activities, and flower gardening.



Trista has been a dental assistant for the past seven years and received her dental assisting degree through Central Lakes College in Brainerd Minnesota. She grew up in Underwood and joined the LifeSmiles Dental Team in June of 2013. In addition to her dental assisting she will be helping with front desk duties such as answering phones, insurance and scheduling.

She enjoys, on her down time, to be with family and friends on the lake, shopping or reading a good book. Trista is excited to start her journey with the LifeSmiles staff.



Ellie joined the LifeSmiles Dental Team in March 2015. She resides in Fergus Falls with her husband, Jesse. You will find her cheerful smile at the front desk when you are in the office and she will be happy to help you in any way she can with your appointments.


Our Hygiene Team



Julie has been a hygienist at LifeSmiles Dental/Westridge Dental Center for sixteen years. Her years in dentistry have included dental hygiene education as well as clinical practice.

She enjoys working in her flower beds, reading, and all-around homemaking. Julie and her husband, Jim, especially enjoy family time with their grown children, Chad, Alisa and son-in-law Joe.

What does she like best about being at LifeSmiles Dental?

"I can honestly tell patients they are at a good office---one where the doctors treat staff and patients with respect and where high-quality care is given."

Bonnie has been a dental hygienist for sixteen years. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know all the patients. She has a gentle touch that is appreciated by all her patients.

She, her husband, Gary, and two children live in Breckenridge, Minnesota. Bonnie enjoys playing softball in the summer and volleyball in the winter. She is a Girl Scout leader and school superintendent at her church. Some of her favorite family activities include camping, fishing, biking, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling.


Shary has been practicing hygiene for over twenty years. Her experience and knowledge are appreciated by her patients.

She lives with her husband, Jeff, in the Campbell area, and they are involved in farming. They have two sons who are attending college.

"My goal is making people feel comfortable with their appointments and proud of their oral health."

Jennifer S.

After serving in the United States Air Force, Jennifer started working with Westridge Dental Center in 1996. She then received her dental hygiene degree from North Dakota State College of Science in 1999 and has worked in the dental hygiene department ever since. In 2006, Jennifer returned to college and finished her bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at North Dakota State University. Today, Jennifer continues to pursue her educational desires and has special interest in technical applications and interpersonal communications.

A variety of remodeling projects and athletic training keep Jennifer entertained throughout the year. She also balances time with her children and their activities, leisurely reading, and plays a round of golf occasionally. She and her husband, Soup, reside in Fergus Falls with their four children.

Jennifer is known for her gentle touch and enjoys the diversity the latest technology LifeSmiles Dental provides. She looks forward to helping you with your dental concerns.


Janice joined our team in 2007 with a dental assistant degree from Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Moorhead. She continued her education and received her degree in dental hygiene in 2010. Janice has a special interest in patient education. She feels your dental experience is a reciprocation of teaching as well as learning. Whether during your preventive cleaning or assisting with your restorative needs, Janice is eager to help with your dental questions and concerns.

During her spare time, Janice enjoys coaching for the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Lady Spartans basketball team and coaching a Junior Olympic Volleyball team in Underwood.


Jenny received her degree for Dental Hygiene from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead in 2007. She joined our dental team in 2009 and is very dedicated and concerned about patient health, including coaching her patients regarding their overall oral health.

Jenny grew up in Pelican Rapids, MN and is married with a son – Treyton. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.


Heather received her dental assisting degree from North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton in 2007. She worked for an orthodontist for 3 years before continuing her education. She earned her dental hygiene degree from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead in 2012. She joined the LifeSmiles Dental Team in August 2012.

Heather and her husband Ryan recently had a baby girl named Emery. She has brought so much love and joy to our lives. Heather enjoys reading, gardening, farming and spending time with family.

"My life time goal in Dental Hygiene is to help patients achieve oral health success - in and out of the dental office."


Sofia grew up in Garfield, MN. She received her dental hygiene degree in 2007 from Argosy University/Twin Cities. She worked at an office in Minnetonka her first 2 years of practice. There she learned valuable skills and new practices of dental hygiene that she's been able to carry along with her. Meeting, marrying her husband and moving to Georgia she continued practicing for the 3 years they lived there.

She and her husband Joel moved to Fergus Falls in June, 2012. They are proud parents to two boys. Sofia enjoys knitting, sewing, cooking and baking, outdoor activities and church activities.

She is so glad to work with the skilled team at LifeSmiles Dental and to help take care of patients' oral health needs. She has a gentle touch and a warm welcoming smile.


Diane started in our office the summer of 2014. She is an experienced, personable, dental hygiene professional with a work history across many different settings in Florida, North Dakota and Minnesota. She received her dental hygiene degree from North Dakota State College of Science in 1978 where she also met her husband Brad. They reside in Fergus Falls and are parents to three grown children.



Dental Assistants
Our Dental Assistant Team


Sue S.

Sue has been a dental assistant since 1975. She has been with LifeSmiles since 1998. She and her husband Tim have 2 sons and daughter-in-laws and 1 daughter. They love spending time at the lake during the summer months.

"I love my job - helping people achieve a healthy smile. I not only enjoy teaching our patients about dentistry, I also enjoy learning from our patients."

Sue B.

Sue has thirty-six years of experience in dental assisting; twenty-six of those years have been at LifeSmiles Dental / Westridge Dental Center. She strives to ensure a pleasant dental experience with her caring personality.

She and her husband, Tim, enjoy their two children, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Sue enjoys decorating, gardening, and cooking.


Nia graduated from dental assistant school in September of 1996. She has enjoyed working at LifeSmiles Dental since August of 1999. Nia's cheerful disposition makes each day a fun-filled experience for staff and patients.

She and her husband, Joel, live in Fergus Falls. They have two children, Logan and Avary. In her spare time, Nia enjoys taking naps, gardening, going to the lake, and playing with the kids.


Lynette graduated in 1975 from the Lakeland Medical & Dental Academy in Minneapolis. She has been a dental assistant for the past 34 years and for the past 19 years working for LifeSmiles Dental/Westridge Dental Center. The last year she has been assisting Dr. Wellman and loving it. Her big smile will tell you she is glad to see you and ready to help with your dental needs.

Lynette and her husband, Dennis, have two adult sons, Daniel and David. Lynette likes to read, bake, and scrapbook in her spare time.

She loves the new office and really enjoys working with all her fellow employees.


Jennifer has been a member of the LifeSmiles Dental / Westridge Dental Center team for almost eight years. She has worked in the dental field for a total of twelve years. Although she is an assistant, the majority of her duties involve sterilization and lab work. She enjoys spending time with her nephew and nieces, along with many good friends. Her interests include anything outdoors, especially basketball.


Allie joined the LifeSmiles Dental team May 2013 after receiving her dental assisting degree from the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton. Allie truly loves her dental assisting job and finds it very rewarding when patients have a great dental experience while at our office!

Allie is from the Rothsay, MN area and enjoys living the country life, farming with her family, and spending time enjoying the great Minnesota outdoors!

Future employee of LifeSmiles Dental.

Support  Staff

Our Support Staff
Heather, Rick, and Stacy

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