Front Office


Jami has been working with LifeSmiles Dental/Westridge Dental Center since 1984. She is a wealth of knowledge especially regarding dental insurance and plays an integral role in keeping LifeSmiles Dental running smoothly. Jami is very knowledgeable in answering questions regarding those confusing dental insurance plans and assists with maximizing your insurance benefits.

If you have insurance questions, Jami will find the answer. She is well known for her uplifting demeanor and enjoys helping patients have a pleasant dental experience.

Jami and her husband, Mike, have two adult children and three 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. Barb plays a vital role in overseeing and prescheduling your preventive care appointments as the office preventive care coordinator. 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 adult children and two granddaughters. Barb enjoys spending time with family and friends; reading; going to thrift stores, flea markets, and “junktiquing” shops.



has worked at LifeSmiles Dental/Westridge Dental Center since 1992.  As our veteran Patient Services Representative she is eager to assist existing and new patients, and provide them with exceptional customer service. Cheri also handles many of the ins and outs of our daily schedule, insuring that our days run smoothly. She greets you with a warm smile and is fully equipped to help you with scheduling, financials and more. Cheri strives to insure you feel comfortable and well cared for each time you visit our office.

Cheri and her husband Brad live in rural Fergus Falls.


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 married children and family continues to grow with grandchildren.  Sherri enjoys spoiling her grandchildren, spending time with family and friends, motorcycling, camping, church activities, and flower gardening.


Ellie joined the LifeSmiles Dental team in March 2015 as one of our patient relations specialists. She has extensive experience in customer service and office administration. When you are visiting LifeSmiles, she will be happy to help schedule your appointments and answer general questions about your insurance. Ellie is well known for her cheerful presence and bright smile.

“A person may forget what you did or what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel. I feel it is important that each patient I help knows that we appreciate their business and we are here to serve them and their dental needs.”

She and her husband, Jesse, reside in Fergus Falls with their little boy, Liam.


Sophia joined the Life Smiles Team in November of 2015. She grew up in Fergus Falls and graduated from FFHS – Go Otters!

After spending 5 years out of state she has moved back to enjoy the small town life with her family. She has been working in the health care field since 2008 as a certified nursing assistant, has supervised multiple health care homes and has worked as an office assistant in various settings.She is always ready with a smile and kind personality to help you at our front desk. When not working she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their two children.

retired from the Minnesota Judicial Branch after a 36 year career.  She wanted to supplement her time with something fun so joined the LifeSmiles dental team in October, 2016.  She is one of the cheerful smiles, and helpful attitudes, you will find at the front desk.  

 Jan and her husband Dave live on Swan Lake.  They are the proud parents of 3 married sons and grandparents to 9 grandkids.  She enjoys time with her family, activities on the lake, sewing, reading and traveling. 


Trista has been with LifeSmiles Dental since 2013. She has been a dental assistant for more than 10 years and currently works in the patient services department. Along with her years of customer service and dental experience, Trista will happily greet you and help with any scheduling needs. Trista and her husband live on a farm with their son.

 “My goal at LifeSmiles is to make patients feel comfortable and have a great experience! I absolutely love visiting and learning about each person that visits our office. I hope that I can be a part of making the scheduling, insurance, and financial process as simple as possible. If I can’t help you with your questions, I’m more than happy to find the right resource for you.”


Nicki joined the LifeSmiles Dental team in 2018. She has over 20 years of customer service experience and eagerly brings her smile every day. Aside from assisting you with your insurance and scheduling needs, she enjoys making people laugh and wants to make sure you have a great day. Nicki also owns the local business, Mimi Rae’s, and spends her spare time managing her product lines located at Beyond the Mitered Corners, The Boathouse in Battle Lake, and online.

Her husband, Dan, is a lieutenant on the Fergus Falls Fire department. Nicki and her family (Micah, Grace, and two dogs) are proud to be a fire-fighter family. She also keeps busy with her kids’ activities and hanging out with friends. Some of her favorite hobbies include repurposing furniture, attending flea markets, playing bingo, traveling, and planning community events.

Nicki tries to live by a quote from Maya Angelou, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and how you do it.” She is proud to be a part of the LifeSmiles team and is ready to help you when you arrive.