Woodbury Dental Care
A Great Dentist

Meet the Team at Woodbury Dental Care

At Woodbury Dental Care, Drs. Michael Pelke, Emily Wernberg, Stephanie Wenzel, and David Augustson carry on the proud tradition started at this office by Dr. Kyle Edlund in 1989. We are committed to practicing the golden rule and treating patients as we want to be treated. In other words, we provide each patient with the same respect, kindness, and high-quality dentistry that we expect for ourselves and our families. 

Our amazing team is dedicated to providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience from the moment our patients walk through our doors. Many of us have been working here for decades and still bring energy and enthusiasm to our jobs because we love serving the patients who are like family to us. 

We have seen many of the same faces for years and love catching up with them to see what’s been happening in their lives. Our new patients soon learn that they are also valued members of our extended dental family. 

Through high-quality dentistry and individualized treatment, we would love to show you how improving your oral health can enhance your entire outlook on life. Our dentists have over 50 years of combined experience, and their interest in the latest dental techniques and technology ensures that you receive world-class modern dentistry.

Our amazing team of dentists, hygienists, assistants, and front office staff look forward to welcoming you soon. Until then, please take a few minutes to get to know us.

Dr. Michael Pelke

Dr. Michael Pelke is the sole owner and most senior dentist at Woodbury Dental Care. He started in private practice in 2002 and teamed up with Dr. Kyle Edlund in 2004. Together, they grew the office from seven operatories to the seventeen we have today. Dr. Pelke strives to be a caring and compassionate provider and enjoys spending time with his patients and listening to their stories.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dr. Pelke grew up in Rochester, where he attended John Marshall High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University and earned his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Minnesota.

Outside the office, Dr. Pelke is a committed family guy, and he and his wife, Jill, recently celebrated 20 years together. With two children in college and one in high school, the Pelkes can often be found at local sporting events and activities.

Dr. Emily Wernberg

Dr. Emily Wernberg was born and raised in Eagan, Minnesota. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and biology. She decided to continue her education at a rival school, where she became a Minnesota Gopher and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Wernberg joined Woodbury Dental Care in 2016.

Dr. Wernberg is passionate about dentistry because it allows her to alleviate pain, prevent disease, and improve smiles. She strives to get to know her patients and their unique situations to develop an individualized treatment plan with their concerns in mind.

Dr. Wernberg lives in Woodbury with her husband, Luke, and their two boys. They love exploring Woodbury and all that the surrounding areas have to offer. When not in the office, Dr. Wernberg enjoys being with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and being active.

Dr. Stephanie Wenzel

Dr. Stephanie Wenzel is a third-generation dentist who, along with her father and grandfather, attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. While at the School of Dentistry, she first realized the enjoyment of building friendly and professional relationships with patients based on trust and honesty. Her goal is to provide patients with the best care possible and put them at ease, especially those traditionally fearful of coming to the dentist.

Dr. Wenzel grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota, where she developed an appreciation for the outdoors. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, biking, and boating. Dr. Wenzel has called Woodbury home for the past 12 years and has raised her identical twin girls, Abby and Ella, here.

Dr. David Augustson

Dr. David Augustson was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Before attending dental school, Dr. Augustson worked as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, investigating enamel erosion. He continued on at the University of Minnesota to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. After graduation, Dr. Augustson completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Washington in Seattle before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he practiced for three years while his wife trained at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Augustson moved back to Minnesota in 2018 when he and his family settled in Woodbury. After practicing in Burnsville for over two years, he joined Woodbury Dental care in 2021. He is thrilled to serve the same community that he calls home. 

Dr. Augustson strives to be an empathetic and caring provider while always maintaining a positive attitude, strong attention to detail, and commitment to lifelong learning. He loves the variety of ways that general dentistry can profoundly impact his patients' lives.

When not in the office, Dr. Augustson enjoys spending time with his wife, Neli, and their two kids, William and Eloise. His favorite hobbies include cooking, watching sports, and long-distance running.

Amanda

Office Manager

A New Jersey transplant, Amanda now calls Woodbury home. She has been working in the dental field since 1989, and even before joining our office staff in 1998, she was a WDC patient! 

Amanda's role as our office manager is to assist patients with their treatment plans, benefit questions, and financial options. Amanda says WDC is not a traditional dental office but has a fun, relaxing atmosphere that patients respond to. 

The most satisfying part of her job is making personal connections with patients and catching up with them at least twice a year! She also loves seeing the results of larger cosmetic cases from start to finish. 

Amanda enjoys dining out, reading, and spending time with friends and family and her granddog, Pork Chop George. 

 “We all care about our patients and are interested in their dental health. We try to make their experiences here extremely comfortable.”

 

Julie

Financial Coordinator

Julie assists patients with their treatment plans, benefit questions, and financial options. She has worked at WDC since 1995 and says coming to work here is like getting together with good friends. This mother of four and grandmother of five especially loves seeing all the kids who love to come to the dentist.

“This is the best office I have worked at in all my years in dentistry. We offer patients leading-edge dentistry in a family-like atmosphere."

Jen

Patient Services Coordinator

Jen strives to welcome everyone with a happy smile and a warm heart. She graduated from Herzing College as a registered dental assistant in 2008, making her uniquely qualified to answer any questions regarding treatment. 

Jen also enjoys helping patients schedule appointments and navigate their dental insurance and benefits. Her favorite part of the job is welcoming new patients, taking care of existing patients, and seeing all the beautiful smiles we create. 

Jen lives in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, with her husband, Antonio, and their two children, Brody and Elle. She enjoys spending time with her neighbors, watching her son participate in sporting events, cheering on the Chicago Bears, and loving on their Frenchie named Taco.

"I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of Woodbury Dental Care and call the staff here my dental family. I look forward to meeting all the new patients that come to WDC." 

 

Breanna

Treatment Coordinator

Breanna graduated from the dental assisting program at Century College in 2009. She joined WDC in 2020 as our treatment coordinator, where her role is to review treatment plans with patients, schedule appointments, and answer financial questions.

The thing Breanna enjoys most about her job is using her clinical knowledge to help patients explore their treatment options to achieve their oral health goals.

Breanna grew up in Roseville, Minnesota, and now resides in Somerset, Wisconsin, with her husband, two boys, and three cats. They enjoy camping together and spending time outdoors with friends and family.

Jill

Patient Coordinator

Jill graduated from Lakeland Dental Academy’s assisting program and has worked in the dental field since 1988. She joined the WDC team in 2022 as our patient coordinator, and hers is one of the first smiling faces you’ll see when you come to our office. Her favorite part of the job is meeting new people and helping them feel comfortable.

Jill enjoys spending time with her two boys and likes exploring parks and biking. 

Jean

Licensed Dental Assistant

Jean has been a dental assistant since 1986 and joined us at WDC in 2000. She assists the dentists in all aspects of the practice, including lab cases and post-treatment patient care. A mother of two and proud grandmother of four, Jean commutes from Marine on St. Croix but says she would happily do a much longer commute just to work at WDC.

Jean describes the atmosphere as very upbeat, where people genuinely enjoy one another as friends and co-workers. It is an atmosphere and attitude that patients enjoy and feel a part of.

“The most satisfying part of my job is ensuring the comfort for our patients and seeing how much they appreciate the way they are treated and the positive changes we can make in their lives.”

Riley

Licensed Dental Assistant

Riley completed one of her internships at Woodbury Dental Care through Century College's Dental Assisting Program. She joined WDC in 2016 following her graduation. Riley has now become the lead dental assistant for the office. She enjoys getting to know patients and providing comfort throughout each dental visit.

Riley grew up in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and volunteering in humanitarian efforts around the world. 

"I appreciate the environment Woodbury Dental Care has created for patients to feel comfortable and cared for. My goal has always been to help others. I find it very rewarding seeing a patient smile after treatment." 

Tonia

Licensed Dental Assistant

Tonia has been assisting since 1996 and joined the WDC team in 2017. Tonia, a native of the northern Minnesota/Canadian border town of Roseau, now resides in Stillwater with her family.  She enjoys traveling and following her kids with hockey.

 "I have always been fulfilled by taking care of patients needs in the dental field. WDC provides outstanding care with the latest modern technology yet provides a unique,  charming environment to patients. I am grateful to work with such a professional, supportive team. It has been a joy meeting the patients of WDC."

Jami

Licensed Dental Assistant

Jami is a dedicated assistant who joined the WDC team in 2017 and strives to put a smile on your face. She grew up in the small town of Rush City, MN, and now resides in St. Paul Park, MN, with her husband, Greg, and their two dogs, Finn and Chevelle.

Jami enjoys working on house projects with her husband, trips to the dog park, and spending time with family.

"I have always had an interest in the dental field. I feel blessed to be working my dream job in a wonderful dental clinic that puts patients first. I truly enjoy being a part of the WDC team."

Denise

Licensed Dental Assistant

Denise started her dental career 20 years ago following her graduation from Lakeland Medical Academy. Her passion is to educate her patients on their dental needs and make sure they are comfortable throughout each visit.

Denise grew up in Maine but moved to Minnesota years ago and now makes her home in Woodbury, MN. Denise has two daughters who are recent college graduates. She enjoys exploring Minnesota and Wisconsin's countryside and making jewelry. 

"I am so excited to be part of WDC and I can't wait to meet everyone. It's such an honor to be able to work for such wonderful and fun doctors."

Ashley

Licensed Dental Assistant

Ashley completed the dental assisting program at Dakota County Technical College in 2014. She loves the family atmosphere at WDC and says the best part of her job is you! Ashley also enjoys meeting and getting to know each patient. 

When not in the office, Ashley can be found outdoors with her husband and two children spending time at the lake and hiking. 

Kylie

Licensed Dental Assistant

Kylie attended Century College in Mahtomedi, Minnesota and graduated from their dental assisting program in 2018. She joined WDC in 2021 and is a great fit as she enjoys a fast-paced environment and staying busy. Kylie finds it very rewarding to get to know our patients and ensure that they have a great dental experience. 

Her role is to assist the dentists in restorative procedures and prepping Invisalign and dental implant cases. Kylie loves the variety of dental procedures WDC offers and helping patients through each appointment. 

Kylie is a resident of Somerset, Wisconsin, and enjoys time with her fiancé and two dogs, decorating her home, and doing landscaping. She also loves spending time outdoors and weekends at the lake.

"I'm very grateful to work in an office where everyone is family, and where patient care is everyone's main goal."  

Kia

Licensed Dental Assistant

Kia attended Century College in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, where she graduated in 2019. She started with WDC in 2021, and her duties include assisting the dentists in restorative procedures, taking x-rays, performing coronal polish, and sterilization.

Kia enjoys getting to know patients personally and sharing experiences while educating them on oral healthcare.

In her free time, she enjoys relaxing at home while binge-watching shows.

Cheryl

Licensed Dental Assistant

Cheryl attended Dakota County Technical College for her assistant training in Rosemount, Minnesota. She graduated in 2020, and in 2021, she joined the WDC dental team.

Cheryl's responsibilities include assisting the dentist chairside in restorative procedures, taking x-rays, and performing sterilization and coronal polishing. Cheryl finds that the most rewarding aspect of her job is making personal connections with patients while helping them have the best dental experience possible.

When she’s not busy helping patients, you’ll find Cheryl relaxing at home with her two cats, Luna and Kiki, or spending time with friends and family.

Alyssa

Licensed Dental Assistant

Nancy

Registered Dental Hygienist

Nancy grew up in the cold environs of International Falls but loves the warmth and camaraderie she finds every day at WDC. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and joined the WDC team in 2000.

Nancy enjoys helping patients achieve optimal oral health and takes pride in making their visit a positive experience. In addition to her duties as a hygienist, she stays busy with continuing education. Nancy has also been involved in most of WDC’s humanitarian programs and has participated in focus panels for 3M’s dental division.

 “I take great pride in working with patients of all ages to develop a personalized home care routine that works for them to keep their teeth healthy for a lifetime.”

Trisha

Registered Dental Hygienist

Trisha grew up in Chaska, Minnesota, and has been in the dental field since 2002. She graduated from Lakeland Dental Academy and assisted a local orthodontist for over six years, which provided several years of experience in patient care.

Since then, Trisha has furthered her education and returned to school to pursue a career in dental hygiene. She graduated from Century College and joined WDC in the spring of 2013.

Trisha and her family reside in Woodbury and are big hockey fans. She enjoys spending time with her husband, John, and her two boys, Samuel and Zachary. They enjoy spending time together at their family cabin in northern Minnesota.

Katie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Katie's dream was always to work in the dental field. Growing up as a patient of Woodbury Dental Care truly inspired her to achieve her goal. She first joined our practice in 2009, working in the sterilization area and assisting.

Following her dream, Katie continued her schooling and graduated from the Argosy University dental hygiene program in 2013. She was welcomed back to WDC to join the dental hygiene team.

Katie is the mom of two boys and enjoys checking out all the fun kids' parks throughout the Twin Cities.

"Woodbury Dental Care has always been home, from taking care of me as a child to welcoming me to their team. You really can't go wrong in the hands of anyone here."

Nichole

Registered Dental Hygienist

After graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Nichole joined our dental team in 2018. She was excited to join the WDC staff because of the caring team and fun, comfortable, and positive environment. She enjoys making personal connections with her patients and celebrating improvements in their oral health.

Her duties as a hygienist are to clean patient's teeth and educate them on the health of their mouth. Nichole also provides periodontal therapy, taking x-rays, and fluoride applications.

Nichole grew up in Oakdale, Minnesota, and recently moved to Cottage Grove. She is married and has three kids and a yellow lab named Remi and enjoys shopping, boating, and spending time with friends and family. 

"I have always loved teeth and enjoyed helping others. It makes my job even more rewarding to see the smiles on patients' faces after treatment."

Jamie

Registered Dental Hygienist

Jamie is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Dentistry, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene. She joined the WDC team in the fall of 2018. 

Having grown up here and falling in love with the community, Jamie and her high school sweetheart have made Woodbury a forever home for their family. Together, they enjoy attending concerts, sporting events, and exploring the great outdoors.

"I am excited to demonstrate my passion for healthy mouths by creating a comfortable, caring, and positive environment for all my patients."

Paige

Registered Dental Hygienist

Paige attended Herzing University, where she graduated in 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She joined the WDC team in 2018, and as one of our skilled hygienists, Paige performs teeth cleanings, applies fluoride, takes x-rays, and enjoys educating her patients on their oral health. Her favorite part of the job is making personal connections and cracking jokes to put her patients at ease.

In her free time, Paige enjoys the outdoors and patio season.

Laura

Registered Dental Hygienist

Laura strives to connect with each patient while providing a gentle and thorough cleaning appointment. She was born in St. Paul and graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental Hygiene program in 2007. After living in Phoenix, Arizona for 13 years, she is happy to be back in the Twin Cities.

Laura and her husband and son now make their home in Woodbury. When not spending time at the family cabin on Madeline Island, she enjoys taking on home improvement projects.

"I feel grateful to work in an office where the staff and patients are treated like family. I look forward to continuing that tradition." 

Kayla

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kayla grew up in Woodbury and was a patient at WDC. In her sophomore year of high school, she decided that she wanted to be a dental hygienist and therefore chose to study at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota, for their dental hygiene program.

When asked where she wanted to work after she finished school, she always responded, "somewhere like my office back home," but, she never thought she would actually get the opportunity to do just that. After graduation from MSU in May of 2021, she accepted a position with Woodbury Dental Care. Kayla is so excited to begin her career serving the community she grew up in. 

Kayla will be getting married at the end of the year to her fiance, who just accepted a job with the Minnesota Vikings. They are excited to begin their lives together back home in Minnesota after four years of long-distance during college. 

"Sure, you can get your teeth cleaned anywhere. But Woodbury Dental Care is unmatched when it comes to their friendliness, patience, and willingness to serve you. Trust me, I've experienced it first hand!" 

Liz

Registered Dental Hygienist

Alex

Clinical Coordinator

Alex is a New Jersey native and has been at WDC since 2010, expediting the flow of office functions and procedures. She also maintains the sterilization center, which ultimately ensures that our patients receive the very best in dental care and benefit from the safe, clean, and comforting environment that we provide.

Alex and her husband have three children.

A Healthy Smile Is Just a Click Away
If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (651) 739-7910
View the ADA Accessibility Statement