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Meet the Team of Gentle Dental Care

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Kendi works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


Kendra has been with Gentle Dental Care since the 1800s (just kidding- but it sure seems that way).  She actually started with us in 2001 and has enjoyed getting to know all of our patients over the years. Her and her husband Kyle have been married since 1989. She has two children, Collin and Bayleigh, and one adorable grandson Calvin. Outside of work you can find her spending time with her family, exercising, or being out on the lake.

Carol works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


In January 2019, Carol joined Gentle Dental Care. Carol brings with her many years of dental office experience. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their adult children, Taylor and Olivia, taking walks with her dog, Oscar (aka Puff), gardening, and playing musical instruments.

Brooke works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


As part of our expansion to our new office Brooke joined us in 2021 as the receptionist in our Durand office.  Brooke grew up in Durand and still calls it home with her husband Trevor, along with their two children Hadley and Eli.  Brooke has had many years in the dental field as she graduated from CVTC in 2003 with her Dental Hygiene degree so we are lucky to have her on the team!  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, concerts, yoga and the outdoors. They especially enjoy frequenting the Chippewa River during the summer months.



Nicole grew up in the Menomonie area and joined Gentle Dental as a hygienist in 2020.  Her favorite part of her job is joking and laughing with patients providing a positive dental experience in the dental chair.  In her spare time Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and kids.  Together they enjoy biking, kayaking and camping. As part of her bucket list, she plans to visit every National Park in the United States.

Nicci works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


Nicci (Niccole) grew up in Durand and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 1995. With over 26 years of experience, she still enjoys practicing. She and her husband Tony have two grown children, Andrew and Evan. Niccole enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs Holly & Lucy. She enjoys tropical fish keeping (two aquariums), gardening, camping, playing pool, fishing, turkey hunting, and playing cards. Together they also love going to RockFest each year along with other rock festivals and concerts.

Bethany works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


Bethany joined the Gentle Dental Care team in 2021 as a hygienist.  She received her associates degree in Dental Hygiene in 2019 from Chippewa Valley Technical College.  She enjoys educating her patients on how to achieve and maintain a healthy smile with compassion and no judgement.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing fetch with her dog Daisy, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kayla works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


Kayla has been an assistant since 2014 and joined the Gentle Dental Care team in early 2020. She grew up and still lives in Durand area—a community she loves to call home. She and her husband, Tyler, got married in 2017. In her free time she enjoys volleyball, boating, spending time with friends and family, golfing, and fishing.



Jenesa graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. She was an assistant at Gentle Dental prior to Dental Hygiene School Jenesa strives to collaborate with her patients to provide quality dental care and education in order to achieve a healthy smile and overall well being. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and attending sporting events with her boyfriend Carson. My dream vacation is to Hawaii.

Sandy works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1980 so I’ve seen many patients throughout my career! I have 2 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy four-wheeling, kayaking, and hunting. I also love bonfires and playing cards and once a year I take an international trip.

Amanda works in Gentle Dental Menomonie


Amanda grew up in Eau Galle, not far from Durand, and graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from CVTC in 2003. She joined our Durand team in early 2022 and believes in providing great, comfortable care individualized to each patient. She feels strongly that knowledge is power when it comes to oral health. She is really enjoying reconnecting with people from her hometown community. Amanda and her husband Paul enjoy watching their two children, Devin and Clare, participate in their local sports. Amanda also enjoys spending time with family, friends and the great outdoors!

Gentle Dental Care, the family dentistry in Menomonie, WI is a partnership between Emily Andre DMD, NMD, IBDM and Frankie Thatcher DDS.

Dr. Andre received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her DMD at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry. Dr. Thatcher is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Both are highly skilled and experienced dentists who are focused on serving the dental needs of every member of the family under one roof. They consider holistic dentistry practices like mercury-free dentistry and ozone therapy as extremely important to the patient-centered approach they have adopted at the practice.

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