We recognize that all our young patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented dental team is committed to working with you and your child to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice.
We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.
Patient Coordinator / Dental Assistant
Brenda came to our practice in 1997 and has been in the dental field since 1987. She helps families with scheduling, coordinates treatment plans with parents, and assists at the hospital and in the office. She loves working with children and seeing the patients accomplish their treatment. She enjoys easing the minds of parents and their children with her smile and voice of encouragement. Her reward is seeing their smiles at the end of the appointment!
Brenda has been married to her husband Scott for more than twenty years. They have three boys — Adam, Collin, and Justin — all of whom keep them very busy, and a dog named Emily. Brenda loves spending time outside, camping, and flower gardening. Cooking is one of her great passions, and she loves to farm!
Cynthia assists Dr. Stephens with preventive care and procedures. She loves working with children, especially helping them to be calm and comfortable. Cynthia enjoys that our team works so well together to make the dental experience fun and positive for every child we meet.
Cynthia enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew and her two young daughters, Sadie and Madison.
Appointment Coordinator / Dental Assistant
Heather has been working in the dental field since 2000 and has been a part of Tailwind since 2014. Her role at Tailwind is helping families schedule appointments, setting up hospital anesthesia visits, coordinating insurance, and billing. She loves the variety in her job; at times, you may find her cleaning your child’s teeth as well! Heather enjoys working with children and their families and is proud to be part of such a dedicated and positive team.
When she’s not at work, Heather enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband Tim enjoy watching their daughter Claire participate in her love of sports. As a family, they enjoy being active outdoors, biking, running, and playing sports.
Treatment Coordinator / Dental Assistant
Kim loves children! She has been working in the dental field for nearly a quarter century. Her role at Tailwind allows her to interact with both parents and their children. Kim enjoys seeing a child that, at first, was scared to get his or her teeth cleaned, but ended up having a great time in our office. We all work together like family here, and Kim is a very special part of it.
Kim’s husband is Dustin and her son’s name is Tyler. The family also has a puppy named Arthur and a cat named Bella. They love to travel and spend time together with family and friends.
Nichole joined our practice in 2009. Her focus is preventive care and assisting with procedures. Her favorite part of dental assisting is hearing the children’s creative stories and witnessing a child who is nervous end up having a great time! She loves working with the Tailwind team because they are always smiling and having fun together.
Nichole lives in Cottage Grove with her husband James and her young daughter, Ava. She loves scrapbooking and being outside with family and friends.
Tammy has been with our practice since 2002 and has been in the dental field since 1990. She has experience with all aspects of pediatric dentistry, including assisting with procedures, placing fillings, and preventive care. She enjoys the challenge of working with children who think they “can't do it,” and helping them through the procedures so they “can do it!” She especially enjoys working with children with autism.
Tammy loves to travel and has two children that have made her very proud!
Amanda worked as a dental hygienist in general dentistry for more than 12 years before transitioning to the pediatric realm. With her gentle manner, Amanda provides patient care, including cleanings and radiographs, as well as education for patients and parents. Her goal is to see her patients’ smiles at the end of their appointments.
Amanda moved to Minnesota from North Carolina with her boyfriend Hunter, who is pursuing his PhD at the University of Minnesota. She spends her free time outdoors, hiking, and traveling.
Chelsey earned her dental hygiene degree from St. Cloud and joined Tailwind in 2015. She polishes her patients’ beautiful smiles and loves seeing happy kids leave her chair. Her favorite thing is getting to know her patients’ unique personalities. Chelsey enjoys our fun, friendly environment where everyone gets along really well and pulls together as a team for the benefit of our patients.
Chelsey was married in September 2017 and has one child and two dogs. She loves spending time with family and friends, and doing outdoor activities like walking and gardening.
Sarah loves working as part of the Tailwind team to create a truly special experience for our patients. She assists patients by scheduling appointments, coordinating insurance, setting up hospital cases, and managing our social media presence, and is always looking for new ways to customize our care.
When she’s not in the office, Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, and exercising, and loves her dog named Ralo.