Meet The Staff

 


Sonia Barragan (dental assistant)

Sonia is Dr. Kristina’s phenomenal dental assistant who has amazing experience in her field, specifically through her time as a dental assistant in Illinois. She grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois but currently resides in Woodbury, Minnesota with her adorable dog, Emmie. She has a daughter, Betsy and a son, Fernando. Sonia loves to shop and when she is not shopping, she loves to shop more. Her favorite restaurant is The Cheesecake Factory and loves anything with sugar. Something that people do not know about Sonia is she has her own jewelry company called Emmie Rose where she designs custom jewelry. She and Dr. Schletty share the same birthday.

 


Tonja Bittorf (dental hygienist)

Tonja is one of the team members from Dr. Schletty’s time and is part of the original Monday and Thursday crew. Tonja and her husband, Chuck, live in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. She was born and raised in Comstock but graduated from Turtle Lake. She has three children, Shane, Jessica, and Ryan as well as a stepdaughter, Taylor and her son, Westyn. The kids keep her busy with sporting events and activities. They also have a black lab/heeler mix dog named Ranger. When she is not working, Tonja loves going out for dinner and having dessert. In the summer she loves laying on the beach and, in the winter, she enjoys snowmobiling and ice fishing. 

 


Sheri Rude (dental hygienist)

Sheri is also one of the team members from Dr. Schletty’s time and is with us each Monday. Sheri has been a part of the Dresser community for a long time but originally is from St. Paul, Minnesota. She and her husband, John, have three children together, Matthew, Michael, and Sarah. They also have two darling grandchildren, Aubrey and Stella. The family pup is Omar the “SheePoo”. When she isn’t working, Sheri loves to cook, kayak, cross country ski, and play with her granddaughter. She loves dark chocolate and having lunch at The Watershed Cafe. When she is not working as a dental hygienist, Sheri is also a realtor at Edina Realty.

 


Trudi Morse (dental hygienist)

Trudi is with our clinic four days a week from Tuesday until Friday. She is originally from Taylors Falls, Minnesota but now lives in Luck, Wisconsin. She and her husband, Jeff, have 6 children and 5 grandchildren. She loves her cat named Cooper, Mexican food, chocolates, a cold beer, and sweet wines. She has a wide variety of hobbies including riding motorcycles, anything outside, bonfires, breweries, wineries, RV’ing, being with family and friends, snowshoeing, and eating. One thing people don’t know about Trudi is that she went to Europe at just 16 years old to play concerts in 5 different countries.

 


Melissa Ward (patient coordinator)

Melissa is the smiling face you see when you walk in our front door. She welcomes patients on Monday’s and Thursday’s. Melissa and her way better half, Brad, live in Dresser. They have been staples of the community ever since they were born. They have four children, Carver, Lauren, Brooklin, and Morgan, as well as Gloria June (the cat) and Kipp and Oakley (their dogs). They love pizza and particularly enjoy Village Pizzeria in Dresser or Punch Pizza while in the metro. Outside of work, Melissa is a phenomenal scrap booker and photographer. She loves chasing around the kids. They love the outdoors and will often spend their time hiking or at the cabin on Deer Lake. 

 


Viktoriya Taskayeva (patient coordinator)

Viktoriya is originally from Russia, but moved to the US in 2002. She lived in Minneapolis, until moving to Dresser in 2021 to be closer to her boyfriend, Mitch. Together they have 2 cats (Paisley and Keiko) and the cutest little pup (Pixy). When she is not working, Viktoriya likes to spend time with her family and friends, cook new recipes, binge watch shows and movies, listen to podcasts, and she recently began making jewelry with polymer clay. She loves spending time up North and exploring new shops and restaurants. Her favorite food is anything that is spicy or involves seafood.  She would love recommendations on things to do in the area or great places to eat.

 


Jessica Stern (office manager)

Jessica and her husband, Andrew, live in Osceola. She was a southern MN girl, growing up in the small town of Truman. Her husband has worked at Bending Branches in town for almost 10 years so although they are new residents, they are not new to town. In their spare time, they enjoy kayaking, running, and hiking the waterfalls together. She knows sign language and loves to converse with people who know ASL. Jessica loves drinking coffee, reading books, putting together puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends. The community is very important to the two of them who both are passionate about the local trails and the Osceola Chamber of Commerce