Meet The Team

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.



Administrative Staff

Tammy is our financial coordinator and the smile at the front desk. Call and speak to her for your scheduling needs.

She has been with us since 2006 and has over 40 years of experience in the dental field specializing in the ever-changing world of insurance.

Tammy is married with 2 grown children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband in their retro RV. She also enjoys volunteering, thrifting/antiquing, kayaking and snowshoeing.


Administrative Staff

Patty is our Compliance Manager who has been with us since 2005. She is mostly behind the scenes but on occasions you may see her at the the front desk.

 ​She has 26 years of experience in the dental field. Starting as a Dental Assistant then transitioning to Administration.

Patty is married with 5 adult children and 13 grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, road trips and spending time with her family.


Licensed Dental Assistant

I have been in the dental field for 13 years, the last year has been spent with Rhode Island Dental and I love it! I work primarily with Dr. Hammon and we make a great team! My favorite part is working with the patients and making their visits stress free.

 I have 2 children, Kennedy(age 10) and Crisitan(age 9). In my spare time I love to travel, watch my kids play soccer/hockey/baseball/volleyball, craft, and go hiking/mountain biking with my children.


Licensed Dental Assistant

I have loved being a part of the group here at Rhode Island Dental, assisting the Doctors here since July 2018. I so enjoy the busy and family friendly atmosphere. 

I have 4 children and 7 grandkids. I have fun getting to take care of them and kidnapping them for the weekend. In my spare time I enjoy reading, knitting, cooking, painting,stained glass, and most needle crafts. In the summer I spend time working on my koi pond and gardens. 


Sterile Tech

Melanie is the Sterile Tech for Rhode Island Dental. She received her Sterilization Certification from Minneapolis College. She will also assist with front desk duties.

She lives with her 2 cats, Maggie and Zoey. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and traveling. She is pursuing her Degree in Dental Assisting.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Dina started her dental career in 1996. She attended the dental assisting program in Watertown, SD before enrolling in the dental hygiene program at North Dakota State College of Science. She then received her Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene at Metropolitan State University.

Dina prides herself on staying on top of the most current techniques, products used in dental hygiene and learning nutritional and systemic connections to oral health. It gives her great joy to be a part of such a great dental team at Rhode Island Dental.

She and her children enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, and playing board games. She enjoys spending time with family and friends in her downtime.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Jody received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. She has been our "permanent temporary" hygienist since 2001. Jody is committed to providing the best possible care to all of our patients at Rhode Island Dental.

Jody lives with her 14 year old Papillon puppy, Oscar Meyer. In her spare time, Jody works for a non-profit organization. When possible, she will take an occasional professional ballet, Pilates or yoga class, design jewelry, knit, and write.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Syrina is from the beautiful island of Jamaica. She moved away from her family over 10 years ago to study and become a Hygienist. She worked as a Dental Assistant for four plus years (2 plus at Rhode Island Dental) while waiting to get into the Dental Hygiene program at the University of MN, where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene.

Syrina and her family live in Apple Valley. She has 2 children with a 3rd on the way. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking authentic Jamaican food, and visiting her favorite city, Stillwater. In the winter she loves going home to Jamaica to visit family and escape the MN cold.


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