Pediatrics Team

Meet Our Team

Nathaniel Cook DDS pediatrics
Dr. Nathaniel Cook
Director of Pediatrics
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Cook joined Apple Tree Dental in 2018, and in early 2021 became Apple Tree’s Director of Pediatrics.  Dr. Cook believes all children, regardless of circumstances or abilities, deserve access to high quality, personalized, and compassionate dental care.   He believes it is critical to understand the unique needs of each child, and ensure that parents and caregivers are involved in the care process of their children.  He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Quentin Knutson DDS pediatrics
Dr. Quentin Knutson
Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Quentin Knutson joined the Apple Tree Dental team in mid-2021.  He believes all kids have tremendous potential and he enjoys teaming up with families to help their kids reach this potential.  Dr. Knutson is compassionate and aims to treat all children the way he would want his children treated.  And, he sees treating children and patients with disabilities as a great responsibility and privilege.  He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 

Heather Luebben ADT
Heather Luebben
Advanced Dental Therapist

Heather was one of the first Dental Therapy program graduates in the state of Minnesota and has been with Apple Tree Dental since 2008.  Heather has been a crucial member of the pediatric team, helped develop Apple Tree Dental’s Teledentistry program, and helps educate and oversee clinical rotations for Dental Therapy students.  She enjoys using her preventive and restorative dentistry skills to help patients improve their overall oral health.

Licensed Dental Hygienist

Valerie has been with Apple Tree since February 2018.  She loves working with her hands, and she enjoys teaching kids about how to keep their mouths healthy.  She can’t wait to take a look at your teeth!

Pediatric Licensed Dental Assistant Supervisor

Alisha has been with Apple Tree since April 2013 and has her Sedation Monitoring certification. She loves watching kids overcome their fear and accomplish their treatment needs.  She is very adaptable and has a special talent working with children!

Chandra Stapher
Chandra Stapher
Office Manager

Chandra started working for Apple Tree Dental in September 2004. She enjoys building strong relationships with our patients and their families and watching them develop trust in our staff.  Chandra is passionate about Apple Tree’s mission and the impact on the community.  Outside of work, she spends most of her time with her husband and two children.

Pediatric Specialty Care Coordinator

Stephanie has been with the Apple Tree family since February 2020.  She enjoys partnering with parents to complete the best treatment for their children while making the dentist a fun, safe, and stress-free place for their kids.  She is a joyful person who loves to make others laugh and loves to show off her office plants.

What Makes our Pediatric Specialty Care Team at Apple Tree Dental Unique?

Our team of pediatric care providers are passionate about providing the best, safest, and most compassionate care for children.

We use a team-based approach for your child’s care, which helps us:

  • prepare for your visit and better understand the unique needs of your child
  • schedule you as soon as possible with the appropriate team member

In addition to two Pediatric Dentists, our Pediatric Team includes an Advanced Dental Therapist, a Licensed Dental Hygienist, and multiple Licensed Dental Assistants.  These team members have pursued continuing education and extra training, and have extensive experience working with children and their families.

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