Alyssa grew up in Grand Marais, graduating from Cook County High School. After receiving her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2004, she joined her father, Dr. Rolf, in practicing dentistry. Alyssa took over the practice in May of 2008. Alyssa has three daughters; together the family loves sailing, swimming, traveling and adventures of all sorts. Her hobbies include astrology, fashion, knitting and sewing her own clothes. Professionally, Alyssa is a member of the ADA, MDA, NEDDS and AOS. She was instrumental in the creation of the Oral Health Task Force and continues to support their efforts as a board member and with her contributions of services. One thing Alyssa enjoys about dentistry is the ability to continue to learn and grow as dentistry evolves. Continuing education is an important part of professional development and Alyssa stays connected to dentistry through her love of learning. Alyssa loves working and living in Cook County, and every day is thankful for the opportunity to practice a profession she loves for a community she is proud to be a member.
Dr. Pat Pawlowski grew up in the Chicagoland area and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI to participate in their pre-dental program. He then went on to complete dental school at Marquette University School of Dentistry, where he was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the National Dental Honors Society. Dr. Pat is proud to be a fourth generation dentist, but broke with tradition by leaving Chicago after having spent most of his free time during school working in Minnesota’s beautiful lakes country. He is excited to be closer to the wonderful outdoor opportunities on the North Shore along with being closer to his twin brother in Duluth. He enjoys serving the community by helping people achieve their oral health goals.
Layne received her Dental Hygiene Degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth in 2001. She was then in one of the first graduating classes in a Restorative Function program from the University of Minnesota in 2002. Over the past 25 years Layne has, at various points, been involved in every aspect of the office. Layne loves taking yoga and she and Rolf take long walks almost daily. She also enjoys knitting, sewing, sailing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Bonnie has been practicing dental hygiene for almost 16 years. She moved to Grand Marais in 2016 from the Twin Cities. She splits her time between Grand Marais Family Dentistry as a hygienist and as the education Coordinator for the Oral Health Task Force. She loves spending time with her four wonderful children Sean, Aaliyah, Alonzo, and Eva. I also enjoy the outdoors and just being around the Big Lake.
Tonya grew up in Iowa. She has lived also in Minnesota, Massachusetts, and in the country Germany. She graduated with an AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene from Century Community College in White Bear Lake, MN. She has also attended Mount Ida Community College in Newton, MA for Dental Assisting and Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, IA for her Liberal Arts. She enjoys a variety of hobbies such as camping, roller blading, hiking, downhill skiing, watching movies, and traveling. She is very family oriented and comes from an extended family. She enjoys helping others and loves providing oral health services to her community.
Kristy graduated from Hibbing Community College with a degree in Dental Assisting. Kristy has been working at the office for the past 29 years. Kristy and her husband Craig, have a son and two grand-children. When not at work, Kristy spends her time traveling to Canada or their cabin, where she enjoys camping, snowmobiling, and spending time with her grandsons.
Cathy received her degree in Dental Assisting from Hibbing Community college. A native of International Falls, Cathy joined the office in August of 1997. Cathy and her husband, Dennis, have two adult children. Her greatest joy is being a grandma to Zachary, Leighton and Hailey. Cathy enjoys visiting her grandchildren and spending time with her husband. Cathy enjoys fishing, and is very active in water fitness and Zumba. Each summer, she grows tons of gorgeous tomatoes, vegetables and flowers!
Parinda moved to Cook County in 2018 to be closer to family. She received her BA in Communication Arts (Public Relations). Parinda has a passion for cooking and growing up in Thailand has given her an opportunity to share her food with the community. When she isn’t cooking, she spends a lot of her time playing pickleball at the local YMCA. She enjoys working at the dental office and is excited to further her education.
Melissa moved from Colorado to her husband’s hometown of Grand Marais in the fall of 2012, where they are raising their three boys. After working various jobs, she found her niche at the dental office in July of 2017. She has always had an interest in the medical industry and is excited to further her education. Melissa and her family have a love for the outdoors. They spend a lot of their free time hunting, fishing, hiking, swimming, and biking - anything that gets them outside.
Karina received her Bachelor’s degree in both music and math from Simpson College in 1996. She started in the reception area of the office in 2010. Karina is the primary musician at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and music director for the Grand Marais Playhouse. She sings in a jazz quartet and teaches piano lessons. Karina also enjoys landscaping and working with her socially challenged dog, Ruby.
Thomas grew up in the South, and attended universities in South Carolina and Louisiana for his undergraduate and graduate studies. He currently lives in Grand Marais, where he enjoys spending time with wonderful people, and playing music… y’all.