Dr. Jacob

Smestad

Dr. Jacob Smestad received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree (DDS) from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.  Soon after, Dr. Smestad joined his father-in-law, Dr. David Gunelson, at the current practice location in Hibbing and started becoming active in the Iron Range dental community.  When Dr. Gunelson retired in 2011, Dr. Smestad started North Star Dental Care and continues Dr. Gunelson's brand of comfortable and personalized dentistry.

 

Dr. Smestad is originally from a small town in southern Minnesota, called St. Clair, but the abundance of outdoor activities and nearby family in northern Minnesota attracted him to Hibbing.  Depending on the season he can be found biking, running, skiing, hunting, fishing and enjoying spending time with his wife, Sara, their three young children, William, Joseph and Maria and their yellow lab, Splash.

 

Dr. Smestad is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Northeastern District Dental Society and is on the Board of Directors of the local non-profit Northern Minnesota Dental.

Dr. Brekke

Hudelson

Dr. Brekke Hudelson received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 2017 along with her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.  Dr. Hudelson completed a general dentistry residency program at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center before joining North Star Dental Care in July 2018.

 

Dr. Hudelson is delighted to have returned to her hometown of Hibbing to practice dentistry with the incredible team at North Star Dental Care.  She is the daughter of Hibbing educators and graduated from Hibbing High School.  When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Hudelson spends her time with her family fishing, hunting, kayaking, capturing photos and enjoying the beauty of the northland.

 

Dr. Hudelson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Northeast District Dental Society.  She also sits on the board for Northern Minnesota Dental.  Lastly, she remains active in the field of dental public health by working with the Minneapolis-based non-profit, Ready, Set, Smile.



Our Team


Keri

Office Manager

 

Keri grew up near Virginia and has been working in the dental field for 20+ years. She is the first smiling face to greet you at North Star Dental Care. She keeps the office running smoothly with her managerial, reception and clerical talents. Keri enjoys interacting with each and every patient who walks through the door, and is especially good at making them feel comfortable when they arrive for their appointment. Keri received her degree in Dental Assisting from Hibbing Community College. In her free time, Keri enjoys camping, hiking, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and dirt and street bike riding. Certification: Licensed Dental Assistant



Leigh Johnson, Dental Hygienist, North Star Dental Care, Dr. Jacob Smestad DDS, Family Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, General Dentist, Hibbing, MN, Iron Range

Leigh

Dental Hygienist

 

Leigh is a Chisholm native who has been working as a hygienist for 4+ years. She received her Dental Hygiene degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth. Leigh enjoys meeting new people in our community and getting to know our patients on a personal level. When not keeping your smile in great shape, Leigh can be found hiking, fishing, and swimming, especially with Cooper, her Ivory Labrador Retriever. Certification: Registered Dental Hygienist  



Stephanie Krenz, Dental Hygienist, North Star Dental Care, Dr. Jacob Smestad DDS, Family Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, General Dentist, Hibbing, MN, Iron Range

Steph

Dental Hygienist

 

Stephanie is from Wheaton, a small community in Western Minnesota famous for farming and pheasant hunting. Stephanie is our newest hygienist at North Star Dental Care. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, and her Dental Hygiene degree from Lake Superior College in Duluth. Stephanie enjoys learning about the area and making her patients feel at ease. When not brightening your smile, Stephanie enjoys gardening, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, and any other activity that gets her outside experiencing the beautiful North-woods scenery. Certification: Registered Dental Hygienist



Hillarie Glad, Dental Hygienist, North Star Dental Care, Dr. Jacob Smestad DDS, Family Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, General Dentist, Hibbing, MN, Iron Range

Hillarie

Dental Hygienist

 

Hillarie is a Hibbing native, who has been working as a hygienist for 10+ years. Hillarie earned her Dental Assisting degree from Hibbing Community College, then went on to receive her degree in Dental Hygiene from Lake Superior College in Duluth. Hillarie enjoys working with and connecting with people from her hometown and the surrounding area. When not enhancing your smile, Hillarie enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, raising her two boys, and playing with her dog, Cash. Certification: Registered Dental Hygienist



Heather Seppala, Dental Assistant, North Star Dental Care, Dr. Jacob Smestad DDS, Family Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, General Dentist, Hibbing, MN, Iron Range

Heather

Dental Assistant

 

Heather grew up near Coleraine. After graduating from high school she continued her education at Hibbing Community College, earning her Dental Assisting Degree. Heather is friendly, well organized and works hard to make sure all patients feel comfortable and welcome. In her free time, Heather and her husband like to go hunting, snowmobiling, show horses, and go on walks with their two dogs. Certification: Licensed Dental Assistant  



Shauna

Dental Assistant

 

Biography Coming Soon!



Heather

Front Desk/Assistant

 

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