Our River Valley Dental Practice

Consistently providing friendly service and a comfortable dental experience in Mankato.

Your Caring Mankato Dental Team

Dedicated to making our patients smile everyday.

Tamara Gibson, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Tamara received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. Tamara has four years of experience as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and as a Clinical Instructor at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Dental Hygiene Programs.

She enjoys getting to know patients and making them feel good about their smiles.

Tamara grew up in Mankato and currently resides in North Mankato with her husband, Shane, and their son, Archer. Off the clock you will find Tamara spending time with her family and friends, walking their dog “Bro,” enjoying concerts, plays, and movies or planning their next trip.

Lyndsay Pick, RDH

Dental Hygienist

Lyndsay joined the River Valley Dental team in 2009 as a Dental Hygienist and Business Assistant. She graduated with a Dental Hygiene Degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Continuing education courses are a priority and she highly values learning updates in the dental field.

Lyndsay grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and enjoys trips back to visit family. She and her husband, Scott, currently reside in North Mankato and welcomed their first daughter, Kenley, in April 2014. In Lyndsay’s spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, friends, and dog “Roxie,” cooking and crafting.

Janessa Bakken, LDA

Dental Assistant

Janessa graduated from South Central College Mankato with a Dental Assisting Degree in May 2014. During her schooling, she worked at a dental practice developing her skills and knowledge in the dental field.

Janessa has a very friendly, outgoing personality and enjoys getting to know each one of our patients. She currently lives with her husband Randy in St. James and plans on moving to Mankato in the future. In her spare time, Janessa enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and watching movies.

Jessica Linde

Office Manager

Jessica attended Minnesota State University, Mankato with a focus on Pre-Dental Hygiene and Community Health. She has worked in the dental field since 2000 and loves to interact with our patients and make the dental experience as pleasant as possible. She also enjoys seeing a patient get the treatment they need and be able to smile again!

She always wanted to be a hygienist when she grew up. After starting the prerequisites in school, Jessica realized she had a passion for the dental field but did not like spit. So she pursued a career as an office manager instead.

Jessica is an active member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers (AADOM) and is currently a board member of a local administrative dental study group (Behind the Smile).

Jessica graduated from St. Peter High School and currently resides in Mankato with her husband, Rick, son, Mason, and daughter, Brooklynn. When she is not troubleshooting insurance claims or streamlining doctor-patient communications she can be found in her kitchen or at a country music concert.

Erin Cheney

Business Assistant

Erin graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She joined River Valley Dental in September 2015 as a Business Assistant. Greeting patients, answering phones, working with insurance companies and managing River Valley Dental’s social media presence are a few of Erin’s responsibilities.

Erin grew up in Northfield, MN and currently lives in Mankato with her fiance, Richard. In her spare time she enjoys painting, reading, going to movies and the theater, watching Netflix and spending time with her two cats, Spyro and Lola.

Caitlin Ziesmer, LDA

Dental Assistant

Caitlin grew up in Cleveland, MN and currently resides in St.Peter with her daughter, Aubrey, and her cat, Archie.

She graduated from South Central College in Mankato with a Dental Assisting Degree in 2012 and interned with River Valley Dental in 2012 before returning as a full-time Dental Assistant in April 2017. Her five years of dental experience along with her friendly and outgoing personality helps patients feel welcomed and relaxed. Caitlin loves seeing people happy with their smile after treatment is finished.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, Pinterest projects, fishing, and rollerblading.

I normally do not like going to the dentist, but the staff take good care of me and have always addressed all my concerns. I love my dental hygienist! She is so good at what she does and I have never had any problems! Dr. Pooley is an excellent dentist and I would recommend him to anyone!

Heidi S. (Actual Patient)

Feel Right At Home

From modern technology to cozy comforts - we have it all!

Office Tour

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Clean, Sterilized Equipment

Everything we use is carefully prepared.

Comfortable Office

All our rooms combine a cozy feel with a modern design.

Modern Technology

Only the latest equipment and techniques are used at our office.

Welcoming Team

We all love our patients and make you feel like a VIP.

Top-class Patient Care

Trust in our advanced training and years of experience.

Fun for All the Family

Enjoy special offers and gifts for kids and adults.

Supporting Our Community

Happily we support the people of Mankato by taking part in various local events.

As a team, we enjoy being a part of the Mankato community. We love the people we serve and want all to attain premium healthcare. Therefore, supporting local charities and incentives is part of our office culture. To date, we have been involved in a number of local and national projects, including:

If you would like to support any of these organizations or events then please talk to a member of the team during your visit.

A drawing of a kid for our Mankato dental team

We Look Forward to Caring for Your Smile