Meet the board
Bill Heitzman, President
Bill Heitzman, ADT, currently practices at True North Community Dental Clinic located in Shakopee, Minnesota. This newly formed clinic uses an innovative model featuring an advanced dental therapist as the primary care provider working under general supervision of the collaborating dentist. The clinic exclusively serves patients who are insured through Minnesota Health Care Programs or are uninsured.
Before that, he practiced in rural Grand Marais, Minnesota. As he lived and worked, he found a sense of satisfaction by making relationships and providing care in the community. He also participated in research made possible by the Delta Dental Foundation of Minnesota documenting the impact of integrating a dental therapist into a solo rural private practice. Another contribution he made was with the Oral Health Task Force, a local non-profit that won the MDH Rural Health Team award for its efforts to improve the oral health of children through community oral health efforts.
He earned his Master’s degree in Dental Therapy from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2012 after working in industry and as a teacher.
Some of his favorite things to do in life are to bike to work, drink really good coffee, spend time with his family doing anything and everything active.
Jodi Hager, Immediate Past President
Jodi is a 2011 graduate of the Dental Therapy program at Metropolitan State University, and a graduate of the dental hygiene program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She also holds an AAS degree in dental assisting from Minnesota West CTC-Canby. Jodi works as a dental therapist for Apple Tree Dental, a non-profit clinic dedicated to providing quality care to underserved populations. She received her certification as an Advanced Dental Therapist in 2013 and became the third Advanced Dental Therapist in the country. As a collaborative hygienist, she developed and implemented the Madelia Smiles program, a school program that provides preventive dental services to children on site. She has served as adjunct faculty for the dental hygiene program at MSU, Mankato and has worked in private practice clinics throughout southwest Minnesota. Jodi also represents the Minnesota Dental Therapy Association on the Health Professional Human Services Advisory Board and for the Minnesota Board of Dentistry meetings. She sits on the Minnesota State University Dental Hygiene Advisory Board, where she has served since 2014.
A strong advocate of patients and the right to quality dental care, she has sat on panels and spoken at various events for the past couple of years, promoting the profession of dental therapy and the utilization of dental auxiliary to help address access to care issues. She plans on continuing her work as an Advanced Dental Therapist at Apple Tree Dental.
She and her husband currently reside in New Ulm, MN, and she has one daughter who attends MSU, Mankato.
Drew Christianson, Vice President
Drew Christianson earned his Master in Dental Therapy from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, and also completed the Advanced Dental Therapy Certificate Program at the School of Dentistry. As a practicing Advanced Dental Therapist, he has been involved in multiple practice types including private practice and large group clinics providing care for a variety of patients. He currently is practicing as an Advanced Dental Therapist in the Metro Area in a private practice.
Mr. Christianson joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2014. At the University, he is involved with engaging and teaching students in dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene in preclinical and clinical settings as well as the classroom
In his spare time, Mr. Christianson enjoys taking vacations with his wife and three children, attending sporting events, and being involved in his church.
Sheri Solseng Trif, Treasurer
Sheri Solseng Trif, BSDH, MSADT believes in improving oral health access for members within a community. With 20 years of experience as a dental hygienist, Sheri’s professional growth as a dental therapist further expands her role to improve oral health. In May 2016, she graduated with a Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy from Metropolitan State University. Sheri’s experience as a dental professional has provided care for both rural communities and urban areas with diverse populations emphasizing education, prevention and restorative procedures. Her career has brought her into settings such as Long Term Care facilities, Head Start, WIC, mobile clinics, and public schools where she has provided oral health education and dental care. Sheri is employed by Dental Associates in Savage where she provides quality and affordable care for patients who travel near and far to access dental care.
Sheri lives in Chaska with her husband and three children. Together they enjoy the great outdoors along with trips to her home state of ND.
Karen Bohnen, Secretary
Karen Bohnen is currently working as an advanced dental therapist at Dental Associates in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated from the dental therapy program in December of 2014 from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Karen volunteers through Common Hope, an organization that promotes hope and opportunity by partnering with families and communities to improve their lives through education, healthcare, and housing. Through this organization, she travels to Guatemala once a year to provide dental services and help improve the oral health of families affiliated with Common Hope. She sits on the School of Dentistry Alumni Society board as a dental therapy representative. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Minnesota Dental Therapy Association. Karen resides in Maplewood, Minnesota.