Dental Staff

Dentist and Dental Staff Downtown Minneapolis, MN

All our professionals at Nicollet Mall Dental Arts maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

  • David A. Uppgaard, DDS

    Dr. David Uppgaard has a rich family history in the practice of dentistry and with the University of Minnesota. His father Richard, uncle Robert O. Uppgaard and grandfather Robert L. Uppgaard all graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Dentistry and practiced together in downtown Minneapolis for many years. Dr. Uppgaard has a distant cousin, Alfred Owre, who was Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Dentistry from 1905-1927. His oldest daughter, Rachel, is an Oral Surgeon at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

    Dr. Uppgaard graduated from St. John’s University in 1981 and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1985. From 1985-1986 he completed a hospital-based general practice residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. This program is well known nationally for its excellent care of patients with special needs.

    Upon returning to the Twin Cities, Dr. Uppgaard established his practice at its current downtown Minneapolis location and had the pleasure of working alongside his father for several years before he retired. During this time period, he served on the Executive Committee of the Minneapolis District Dental Society and for four years on its Peer Review Committee, including serving as a Vice Chairperson. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in the Department of Primary Dental Care and an Investigator for the National Dental Practice Based Research Network. He is the Past President of the Minnesota Academy of Comprehensive Dentistry.

    Dr. Uppgaard is a member of theAmerican Dental AssociationMinneapolis District Dental Society and the Minnesota Academy of Comprehensive Dentistry,

    Dr. Uppgaard has a special interest in providing dental care for the poor. For many years he has volunteered his services at the dental clinics of The Union Gospel Mission and Mary Jo Copeland’s Sharing and Caring Hands.

    In 2002, he received the Leading With Faith award, presented by The Catholic Spirit, for “Outstanding Catholic Business Leadership”.

    Dr. Uppgaard relishes the challenges and joys that come from research, teaching and performing cosmetic and implant dentistry.

    He and his wife, Marie, have eight children. Dr. Uppgaard is active in his church, exercises regularly and takes pleasure in his woodworking hobby creating Arts and Crafts style furniture.

  • Missi - Patient Coordinator

    Hello! I’m Missi. I am the Patient Coordinator at Nicollet Mall Dental Arts; I will be the person you talk to when you call to schedule your visits with us. I am also the insurance expert in the office. I started in dentistry shortly after high school, almost 20 years ago. I have worked in many offices and this is by far the most caring and upbeat office I have encountered. The laughter we share with our patients and each other makes this my home-away-from- home. It impresses me how thorough Dr. Uppgaard is when he communicates with our patients; he really takes his time explaining and involving them in their care.  He believes most problems can be solved in more ways than one and will present all options to our patients.  At NMDA the decisions our patients make are always well informed, ensuring high satisfaction. Make sure you read our great online reviews!

    My children and I moved back home to Minnesota after living down south for almost 6 years. In my free time I am often doing “mom things”, running around to games or pracitces.

    I very much look forward to hearing from you!

  • Keeley - Lead Hygienist

    Hi, I’m Keeley! I am the lead hygienist for Dr. Uppgaard. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. Currently, I am working on obtaining my Masters of Science in Dental Hygiene education through the U of M in hopes to teach dental hygiene students one day. Educating others has always been a passion of mine and I enjoy helping our patients understand their unique oral condition. I enjoy building relationships with our patients and helping them set individualized goals to achieve optimal oral health, which contributes to an improved quality of life.

    My favorite thing about working at NMDA is learning about the long standing relationships our patients have with Dr. Uppgaard and seeing how comfortable he makes our new patients feel. Dr. Uppgaard’s genuine concern for our patients' well being establishes trust and strengthens their relationship. I'm so grateful to work in an office where the patients are highly satisfied with the care they receive. As a team, we strive to build a comfortable, stress-free environment with you being at the center of our attention.

    Outside of work I love spending time outdoors or haning out with my large extended family. I also enjoy experimenting in the kitchen learning new recipies, and visiting the many restaurants and breweries the Twin Cities has to offer!

    I look forward to meeting you!

  • Katy - Chairside Assistant

    Hi, I’m Katy! I am Dr. Uppgaard’s chairside assistant. I graduated from Hennepin Technical College for Dental Assisting and worked for a number of different dental practices before becoming part of our team here in 2002. In addition to assisting Dr. Uppgaard with a wide variety of procedures, I  clean children’s teeth and take impressions that are used for making crowns, dentures and bleach trays.

    It is wonderful working at a practice that has some of the best and most up-to-date technology and materials available in dentistry. It is a blessing to work with a dentist who is genuinely concerned about his patients and their overall well being. I see first-hand how well Dr. Uppgaard works with apprehensive patients. He takes his time explaining all aspects of the procedure and uses relaxation techniques such as focused breathing, patient-specific-music and nitrous oxide (if helpful) to put our patients at ease.

    Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and four grandchildren . We love taking in Minnesota’s great outdoors together by hiking, biking and camping.

    I have a great love for people and I look forward to meeting you and making you feel very comfortable here at Nicollet Mall Dental Arts!

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