Meet the DMD Program Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients selected for the Dedicated to Minnesota Dentists dental educational loan repayment for service program! All six dentists are newly licensed and practicing in their chosen Minnesota community.

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DMD Recipient Anna Carr

Anna Carr, DMD Recipient

Anna Carr

Dr. Anna Carr graduated from Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in June 2016 with a D.M.D degree. She has a variety of community experiences, including volunteering with Boys & Girls Clubs and assisting people with disabilities at Accessible Space, Inc. Originally from Minnesota, Dr. Carr has returned to practice in the Minnesota community of Deerwood.


Christine Gelo

Christine Gelo, DMD Recipient

Christine Gelo

Dr. Christine Gelo graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2016 with a D.D.S. degree. She has been highly active in the dental community and served as president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Student Dental Association. Dr. Gelo is returning to practice in her hometown of International Falls.


DMD Recipient 1

Crystal Chopp, DMD Recipient

Crystal Chopp

Dr. Crystal Chopp graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry in May of 2015 with a D.D.S. degree. She has participated in a number of community service projects and organizations such as the SEAL In program and traveled to Kenya and Haiti on international service learning trips. Crystal will be practicing dentistry in Ely, Minnesota.


DMD Recipient 2

Marissa Goplen, DMD Recipient

Marissa Goplen

Dr. Marissa Goplen graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in May of 2015 with a D.D.S. degree. She has been involved with the University of Minnesota Hispanic Student Dental Association since 2011, and has volunteered at Give Kids a Smile Day. Marissa will be practicing dentistry in Benson, Minnesota.


DMD Recipient 3

Steven Holcombe, DMD Recipient

Steven Holcombe

Dr. Steven Holcombe graduated from Midwestern University Downers Grove- College of Dental Medicine in May of 2015. He has participated in Give Kids a Smile Day as well as Mission of Mercy in Illinois and Iowa. Steven will be practicing dentistry in Mora, Minnesota.


DMD Recipient 3

Mark Thiele, DMD Recipient

Mark Thiele

Dr. Mark Thiele graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in May of 2015 with a D.D.S. degree, and was a School of Dentistry Continuing Student Scholarship Nominee. Mark has volunteered with the Minnesota Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile Day. Mark will be practicing dentistry in his hometown of Warroad, Minnesota.