Team & Education


Our Dental Team:

The staff members at the Dental Office are known for being friendly and fun. Our team, led by Dr. Chad Brown has been providing a different dental experience for over 17 years. Dr. Brown is known among his patients for his attention to detail, as well as his comfortable injections!

Dr. Chad Brown

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Dr. Chad Brown graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, in 1998. He has been in practice for 17 years and is proud to be the owner of The Dental Office. His interests include all sports, golfing, music, woodworking and travel. Dr. Brown has completed the core curriculum at the famous Dawson Academy in St. Petersburgh, Florida, where he has learned to diagnose and treat TMJ-related problems and complex restorative cases. He is currently working towards the advanced courses that focus on severe TMJ cases and managing the subsequent disease. Dr. Brown is also known among his patients for his attention to detail and his comfortable injections!

Emily Strouth

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Emily began working as a Dental Assistant at The Dental Office in November 2010. She is certified in CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, and as of July 2014 has her Expanded Functions certification. She and her husband Curt live in Sheldon with their three children Reese, Gavin, and Norah as well as their golden retriever, Bogey. Emily enjoys keeping busy with her family, running, fishing, traveling, and spending time with friends. Since working at The Dental Office she has found a passion in dental mission work. Her trips to Haiti with The Dental Office have been both eye opening and life changing. And she feels fortunate to be a part of such a great team.

Beth Hamill

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Beth Hamill has been with The Dental Office since 2008.  She is the office manager and a registered dental assistant.  Beth graduated from Northwood University in Midland Michigan with a degree in Marketing and Business Management.  She is an Indiana native but now refers to Iowa as her home.  One of Beth's proudest accomplishments has been her ability to overcome her HUGE fear of sitting in the dental chair!  She has been on numerous mission trips to Haiti with Dr. Brown and the team. Beth is married to Chad Hamill (Confusing having your husband & boss with the same first name) and they have 2 boys, Peter and Max, and a daughter named Jane.  She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, eating "Great" food and watching classic movies-Anything with Cary Grant in it, is a must see!

Cassie Wolthuizen

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Cassie Wolthuizen has been with the team since February 2015. As a Registered Dental Hygienist, she provides patients with routine cleanings, periodontal therapy, dental sealants, and local anesthesia. She graduated from Sheldon High School in 2008 and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, IA in 2013. She holds certification in local anesthesia administration and nitrous oxide sedation. Cassie takes pride in being a dental hygienist and the opportunity to getting to know her patients and understand their specific wants and needs for their dental health. Cassie resides in Sheldon with her two daughters, Kyla and Berkley, and their dogs, Roxy and Cooper. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hunting, and spending time with family and friends.

Tessa Meinders

frame_staff_210x300_tessaTessa Meinders is a registered Dental Hygienist in Iowa and South Dakota. She has been with The Dental Office since February 2015. Currently, she holds certifications in local anesthesia administration, nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation, and trained in both CPR and AED for the professional rescuer. Her career began with clinical rotations at the South Dakota Developmental Center, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, as well at the South Dakota State Penitentiary through her schooling at the University of South Dakota. She is a recipient of the Dr. Peter R Thraen Service award upon graduation from the University of South Dakota.
Tessa currently resides in Sheldon with her two daughters, Ella and Emery. In her free time, she enjoys scrap booking, reading, movies, and time with family and friends.

Ashley Braaksma

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Ashley Braaksma has been with The Dental Office since February 2016. She works at the front desk, so she is the first person to greet you when you arrive for your visit! She will be happy to assist you with any insurance or billing questions. Ashley graduated from The University of Kansas in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. She loves Italian Renaissance and Feminist Art. Although she will always be a Kansas girl at heart, she now refers to Iowa as her home. She resides in Sheldon with her husband, Brandon and their dog, Tillie. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, watching the bravo channel, and drinking a glass of chardonnay.

Jodi MacGregor

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Jodi MacGregor began working at the dental office in July 2017. She is a registered and certified dental assistant. She graduated from Western Iowa Tech Community College. Jodi enjoys getting to know her patients and making their dental visits a positive experience! In her free time, she loves being with her family, boyfriend Jack, and her two Alaskan Malamutes, Mia and Mai Tai. She also loves reading, cooking, gardening, traveling, and everything vintage.



Every year our staff takes a trip to Haiti to help out.
Check out our trip photos here:  

The Dental Office is not your regular dental practice. We do more than just care for your teeth. Come join us today to see what a difference our friendly staff, welcoming offices, and personalized & honest care can do for you! We promise that your trip to the dentist won’t feel like a trip to the dentist.

1307 10th St Rock Valley, IA 51247

302 9th Street Sheldon, IA 51201