About Us

After 40 years of providing dental care in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo area, Dr. Marvin Ugland decided it was time to retire. He sold his practice to Dr. James Johnson to continue the tradition of high-quality dentistry. Then in January of 2018, Dr. Johnson helped fellow dentist Dr. James Colbert begin his journey to retirement. With that, Fargo Family Dentistry became Saving Smiles Dentistry, and our team grew!

In June of 2019, Saving Smiles Dentistry welcomed Dr. Kenneth Bartholomew to the practice as an associate. Then in late 2021, Dr. Kenny became a partner in Saving Smiles Dentistry with Dr. Johnson. The continued growth of the practice allowed for the building of our new facility in South Fargo along with the addition of Dr. Medora West-Roehl to our team, both in the fall of 2022. 

Our Approach

We believe in creating a relaxing environment in our practice. Our office features many amenities to keep our patients as comfortable as possible. Our team loves to interact with our patients, help them understand their dental health and answer any questions they have.

In addition to creating a family friendly practice, Saving Smiles Dentistry is committed to treating patients whether they have dental insurance or not. To help families and individuals without insurance, we developed an in-house program that will help you receive discounts on our dental services. For more information, check out our Saving Smiles Program page. We also accept Care Credit to offer patients convenient and affordable financing options. Please ask us about these options at your visit.

I grew up in Fargo and graduated from Fargo South High School and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. I then went on to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. I feel very fortunate to be back in Fargo and working with such a great team to provide general and cosmetic dentistry services as well as full mouth rehabilitations.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, North Dakota Dental Association, am in a SPEAR Study Club, volunteer for the Red River Dental Access Project, previously have served on the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Hygiene Program Advisory Board and am a former President of the Southeast District Dental Society.

My wife, Liz, and I have two children, James and Mara. When I’m not at the office or chasing after kids, I enjoy hunting, swimming, reading, being at the lake and spending time with family and friends.

I am originally from Sioux City, Iowa. Following high school I attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska for my bachelor’s degree. From there I chose to go to University of Iowa College of Dentistry in Iowa City, Iowa. While at the University of Iowa I met my wife, Sarah. We moved to Fargo from Iowa to be closer to Sarah’s family in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. I cannot be happier that we chose to move to Fargo and start our family here.

I am a member of the American Dental Association, North Dakota Dental Association, and Southeast District Dental Society. I keep pace with the most modern dental techniques and technologies by attending continuing education courses throughout the Midwest.

I intend to be very active in the Fargo community through volunteer opportunities. As a member of the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo Chamber of Commerce I was able to be a part of the Chamber Leadership program. The program helped me learn about the history of Fargo, how the community has evolved and how I can take an active role in making sure our community continues to thrive. I am proud of the organizations Saving Smiles supports within the Fargo Community and invite you to get involved in our community also. Together we can make our community even better.

When I am not working as a dentist or volunteering, Sarah and I enjoy spending time with our daughter, Lucille. We take long walks with our 2 dogs (a Golden Retriever and a German Shepherd), and love hosting friends and family at our home. I am an avid University of Kansas basketball fan and enjoy watching Formula One racing.

I was born and raised in the FM area, graduating from West Fargo High School. Initially, I received a bachelor’s of science in business administration from North Dakota State University (NDSU) with an emphasis in organizational behavior and leadership. Go Bison! My business education granted me the opportunity to serve as the office manager for my family business for six years before pursuing my career dreams in dentistry. I completed additional coursework and attended Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ. After studying for four years and receiving my Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), I decided to return back home to North Dakota to be closer to family and friends. 

My husband, Ben, and I have two kids, Lydia and Miles and make West Fargo home. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to music and attending concerts, cooking, wine tasting and embracing the food, fun, and decor of the moment. As a family we also enjoy watching sports and will forever be NDSU Bison fans. 

I am a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), North Dakota Dental Association (NDDA), and American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC). I enjoy technology and have education and experience including, Invisalign orthodontic treatment, Cerec same day crowns, implant dentistry, Botox, 3D cone beam radiography, hard and soft tissue lasers, and 3D printings. 

I grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. My husband Aaron and I have a daughter named Lennon and a son named Boden.

I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and being outside. My favorite part about being a Registered Dental Hygienist is meeting and getting to know people, as well as educating and helping patients.

I graduated from the dental hygiene program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN in 2020. Following graduation, I spent two years practicing dental hygiene in the Twin Cities before moving back home to Fargo. As a hygienist I love developing relationships with patients and educating them on how to maintain a healthy smile!

Outside of the dental office I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, being outside and enjoying all the fun events/activities Fargo has to offer!

I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. I grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in 2015 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. I love getting to know my patients and helping them with their dental health. When I am not at work, I enjoy being at the lake with my husband, Mason, and our four dogs.

I grew up in Appleton, Minnesota. I graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. My favorite part about being a Registered Dental Hygienist is interacting with patients and helping each individual feel confident with their oral hygiene and smile! 

Outside of work, I enjoy doing many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and hiking! 

I graduated in 2018 with my associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Minnesota State Community and Technical College and obtained my bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Metropolitan State University in 2019. After graduating, I spent some time temping in different offices and worked in Casselton, ND, for 3 and a half years before making my way back to Fargo. It sounds cheesy, but I love working as a dental hygienist because I love making people smile.  

When I’m not in the office you can find me coaching at [solidcore], attending sporting events, spending time at the lake, drinking wine and hanging out with my husband, Jake, and my dog, Millie. 

I grew up in south Fargo and attended MState for dental hygiene. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist, but enjoy working as a dental assistant most. With so many different procedures in the dental chair, assisting offers something new and different all the time.   

Currently, I live in Casselton with my husband, son, and our beloved Goldendoodle, Gary. Outside of work I enjoy photography, golfing and hanging out with friends and family.  

I look forward to beginning my career with Saving Smiles and meeting all the new faces.  

I grew up in Minot, North Dakota and graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota in 2009. My husband, Steve and I reside in South Fargo and have 2 busy boys – Miles and Rory.

I enjoy keeping up with all of the kid’s sports and activities, going to sporting events with family, baking, game nights or relaxing with a good show. My favorite part about being a Registered Dental Hygienist is meeting new people and building relationships with patients and co-workers.

As a Registered Dental Hygienist I enjoy helping patients achieve and maintain a happy and healthy smile. I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton with my degree in Dental Hygiene.

Fun fact about me: I grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota where I held the record for most “digs” on my high school volleyball team. Now, my husband Kellen, two kids and two dogs call West Fargo home.

I enjoy baking, watching my kid’s activities and going to Fargo Force and RedHawk games.

I was born in Jamestown, North Dakota and spent half of my childhood there, and half on the east coast. I went to dental assisting school in Virginia Beach and then moved back to North Dakota in 2012 to pursue my career in dental hygiene and graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science in 2015. My favorite part of being a hygienist is the connection I make with patient’s and helping them feel more comfortable in a dental office.

I enjoy traveling, golfing, visiting different breweries, and pretty much anything outside that can involve my dogs.

I have been a Dental Assistant for over 20 years. I grew up near Buxton, North Dakota on a farm and graduated in Dental Assisting from Northwest Tech in Moorhead, Minnesota.

I love meeting patients and working with my wonderful co-workers. I also enjoy baking and spending time with family, friends and my 2 guinea pigs.

I am from Ada, Minnesota. I am a Registered Dental Assistant and love working at Saving Smiles because of my great co-workers!

I am married and have four married children and 13 grandkids. I enjoy gardening, 4-wheeling with friends, deer hunting with my family, hanging out at my grandchildren’s activities, being a fan of the paranormal and eating at Spitfire. My new love is the Black Hills of South Dakota where we hope to retire!!

I grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota and moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 2012. I graduated from MState in Moorhead, Minnesota with my Dental Assisting degree in 2014. My favorite part about dentistry is helping people gain confidence with their smile and making patients feel comfortable while in the office.  

I enjoy cooking, baking and crafting in my spare time. I live in West Fargo, North Dakota with my husband and our two cats. We enjoy going to breweries, going for a drive in the country and watching movies. 

I am from the small town of Bigfork, in NE Minnesota. I graduated in 2005 from Northwest Technical College -Bemidji, MN with a degree in Dental Assisting. I love meeting patients and being a part of this awesome team.

I love to stay busy in my spare time and I do so by spending time with friends and family. In the warmer months I enjoy kayaking, camping and hiking, but also love skiing, snowshoeing and binge watching Netflix in the winter months! I love being in the mountains as well as checking out breweries with my Husband, Alex. We have a dog, Bridger, who is our best friend and is ‘Such a good boy!’

I grew up in Bismarck, ND and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a degree in Dental Assisting.

I enjoy traveling with my friends and family and I love spicy foods. My favorite part about being a Dental Assistant is meeting and helping people every day.

I have been a Registered Dental Assistant for over 30 years and still really enjoy the dental profession. I graduated from NDSCS in Wahpeton, but have lived most of my life in the Valley City area. I am excited to be living in Fargo closer to my grown daughters and their families.

I enjoy trying new recipes, going to the gym, taking my dog for walks and spending time outside when the weather is warm. My favorite parts of being a Registered Dental Assistant are getting to know patients of all ages, being a part of a dental team and continually learning new advancements in the dental field.

I grew up in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. I switched over to the dentistry world after 6 years of working in in the childcare industry. I love being able to help people of all ages and am excited for this new adventure.
I currently live in Fargo, ND with one of my childhood best friends. During my free time, you can catch me at concerts, traveling, or hanging out at the lakes with friends!

When asked what the best part of my job is, my first thought is making someone else’s day whether it’s a random act of kindness or just giving them a smile. I believe a leader is someone that can work side by side with their team and knows how to motivate their team to achieve a common goal.

I was raised in Horace, North Dakota where I currently reside with my husband, JD, two children, Jade & Jaelyn, and our dog, Lulu. I attended West Fargo High School and graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

I volunteer with my children at the Cares for Kids Radioathon and also at the Concordia and NDSU dance marathons. In my free time, I enjoy creating memories with my family, shopping and attending concerts with my sisters. What’s a unique fact about me? When I was younger I was a competitive figure skater!

I love hearing from you. Please email me at practicemanager@savingsmilesdentistry.com.

I grew up in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a degree in Dental Assisting and am DANB certified. I am married and have 3 kids: Talayna, Arissa and Koen. I also have 2 dogs and a cat.

I enjoy spending time crafting, going to the lake and playing outdoors with my kids. My favorite part of being a dental assistant is meeting new people and helping them reach their dental goals.

I graduated from North Dakota State University in 2017 with a degree in Retail Merchandising. I joined the world of dentistry in 2018 and instantly fell in love. My favorite part about working in dentistry is meeting new people and seeing patients happy with their smiles!

I currently reside in Fargo, ND with my husband, Tim, daughter Ivy & our black lab Chipper. While I’m not at work you’ll find me at the lake, shopping, hunting with my family, or on a run.

I grew up on a farm near Hillsboro, North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University (Go Bison) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Accounting and Fraud Investigation. I worked at Eide Bailly as a Forensic Accountant for 12 years before transitioning to the dental world. I am a member of the United Way of Cass Clay’s Women UNITED Leadership Team and a board member for The Great North Pole.

My husband, JJ, and I have a son named James and a daughter named Mara. I enjoy traveling, spending time at the lakes and hanging out with friends and family.

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