Meet The Team

The staff of Prior Lake Dental has a wide range of experience. This allows them to pool their knowledge and offer each patient a variety of options for creating a great smile.



has been with Dr. Puffer since November 2014 as a patient and financial coordinator. She graduated from Anoka Ramsey Community College with an Associate’s in Biomedical Technology, and from MSU Mankato with a Bachlor’s in Zoology. Melinda enjoys caring for her pets, spending time working on her new home, camping and gardening.


graduated from Mankato State University’s dental assisting program. She is a Licensed, Certified Dental Assistant. She has been employed with Dr. Puffer since 1994. Barb enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, quilting and the outdoors. 



is a Licensed, Certified Dental Assistant, she graduated from South Central College. Karen has been with Dr. Puffer’s office since July 2005. Karen enjoys spending  time with her husband and two daughters, coaching dance, watching her girls dance, scrap booking, spending time outside and weekends at the family cabin. 


is a Registered Dental Hygienist who graduated with her hygiene degree in the state of Texas. After being a patient in Dr Puffer’s office for many years, she was excited to join the staff in January of 2009. Rene enjoys spending time with her family, summer weekends at a family cabin, and home improvement projects. 


graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene in May 2008. She was ecstatic to join Dr. Puffer’s team in September of 2008 and is passionate about helping you obtain a healthy, gorgeous smile! When not at the office she enjoys traveling, wakeboarding, skiing in the mountains, scrap booking, playing piano, and working out. 



is a Registered Dental Hygienist, she graduated from Argosy University. After working as a traveling (temp) hygienist for a few years in offices all over the Twin Cities, Amy was ready to find the perfect fit and is happy to call Dr. Puffer’s office home as of January 2016. Amy enjoys spending time with her two boys, traveling, summer weekends at the family cabin, boating and any outdoor summer activities.