Our Periodontal Team


Karen P, DH, BS

Licensed Dental Hygienist

Karen has worked with Dr. Lareau since 1992, and has been involved in the field of dentistry since 1986. Prior to receiving her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1991, Karen was a dental assistant for five years. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in May 2010. Karen is very dedicated to her profession and is able to successfully combine her knowledge and skills with her desire to understand her patients’ wants and needs in order to effectively optimize their oral health.

Outside of dentistry, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, friends, husband, and dog, Mac. You can often find Karen working out, taking trips up north, barbecuing on the patio, or indulging in a great book.


Kristie W., DH

Licensed Dental Hygienist

Kristie graduated top of her class from Normandale Community College in 2002. She has spent the majority of her 12 year Dental Hygiene career working in various private practice settings in the Twin Cities area. She has contributed to the development of comprehensive periodontal management programs in the general dental practices she is associated with and enjoys her teaching role in these settings. She is passionate about her profession and very much enjoys helping her patients restore and maintain optimal oral health. She joined our team in the spring of 2014.

Kristie is a wife and mother of 5 small children. She enjoys movie night with her family, reading Amish fiction and volunteering in the children’s ministry at her church. Kristie is also an American Heart Association certified CPR instructor.


Emily A, LDA

Licensed Dental Assistant

Emily earned her degree in dental assisting from Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, MN and has enjoyed working with Dr. Lareau since 2004. She has a passion for helping others and remains dedicated to assisting our patients in any way that she can.

Away from the office, Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and traveling the world.


Daydra B, LDA

Licensed Dental Assistant

Daydra graduated from Hennepin Technical College as a Licensed Dental Assistant in 2012. Her passion for dentistry originates from observing the continuous evolution of technology in this field and the desire to be a part of it. “There is so much to learn and see”. This interest, combined with the eagerness to build relationships with co-workers and patients, has brought her to our office.

Born and raised in Fridley, she currently resides in St. Paul with her 14 year old Shitzu named Mandy. She is active in indoor and outdoor volleyball leagues and enjoys her time with family and friends. Daydra feels fortunate to have such a rewarding career with Dr. Lareau’s practice.


Neissa S, LDA

Treatment Coordinator

Neissa earned her Dental Assisting Diploma from Lakeland Dental Academy in 2007. She was one of Dr. Lareau’s Licensed Dental Assistants for 4 years before accepting her current position as Treatment Coordinator. Neissa enjoys working for Dr. Lareau because it gives her the opportunity to see the positive impact that our periodontal treatments have on our patients’ smiles, and their overall health and happiness.

Outside of the office, Neissa enjoys relaxing with a good book, doing crafts and acrylic paintings, cooking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and attending Twins games. Neissa loves the city life and resides in downtown Minneapolis with her cat, Fluffy.


Laura A, LDA

Treatment Coordinator

Laura graduated from the Ross Medical Education as a Licensed Dental Assistant in 2010. She accepted a position as a Treatment Coordintator for Dr. Lareau in August of 2012.Laura chose a career in dentistry because she was fearful of the dentist as a child and wanted to help others to have a more positive experience at the dentist.

When Laura is away from the office, she enjoys playing volleyball and softball, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, bonfires, camping, hanging out with family and friends, and spoiling her nephew, Peter.