Dental Care

Lac Vieux Desert Health Center’s Dental Center provides our clients with the best in dental care. Our modern, technology driven, stat-of-the-art dental program offers a nine chair dental suite complete with an in-house lab. The in-house lab reduces wait time on dental hardware such as crowns, bridges, dentures and more!

Our dental team provides you with warm, caring attention. We know that coming to the dentist isn’t always an easy thing to do. However, we’ll take the extra time needed to ensure your experience is as pleasant as possible.

Whether it’s a simple cleaning; a complete exam; or an emergency filling; we’re here to assist with all of your dental needs.

Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, Kaitlin always wanted a job close to family and friends and able to serve and give back to the community. While attending Ferris State University, Kaitlin was able to choose a location to do an externship. She chose the LVDHC, and from that point on she knew this is where she wanted to work! Following graduation in 2017, she worked in private practice for 2 years and then was able to return to LVDHC as a full time dental hygienist.   Kaitlin enjoys educating her patients about the importance of proper oral hygiene and how it relates to overall health. “Being a dental hygienist gives me a chance to change lives for the better. I’m given an opportunity to treat people with empathy and caring in order to build a foundation of trust. I can help scared patients become more relaxed in the dental office, and my ultimate success is when I have a patient who can’t wait to come back! Not a day goes by on the job that I don’t feel like I’ve helped someone.” Kaitlin is a board certified Registered Dental Hygienist and has her license in local anesthesia and nitrous oxide administration. In her spare time, she enjoys all of the outdoor recreation that comes with each season here in the UP. From boating, hunting, snowboarding, playing volleyball and side by siding (just to name a few). Kaitlin also enjoys spending quality time with her friends, family and her black lab, Sage.
Dr. Padgett enjoys the focus of working with an underserved population in a clinic that is open to the public, state of the art facility and modern equipment and feels the team at Lac Vieux Desert Health Center is professional, kind, and truly care about the patients. Her favorite patients to see are children and the elderly.  She also enjoys helping people establish healthy long-term dental habits with a focus on prevention.  One of her professional goals is to set up a prevention program for people who live in long- term care facilities. In her spare time Mary enjoys spending time with my husband, two college kids and extended family.  She also enjoys being outdoors-hiking, running, gardening, making maple syrup and collecting wild foods like berries and mushrooms, as well as reading, cooking, and animals. Dr. Padgett is a dental officer with the WI Army National Guard, and volunteers at the Humane Society walking dogs, fostering kittens and pregnant cats at her home until they are ready for adoption.  She also volunteers visiting folks in nursing homes.  One of Dr. Padgett’s dreams is to own a therapy dog and visit people in long term care facilities. Dr. Padgett graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Biology in 1989 and then from Ohio State University with a DDS in 1995 followed by an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Ohio State. She worked as a dental associate in Madison for 5 years and then as a nursing home dentist in Rhinelander for 5 years.  For the last 15 years she owned and operated a private dental practice in Rhinelander before retiring from it in January of 2020. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Practice Based Research Network and Donated Dental Services.  She has served on multiple local and international dental volunteer missions. Dr. Padgett holds a dental license in both Michigan and Wisconsin.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Dr. Helgerson has 35 years of experience in his private practice and 8 years at Tribal practice, Forest County Potawatomi and Lac du Flambeau. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and boating. ORGANIZATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES Faculty Member, Marquette University BOARD CERTIFICATION Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery STATE LICENSES Wisconsin EDUCATION & PAST EXPERIENCE University of Louisville School of Dentistry, 2005 Private Practice, Kentucky, 2005 – 2006 Private Practice, Appleton, WI Dental Director, Peter Christenson Dental Center, 2007 – 2010 Dentist, Forest County Potawatomi PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Dental Association (ADA) Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA)
Dr. Ritchie has 28 years of dental experience with several tribal dental practices, notably; Red Lake, Minnesota, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, Yakama Tribe of Washington and the Forest County Potawatomi, Wisconsin. Dr. Ritchie chose LVDHC because he felt it was a great opportunity to be part of a vibrant and expanding dental program. In his spare time, he enjoys, hiking, golfing, skiing, travel and spending time outdoors with his wife and two sons. ORGANIZATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) American Dental Association (ADA) Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) American Academy of Dental Group Practice (AADGP) ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2010-2016 Consistent National Accreditation Status (AAAHC) 2005-2013 Dental Examining Board of WI – appointed by WI governor 1992-2002 Liaison/Mentorship – Northwestern Technical College and Marquette University EDUCATION & PAST EXPERIENCE 1984 Marquette University WI – Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene 1988 Marquette School of Dentistry – Doctor of Dental Surgery AWARDS US Public Health Service Commission Corps (rank at retirement – Commander); Achievement Metal Isolated Hardship Unit Commendation x 2 PHS Citation Bicentennial STATE LICENSES Wisconsin and Michigan
Dental Hygienist
Billy Jo truly loves the North woods and wanted to be able to work close to home and provide service for the local community. Billie Jo loves the team at the clinic because everyone works well together professionally to provide great service.  She feels like they’re extended family. Billie Jo likes educating patients about oral health to help them achieve a happy, healthy smile. She feels it’s a privilege to be able to provide the first service as a dental hygienist to this community and looks forward to brightening your smile. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, the outdoors, pickle ball, riding motorcycles and time with family, friends and her dog. ORGANIZATIONS & VOLUNTEERING She spends free time volunteering for various organizations in the community and is part of the Northwoods Dental Hygiene Group. PAST EXPERIENCE Dental Hygiene private practice, 2004 – 2016 EDUCATION Northcentral Technical College, Wausau BOARD CERTIFICATIONS Registered Dental Hygienist, Local Anesthesia STATE LICENSES Wisconsin and Michigan
Dental Director
Dr. Walden chose to work at the LVD Health Center because he knew he would enjoy the people he would be working with. He appreciates how caring and sincere the staff is, how vested we are in patients’ overall health and has always liked working in friendly, rural communities. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his kids, watching basketball and football, traveling, learning about new places, reading and volunteering at his church. ORGANIZATIONS & PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Dental Association Academy of General Dentistry American Academy of Facial Esthetics Wisconsin Dental Association EDUCATION & PAST EXPERIENCE University of Louisville School of Dentistry, 2005 Private Practice, Kentucky, 2005 – 2006 Dental Director, Peter Christenson Dental Center, 2007 – 2010 Dentist, Forest County Potawatomi STATE LICENSES Wisconsin and Michigan

Upcoming Events

  1. Closed for Thanksgiving

    November 26 - November 27
  2. Closed for Christmas

    December 24 - December 25
  3. Closed for New Years

    December 31, 2020 - January 1, 2021

Our clinic offers exceptional care for the entire family. The clinic is open to the public and accepts most types of insurance. New patients are always welcome!