Our Team | Port City Dental | Duluth, MN

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Meet Our Team

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Leigh Kremer, Administrator

Leigh joined our practice in 2019. With over 27 years of Healthcare Management experience in both the Medical and Dental fields, she brings many talents to our team that are necessary for multi-location practice management. Leigh’s work ethic, knowledge, and empathy are second to none! Leigh loves interacting with our staff and community of patients and considers it a great privilege. She has three children Sarah, Andrew, and Alexander.


Deana, Registered Dental Hygienist

Deana is an honors graduate of the Lake Superior College dental hygiene program. She has been a dental hygienist with our practice since 2000. She is passionate about patient care, and making people feel welcomed and comfortable is her specialty. When not at the office, travel, reading, and family time with her daughter and husband are her favorite activities.


Mickie, Registered Dental Hygienist

Mickie is a long-standing, dedicated staff member of our professional team. Her experience and technical proficiency as a registered dental hygienist aligns with our mission for excellence in patient care. She is a three-time cancer survivor who enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, fishing, long walks with her dogs, and golf cart rides with her husband of 41 years. More recently, she is a grandmother for the first time and cherishes playing and giggling with her new grandson.


Cassie, Registered Dental Hygienist/RF

Cassie has been a part of our team since May 2019 after graduating with honors from the Lake Superior College dental hygiene program. At Port City Dental, she works as a registered dental hygienist and has her restorative functions certificate. Her specialty is delivering painless local anesthetic to our wonderful patients, along with placing fillings. In her spare time she enjoys doing outdoor activities and hiking up Minnesota’s North Shore with her husband and labradoodle.


Desiree, Registered Dental Hygienist

Desiree graduated top of her class from Lake Superior College in 2021 and received The Colgate STAR award. She’s been a patient at Port City for years and knew she wanted to work here after graduation. She assists chair side to Dr. Hammer, as well as sees patients for hygiene appointments. She plans to continue her education in restorative functions. Desiree enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with her partner Troy, their baby. and their bulldog. She also saves animals as a certified veterinary technician at the local emergency vet clinic.


Dawn, Registered Dental Hygienist

Dawn was born and raised in Duluth and graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1985. She started working for dentists Jim Swanstrom and Steve Johnson after graduation. A few years ago she received her real estate license, so in addition to helping patients keep their mouths healthy, she also helps people navigate the buying and selling process. She has two adult children who live in Duluth and enjoys spending her time at the cabin, hiking, and reading.


Kathyrn, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathryn joined our team in October, 2021. She graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science with an Associate Degree for Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. Since she was little she’s aspired to work in the dental field because of her passion for helping others love their smile, and as a Registered Dental Hygienist, she gets to do just that. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and traveling with her family.


Susan, Certified Dental Assistant

Susan joined Port City Dental in 2020 after starting her second career in Dental Assisting! She graduated from Hibbing Community College's dental assisting program with high honors and fully enjoys her career change. Getting to know the patients, continuous learning about the dental field, and her co-workers make every day enjoyable. Susan and her husband have two wonderful girls. From spring to fall, you will usually find the family at a soccer field, camping, traveling, and being outdoors. They are also obsessed with their two long-haired Dachshunds and two cats!


LauraJean, Financial Coordinator

LauraJean joined our practice early 2021. She comes to us with over 13 years of experience in medical financials, administration, and insurance. Patient advocacy is her passion and she strives to be a bridge between our patients and their insurance companies. LauraJean was born and raised in Superior and resides in her childhood neighborhood. In her free time, she enjoys traveling anywhere with a beach or mountains and spending time with her family. During the summer, her favorite place to be is at her cabin in Northern Wisconsin.



Steph, Patient Care Coordinator

Steph joined Port City Dental in April of 2021 as a patient care coordinator. She loves working with our patients and strives to ensure that everyone feels welcomed and understood. Steph loves spending time with her husband and their dog. Together they enjoy being outdoors, all year round! She also cherishes time spent with their families and friends.



Brenda, Patient Care Coordinator

Brenda has over 12 years of dental experience and enjoys greeting and helping patients. Brenda was born and raised in Duluth and has been married to her husband Todd for over 34 years.  They have one daughter Jacki (lives in Duluth) and two adorable grandchildren. She enjoys camping, reading, crafts and scrapbooking.



Amberly, Certified Dental Assistant

Amberly joined us in the fall of 2020. She graduated in 2013 from Dakota County Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science and her Dental Assisting License. Additionally, she has furthered her dental career by completing Sedation IV and Restorative Functions Certifications.

Amberly and her wife love everything the North Shore has to offer. To name a few activities, they enjoy the local breweries and cross-country skiing with their dog, Cooper. Amberly is also active in the Duluth Community with recreational sports, such as soccer and broomball.