Ely Family Dental

Our primary focus at Ely Family Dental is to help you and your family to live a happier life. Science has found that the health of the teeth and gums relate to the wellness of the whole body, including nerve and brain function. At Ely Family Dental we look at the whole picture, and we aim to exceed your expectations in care and comfort.

We operate with state of the art technologies. Our doctors and staff have undergone many hours of training and experience and continue to be up to date on the latest technology and science as it pertains to oral health.

Start today, and let us help you and your beautiful smile stay on-track for a healthy future!

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A Word from Dr. Chopp

My goal as a dentist is to help all of those in need; to create better oral health as well as overall health in our community and beyond. Patient comfort is my number one goal. While individual wellness is of paramount importance, I am also deeply invested in community wellness. This is why I will always accept state-funded insurances. Everyone deserves care and access to care. Furthermore, my drive to support community wellness compels me to give back in other ways. Our team at Ely Family Dental strives to do what we can to support community-led and community-supporting initiatives. We are here for you.

Crystal Chopp

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Employee Bios

Crystal L. Chopp, DDS

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Dr. Chopp has been working in the dental field since 1998. She assisted briefly before going into hygiene school. After four years of practicing hygiene, she knew she wanted to further her education to become a dentist. She worked full time and went to school at Indiana University. Dr. Chopp obtained her Doctoral of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2015. Her goal in coming up to the Iron Range was to bring modern dentistry and compassion; Dr. Chopp is driven to do her part to support our community.

Spencer Wihlm

Associate Dentist (DDS)

Spencer Wihlm grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, for his undergraduate career. Spencer was then accepted to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry where he obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree with a public health distinction in 2023. He was drawn to Ely, Minnesota, for its close-knit community and adventurous culture; Spencer looks forward to officially joining the Ely Family Dental team this summer.

Danielle Lenci

Restorative Functions LDA

Danielle has always had an interest in teeth. She completed prerequisites at Mesabi Community College, where she also played volleyball and basketball, then transferred to the dental assisting program at Hibbing Community College. Although she originally intended to go into Hygiene, she found she loves the dentistry aspect of the dental field; she feels she is better able to leverage her unique skills when she is helping Dr. Chopp. After working professionally for two years, Danielle went back to school to complete an expanded functions program at the University of Minnesota.

Christine Hakala

Office Manager

Christine went to Mesabi Community College generals and then to Lake Superior College for a degree as a medical administrative assistant. She interned at a community mental health center in Duluth and ended up working there for 17 years, working her way up from secretary to office manager to practice manager. When the opportunity to work with Dr. Chopp arose, Christine was eager to learn all about the dental field. She loves working in Ely, and with the exceptional team at Ely Family Dental.

Jocelyn Majerus

Front Desk Staff

Jocelyn went to college in Madison, Wisconsin for psychology, and went on to work for several different companies. She spent the last 20 years working in insurance. Her experience working in insurance has prepared her well to tend to the Ely Family Dental front desk. Jocelyn manages our complex appointment schedule and supports patients by helping them understand their insurance benefits.