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.
Megan graduated in 2009 with honors from Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. She knew by the time she entered junior college that she wanted to work in healthcare so she could help others. Dental hygiene fell into her lap; after researching the profession she never looked back. Megan is a registered dental hygienist (RDH) with the State of Minnesota. She is passionate about making a difference, and making people smile.
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.
After having various jobs in the restaurant, hospitality, and property management industries, Deanna is excited to enter the world of dentistry. Her work as a dental assistant combines her love for art, science, and working with people.
Jen is a Registered Nurse (RN), and her background in nursing and quality assurance makes the detail oriented position of sterilization a great fit for her.
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 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.
Lacey has a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and a Masters degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. It’s a winding road that brought her to dentistry, but she’s glad to be here in a role that allows her to interact with and serve the community.