Meet our team
Dr. Michael Onyekaba (Dr. Michael) was born in St. Paul and grew up in the northern Minneapolis suburb of Andover. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Then he decided to head out east to Boston where he received his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. While at Tufts, he received training in general dentistry, oral surgery, periodontal disease, restorative dentistry, crown and bridge, implants, dentures and cosmetic dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Minneapolis District Dental Society. Dr. Michael lives in St. Louis Park. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities, running, and spending time with friends and family.
Vanessa has been in the dental field since 2006. Initially, she graduated from Dakota County Technical College with a degree in Dental Assisting. However, after working in the dental field for 5 years and loving it, she decided to pursue her degree in Dental Hygiene. So she went back to school and graduated with Honors from Harcum College in 2013. What Vanessa loves the most about dentistry is customizing each appointment to make sure every one of her patients leaves with a great experience and a smile on their face. Getting to know her patients and their families is another part of dentistry that brings her joy. Vanessa hopes to make Gentle Dental Eagan her home for many more years to come, and is excited to meet and get to know you! In her free time, Vanessa and her husband enjoy camping, canoeing and traveling. The also love spending time with their 2 Goldendoodles Captain America and Cowabunga.
Mary is a Licensed Dental Assistant and our #1 Front Desk/Receptionist. She has been in the dental industry since 1990 and started with Gentle Dental Eagan in September of 2013. She and her husband live on a turkey farm south of the cities. Her hobbies include helping out her two daughters, combining in the fall (yes...she drives the combine), helping around the farm, gardening (she has two greenhouses), going to her cabin in the woods, and she is an avid Purple Martin enthusiast with multiple houses that she monitors daily.
Alyssa is a Licensed Dental Assistant. She joined the Gentle Dental Eagan team in September of 2019. When she's not busy helping in restoring smiles, Alyssa enjoys quality time with her children doing arts and crafts, outdoor activities, cooking, singing and watching movies.
Kaitee is a 2011 Century College graduate in Dental Assisting. She genuinely cares about her patient's needs and their oral health. She strives to provide a comfortable environment, as well as maintain the standards that Dr. Michael has in place. She takes great pride in her ability to help deliver fantastic results for her patients. Outside of the office, Kaitee enjoys spending time with her husband, their 5 children, sporting events, the outdoors, scrapbooking and when time permits, coffee and a good movie on Netflix.