Get to Know Us at Valley Dental
Meghan Smith, DDS grew up in Devils Lake. She had a very exciting childhood participating in various sports and spending quality time with family and friends. She graduated from Devils Lake High School and Saint Cloud State University. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.
Matthew Eaton, DDS grew up in Fargo. He had a very active childhood where he enjoyed playing sports and spending time with his family and friends. He graduated from Shanley High School and Concordia College. He received his Doctor of Dental surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.
Dr. Smith and Dr. Eaton have focused on providing comprehensive dental treatments for patients. Their general dentistry care has been focused on the entire family treating patients from a few months old to 100+ years. Care provided is individualized for each particular patient and with an end goal in mind.
In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Smith has focused on continuing education towards treating children and pediatric dentistry. In 2015, she completed a mini-residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of MN School of Dentistry. Dr. Eaton has been particularly focused on dental sleep medicine – a field focused on managing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Eaton was recently recognized as Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2015. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject. He looks to return to Fargo to help treat patients with OSA. In addition to dental sleep medicine, Dr. Eaton recently completed a 10-month program at the prestigious Advanced Dental Implant Institute providing education on sedation and implant dentistry.
We enjoy collaborating with each other to gain multiple points of view in order to provide you with the best treatment. Together we feel we have a very broad knowledge across the dental fields to provide the entire family with great care. We look forward to building a relationship with you and your family! Our mission is to provide the highest quality of dental care for you and your family. Two components that we focus on to provide great care are education and communication.
As a family-owned business, Valley Dental knows what it takes to provide you with the honest, professional, and personalized services you deserve. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for that smile makeover, get in touch with us. We are accepting new patients!
About Matthew Eaton, DDS, D.ABDSM
Matthew Eaton, DDS Dr. Eaton was born and raised in Fargo, ND. He had a very active childhood where he enjoyed playing sports and being with his family and friends. Dr. Eaton is one of four children and interestingly is an identical twin.
Growing up he knew that he wanted to help others by practicing in the medical sciences. After graduation from Shanley High School, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. It was in his studies here that he found a passion for dentistry.Dr. Eaton received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010. Following graduation, he brought his services to a community clinic in Medford, WI, for 5 years. During his time there he was able to focus on providing comprehensive dentistry that provided him experiences across the entire spectrum of dentistry.
Two characteristics that he focuses on are education and communication. He feels these are vital to great patient care are the core of what you can expect at Valley Dental.
Closely following his graduation and learning of dental sleep medicine he began traveling across the country to learn about managing apneic patients with oral appliance therapy (OAT). He began treating patients with OAT in 2011.
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Dr. Eaton has been a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) since 2010. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on obstructive sleep apnea. In February 2015, he was recognized as Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. This recognition has only been bestowed on approximately 200 dentists across the country. As of July 1, 2015, Dr. Eaton is the only dentist in the state of North Dakota holding this credential.
Most recently Dr. Eaton completed a 10-month program at the Advance Dental Implant Institute. He personally studied under Dr. Hilt Tatum, Jr. a pioneer of implant dentistry. He felt it was necessary to receive this education because of the importance implants can play in the restoration of the mouth, and the responsibility he feels to make sure that every patient receives the best treatment.
About Meghan Smith, DDS
Meghan Smith, DDS Dr. Smith grew up in Devils Lake, ND, where she had an exciting childhood participating in various sports and spending quality time with family and friends.
She attended Saint Cloud State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2005. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.After graduation, Dr. Smith and her family moved to Medford, WI where she worked for FHC Medford Dental Clinic until May 2015. Dr. Smith is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and keeps up to date on a wide variety of continuing education opportunities nationwide.
Dr. Smith resides in West Fargo with her family. When she is not in the office she enjoys time with her family. She enjoys golf, relaxing at the lake, and watching her children grow and learn.
About Amanda Hericks
Dr. Hericks grew up in Watertown, SD and attended Watertown High School where she played volleyball and was involved in dance. After high school, Dr. Hericks moved to Fargo to earn her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University. She then received her
Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horses, drawing, working out, hiking with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.
Jen - Dental Hygienist
Jen is originally from Edmore, ND. She has been working at Valley Dental since 2010 but has been practicing since 2008. She graduated from NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND. An interesting but well-known fact about Jen is she talks really fast but is always super friendly. Jen has a son named Trevin and two dogs names Bruno and Duke. Jen has always looked forward to watching her patients’ families grow, she is always excited to hear about her patients’ personal growth outside of the office.
Bobbi - Dental Assistant
Bobbi grew up in Bloomington, MN and moved to Fargo in 2014. She has been with Valley Dental since 2018. She graduated from Lakeland Dental Academy in Minneapolis, MN in 2002. A fun fact about Bobbi is she loves to watch crime shows/murder mysteries and loves cooking. She lives in Fargo with her boyfriend and their teenage boys who play high school hockey. Bobbi loves seeing the transformation from a patient being embarrassed about their smile to smiling again! “They exude so much confidence- It’s a life changer!”
Kayla G - Dental Assistant/Hygienist
Kayla is originally from Fergus Falls, MN. She has been apart of our growing team since 2017! She graduated from M-State in 2017. A fun fact about Kayla is she loves yoga and traveling. Kayla and her husband have a rabbit named Rhonda. Kayla is looking forward to adding more technology to our office so she can help give the best, most advanced patient care!
Amber - Dental Hygienist
Amber is from Bismarck ND. She has been practicing at Valley Dental since 2004! She graduated from M-State. A fun fact about Amber is she loves dogs and has a nine year old Vizsla. Amber has been married since 2014, her children are 14, 19 and 20. She enjoys camping and four wheeling. Amber always looks forward to seeing her patients visit year after year.
Christa - Treatment Plan Coordinator
Christa is originally from Ontario, Canada, she moved to Fargo, ND in 2011. She has been with Valley Dental since 2019 but has been working in the dental field since 2014. She loves her 5:00 am workouts and road trips. Christa and her husband have two cats named Ammy and Luna. She also knows the Canadian national anthem in 3 different languages! Christa loves to help patients scheduling their treatments plans, whether it’s fear of finances or helping them better understand their insurance plans.
Shelly - Dental Assistant
Shelly is originally from Ponsford, MN. She has been with Valley Dental since 2016 but has been practicing since 2006. She graduated from Lakeland Dental Academy in Crystal, MN. Shelly is a big fan of musicals! She and her daughter go to several every winter and spend time at the lake in the summer. She is also an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe! Shelly loves helping people have a positive dental experience & enjoys educating people on how important dental health is!
Katelyn - Administrative Assistant
Katelyn is from Shakopee, MN. She has been at Valley Dental for 3 years! She studied anthropology at MSUM. She has a lot of work experience outside of the dental world from being a horse camp counselor, daycare teacher, & even bartender! She has a mutt named Hank, she and her husband enjoy hunting and fishing together. She can’t wait to help more people get back on track with their dental care whether it’s COVID related or just finally taking the time for themselves to get healthy! It’s her favorite part of the job.