Grew up in St. Paul where he learned to play hockey, fish, ski, and sail. He attended the University of Minnesota where he received his DDS degree. Since then, he has been practicing dentistry in St. Cloud for 30 plus years. He brings experience to his work, emphasizing quality, health minded care in the interest of the patient. He does so with an emphasis on new materials, technologies, and quality dental products, all in accords with his philosophy of doing the best for the health of the patient. Much time is spent yearly on continuing dental education to bring this knowledgeable approach to his patient treatments.
When outside the office, Dr. Peterson enjoys his home out in the country, his family, and the joys of the outdoors. Be it floating in the boat hoping a fish will bite, heading to the mountains on a ski trip with his son, or the time spent on the sailboat hoping for wind, all are passions of his. Lately, he has been in a ‘mileage race’ over the winter season, in an attempt to see how many miles his cross-country skis can make in a season. This past season he topped 150 miles, and hopefully more for the upcoming snow.
Grew up outside of St. Cloud in the country, where he learned to enjoy fishing, skiing, snowmobiles, cars, and just being outside. He attended St. John’s University and then the University of Minnesota to receive his DDS degree in 2008. Upon graduating dental school, he did a 1 year Residency at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), where he worked side by side with dental specialists and oral surgeons, to further educate and learn advanced skills in oral surgery, trauma, special needs dentistry, and medical management of patients with complex and usually life-threatening conditions. It was an experience and knowledge basis that can only be described as priceless, and a good fit for what he brings to his patients and our office. Like his father, he brings the philosophy of quality, health minded care, using the highest quality of materials and technologies, to serve his patients with an emphasis on lasting oral health.
Outside the office, Dr. Russ is similar to his dad, enjoying the outdoors. Be it fishing, ski trips to the mountains, snowmobiles in the winter, or working on cars or around the yard in the summer. Though he has had a curse of catching a yearly dogfish on fishing opener, this past year a walleye was finally caught, though quite small admittedly. Trap shooting attempts to keep him sharp, as the fall of the year welcomes the start of pheasant season.
Abbey, Amy, Alyssa, Kristi, and Theresa
Abbey graduated from SCTCC in 2012, and thoroughly enjoys her career as a dental hygienist. She is recently married and spends a lot of her time with family and friends. She enjoys being outdoors, whether it involves hunting, fishing, gardening or just relaxing.
Amy has been with Peterson Dental Associates as a hygienist for 11 plus years. She recently became a mom and enjoys spending time with her family. In the little spare time she has, she enjoys reading a good book and working out.
Alyssa has been working as a dental hygienist at Peterson Dental Associates for the past 8 and a half years. She graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, MN. Being married with two children keep her on her toes. Warm weather months are spent outdoors and at the lake with family and friends.
Kristi has been a dental hygienist since graduating from SCTC in 2011. Prior to being a dental hygienist Kristi was a dental assistant since 2002. Kristi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising and reading.
Theresa has worked as a dental hygienist for 18 years at Peterson Dental Associates. She received her degree in dental hygiene from Normandale in 1994. Soon after graduating she started at our office, and we have been lucky to keep her since. Being married with two kids keeps her more than busy!
Michelle has been with Peterson Dental Associates for 10 years. She has one son who is 15 years old and has kept her busy with hockey since he was 3. She loves summer and spends as much time boating and sunning as she can.
Jenny has been a dental assistant for 10 plus years, and really enjoys working chairside with Dr. Tom Peterson. She enjoys gardening and almost every outdoor activity that can be found. Two large dogs keep her on her toes no matter the season.
Erin is a recent graduate from CLC Dental Assisting program in 2013. In her spare time she likes shopping, hanging out with her boyfriend, friends and family.
Danielle has worked in the dental field for 10+ years. She enjoys spending time with her family, barrel racing and many other outdoor activities.
Angie has been with Peterson Dental Associates a little over 2 years, working up front as a receptionist. She graduated in 2011 from Central Lakes College with a degree in dental assisting, and has found an office that fits her well. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and pets.
Tracy is new to the dental field. She graduated from Rasmussen College in 2011 with a degree in Health Information Technology. She resides in Sauk Rapids with her husband, two children and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys reading, biking, watching football and baseball and spending summer weekends at the lake.
Barb has been with Peterson Dental Associates for 36 years. She has seen numerous changes, and enjoys the patient relations she has formed through the years. If the weather is nice and the lake calm, you will most likely find Barb out on the water enjoying what Minnesota summers have to offer.
Heather has worked for Peterson Dental Associates for over 18 years. She completed the dental assistant program thru SCTC, starting at our office as a lab float, then transitioned to a receptionist, and is currently the office manager. She has enjoyed taking on new and different roles within the office. Happily married and a mother of a son and daughter, her kids keep her busy with all of their activities. During her limited free time she enjoys reading and golfing.