Dr. John Woell | Dr. Elizabeth Woell Rhode | Dr. Matthew Stark |  Dr. Amanda Steffes

1717 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423


Meet Your Doctors

John Woell

Elizabeth Woell Rhode

Amanda Steffes

Matthew Stark

Dr. Berg – Retired

John Woell

I am honored to have so many loyal patients to care for in our community. Our dental practice has many multi-generational families who entrust their oral health to our team.

I believe in treating people with a vision of maintaining each individual’s oral health for an entire lifetime. This requires a comprehensive approach which includes assessing one’s medical, periodontal, orthodontic, and restorative needs. I trained early in my career to diagnose and treat people having malocclusion problems by utilizing orthodontic therapy. Then the reconstructive dentistry is done.

As a native of Morris, I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota Morris and then continued to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. I am an ongoing member of the Seattle Study Club whose educational objective is to use a multidisciplinary approach in treating complex dental conditions. I am also a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association and the St. Paul District Dental Society.

The profession of dentistry gives many opportunities for volunteering, one of which is to participate at the Hope Dental Clinic (formerly the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul.) I have also been fortunate to be a team member of Programa San Francisco De Asis Sonrisa on the cleft palate team for over 10 years, along with my wife Marcia. This medical team has treated more than 6,000 cleft lip/palate children in Peru. One other area of mission is to provide preventive dental care for children and adults on an annual basis at the St. Rose School in the Gris Gris community of Haiti.

In addition to my passion for dentistry, I enjoy traveling, cycling, skiing, and all family activities with my wife and our 4 children/spouses and 6 grandchildren.

Elizabeth Woell Rhode

I am fortunate to be a part of the team at Dental Health Care Center. I have had several great mentors in dentistry, and am privileged to work alongside one, my father, Dr. Woell. I find practicing dentistry to be invigorating, and that the real joy of dentistry comes from building relationships with our patients and helping people live healthier lives each day. It is my goal to provide comprehensive care that is suited to each person’s individual wants and needs.

I studied Biology and French at the College of St. Benedict. I moved from Blazer/Johnnie red to Gopher maroon and gold at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. I am an active member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Minneapolis District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and Spear Study Club. I truly enjoy staying active in continuing education especially through interactive courses.

Outside of dentistry, I love spending time with my husband, Rick, and our two young children. I also have a love of the outdoors and enjoy hiking, yoga, and reading.

Amanda Steffes

I’ve wanted to be a dentist since age 5. I have maintained this career goal because I believe helping someone feel confident in their smile can change their life. I am passionate about providing patients with current dental education to include at home oral hygiene, preventative and restorative oral health, and longstanding patient relationships. I hope my patients find the environment to be safe and rewarding.

I was born and raised in Moorhead, Minnesota. I attended the University of North Dakota, where I received my Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Biology. Following graduation, I moved back to the great state of Minnesota to earn my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota.

Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My husband and I do our best to keep our very active dog, Rae, busy by hiking or walks to the lake. When I’m not doing something to keep my pup busy, I enjoy traveling, reading, baking, attending sporting events, going to breweries, and watching the next binge worthy show on Netflix.

Dr. Matthew Stark

After 16 years of dentistry all over the country and internationally, I’ve returned to my home state! I knew the Woell’s growing up in the south suburbs, and I can honestly say, Dr. Woell was an inspiration for me to become a dentist. So it is an absolute honor for me to come full circle and be a part of this team.

After my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota, I continued on at the School of Dentistry. Most of my career has been in service to Native American and Native Alaskan communities in California and Alaska, with a recent two-year stint serving families of active US military in Germany.

Volunteering has also been an important part of my career. I’ve worked service trips to Dominican Republic through Orphanage Outreach, as well as in Pattaya, Thailand. The Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul was a weekly outing for me throughout dental school and will continue at Hope Dental Clinic now that I have returned.

In my free time, I enjoy running, yoga, skiing, and mountaineering. A fun fact that most people don’t know is that I was a Division 1 pole-vaulter for the U of MN Track and Field team. Go Gophers!


Amanda- Dental Hygienist

Amanda has been practicing dental hygiene since 2008. Previously a biology major at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, she continued on to attend hygiene school at Argosy University when she moved to Minnesota in 2006. What she loves about the dental hygiene field is the connection and education she gets to offer patients. “The best part of my job is being able to have a part in helping people to love their smile again.” Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband Kevin and their 2 sons.

Laura- Dental Hygienist

Laura has been employed as a dental hygienist at Dental Health Care Center since July 2005. She graduated from the dental hygiene program at the University of South Dakota in May of 2005 and soon after left her home state of South Dakota for the Twin Cities. Laura loves the daily interaction with all the patients at DHCC and works hard to make sure her patients feel at ease and are comfortable while giving the best care possible. Throughout her career, Laura has been a member of the Minnesota Dental Hygienists’ Association, where she has held numerous roles, including Vice President and Secretary. She has a history of staying active with community service and was involved in the startup of the Twin Cities Oral Cancer Awareness Walk which is held annually. In 2013 Laura was awarded “Outstanding Dental Hygienist” by the St. Paul District Dental Society. Laura and her husband live outside of Richfield with their two daughters and enjoy spending time together outside in the area where they live.

Rachel- Dental Hygienist

Rachel joined Dental Health Care Center in 2021 and is happy to work with the doctors and their wonderful team. She earned her degree from Rochester Community and Technical College and was a life-long DHCC patient herself!  She loves being a cheerleader to her patients, especially when they come from a place where they don’t feel confident about their smile.  When she’s not working with patients, she likes to visit the North Shore where she met her husband and playing with the puppies that they welcomed into their family during the pandemic.

Wendy- Dental Hygienist

Wendy brings many years of dental hygiene experience to DHCC where she most recently was working with Dr. Paul Berg in Richfield.  She graduated from Minnesota State University- Mankato and has enjoyed getting to know her patients throughout her career in dentistry.  Wendy has a calming presence and relaxing demeanor.  She looks forward to using her skills and experience to make sure every patient has a positive dental experience each time they visit our office.  When she is not working at DHCC she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and visiting northern MN.

Melissa – Dental Hygienist

Melissa joined our DHCC team in 2021 She brings a fun, energetic and caring personality to the team. One of her favorite things about being a hygienist are all the wonderful people she gets to meet and interact with. She has a passion for dental hygiene and it shows through her gentle, efficient cleanings and great patient relationships. When not seeing patients in our office, she enjoys taking her dog on walks and to the dog park, traveling and spending time with her family.

Abby – Dental Hygienist

As a dental hygienist, Abby works hard to educate patients on their oral health and to make them feel comfortable with their smiles.  She enjoys developing relationships with patients and teaching them the value of optimal oral health.  She loves the team atmosphere at DHCC and the high quality of care that is provided.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family activities and playing all kinds of games with their 2 young children.


Madison – Dental Assistant

Madison is very eager to begin her career in dentistry and enjoys learning from our team of excellent mentors.  While she’s going to school for her dental assisting license, you can find her diligently helping in all areas of our office greeting patients on the phone and at the front desk, to the sterile lab and helping the dentists and our team of clinical providers.  Madison looks forward to building relationships with our patients.  When she’s not at our office and studying, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

Jenni- Dental Assistant

Jenni has been with the Dental Health Care Center team as Dr. Woell’s dental assistant since 2002. She attended Century College where she became a Registered Dental Assistant. She has enjoyed the long term relationships she’s developed with the wonderful staff and patients. Jenni has years of orthodontic experience and has a special interest in helping patients transform their smile. She brings a positive attitude to DHCC and is always wearing a smile. Jenni and her husband Nate have 2 children, Katie and Matt, and a puppy named Hallie. They enjoy exploring Wisconsin near their home.

Sidonie- Dental Assistant

Sidonie became a part of the Dental Health Care Center team in early 2017 after going through the dental assisting program at Dakota County Technical College. Sidonie’s warm and friendly personality ensures each patient a pleasant and positive dental experience. She’s energetic and will greet you with her great smile. She’s always had an interest in dentistry, and enjoys helping people. She says working in our office is unique because of the amazing team members who truly care about patients. Outside the office, Sidonie enjoys being outside enjoying MN with her husband Derrik and their son Dawson.

Susie- Dental Assistant

Always ready to greet you with a smile, Susie brings many years of dental experience to Dental Health Care Center while assisting Dr. Rhode. She attended Century College and has been assisting since 1990. She was very impressed with the state of the art equipment, but most of all with the friendly environment at DHCC. Susie has a genuine concern for the health and well being of each and every person she treats and meets. Susie has 2 sons, Cory and Jake, and enjoys running, biking, skiing, taking her 2 dogs on walks, and spending time up north with family and friends.

Admin Team

Elena – Patient Coordinator

Elena brings a brings a fun, energetic and caring personality to the team. One of her favorite things about working in the dental field is all the wonderful people she gets to meet and interact with. Elena has a passion for helping patients, whether that be in making appointments, understanding insurance benefits, or just making patients feel welcome as they walk in the door or call the office. Elena enjoys exploring the outdoors with her two dogs, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

Jamie- Patient Coordinator

Jamie started in the dental field in 2009 and has developed her expertise in both clinical dental assisting and administrative duties. She became a certified dental assistant in Colorado where she worked before moving back to Minnesota. Her favorite thing about dentistry is knowing she’s in a professional field of work that is committed to excellence. Dentistry is constantly changing and improving the techniques, equipment, and education opportunities. Jamie joined our team in late 2014 and is the smiling face welcoming you to our office, helping schedule appointments, and answer questions regarding financial arrangements, insurance and treatment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brett and their 2 children, being outdoors, and crafting.

Daniela- Patient Coordinator

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Daniela has been in the dental field for a few years and joined Dental Health Care Center as a patient coordinator in 2022. Daniela plays a crucial role in helping our patients experience an excellent dental visit. Knowing and understanding treatment options, costs, insurance benefits and duration of treatment are all key pieces of information that she helps keep track of to assist you in making important dental treatment decisions. She looks forward to meeting all of our patients at your next visit. When she’s not at DHCC, she enjoys working on home renovations and traveling with her family.

Sara- Office Manager

Sara’s career in dentistry started in 2002 shortly after she attended college at University Minnesota Duluth. She joined the Dental Health Care Center team in 2008 after working in general dentistry, oral surgery and periodontics. Sara is a very high energy person and one of the most positive people you will ever meet. Sara is the type of person who will drop everything immediately to help out in any way she can. She loves working for a practice that goes the extra mile for their patients. She is a member of the American Association of Dental Office Managers. Sara and her husband Pat live near Richfield with their 3 children, Grady, Kendall, and Cal.

Lia– Patient Coordinator

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Lia’s smiling face will be with you every step of the way throughout a dental visit both as a patient coordinator and dental assistant at DHCC. She is committed to making sure patients understand all aspects of their dental experience, including the treatment and appointments, and helping patients navigate their insurance and financial questions. When she’s not working with our patients or studying, she loves to spend time with her family, traveling and photography.