During undergraduate studies in Dietetics at North Dakota State University, Dr. Bonicelli assisted two local dentists who ultimately became valuable mentors during her dental career. As a dental student in Omaha, NE, she realized how much she missed North Dakota: the breezy summers, rolling plains, kind people, the pride of the hardworking farmers, the passion of the determined businessmen and women, and even the bitter cold and snow. Most important was the realization that although her family thought they would be willing to move anywhere, they really did not mean to leave their homestead near Dickinson, ND because they, too, are attached to the plains. “Therefore,” Dr. B. explains, “I found myself wishing, ‘There’s no place like home.”
Her husband, John, was originally born in California, but raised in ND, was torn between the small-town and big-city life. But remembering life as an NDSU punter brought him back to Fargo. “We are both Bison alums and haven’t forgotten our love for the growing and fruitful city of Fargo.”
Carissa Thomas, RDH
Carissa’s passion for helping patients of all ages now extends beyond her hygiene services and into the functions of the business office. She doesn’t just care for your smile; she arranges ways for you to repair your smile. As our Office Administrator, she easily coordinates patient appointments with their preferred provider, and kindly discusses payment options. While at home, Carissa likes relaxing at her family’s lake cabin; and in the winter she does both types of curls:
Chelsea Olson, RDA
After a life-long interest in dentistry, Chelsea, a recent graduate and registered dental Assistant, states that “my favorite part of assisting the dentist is seeing the patient’s satisfaction after a procedure is complete. I love that I get to be a part of that.” In addition, Chelsea ensures the proper cleaning, disinfecting and sterilization of the clinic’s equipment and instruments. While one of her favorite activities is cooking with friends, she also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.
Megan Hilde, RDH
While witnessing the treatment outcomes as a dental assistant, Megan was inspired to pursue her dream of being a dental Hygienist. Now she proclaims the benefits of caring for your mouth and can warn you of the risks if you don’t care. Above all, she loves sharing with you her experiences of transforming smiles. She enjoys gardening and canoeing with her puppy; and around the house she can be found reading books next to her kitty – unless, that is, she is accompanied by her family and friends.
Mariah Melenich, RDA
Some things in life, you just know. For Mariah, she just knew as a child that the field of dentistry was for her, especially after enhancing her smiles with braces. Mariah recently received her degree this summer from Minnesota State Community and Technical College as a dental Assistant, and now supports Dr. B. both chair-side and in the administrative department. Other things that Mariah “just knows:” horseback riding, rollerblading, and sharing time with her family and giant, Bernese mountain dog, Luna.
The Team at Dr. B. Dentistry feels “It’s great to be part of a positive team-environment where I can strengthen my clinical skills and at the same time maintain meaningful relationships with patients and staff.”