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Meet Dr. Matt Penz

Matt Penz, DDS, grew up in Rochester, Minn. He is proud to serve his community by providing quality, honest dental care. 


Dr. Penz is a graduate of Mayo High School in Rochester. He graduated cum laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield with a mathematics major and a biomedical studies concentration. While there, he played quarterback and served as captain of the Ole football team. To earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, Dr. Penz attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Upon graduation he received the "Quality Care in a Caring Matter" award from the dental school faculty. 

Dental Interests

While Dr. Penz enjoys all aspects of dentistry, he has special interests in cosmetic and sports dentistry. He stays current with the ever-changing field through continuing dental education, and is a certified Invisalign provider. Dr. Penz is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Minnesota Dental Association, and Zumbro Valley Dental Society.

Before becoming a dentist, Dr. Penz volunteered at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic in Rochester. He credits the patients and staff he met there for his pursuit of dentistry as a career. Now, Dr. Penz volunteers at Good Samaritan in another role—as a dentist.

On a Personal Note...

Dr. Penz and his wife, Kate, reside in Rochester with their daughters, Sophie, Lucy, and Ella. They love to bike, travel to northern Minnesota, and walk their dog, Nala.

A proud St. Olaf football alumnus, Dr. Penz participates in its club and fund raising events and follows the team's progress each fall. He is a fan of all Minnesota sports teams, especially the Vikings.

Dr. Penz looks forward to meeting you, getting to know your family, and caring for your dental needs.

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Meet Anna, RDH


Anna’s professional demeanor will make you feel comfortable and cared for from the moment you sit in her chair. Rest easy knowing that Anna is doing everything she can to improve your dental health. She’s detail-oriented and thorough yet gentle—qualities that come with years of experience as a dental hygienist.

When Anna isn’t caring for patients, she’s spending time with her husband and chasing after their three young children (AKA the most active family you’ll ever meet—running, boating, golfing, and even slip-n-sliding together!). Her husband owns a construction company in Goodhue, Minn., and somehow they find time to work on projects on their early 1900s farmhouse. 

We are completely confident that you will receive the very best care when you meet with Anna. 


Meet Brooke, RDH


When Brooke chose a career path, she identified two priorities: to work in health care and to have a positive impact on people’s lives. Dental hygiene helps Brooke meet both goals and more!

“I love the artistry that the dental field provides. I’m able to work with my hands doing fine detailed work,” said Brooke.

Brooke has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene degree through Minnesota State University, Mankato.  After graduation, she practiced in the Rochester area before moving to Alaska and working on an army base and for a private practice. She gained valuable experience in Alaska but said she’s happy to be back home, “I like Rochester because it’s a large enough city that there’s plenty to do but small enough to feel like a community.”

In her spare time, Brooke and her fiancé Tim love to be outside doing activities like hiking, running, walking her dog, and camping. They have a yellow lab named Buck and a calico cat named Cleo.


Meet Shelby, CDA, LDA

Dental Assistant

Shelby has a calm, caring demeanor and a positive attitude that will make you feel relaxed, and her fine attention to detail means you will receive excellent care each time you're in the dental chair.

Shelby was born in California but she grew up in a small town south of Rochester and brings that friendly small town charm to Penz Dental Care. When she isn't providing excellent care to patients, you can find her throwing strikes in her bowling league, playing piano, or spending time with friends, family, and her cat, Claire.

We're excited that Shelby is now a part of the Penz Dental Care team as a licensed dental assistant. We have no doubt you'll love her too!

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Meet Kate

Communications & Marketing

Kate is our go-to for marketing and patient communications. From the website to the waiting room, her priority remains the same: to make everyone who encounters Penz Dental Care feel cared for and welcomed.  

In her spare time, Kate enjoys running, being involved in church activities, and spending time with her young daughters, Sophie, Lucy, and Ella, and husband Matt (better-known here as Dr. Penz!). 

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Meet Heather

Front Desk/Administrative Assistant

Need a boost? Spend five minutes with Heather! She doesn’t slow down—from driving kids around town to making sure Penz Dental Care is running smoothly—her upbeat energy is contagious.

Born and raised in Rochester, Heather is a John Marshall High School alum and University of Minnesota graduate with a communication science and disorders degree. After teaching for 14 years, she made the switch to dental care administration.

When she’s not greeting patients, Heather and her husband Todd can be found at soccer, hockey, and gymnastics events for their children, Noah and Ava, or cheering for the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota United. Heather enjoys long runs, traveling anywhere with palm trees, adopting rescue dogs, and wine tastings. 


Interested in working at Penz Dental Care? Check out our current job opportunities.