Prairie Lakes Dental Services


Dr. Kelly Bumgarner

Dr. Kelly Bumgarner was born and raised in Alexandria, MN and lived there with her family until graduating from Jefferson High School. She received an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from North Dakota State University in 2004, and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2008. Kelly and her husband Aaron, who is also an Alexandria native, decided to move back to their hometown to start their careers. Kelly and Aaron enjoy spending time with their children Cora, Carson and Liesel, being in the outdoors, and relaxing with family. Kelly is a member of the Minnesota Dental Association, the American Dental Association and the West Central District Society. She opened Prairie Lakes Dental P.A. in Alexandria, MN in July of 2008.

Our close-knit team of professionals are as follows:

Patient Care Coordinator: Makayla Tvrdik

Makayla was born and raised in Alexandria, and graduated from Jefferson High School in 2002. She then attended Alexandria Technical College and earned a marketing degree. Makayla and her husband, Adam, enjoy spending time outdoors, boating on the lake, and fishing with their two active children, Wyatt and Ava.

Patient Care Coordinator: Karla Kalpin

Karla is originally from Bloomington, MN and attended Alexandria Technical College for Medical Secretary. She has worked in the dental field for 20 years. Karla lives near Leaf Valley on their family dairy farm, and enjoys spending time with her family, attending school activities and is active with her sons in 4-H.

Dental Hygienist: Mary Lou Olsen

Mary Lou is from St. Paul, MN, but has lived in Alexandria since 1978. She graduated from Washington High School in St. Paul, and then from St. Cloud Technical College with a Dental Hygiene degree. Mary Lou enjoys gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, baking, reading, and music. She has been in the dental field for 38 years.

Dental Hygienist: Linda Hocum

Linda is originally from Blaine, MN, but has lived in Alexandria since 1998. She attended St. Cloud State for her pre-hygiene requirements before graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Linda has worked in the dental field for 25 years as a dental assistant prior to becoming a hygienist in 1996. Linda and her husband, Todd, have a daughter, Hayley. Linda enjoys spending weekends on the lake with her family and friends, summer and ice fishing, as well as camping, taking trips, reading, and attending music concerts.

Dental Hygienist: Kaitlin Westerman

Kaitlin was raised in Evansville, MN, where she graduated from high school in 2007. She then moved to Duluth to attend dental hygiene school at Lake Superior College. While living in Duluth, she met her husband, Chris, who is also from west central Minnesota. Wanting to be closer to home, they moved back to the area in 2013, and now reside in Glenwood, MN. They enjoy spending time with their son, Ezra, going snowboarding and seeing their family frequently.

Dental Assistant: Debbie Pilgrim

Debbie is from Verndale, MN and graduated from Verndale High School. She then completed her Dental Assisting degree in Brainerd, MN. Debbie serves as our Dental Assistant and has been in the dental field for 30 years. She enjoys cake decorating, making cards, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Dental Assistant: Penni Parshall

Penni is from Hoffman, MN and graduated from Hoffman/Kensington High School. She then attended Lakeland Academy to receive her Dental Assisting degree. Penni enjoys gardening, camping, and Vikings football. She has been in the dental field for 21 years.