Dental Therapists Bridge Gap

Laura Dvorak had never heard even heard of a dental therapist until she showed up at a St. Paul clinic last week to get three cavities filled. But after spending more than an hour in the chair with Crystal Ann Baker, a newly hired dental therapist at HealthPartners’ Midway Clinic, Dvorak says she’s a fan. “I was very satisfied with her work and her bedside manner and her training,” said Dvorak, 35, of Maple Plain. “If you hadn’t told me she wasn’t a dentist, I would have assumed she was.”