Meet the Doctor
Wendy Sydlewski, MD, DDS
Dr. Wendy Sydlewski brings several distinct advantages to this orthodontic practice.
First, Dr. Sydlewski is not only licensed as an orthodontist, she is also a medical doctor. This means that she has four years of medical school education beyond what most orthodontists have, and six years of doctoral level education beyond what general dentists have. In addition, she has undergraduate background in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
These qualifications are important, because orthodontic problems can have many levels of complexity. The orthodontic care Dr. Sydlewski provides takes into consideration not only the teeth and how they are aligned, but also palate and jaw position, growth patterns in the face, speech, and related medical issues.
Dr. Sydlewski graduated at the top of her dental school class in 1991, and at the top of her medical school class in 2004. She has been awarded the Minnesota Association of Orthodontic Achievement Award, is a member of both the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontics, and is a former faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s orthodontic residency program.
This means that at Signature Orthodontics, you don’t just get an orthodontist. You get the person who’s taught other people to be orthodontists.
Is your Signature Smile worth anything less?
Meet Our Team
Teri Larrive - Licensed Dental Assistant - Office Manager
Teri Larrive is the Treatment Coordinator and a Licensed Dental Assistant. She has been working with Dr. Sydlewski for the past nine years. She loves working with our new patients, making sure their first experience is fun and that they feel at home in our office.
She grew up in North St. Paul and has live in Hugo for the past 15 years. She loves seeing patients and their families out and about in our community. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, boating, traveling and spending time with her husband, 3 daughters and her beautiful grandson.
Tina Meissner - Scheduling Coordinator
Tina Meissner is the Scheduling Coordinator at Signature Orthodontics where she has been working alongside Dr. Sydlewski for the past 8 years. Tina is the first face you will see when coming into our office, welcoming patients with her warm smile and friendly personality. She takes a genuine interest in each patient, helping them feel comfortable and leave happy. Tina grew up in Hugo and loved the small town feel so much that she bought her parents’ house and now resides there with her husband and two lovely daughters. In her spare time Tina enjoys family, whether it be bonding with her daughters, date night with her husband, or even extended family picnics. She also enjoys crafts, shopping, traveling, and girls night out with friends.
Elizabeth Raasch - Financial Coordinator
Elizabeth Raasch grew up on Lake Superior in Duluth, MN but calls the Twin Cities home. She loves the Twin Cities because of the many lakes, parks, art fairs and great restaurants. Elizabeth’s financial and dental background makes her a valued team member, working as the Financial Coordinator - she brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism along with true client compassion and will be there to help you with any financial or insurance questions or concerns. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her three children, new grandbaby, friends, lake walks, doing yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking and cooking for others.
Brittany Jacobs - Licensed Dental Assistant
Brittany has lived in the White Bear Lake area for the past nine years and loves the great community feel of this town. She has been working with Dr. Sydlewski for the past three years as a licensed dental assistant, and enjoys relating with the kids and conversing with them.
If you want to have a conversation with Brittany, talk to her about snowboarding. She loves spending time on the slopes and also enjoys weekends away at her family cabin and camping adventures with friends.
Jenny Schmidt - Licensed Dental Assistant
Jenny has been a licensed dental assistant at Signature Orthodontics for the past 8 years working alongside Dr. Sydlewski. She enjoys seeing the reaction of patients when their braces come off. Seeing their excited faces light up with joy over their new, beautiful smiles.
She has live in Stillwater for the past 4 years with her daughter and dog Lola. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter and son. She also likes to go hiking and walking her precious dog.
Lauren Hafner - Licensed Dental Assistant
Lauren has been working at Signature Orthodontics as a Licensed Dental Assistant for the past 3 years and has over six years’ experience in the Orthodontic specialty. She has lived in White Bear Lake for the past 26 years. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, being active and playing with her black lab Nala. She loves getting to know all of our wonderful patients and their families here at Signature Orthodontics.