Dr. Stanton officially acquired Cedar Valley Family Dentistry from her early mentor and now professional colleague, Dr. Ryan.
Retiring Apple Valley Dentist’s Impact on Former 12-Year-Old Patient Inspires Her to Pursue Dentistry – And Buy His Beloved Clinic
Who knew that a middle-school-girl’s routine dental check-up nearly 25 years ago would be creating so many beautiful smiles today? That’s what fate intended for the attending dentist, Dr. Richard “Dick” Ryan, owner of Cedar Valley Family Dentistry in Apple Valley, and that patient who is now Dr. Kellee Kattleman Stanton, a highly experienced dentist herself and founder-owner of George Dental Group in Eagan.
On July 8, 2016, Dr. Stanton officially acquired Cedar Valley Family Dentistry from her early mentor and now professional colleague, Dr. Ryan. He will gradually transition into retirement after serving Twin Cities patients for nearly 40 years.
“I’m thrilled to have someone like Dr. Stanton, who I’ve known for so long and who is so experienced, talented and caring, continue treating this great, big community. Kellee and I have the same philosophy. Patients and their care come first,” Dr. Ryan shared. There will be no immediate changes to either clinic. They will maintain the same caring team and same clinic names, locations and hours.
The Backstory: As a teenager, Dr. Kellee Kattleman Stanton was invited by Dr. Ryan to observe in his office. Dr. Ryan conveyed the connection between good oral health and physical health. With Dr. Ryan acting as her mentor, Dr. Kellee chose dentistry as her career path, and Dr. Ryan mentored her through school and her early years of practicing dentistry.
“He was very instrumental in my becoming a dentist. I saw first-hand how helping people feel good about their smile impacts their confidence,” Dr. Stanton said. She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2004, winning several outstanding achievement awards. She is also past president and board member of the Minnesota Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a former trustee of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She opened George Dental Group in 2011, where she offers general dentistry, as well as advanced cosmetic and restorative care.