Dr. Gitzen is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities. He grew up in West St. Paul and attended high school at St. Thomas Academy. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of St. Thomas in biology, where he played on the basketball team and was a four-year starter, captain and MVP. He went on to dental school at the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1986.
After graduation, Dr. Gitzen joined a group dental practice in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he worked from 1986 through 1992. In 1993, he came onboard with Interlachen Dental Associates as an associate and in 2000, he became the owner.
Dr. Gitzen is committed to full-service family dentistry. He works with patients of all ages requiring a vast array of dental care. He keeps up on the latest techniques by attending continuing dental education programs, and takes pride in running a practice that ensures clinical excellence in a comfortable, clean environment.
When Dr. Gitzen is not practicing dentistry, he happily spends time with his family, his wife Lora and three children, Steven, Danielle and Luke. He also enjoys coaching his children's sports teams, reading, boating, golfing, biking and participating in and watching sporting events.
Dr. Smith-Hughes was part of a dental team in Colorado and has moved back to our great state. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Dental School and is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Smith-Hughes comes highly recommended and we are confident that she will be a great asset to our dental team.
She enjoys traveling, running, downhill skiing, spending time in northern Minnesota, going to concerts, cooking and watching baseball. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr Smith-Hughes,
along with her husband Zach welcomed a baby girl September 2, 2016 Louisa
She says her patients can expect a caring and understanding environment where their needs will be addressed first and foremost. "I know my patients expect high quality care and my goals are to meet and exceed those expectations.
Dr. Kevin Liberko has recently joined Interlachen Dental and we are very pleased to have him on our team.
Dr. Liberko has always called Minnesota his home. He was born and raised in Eden Prairie, MN, where he also attended high school. He went to the University of Wisconsin- Madison to complete his undergraduate degree, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Certificate in Business. Dr. Liberko was delighted to return to the Twin Cities to earn his degree from the University of Minnesota-School of Dentistry, graduating in 2016.
When not in the office, Dr. Liberko enjoys spending time with family and friends. During the summer months, he enjoys being at the cabin and on the lakes. He is an avid golfer and likes many sports and outdoor activities including: running, biking, water skiing, snowboarding, football, soccer, and hockey. His favorite professional teams are the Minnesota Wild and Vikings.
Dr. Liberko’s practicing style is hard-working and compassionate. He is committed to providing excellent care for his patients and takes pride in the quality of his work. He also enjoys utilizing new technology in the delivery of treatment and stays informed through a variety of Continuing Education programs. He aspires to be the owner of a dental practice someday.
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