Filson Gentle Dentistry
We all love what we do because we’ve seen the positive effects that caring and compassionate dentistry has had on the lives of our patients. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to achieve outstanding dental health, but it does take a commitment.
Our team is here to provide you with the tools you need to ensure that you achieve and maintain oral health. Our doctors and our team devote many hundreds of hours to continuing education and pass the benefits of this advanced knowledge on to you.
We would love to welcome you personally to our friendly, welcoming office. Until then, please take a moment to meet the awesome Filson Gentle Dentistry team!
Meet Our Team
Dr. Bruce Filson, DDS
Dr. Bruce Filson has been helping people smile for over 35 years. He grew up in Northern Minnesota, and after college, trained at the University of Minnesota Dental School. Dr. Filson quickly grew attached to the St. Croix Valley and decided to make his home here.
In 1974, he opened his practice in Bayport, MN, and has been treating patients there ever since. Some of the faces have changed over the years, but one constant has always been Dr. Filson’s passion for helping patients.
Dr. Filson knows he can serve patients well by continually offering the community his excellence in dentistry. To do this, he is constantly learning the newest techniques and the most modern technologies dentistry has to offer. Instead of just meeting the requirements for continuing education, Dr. Filson has pursued a rigorous course of study with thousands of hours of training over the years.
Dr. Filson has completed many advanced courses in cosmetic dentistry, oral reconstruction, implants, and sedation dentistry. His intensive training in sedation dentistry has made sedation a major focus of the practice and has made patient comfort one of his dental team’s highest priorities.
In addition, Dr. Filson is a member of several professional dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Giving back to the community is important to the whole team at Filson Gentle Dentistry, so they donate a full day of their time each year for a program called Doctors with a Heart, which offers free dentistry to local families in need.
Dr. Bruce Filson and his wife, Joan, still live near the Bayport practice. Their son and daughter are both out of school now, but the family enjoys getting together for snow skiing and spending time at their cabin in northern Minnesota.
Dr. Jay Feuillerat, DDS
Dr. Jay grew up as part of a large family in Detroit Lakes, MN. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he studied Biology before pursuing his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Upon graduation he received special recognition for outstanding achievements in the areas of prosthodontics and endodontics.
Dr. Jay’s passion for dentistry grew exponentially while in Duluth working part-time in a dental lab. He found his artistic niche in creating custom smiles that are both beautiful and functional.
Dr. Jay’s current professional development pursuits include completion of the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary, Esthetic and Implant Dentistry offered through the University of Minnesota as well as advanced courses in digital dentistry and endodontic technique. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. He also volunteers with a number of charitable organizations including Mission of Mercy, Give Kids A Smile and the Union Gospel Mission.
While not at the office Dr. Jay enjoys spending time being active outdoors hunting, hiking and snowboarding with friends. His personal interests include fitness, photography and international travel.
Don't worry - we won't make you try to pronounce his last name! He likes to go by Dr. Jay!
Dr. Daniel Allman, DDS
Denise - Office Manager
Denise has been with Filson Gentle Dentistry for 11 years. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with patients who’ve been visiting our practice for many years because it feels like catching up with old friends.
Denise is a Stillwater native and attended Century College where she graduated from their Dental Assisting program. Denise and her husband have a 2 year old daughter and yellow lab. Denise enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading, and sewing in her free time.
Karla - Licensed Dental Hygienist
Karla grew up in Lake Elmo and attended the University of Minnesota. She is one of our long-time staff members and has worked at our practice for 33 years. Karla loves getting to know her patients and helping them reach their oral health goals.
Karla’s married with three children and one spoiled Golden Retriever. In her free time, she runs and trains for races and triathlons. When she’s not on the road, you’ll find her traveling or reading.
Debbie - Licensed Dental Hygienist
Debbie has been with Filson Gentle Dentistry for many years, working for 12 years as a dental assistant and from 1999 until present as a hygienist. She attended Century College for dental assistant training and Normadale College for her hygienist certification. She enjoys going to continuing education courses and being current on changes in dentistry.
Debbie grew up in Stillwater and finds it rewarding to work with a great team and patients, many of whom have been with our practice for years. In her free time, she enjoys being outside in the spring, summer, and fall. She also enjoys indoor activities such as reading, spending time with her family, playing card and board games, and watching movies.
Jenni - Licensed Dental Hygienist
Jenni is a graduate of Century College and has been with our practice for five years. She enjoys making her patients’ experience at the dentist enjoyable and loves interacting with people of all ages. Jenni is thrilled to be part of a team that has worked together for so long and feels like family.
When Jenni’s not working at the practice, she’s very busy raising a three-year old daughter and a one-year old son. She relaxes by spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and spending time at her family’s cabin in Crosslake.
Kristi - Licensed Dental Hygienist
Kristi grew up in Stillwater and attended Century College for Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene.
Kristi's favorite part of dentistry is making every experience at the office an enjoyable one for her patients. She strives to make each patient feel comfortable and cared for.
Her hobbies include spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors. She loves all activities that spring, summer and fall have to offer and when it gets cold you will find her indoors curled up with a good book.
Lisa - Licensed Dental Hygienist
Lisa has been in the dental field since 2000. She started out as an assistant. She then went back to school and graduated from hygiene school in 2005. She lives in Somerset with her husband, two kids and three dogs.
Lisa's favorite part of dentistry is being part of a patients journey to improve their oral health. She also enjoys the relationships that she builds with patients.
Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and children. She also enjoys gardening, sewing, home improvements and being on the lake.
Tina - Licensed Dental Assistant
Tina is a native of Cottage Grove and attended Century College. She’s been with Filson Gentle Dentistry for 15 years and enjoys the endless variety of her job.
Tina's favorite part of dentistry is interacting with patients and the other members of our team.
Tina is married with one son and a television star grandson. She enjoys spending time with her husband and Chocolate Lab, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
Deb - Licensed Dental Assistant
Deb has been a dental assistant for 20 years. She lives in White Bear Lake with her husband, 2 cats, a dog and a gecko.
Deb's favorite part of dentistry is meeting interesting people and getting to help them.
Her hobbies include going to the cabin, boating, snowmobiling and reading.
Janice - Licensed Dental Assistant
Janice attended Herzing University and has now been a dental assistant for almost five years.
Janice's favorite part of dentistry is serving her patients and being a part of their dental transformation.
Her hobbies include spending time with her only daughter Ella, and playing with their cat Tinkerbell. She likes going to karaoke with her friends, watching movies, cooking and cycling.
Dina - Licensed Dental Assistant
Dina is a mother of three and a soccer mom who lives in Stillwater.
Dina's favorite part of dentistry is when they get to show patients the finished product and they love what they see. She loves helping to make beautiful smiles!
Her hobbies include her new found love for running, and she loves the outdoors especially in the summer. She likes spending time with her family and friends making new memories.
Jewel - Licensed Dental Assistant
Jewel has been a licensed dental assistant for 18 years. She received her Associates Degree and certification for nitrous oxide administration as well as higher training for conscious sedation, pediatric specialties, oral surgery, implant dentistry and special needs patients. Jewel is married with 2 sons and 1 granddaughter. Jewel and her husband Brad mentor adults and teens in their community and are also very active in their church serving and leading.
Jewel's favorite aspects of dentistry are building relationships with patients, helping them with their dental needs and is passionate about helping patients who dental fears and anxiety.
Her hobbies include doing things with her family. She enjoys traveling, fishing, playing games, attending events and camping to name a few. Family is everything to Jewel and any day spent with her husband, her boys, and her granddaughter is an amazing day well spent to her!
Taylor - Patient Coordinator
Taylor went to school at the University of Wisconsin Stout and got her bachelors degree in business administration. She lives in River Falls with her husband and two dogs. She is currently expecting identical twin girls in July 2019 so her life is about to get crazy!
Taylor's favorite part of dentistry is seeing the transformations and people's reactions to their new smiles.
Her hobbies include playing with her two mini dachshunds, hanging out with family and friends, antique shopping and watching The Office.
Mallory - Patient Coordinator
Mallory is a mom of three, identical twin boys and a daughter. She has two dogs and a busy husband. She loves to decorate and design and listen to music. She grew up in Stillwater, and Dr. Filson was her childhood dentist.
Mallory's favorite part of dentistry is patient interaction.
Her hobbies include exercising, listening to music, playing with her kids and dogs, and decorating and designing.
Kimberly - Patient Coordinator
Kim loves big dogs and making people laugh. She works here with her twin sister, Lisa.
Kim's favorite part of dentistry is helping our awesome patients and of course talking with them.
Her hobbies include playing with her seven year old daughter Gigi, painting furniture and hanging out with her boyfriend.