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
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. Nathan Jensen, DMD
Dr. Jensen grew up in Aurora, Colorado and moved to the St. Croix River Valley in 2016. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated from the prestigious Marriott School of Management with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
After college, Dr. Jensen attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. During his time in school, Dr. Jensen spent time engaged in community outreach programs, such as 'Give Kids a Smile Day' and the 'Healthy Smiles Sealant Program' with the Cleveland Metropolitan School district. Dr. Jensen was also the recipient of the Stephen A. Collier Award for the best business plan.
Prior to joining Filson Gentle Dentistry, Dr. Jensen practiced in Billings, Montana and New Richmond, Wisconsin. Dr. Jensen prides himself in providing the best dental care for his patients, which has led him to take advanced courses in endodontics, oral surgery, and dental implants. He is an active member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Jensen met his wife, Malorie, in college and they are excited to be back in Minnesota, where she grew up. In his spare time, Dr. Jensen enjoys being outdoors, baking bread, reading a good book, and providing service at church. He especially enjoys spending time doing those activities with his wife and three kids.
Kelly Schwartzbauer DDS
Born and raised in Woodbury, Minnesota, Dr. Kelly Schwartzbauer has practiced general dentistry for several years in the Twin Cities. During the last two years of high school she attended Century College through the PSEO program and completed her undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Bethel University. Dr. Schwartzbauer received her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2011 and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association and St. Paul District Dental Society. At the Hope Dental Clinic, she volunteers for events such as "Give Kids a Smile."
Her goal is to provide excellent care in a comfortable environment.
When not at the clinic, Dr. Schwartzbauer is thankful for time with family and friends. She also enjoys playing piano, drawing and being outdoors.
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 lives in Lake Elmo and attended The University of Minnesota. She has worked at our practice since 1982 and loves the long term relationship that she has with many patients.
Karla is married with 3 grown children. Her hobbies include running, biking, and hanging out on the lake. She competes in marathons and triathlons. She also loves spending time with her golden retriever and volunteers for a retriever rescue doing home visits.
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 17 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 5 year old grandson. She enjoys spending time with her husband and Chocolate Lab, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
Kendra Licensed Dental Assistant
Kendra grew up in Cottage Grove. She graduated from Dakota County Technical college after completing the Dental Assisting program. Her hobbies include hiking, traveling, spending time outdoors, playing with her pets, and singing Karaoke.
Kendra's favorite part of dentistry is the variety of different procedures as well as getting to know her patients. She's a people person!
Allison Licensed Dental Assistant
Allison grew up in a suburb of St. Paul and attended Century College completing the Dental Assisting Program. Her hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends, and hiking.
Allison's favorite part of dentistry is helping patients feel confident in their smiles again.
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.
Taylor Patient Coordinator
Taylor went to school at the University of Wisconsin Stout and got her bachelors degree in business administration. She lives in Hudson with her husband, identical twin daughters and two mini dachshunds.
Taylor's favorite part of dentistry is seeing the transformations and people's reactions to their new smiles.
Her hobbies include hanging out at the lake, cooking, 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.
Arielle Patient Coordinator
Arielle attends school for business administration at The University of Phoenix. She was in the Navy for 4 years doing I.T. work.
Arielle's favorite part of dentistry is patient interaction and people's reaction to their smiles.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping and traveling.