Dentist in Fargo, ND

Get to Know Us at Valley Dental

Meghan Smith, DDS grew up in Devils Lake. She had a very exciting childhood participating in various sports and spending quality time with family and friends. She graduated from Devils Lake High School and Saint Cloud State University. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.

Matthew Eaton, DDS grew up in Fargo. He had a very active childhood where he enjoyed playing sports and spending time with his family and friends. He graduated from Shanley High School and Concordia College. He received his Doctor of Dental surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Eaton have focused on providing comprehensive dental treatments for patients. Their general dentistry care has been focused on the entire family treating patients from a few months old to 100+ years. Care provided is individualized for each particular patient and with an end goal in mind.

In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Smith has focused on continuing education towards treating children and pediatric dentistry. In 2015, she completed a mini-residency in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of MN School of Dentistry. Dr. Eaton has been particularly focused on dental sleep medicine – a field focused on managing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Eaton was recently recognized as Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2015. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject. He looks to return to Fargo to help treat patients with OSA. In addition to dental sleep medicine, Dr. Eaton recently completed a 10-month program at the prestigious Advanced Dental Implant Institute providing education on sedation and implant dentistry.

We enjoy collaborating with each other to gain multiple points of view in order to provide you with the best treatment. Together we feel we have a very broad knowledge across the dental fields to provide the entire family with great care. We look forward to building a relationship with you and your family! Our mission is to provide the highest quality of dental care for you and your family. Two components that we focus on to provide great care are education and communication. As a family-owned business, Valley Dental knows what it takes to provide you with the honest, professional, and personalized services you deserve. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for that smile makeover, get in touch with us. We are accepting new patients!

Matthew Eaton

DDS, D.ABDSM

Meghan Smith

DDS

Dr. Hericks

Amanda Hericks

DDS

Valley Dental Fargo Team

Our Team

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Jen

Dental Hygienist

Bobbi R

Bobbi

Dental Assistant

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Kayla G.

Dental Assistant/Hygienist

Amber C

Amber

Dental Hygienist

Shelly M

Shelly

Dental Assistant

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Kayla M.

Dental Hygienist

Ashley P

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Dental Assistant

Katie S

Katie S.

Dental Assistant

Jacqueline C

Jacqueline C.

Insurance & Billing Coordinator

Katelyn B

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Office Manager

Leah M

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Office Administrator

Matthew Eaton

DDS, D.ABDSM

Matthew Eaton, DDS Dr. Eaton was born and raised in Fargo, ND. He had a very active childhood where he enjoyed playing sports and being with his family and friends. Dr. Eaton is one of four children and interestingly is an identical twin.

Growing up he knew that he wanted to help others by practicing in the medical sciences. After graduation from Shanley High School, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. It was in his studies here that he found a passion for dentistry.Dr. Eaton received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010. Following graduation, he brought his services to a community clinic in Medford, WI, for 5 years. During his time there he was able to focus on providing comprehensive dentistry that provided him experiences across the entire spectrum of dentistry.

Two characteristics that he focuses on are education and communication. He feels these are vital to great patient care are the core of what you can expect at Valley Dental.

Closely following his graduation and learning of dental sleep medicine he began traveling across the country to learn about managing apneic patients with oral appliance therapy (OAT). He began treating patients with OAT in 2011.

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Dr. Eaton has been a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) since 2010. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on obstructive sleep apnea. In February 2015, he was recognized as Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. This recognition has only been bestowed on approximately 200 dentists across the country. As of July 1, 2015, Dr. Eaton is the only dentist in the state of North Dakota holding this credential.

Most recently Dr. Eaton completed a 10-month program at the Advance Dental Implant Institute. He personally studied under Dr. Hilt Tatum, Jr. a pioneer of implant dentistry. He felt it was necessary to receive this education because of the importance implants can play in the restoration of the mouth, and the responsibility he feels to make sure that every patient receives the
best treatment.

Matthew Eaton, DDS grew up in Fargo. He had a very active childhood where he enjoyed playing sports and spending time with his family and friends. He graduated from Shanley High School and Concordia College. He received his Doctor of Dental surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2010.

Dr. Smith and Dr. Eaton have focused on providing comprehensive dental treatments for patients. Their general dentistry care has been focused on the entire family treating patients from a few months old to 100+ years. Care provided is individualized for each particular patient and with an end goal in mind.

Amanda Hericks

DDS

I am from Watertown, SD & I completed my undergraduate at NDSU & went on to dental school at Creighton University! I’ve been with Valley Dental since 2020. I really enjoy being active! I love playing volleyball & pickleball especially. I also love to get out and go riding with my horse, Jake. I also have 2 large dogs, Nash and Bear. I love meeting patients and understanding their dental needs and doing my very best to improve everyone’s smiles.

Jen H

Dental Hygienist

I am from a small town in North Dakota-Edmore and have been with Valley Dental since 2010 but practicing hygiene since 2008 – I started out at a dental office in my hometown. I graduated from North Dakota State College of Science. My sister and I live together and are raising our 2 boys together along with 2 big dogs Bruno & Duke. I really enjoy the rapport that I’ve built over the years with patients, their families, coworkers, everyone!

Bobbi

Dental Assistant

I am from Bloomington, MN & graduated from Lakeland Dental Academy in Minneapolis. I have been with Valley Dental since May 2019. Outside of the office I really enjoy crime shows and reading. My boyfriend, Mike, and I have a blended family with our two sons. We enjoy our summers playing golf & our winters watching hockey! My favorite part of this job is watching the happiness that we can provide our patients & the improvements we can make to their smiles & confidence.

Kayla G

Dental Assistant/Hygienist

I am from Fergus Falls, MN & I’ve been at Valley Dental since 2017. I graduated Moorhead Technical college. I love to travel and if you have a travel story, I’d love to hear it, along with any recommendations you may have. My husband Jarred and I recently had our first child-Isla & we have enjoyed every moment so far! My favorite part of my job is creating bonds with my patients and my coworkers over the years!

Amber C

Dental Hygienist

I am from Bismarck, ND but now live in a smaller town about an hour away, Sheldon, ND. I have been with Valley Dental since 2004! I graduated from Minnesota State & I love camping. I love my small-town life & the peace it provides myself, my husband, our children, and our dog especially loves it! One of my favorite parts of this job is the relationships I have built over the years. I feel especially rewarded when an anxious patient comes in and I can help them get back on track & bring back a healthy smile.

Shelly M

Dental Assistant

I am from Ponsford, MN & I’ve been with Valley Dental since 2016 & I graduated from Lakeland Dental Academy in Crystal. My daughter and I love being outdoors in the summertime & if we aren’t playing softball together that we are at the lake! I especially love music, reading books outside of the office as well. Over the years I have enjoyed helping people prioritize their oral health and help them feel good about themselves again.

Kayla M

Dental Hygienist

I am from Fargo and live with my husband, son, and Siberian Husky! I love to spend my free time with my family. I have been in the dental field since 2013! I graduated from Minnesota State Community & Technical College in 2013 from their dental assisting program, and 2016 from their dental hygiene program as well. I also completed my Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene (BSDH) from Minnesota State University – Mankato in 2018. I enjoy collaborating with the Valley Dental team to provide care that improves oral & overall health for our patients!

Ashley P

Dental Assistant

I am from Fargo, ND & have been with Valley Dental since June of 2022. I also Help Dr. Eaton with his Implant & full mouth restoration cases with Dakota Implant & Sedation Clinic. I graduated from M State’s Dental Assisting program, I also ran track and cross country during my undergrad at NDSU. In my free time, I love to hang out with my family and friends. I also hope to get my Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and become a dentist as well! What I love about dentistry is seeing patients leave with completely new smiles, boosted confidence, and a new lease on life!

Katie S

Dental Assistant

I am from Mahnomen, MN & I’ve been in dental since 2011 but started at Valley Dental in 2023. I graduated from Minnesota State Community & Technical College. I am adventurous and love life – I like to say I’ll try anything once! I also like to share my random fact that I have a cousin who’s a Paparazzo, so maybe I’ll have some fresh celebrity gossip for you. I have 3 beautiful daughters, a dog named Milo, and a cat named Cozy Pillows (yes, my children named him). We are a lake family, so we always enjoy our time outside in the summertime. Something I really enjoy about Valley Dental is how much everyone on the team here really cares for all aspects of a patient’s life, not just limiting it to their oral health! I am excited to continue to grow with the team.

Jacqueline C

Insurance & Billing Coordinator

I am from Fargo, ND & I’ve been with Valley Dental since 2023. While I do work at the front desk as a billing coordinator, I’ve been an assistant since 2011! I graduated the M State assisting program that year & keep my licensing up to date so you may see me on either side of the reception desk! I really love scary movies, paranormal investigation shows, and true crime documentaries! If you have any suggestions, let me know. I have 3 children, a son and two daughters. We all take care of our two cats and our dog together & we especially love to all be outside during the summertime & getting out on the lake. I have really enjoyed helping more patients navigate and understand their insurance policies & look forward to continuing to do so.

Katelyn B

Office Manager

I am from Shakopee, MN & I have been working at Valley Dental since July of 2019! I studied anthropology at MSUM. I have a lot of experience outside of the dental world, but I have learned so much about the world of dentistry! I’ve been a horse camp counselor, a daycare teacher, and a bartender. My husband Adam & I have 2 dogs-Hank and Charlie, and a cat-Felix. We enjoy the outdoors together, hunting & fishing especially, I prefer ice fishing. I really enjoy helping patients take good care of themselves and get back on track with their healthcare. Whether there is a delay because of anxieties or Covid, I really love helping patients prioritize themselves and get healthy!

Leah M

Office Administrator

I am from Grand Rapids, MN & I’ve been with Valley Dental since 2023. I graduated college in 2017 on a fast-track high school program through Grand Rapids High School and Itasca Community College! I was also in the military in the Army National Guard, but my contract has finished. I love the summertime and spending time with my boyfriend, Josh & our fur babies outside in the fresh air! We have an Aussie named Arlo, and 2 cats Stevie & Ivy. I have loved learning all about the dental community & really enjoy the team at Valley and I hope you do, too!