Our Faculty
The faculty at the Great Lakes Implant Institute are highly skilled and respected instructors. Our goal is to provide you with information and hands on training you need to learn new skills or improve your current clinical skills. 

 Curtis D. Rising, PharmD: Dr. Rising is a full time pharmacist in Rapid City, SD. He owns the Medicine Shoppe where he does custom compounding and custom medication packaging. He also owns the Medicine Shoppe Advanced Care Pharmacy that services group homes, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. He has been on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Dental Institute and lectures on teh pharmacological management of surgical patients.
 Dr. Roger Ettel, DDS, MS: Dr. Ettel is a practicing Board Certified periodontist in White Bear Lake, MN. Dr. Ettel has been on the faculty at the Hennepin County Medical Center and has lectured extensively in the ares of periodontology and implant dentistry. He has also been on the Board of Directors for the Union Gospel Mission's Dental Clinic.
 Ms. Mary Jo Kurtz, LDA: Ms. Kurtz is the office manager for St. Paul Dental Center, The Dental Implant Center, and Great Lakes Implant Institute. She has been on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Dental Institute and has lectured on Business Team Training. She is also an active member of the Twin Cities Office Administrators Group.
  Dr. Ryan Sass, DDS: Dr. Sass practices full time at St. Paul Dental Center and the Dental Implant Center in Golden Valley. He has lectured on implant dentistry pertaining to front office, assisting, as well as surgical aspects regionally. He is also involved with organizing and planning St. Paul's Implant Study Club.