Our friendly team is excited to meet you! We love welcoming patients of all ages to Lifetime Dental and are dedicated to helping you achieve excellent oral health and enjoy a beautiful smile for a lifetime. We invite you to call our office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentists, Dr. Roberta Ekman and Dr. Paul Dusek, and learn more about our dental services in Grafton and Park River, North Dakota.


Office Manager

Nancy completed her bachelor’s degree in management and human resources and in 2004 earned her MBA. She joined our team in 2020 and loves interacting with our awesome patients and staff. Nancy works hard to ensure that our office runs smoothly and is a positive environment for everyone who visits us.

Nancy is married and has four children and two grandchildren. She loves being outdoors and her hobbies including hunting, fishing, riding her motorcycle and gardening, but spending time with her family is the most important thing to her.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Ashley graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science in 2015 and joined our team in March 2017. She enjoys having a great team to work with every day and goes the extra mile to create a positive dental experience for our patients and build long-term relationships with them. Ashley’s goal is for each patient she meets to leave feeling well-educated and loving their smile. She has also completed additional training to become certified for laser dental treatments.

Ashley and her husband, Bryan, have a black lab named Brooks and are expecting a baby in June 2021. Outside the office, Ashley enjoys going to the lake on the weekends, running, gardening and coaching gymnastics.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Nicole graduated from Minnesota State Community & Technical College in 2016 and joined our team in July 2018. She loves working with her amazing co-workers and establishing relationships with her patients!

Nicole married her husband, Cole, in June 2020. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her in-laws and with her niece and nephews in Grafton.


Registered Dental Hygienist

I joined Lifetime Dental in Park River, North Dakota, in 2008 after working in a dental practice in Warren, Minnesota, for 15 years.

I am a graduate of the North Dakota College of Science (many years ago 😊). Dental hygiene has been a long, wonderful career in which I have had many opportunities to serve in different venues. I have worked in western North Dakota, California and Minnesota. While in California, I had the opportunity to work in both private and group practices and at the United States Navy Dental Clinic in San Diego. Returning to North Dakota included clinical dental hygiene in North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as working 10 years as a dental health consultant for the North Dakota State Health Department, serving schools and public health, providing dental health education and training. I presently work part time at Lifetime Dental, both at Grafton and in our Park River offices.

Technology is ever-changing and Lifetime Dental has kept up with the pack! With new technology comes necessary training and education so that we can offer this to our patients. Just to mention a few: laser therapy, 3D imaging and milling of same-day crowns, and digital X-rays. This is an aspect that I enjoy, seeing these changes and implementing them for the quality dental care our patients receive. I love seeing “my” patients when they come for their hygiene appointments and hope that I have been an influence for their oral health as well as their health in general.

I am from Park River and live here now with my husband of 40 years. We have two daughters and six grandchildren. We enjoy traveling and look forward to doing more when we retire.


Certified Dental Assistant

Amy joined our team in September 2001 and became DANB certified in 2006. She loves the family feeling of our office and continually works to increase her knowledge and advance her education in order to help our practice grow and better serve our patients.

Amy has four children and three grandchildren. Outside the office she loves DIY projects and creating things with her grandkids.


Dental Assistant

I started at Lifetime Dental in 2008 and am a dental assistant. I enjoy interactions with patients and co-workers. I try to be positive and relaxed when with a patient to keep them at ease and I do my best to educate patients so they understand their treatments.

I live in Grand Forks with my husband and our dog. We enjoy outdoor activities, hiking and anything to do with water. I have a passion for photography, despite not having much time for it. I also love to travel, so if you see me at the office, ask me about it!


Front Desk & Dental Assistant

Candy achieved her dental assisting certification from Moorhead Technical College in 1997. She joined the Lifetime Dental family in 2017 and loves being with her patients and co-workers at the office. In addition to assisting the doctors, Candy also helps keep our schedule filled and running smoothly.

Candy is married and has two grandsons and another grandchild on the way! She can most often be found spending time with her grandchildren, outdoors, at the lake or with horses and dogs.


Front Office & Dental Assistant

Marsha attended Northwest Technical College for her dental assisting certification, graduating in 2000. She joined the Lifetime Dental team in 2019 and is diligent in ensuring that insurance is submitted accurately and in assisting the doctors when needed. She loves our patients and her co-workers and enjoys being part of an office that uses state-of-the-art technology.

Marsha has been married for over 25 years and has two children. Outside the office, she enjoys walking, kayaking, being outdoors, reading and spending time with her family.


Dental Assistant

Elaine completed the eight-week assisting program at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas before working as a dental assistant at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. She joined our team in January 2021. Elaine is a team player, and loves working with her coworkers to help our patients in any way she can.

Elaine is close to her parents, who have been there for her always. When not in the office she can be found taking her dog, Copper, on adventures, practicing new yoga poses, spending time with her family, cooking, traveling to new places and studying for her college degree.

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