Meet the Staff at Progressive Dental in Shakopee and Eagan, MN

Dr. Ayesha Downs | Dentist Office | Shakopee and Eagan, MN

Dr. Ayesha Downs

Dr. Ayesha Downs received her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in India and is licensed with the Dental board of Minnesota. She has owned a private dental practice in India since 2000. During that time, she has put a smile on many faces known globally and many international travelers who have visited India for her services. Respected for her sincere and superlative treatment, Dr. Downs is still missed by her old patients. She has been covered by Cosmopolitan India and Times of India in the most Impressionable Women of Today in 2002.

Dr. Downs chose this career because she feels a dentist is a unique combination of a surgeon and an artist. She enjoys replacing and reforming the tooth to its ideal form. Dr. Downs believes “Nothing is more gratifying than a beautiful signature smile leaving your clinic.” She relates to each patient and offers them what she would want her family to have for dental care. Dr. Downs specializes in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry,American Academy of facial aesthetics, Minnesota Dental Association and a Fellow of the California Implant Institute. She is active with various study clubs and the Salvation Army clinic and is a Lifetime member of the Worldwide Whos Who List.

In her free time, Dr. Downs enjoys landscape painting, traveling, hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. She was ranked 1st in All India Women’s Car Rally in 2001 and has modeled for various commercials and movies.

Dr. Andrea Smith | Dentist Office | Shakopee and Eagan, MN

Dr. Andrea Smith

Dr. Andrea Smith was born and raised in Rochester, MN. Surrounded by health care, she found her passion for dentistry in 7th grade which was only heightened by her time working as a dental assistant and for the dental specialties at Mayo Clinic. She attended UMD to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Math while enjoying life by the lake before moving to Minneapolis and graduating with her DDS from the University of Minnesota. Learning from her time on the other side of the chair, Dr. Andrea strives to make the dental office a welcoming place and to go the extra mile for each and every patient.

Dr. Andrea and her fiance, Zack, met at the Hy-Vee in Eagan and are honored to now call this area “home” with their rescue dog, Luna. Zack is an Engineer and language program advisor for the state of MN.

Outside the office, Dr. Andrea enjoys exploring the Eagan/Burnsville area parks and lakes, trying new restaurants, cooking, baking, and playing board games. She is always looking for new game recommendations or recipes to try so if you have either, please share them! Dr. Andrea looks forward to getting to know you and your family while taking care of your smile.

Cyndi | Dentist Office | Shakopee and Eagan, MN

Cyndi, Dental Hygienist

Graduating from Normandale Community College in 2006 with an A.S. in Dental Hygiene, Cyndi began one of her best career decisions. She was the proud recipient of the Hu-Friedy Golden Scaler award in which the instructors choose the top student with outstanding academic and clinical accomplishments. Cyndi also holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Mankato State University.

Cyndi has a passion for dental hygiene which is demonstrated by the relationships she has developed with the patients, providing comprehensive care, and her attention to detail. One of her missions is educating patients on how oral health directly impacts one’s overall health. Cyndi enjoys our friendly, relaxed atmosphere that encourages open communication between patients and staff.

In her free time, Cyndi enjoys shopping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Neela | Dentist Office | Shakopee, MN

Neela

Neela graduated from Dakota Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Assisting. She is a licensed and certified Dental Assistant who with twenty years of experience.

Neela was born in beautiful island of Sri Lanka and lived in southern California, Oregon and Arizona before settling down in Minnesota in 1999.

She loves gardening, cooking, traveling and leisurely relaxing in front of the television. Her advice as a dental assistant to her family is - “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.”

Nataly | Dentist Office | Shakopee, MN

Nataly

Nataly works as our Patient Care Coordinator at our Eagan location. She recently moved from Grand Prairie, Texas and has settled in quite nicely at our office! She graduated from James Bowie High School in 2015, and moved to Minnesota shortly after. She is currently pursuing her degree for Human Resources, while also working part time at The Home Depot. Nataly has a love for helping people out, as well as being there for any questions they may have in two languages, as she learned Spanish at a young age. If she is unable to answer a question off the top of her head, she will go to great lengths to find you an answer. Outside of work, Nataly enjoys photography, planning and pampering in no particular order. She also loves to read, watch the latest movies/tv shows, travel, go shopping (but mainly for others), and spend quality time with her family and friends.

Nikki | Dentist Office | Shakopee and Eagan, MN

Nikki, Dental Hygienist

Nikki is a hygienist here at Progressive Dental. She joined our team in June 2013. Nikki has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She loves helping her community with their oral health and enjoys participating in community and world volunteer dental opportunities. She prides herself in giving each patient specialized care and advice and loves being a part of their health and dental care. Nikki spends her free time relaxing with her husband Matt, family and friends, traveling, and with her Aussie pup, Charlotte.

Selena | Dentist Office | Shakopee and Eagan, MN

Selena, Patient Care Coordinator

Selena has come to us from the beautiful town of Wabasha that resides on the banks of the Mississippi River. She graduated high school from Wabasha-Kellogg in 2014. She has now lived in Shakopee with her husband for almost two years. Selena is highly immersed in her Spanish culture, and she is extremely fluent in the Spanish language. She joined our staff because of her love to help people and bring smiles to their faces. Her lovely smile is one of the first you will see when you walk through our doors. She looks forward to greeting you when you come into the Progressive Dental office. When Selena isn’t with us, she enjoys going to church, shopping, reading suspenseful novels, playing with her puppy, and spending time with her family and friends.

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