Baxter MN Dentist, Drs. Winegar, in Brainerd
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Drs. Winegar and Staff in Baxter MN, Brainerd

Dr. Carol Winegar

Throughout her career spanning 30 plus years, Dr. Winegar has developed and maintained a level of professional accomplishment in dentistry that is both highly respected and appreciated by patients and colleagues alike. Her strong work ethic, attention to detail and enthusiasm have created a positive, professional environment in which the comfort of her patients is the top priority. As a result, they feel confident they are receiving the best dental care possible. That high quality care brings patients to Dr. Winegar, but her genuine interest in them as individuals keeps them coming back year after year.

Exhibiting a strong interest in science and medicine since childhood, Dr. Winegar is one of a long line of medical professionals. Her grandfather was a dentist and her mother an R.N., and three of her five siblings are dentists or physicians. She has had a lifelong, solid understanding of the commitment necessary for success in her chosen field. Dr. Winegar is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry as well as the Academy of Comprehensive Dentistry. When not with patients, she is an outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys stained glass work, rug hooking, and knitting.

Dr. Carol Winegar in Baxter MN


Dr. Joe Winegar

Dr. Joe Winegar in Brainerd MN

Dr. Joe Winegar grew up on Big Sandy Lake, his father is Dr. Dave Winegar, the dentist in the town of McGregor. Dr. Joe attended North Dakota State University, then completed his D.D.S. degree in 2009 at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He joined his aunt, Dr. Carol Winegar, and Dr. Robert Bender in September, 2012. Dr. Joe's goal is to continue their tradition of high quality, comprehensive and caring dentistry. Dr. Joe particularly enjoys the fine details of dental treatment and feels personally gratified to help his patients achieve healthy, good looking smiles.

Dentistry is constantly changing through new technologies and techniques. Some of Dr. Joe's professional affiliations for continuing dental education are the Minnesota Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Great Lakes Implant Institute.

Dr. Joe believes in supporting the Brainerd community; the Brained Jaycees, the Brainerd Sunrise Rotary, and the Brainerd Sports Boosters have welcomed him as a member.

Away from the office, Dr. Joe's biggest enthusiasm is the time he spends with William and Grace, his two children and his wife, Christy, a Corporate Business Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank. They are pretty busy; any spare time is spent outdoors golfing, on the lakes boating and fishing, plus hunting, and spectating almost all sports.

Dental Hygienists
Our Hygienists

Megan became an employee with Winegar Dental in June 2017 as a recent graduate of the Dental Hygiene Program. She received her degree from St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, MN. Megan loves the career that she has chosen and is enjoying building relationships with the Doctors, co-workers and the patients.

Megan grew up in Pierz, MN and currently resides there with her husband Scott. When not at work, she enjoys running, golfing and spending time with family and friends.



Jen has been a dental hygienist for eight years. She received her Hygiene degree through Lake Superior College. Jen joined the Winegar Dental team in November of 2016. She enjoys working with patient's to develop or improve methods that will meet each individual's oral health needs.

Jen grew up in the Brainerd Lakes area and enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also has a love for the great outdoors.

Jill graduated from Mankato State University in Dental Hygiene in 1996. Most of Jill's working life was spent in Grand Rapids. She is originally from Brainerd and recently had the opportunity to move back to the town she loves. She joined the Winegar Dental family in June 2013 and has been welcomed with open arms from staff and patients alike.

Jill's hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening and everything Minnesota outdoors. She loves to sew, quilt and do stained glass. She also enjoys working with her hands, which may be why dental hygiene suits her.



Sue graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1981. She has been part of the Winegar Dental team as a hygienist since 2006.

She lives south of Deerwood with her husband and has two grown children. Sue enjoys cooking and watching classic movies.


Dental Assistants
Our Dental Assistants

Becky was born and raised in Little Falls and now lives in Pierz with her four children. She likes spending time with her family and she loves to read and bike riding.

Becky has been a Registered Dental Assistant since 1999 and she joined our dental team here at Winegar Dental in April of 2014.



Diane grew up in Southern Minnesota, near St. James. She has been a licensed Dental Assistant since 1981, receiving her degree from Canby VoTech. She joined Winegar Dental In September of 2016.

Diane loves spending time with her two daughters and their husbands. She also is really looking forward to being a grandma in February, 2018. Diane's hobbies include reading, walking, yoga and traveling.

Amy has been a dental assistant since 1999. For twelve years Amy has been employed at Winegar Dental and enjoys working with her amazing co-workers and awesome patients.

Amy and her husband have three great kids and stay very busy with them and all their activities.



Mary grew up in the Pillager area. She now resides near Staples with Mike, her husband and best friend of 29 years. They have two adult children and a son-in-law along with six beautiful grandchildren.

Mary attended Brainerd AVTI in 1986-87 and received her Dental Assistant degree. She has been employed with Winegar Dental since 1988.

Outside of work, Mary enjoys the outdoors and treasures spending time with her family.

Katey grew up in Pine River, MN with her two older brothers. She received her Dental Assistant Licensure the summer of 2016. Katey became an employee with Winegar Dental in December, 2016 and loves her job and the patients she gets to see on a daily basis.

Katey enjoys fishing on our beautiful lakes no matter the time of year. She is really happy just being outside and enjoying nature. In Katey's downtime she also enjoys reading, doing puzzles and rollerblading.



Front Office Staff
Our Front Office Staff

Jodi has been a licensed Dental Assistant for the past 11 years. She earned her Dental Assisting degree through Central Lakes College in Brainerd. Jodi has worked at Winegar Dental for those 11 years as a dental assistant and as part of the front office team. Jodi currently is the insurance coordinator and is involved in all aspects with the front office.

Jodi is married and has one son and two daughters. She enjoys watching her children play sports and also loves the outdoors…fishing, bike riding and spending time with her family.



Meghan went to Central Lakes College in Brainerd for Dental Assisting and graduated in 2014. Meghan joined Winegar Dental in December, 2014 and is part of the front office team and also assists chairside with the Doctors.

Outside of work, Meghan enjoys spending time with her son and also is an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Jill is part of the front office team. She started working at Winegar Dental in July of 2008 and has been trained and has gained valuable information about the Dental industry. Jill is our recall coordinator.

Jill is married and has three sons, three daughter-in-law's and seven grandchildren. She has lived in the Brainerd/Baxter area for over 25 years. Jill loves to decorate, organize and clean. What she enjoys and treasures the most though are the times she spends with her family.



Mel became part of the Dental Winegar Team in August, 2014. She joined the front office staff where she helps in the coordination of patient care and also works with the insurance department.

Mel and her husband Allen have two grown children, Emily and Hayden. She enjoys and treasures spending time with her family, traveling and loves to read.

Sue is the office manager and has been part of the Winegar Dental team since 1998. She has been involved with all areas of the front office including insurance as well as handling all the financial aspects of running the clinic. Sue loves every day at her job and enjoys her relationships with the doctors, her co-workers and patients.

Sue and her husband live in the Brainerd Lakes Area and have two children Eryn and Peter. When not at her job, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and likes to be outside hiking, biking and gardening.