About Hopkins Family Dentistry

Compassionate And Personal Care

Meet the Hopkins Family Dentistry Team

When you’re at Hopkins Family Dentistry you’ll feel part of a family. We greet everyone who walks through our doors with a warm smile. We believe in being your best dental guide. Answering your questions you might have about your dental health. We can’t wait to meet you and see you smile!


Dr. Arielle Avant

Educated by the finest. A graduate of the Oregon Health and Sciences School of Dentistry. Dr. Avant has devoted her career in learning the art of facial esthetics while creating a laidback atmosphere for her dentistry.



An adventurous spirit. Having lived across the country, Dr. Avant has trekked around the world. An avid camper, you’ll want to ask her about some of her run-ins with nature.



Dedicated Athlete. An International Figure Skating champ, you could say Dr. Avant grew up on ice skates. To this day ice skating is her passion and teaches it to a new generation of up and coming figure skaters.

Dr. Mikaela Maier


Dr. Mikaela Maier

Hey there! I’m Mikaela Maier, a dentist with a passion for creating smiles and improving oral health. Originally from Brooklyn Park, MN, I pursued my undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Afterward, I delved into an Advanced Education of General Dentistry program with Health Partners and Regions Hospital, honing my skills to provide top-notch care.

When I’m not in the dental chair, you can find me cherishing moments with my niece, nephew, and loyal dog. I thrive on adventures, whether it’s traveling, diving into a good book, belting out tunes at karaoke, or soaking up the sun while boating on the lake.

Meeting new people every day is a highlight of my job. It’s a privilege to connect with patients, understand their needs, and help them achieve optimal oral health. Let’s embark on a journey to a healthier, happier smile together!



Office Manager

Minnesota born and raised, Christina grew up in a small town called Taylors Falls, located one hour north east of the Twin Cities.  Having grown up with an abundance of nature, she loves camping, kayaking, visiting sunflower fields, and strolls along the waterways.  She wishes to do an excursion one of these days; camping and kayaking at the Apostle Islands.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking delicious meals, taking picnics and spending time with her many nieces and nephews.  Crazy fun fact! She has over 30 nieces and nephews! Her year is filled with endless birthdays and celebrations a plenty. 



Benefits Coordinator

Julie and her husband made the leap to Hopkins in 1989. Jumpstarting her dental career from a small town in northern Minnesota. Their family have grown with 2 beautiful adult children and 3 rambuctious grandchildren. For 20 years, Julie spent chairside as a dental assistant. She now dedicates full time as a front desk benefit coordinater. Her welcoming smile and warm voice is most likely the first person you meet and hear from in the practice. So Hello! And Welcome!!
Enjoying the lake in her hometown is her favorite free weekend activity. If not at the lake, Julie is traveling to warm sunny destinations or looking after her grandkids.



Dental Hygienist

Someday, it’s Jennifer’s dream to travel to Iceland to see stunning northern lights! With three kids and one fur baby schnauzer, named Duke, she has called Minnesota home her entire life. Like most Minnesotans, Summer is her favorite season. Spending the days near water and camping.
A 2003 graduate from the University of Minnesota Dental Hygiene program. Everyday Jennifer enjoys getting you to keep your smile healthy clean and functional.




"I Have A Toothache"

Our Doctors and team recognize timely care is of the essence when Tooth Pain involved. Questions to ask: Can my dental office resolve the issue I'm having? Can I be seen and make an appointment as soon as possible?.

Our team provides focused emergency dental care to allow you to rest easy and get back to your normal day to day ASAP. Say goodbye to that nagging toothache today.

"I Need A Dental Cleaning"

Our Dental Hygienists pride themselves in giving gentle, thorough, judgment free cleanings. Understanding your unique needs while delivering custom care is our priority.

If it's been years or just 6 months, our hygiene team treat you as family. No lectures, no shaming or an eye roll. We think of ourselves more as a coach, cheerleader and motivator. Let us think about teeth 24/7 so you can come just for routine visits.

"I Have A Missing Tooth"

Difficulty chewing, lisping and incomplete smiles are just a few issues missing teeth pose. Have you ever discussed new Dental Implant technologies that can easily restore a mouth?

Whether you're missing just one or multiple teeth, dentistry has advanced to make Grandpa's poor fitting denture a thing of the past.

"My Dentures Don't Fit"

Looking at old photos, a lot has changed. So have your gums in the last year. After a tooth is pulled your body does the one thing it knows to do best, change.

It's why old clothes don't fit as well, an old denture set can become worn and ill-fitting. There are new affordable advanced dental techniques rejuvenating mouths without any teeth. Consider the options when it comes to dentures.