Who We Are

Who We Are

Eckart Dental Center in Shakopee, MN

Since 1984, Eckart Dental Center has been providing families and individuals in Shakopee, MN with high quality, caring dental services. When our patients visit our office, they can take comfort knowing we provide dentistry without judgement and with all of the knowledge and resources needed to select the treatment options that best suit their needs.

Meet Our Team


Dr. David C. Eckart, DDS

David C. Eckart, D.D.S. earned his High School diploma from Cedar Falls, lowa in 1973. He studied at the University of lowa, earning a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Dr. Eckart was active in research in several disciplines including nuclear radiobiology, zoology, pharmacology, astronomy, nuclear medicine and anatomy. He taught anatomy at the College of Medicine at the University of lowa for several years.

In 1983, Dr. Eckart earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery, (D.D.S.) from the University Of lowa College of Dentistry. He worked briefly in Wayzata, MN. He purchased a dental practice in Shakopee from Dr. Don Maxwell. Dr. Eckart operates this practice today.

Dr. Eckart is a member of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, Minnesota Dental Association and the American Dental Association and has been in good standing since earning his D.D.S. in 1983. He sits on The Advisory Board for Dental Assisting for Hennepin County Vocational and Technical Schools. He also has been a member of Rotary since 1989 and served on their board for 8 years.

As a Shakopee resident, Dr. Eckart is active in the community. For many years he supported Shakopee Derby Days Business Expo. He continues to support dental education in the Shakopee schools and other school activities. Dr. Eckart and his family are involved in church activities and have participated in mission trips, Unidos en Cristo (Cursillo) where he was the lead Rector in 2015 and United Teens Encounter Christ (T.E.C.).

He married Cathy right after graduating from dental school. Cathy and Dave raised two children, Jeffrey and Jennifer. Both of them graduated from Loyola University in Chicago. Jeffrey and Jennifer now live in the greater Los Angeles area where they have worked since 2013.

Dr. Eckart’s hobbies include bicycling, scuba diving, woodworking, snowshoeing and competitive pistol shooting.

Sheila, Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born in small town Creighton, Nebraska. I went to the University of South Dakota before I moved to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. One of the first people I met was sweet Lois. She introduced me to the wonderful people at Eckart Dental Center. I temped as needed for 20 years and came on board as a Friday gal last fall. I love coming to Eckart Dental Center to spend time with the awesome friendly patients and staff. I live in Apple Valley with my husband, 2 teenagers and in my spare time, I enjoy reading and yoga. Namaste.

Lois, Registered Dental Hygienist

I grew up in the lakes country of west-central Minnesota. I completed an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene at North Dakota State College of Science. Continuing education is very important and a good book is always handy.

I joined the Eckart Dental team in 1996 and have provided quality care for our patients full-time since. I love coming to work, and helping patients achieve and maintain proper dental health; linking dental health to overall health is a great reward! Aside from clinical care, I have the distinct pleasure of planning our team building and appreciation events.

Faith, Family, Friends, and Fellowship guide my life. My husband, Tim, and I are “empty-nesters”, and the blessed grandparents of one little girl (so far).

Jahnie, Registered Dental Hygienist

I grew up in the Northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis, attending Totino-Grace High School and graduated with a Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. I’ve loved being a hygienist for almost 38 years, with the last 20 of them here at Eckart Dental Center, where I am proud to be a member of the “family”. I really fell like these co-workers of mine are more like sisters, and Dr. Eckart is a lot like my brothers who enjoyed teasing me.

I love the patients I get to serve year after year, and it has been wonderful getting to know them. It is equally rewarding getting to meet all of the new patients that keep coming, as the city of Shakopee continues to grow. I have two adult children, a great son-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren (Ok, I am a little biased).

Tanya, Registered Dental Hygienist

I was born and raised in Shakopee. After graduation, I went up to Bemidji, MN for the Dental Assisting program at Northwest Technical College, the following year to further my education I attended Argosy University in Eagan, MN for Dental Hygiene. I have been caring for patients as a member of the Eckart Dental Team since 2007. I truly love my job and look forward to working with you and your family on improving your dental health.

Away from the office, I spend time with my wonderful husband and 5 amazing young boys. I truly feel blessed. Together, as a family we enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Lisa, Licensed Dental Assistant/Restorative Expanded Function

I started in the dental field during my junior year of high school in my hometown of Northfield. Patients and the doctor strongly encouraged me to become a dental assistant. In 1993, I graduated from Hennepin Technical College, and I have been enjoying helping patients feel a part of their care team ever since.

In 1995, I became a part of the Eckart Dental Family. I share my time between assisting patients with clinical care and their scheduling and insurance needs. I recently completed REF, restorative expanded functions, which allows me to place fillings after Dr. Eckart prepares the tooth.

I live on a farm near New Prague with my husband and 2 children. ln my spare time l enjoy spending time with my family and a good book.

Sue, Licensed Dental Assistant/Restorative Expanded Function

I attended Normandale Community College for assisting and later, the University of Minnesota for Restorative Expanded Function (REF), where I have the ability to place fillings, following the Dr.’s. prep.

I have been assisting since 1984 and have had the privilege of spending these years with Dr. Eckart and my dental family. I have met so many wonderful people as my patients and absolutely love the time I spend with them. My daily goal is to care for my patients and make them comfortable at all times.

My interests include motorcycle riding with my fiancé, Michael, walking on a beautiful day and spending time with my family and grandchildren.

Linda, Licensed Dental Assistant

I am Originally from Bemidji and completed my assisting education at Bemidji Vo-Tech in 1982. I joined Eckart Dental at the beginning of 2017. With 35 years experience I get satisfaction from bringing care and comfort to my Patients. I currently live in Eagan with my dog Archie. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Lisa, Office Manager

I grew up here in Shakopee. I am a long time loyal member of Eckart Dental Center. I have been part of this practice since its inception. I enjoy talking with the patients and assisting with their varying insurance and scheduling needs. I also enjoy being the office manager and bookkeeper for the practice.

Along with my husband Joe, we enjoy spending time with our 3 children and their families. We have been blessed with 10 wonderful grandchildren. I also enjoy spending time on the lake, walking and entertaining family & friends.

Alyssa, Receptionist

Born and raised in Dubuque Iowa, I made the move to Minnesota in the spring of 2016. Graduating from the University of Dubuque with a B.A. in Psychology, I love talking with people and helping them feel comfortable. I am also involved in the fitness industry, competing in Women’s Physique bodybuilding competitions.

In my spare time I love outdoor activities, camping, spending time with family and friends as well as traveling and riding along every second of the summer on a Harley Davidson.

Tonia, Financial Coordinator

I am a lifelong member of the Shakopee community. Happily married to my best friend, we are blessed with three beautiful children and six wonderful grandchildren. ln my spare time, you can find me spending time with family/friends, riding bike, practicing yoga, playing volleyball, reading, working out at the gym and traveling. I am proud to say Eckart Dental has been my work family since 1999. I enjoy my job at the front desk as it allows me to greet our awesome patients with a big smile. My duties at the front desk include insurance and patient billing, financial arrangements as well as scheduling patients.

To learn more about Dr. Eckart and his staff at Eckart Dental Center or to make an appointment, contact us today by calling (952) 445-1352.