Meet Our Staff

Dr. Praska | Orthodontist

Dr. Praska grew up in south central North Dakota in the small town farming community of Oakes.  He attended North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota with an undergraduate study in zoology.  He then spent six years in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the University of Minnesota completing his dental studies and orthodontic residency.  In July of 1990, he joined the practice of Dr. Lloyd Truax and they spent nearly 20 years practicing together.  Dr. Praska is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Minnesota Association of Orthodontists (MAO), and the Zumbro Valley Dental Society.  He is also a member of the local Rochester Exchange Service Club and the Rochester Business Club.  Dr. Praska and his wife Lyn reside in Rochester with their three children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, running, fishing, and stays busy watching his children's sporting events.

Carol | Treatment Coordinator

I graduated from Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute in 1974  from the Dental Assisting Program and began working as a Certified and Registered Dental Assistant for Dr. Lloyd Truax that same year.  It is a very rewarding job to see the orthodontic changes we can provide for our patients. I am now part of a practice that is seeing second generation patients.  Dr. Praska joined the practice in 1990 and continues with Dr. Truax’s treatment philosophy and so the fun continues!

My Husband and I have two adult sons and one grandson and we enjoy traveling and golf.

Sue | Receptionist

I started working her in 1981 as the receptionist for Dr. Truax.  My husband and I have two grown children and two grandchildren.  We entrusted our children's orthodontic treatment with Dr. Truax and Dr. Praska and could not be happier with their beautiful smiles.  I enjoy quilting, crocheting, and gardening, but mostly enjoy time spent with our family and friends.  We went through the empty nest syndrome after the children left home so we now have four dachshunds who occupy a great deal of our time and hearts.

Marcy | General Assistant

I grew up in rural Mantorville on a farm. After graduation I attended Mankato State College. Over the years, I have had many different jobs including owning my own business. I've worked for Dr. Praska for 18 years. My son Joe and his wife Melissa are expecting their first child in July. I cannot wait to be “Nana.” I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking and interior design. As a 17 year cancer survivor, I greet each day with gratitude.

Wendy | Dental Assistant

I became a certified and registered dental assistant at the Rochester Vocational and Technical college. In June of 1980 I began working for Dr. Truax in 1990 when Dr. Praska took over I continued my employment.  My husband Randy and I and our daughter Amy live on a small hobby farm with a horse, dogs, cats, sheep and rabbits. We have another daughter Emily and a granddaughter Kara. 4-H, FFA and sports have kept us busy. I enjoy orthodontics and helping create beautiful smiles.

Jane | Dental Assistant

I  started working here in 1998 and I have enjoyed working full time for Dr. Praska for 15 years.  Recently going part-time I enjoy seeing the beautiful results of our patients. Dr. Praska’s office is a great place for children and adults of all ages.In my spare time I enjoy camping and boating with friends and family and of course my two dogs!

Renae | Dental Assistant

I've enjoyed working as a dental assistant since 1982. Seeing the end results of our orthodontic and TMJ patients treated non surgically is  rewarding. My husband and I have 2 girls, Aspen and Sierra. They are very active in sports. We enjoy raising and showing quarter horses and traveling.

Rita | Lab Tech

I started working for Dr. Truax in 1988, and continued on with Dr. Praska when he came in 1990. I work in the lab. My husband Mark and I live in Rochester. We enjoy traveling and sports events, I enjoy gardening, shopping and time spent with family.

Aliese | Lab Tech

After graduating from Lake Street Dental Assisting School in Minneapolis, I started working for Dr. Truax in 1970 and Dr. Praska in 1990. My husband John and I enjoy antiquing which has turned into owning Eyota Antiques. We have a daughter Missy, she has a daughter Mia and stepchildren Hende and Jantzen. Our dog Zeus is a Doberman.. I enjoy watching hockey, and baseball, and my granddaughter Mia playing sports especially soccer.   

Carolyn | Dental Assistant

After graduating from dental assisting school in 1998 I moved to Chesapeake Virginia to begin working in the dental field. My husband Chuck and I got married in 2000 and we moved to the Rochester area to be closer to family, I began working for Dr. Praska in July of 2000. I love my job and seeing all the good we do for our patients. My Husband and I have two very active children Jessa and Jameson who keep us very busy. We enjoy boating in the summer and visiting family and friends year round. In my free time I like to read and crochet.