Meet Our Doctors

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Dr. Mike Murphy

Dr. Murphy has been a dentist for over 20 years. He went to college at Virginia Tech, and is a huge Hokie fan. After dental school at the Medical College of Virginia, he completed an AEGD residency in the US Air Force. After finishing active duty, he moved back to Virginia with his very expectant wife, Tara. He had his own practice in Virginia for 10 years before he met Dr. Satterwhite from Phillips, Wi. After some family discussions, Tara and Mike decided to sell the Virginia practice and move back to Tara’s hometown in the Northwoods in 2011. With a passion for dental implants, he has immersed himself into continuing education with over 1000 hours, and over 300 of that specifically to dental implants. He is a Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. Tara and Mike have 5 children and are big supporters of local music and athletic programs in our communities. Mike is also the head varsity volleyball coach in Prentice.

Meet Our Caring Team

Jennifer

Jennifer

Practice Manager

Jennifer is the practice manager at Northwoods Dentistry. She works out of the Prentice business office, but travels to all five of Northwoods Dentistry's locations. Jenny grew up in Prentice and moved back in 2001 where she started working in the dental office that would eventually become Northwoods Dentistry. She has been working with Dr. Murphy since 2011. Jenny is passionate about continuing education, always striving for the best for herself and the team. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, music, and spending time with family, especially her husband and two children.


Marissa

Marissa

Business Manager

Marissa has lived in the Northwoods of Wisconsin her whole life. She loves the charm of the small town and being close to her immediate family. Marissa is the business manager at Northwoods Dentistry and her extensive background in customer service and management makes her a valued team member. After being in human resources and staffing for several years, Marissa decided to enter the dental industry to work with Dr. Murphy and his wonderful team of people she knows and trusts from the area. She brings a wealth of interpersonal skills and professionalism along with true client compassion and will be there to help you have the best dental experience possible.


Mindy

Mindy

Front Desk

Mindy is a receptionist at Northwoods Dentistry. She has been working for Northwoods since 2012, making sure their patients are comfortable and well taken care of. Mindy grew up in the Kennan/Catawba area and graduated from Phillips High School. She attended UW-River Falls, where she received her bachelor's degree in elementary education. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, riding on the back of a motorcycle, and spending time with family. She is always ready to help and comes to work with a smile on her face!


Amy

Front Desk

Amy is a receptionist at Northwoods Dentistry. She has been working at Northwoods since January 2018. Amy grew up in Kennan and has lived in Prentice with her husband and two sons since 1995. She enjoys the learning aspect of her job, the amount of options for dental care that Northwoods offers, her Northwoods Dentistry family, and of course the patients.


Tina

Tina

Insurance Coordinator

Tina is the insurance coordinator at Northwoods Dentistry. She works at our Phillips location, but assists our Ladysmith, Medford, Park Falls and Rice Lake locations as well. She has worked for Northwoods since 2006. Tina lives in Phillips and enjoys being a grandma. She is a positive part of our team, and her knowledge and experience help many of our patients make the best decisions.


Holly

Holly

Dental Assistant

Holly has lived in Phillips most of her life and loves this city because of its small-town charm. Holly's extensive education and dental background make her a valued team member, working as a dental assistant. She has been with Northwoods Dentistry since 2004 and enjoys helping the patients achieve the perfect smile. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Lori

Lori

Dental Assistant

Lori is a dental assistant at Northwoods Dentistry. Lori has been working with our practice since 2011, making sure their patients are comfortable and well taken care of. Lori grew up in Alma, WI, but has lived in Kennan since 1989. In her spare time, Lori enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.


Lauren

Lauren

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lauren is a dental hygienist at Northwoods Dentistry. She has been working with Dr. Murphy since 2011, making sure their patients are comfortable and well taken care of. Lauren grew up in Phillips and went to Northcentral Technical College in Wausau where she received her associate degree in dental hygiene. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 kids, running, and enjoying the Northwoods.


Tara

Tara

Registered Dental Hygienist

Tara is a dental hygienist. She has lived in Phillips since 2006 and grew up in Rib Lake. Tara received her associate degree from North Central Technical College in 1998. She is very passionate about her job and the well-being of her patients. Tara is married with 2 children. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, swimming, & boating. Family time at her cabin brings her a lot of joy.


Emily

Emily

Registered Dental Hygienist

Emily is a dental hygienist at Northwoods Dentistry. She has been working with Dr. Murphy since 2013. Emily grew up in Ogema and went to Northcentral Technical College receiving her associate degree in dental hygiene, and a certificate in local anesthetic. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids in their country home outside of Ogema.


Michelle

Michelle

Registered Dental Hygienist

Michelle grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a degree in biology and attended Northcentral Technical College where she earned her degree in dental hygiene. Michelle is excited to be a part of the Northwoods dental team helping to provide custom, quality, compassionate dental care to patients of all ages. Throughout her career she has completed multiple continuing education courses on a variety of topics to help ensure Northwoods patients get the best care possible. In addition to being an active member of the Phillips Lions Club, Michelle has volunteered every year, since moving to Philips in 2002, for the Price County Seal a Smile program for which she was nominated and received a Jefferson Award. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, hiking, camping and spending time at the family cabin.


Our Dental Philosophy

Modern Technology

We maintain a modern facility equipped with the latest in dental technology, including digital x-rays, electric drills and intraoral cameras, to name a few. We know that technology helps us provide accurate diagnosis, gentle care and excellent results for you. We will continue to invest with you in mind.


Comprehensive Services

No more need to travel for your dental care! We are proud to offer a wide range of services, from general and preventive dentistry to more advanced services in cosmetics, endodontics, implants and more, right here in our office. Enjoy the ease and convince that comes from having all your family’s dental needs met in one location from a team you already know and trust.


Comfortable Treatments

It’s important to us that you feel comfortable during your visit. We are well-known for providing gentle care and a relaxing dental experience. You’ll love our excellent chairside manner and gentle touch. We promise to do everything we can to help each patient feel at ease.


Welcoming Environment

When you walk through our doors, you’ll enjoy a calm and welcoming environment at our practice. We are attentive and patient, demonstrating constant compassion and respect. We genuinely want our patients to be happy and enjoy their dental visit.


Patient Education

You will be informed and educated during your visit with us. We will take the time to talk with you about the health of your smile, as well as teach you how to avoid future problems and maintain proper at-home preventive care. Our goal is to help you have a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come.


Advanced Training

Our team is passionate about continuing education and training. We stay up-to-date on the latest advances dentistry has to offer so we can continually improve our clinical skills and provide better care for you and your family.

If you value these qualities in a dentist, call us today! We’re passionate about your smile and passionate about helping you achieve optimal health!

Our team is skilled, knowledgeable and detailed.