Dr. Katherine Elsner

Dr. Katherine Elsner has been dental practice for over 40 years. She graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed a General Practice Residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The past twenty years she has been involved in dental sleep medicine by treating patient referrals for obstructive sleep apnea with dental devices. Dr. Elsner pioneered a free dental program for the women currently at House of Mercy. This organization is dedicated to serving women recovering from addiction. The entire office feels a sense of fulfillment that comes with the sharing and caring of others. She enjoys working with patients of all ages.

Dr. Katherine Spellman

Dr. Katherine Spellman is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. She is originally from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, but has been in central Iowa since 2007. In Katie’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Andy, two young children, Will and Caroline, traveling, cooking, and reading.

Dr. Lauren Patrick

Dr. Patrick is thrilled to join Drs. Elsner and Spellman, her longtime mentors at University Dental. Dr. Lauren Patrick attended Drake University for her undergraduate education and obtained her doctorate at the Creighton University School of Dentistry. With a focus on comprehensive care and treatment, Dr. Patrick enjoys working with patients of all ages and backgrounds. Her primary goal is to create positive experiences through patient education and an engaging team.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Patrick is excited to be a part of the Des Moines community, along with her husband, Kevin, and daughter, Kennedy. Outside of the office, she enjoys exercise, cooking and quality time with family and friends. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Iowa Dental Association.