Dentist finds her niche with childrenDr. Darcy Rindelaub, DDS, MS, was a military “brat,” not an uncommon term of endearment used by children who moved around a lot as a result of their parent’s military career.
By: Margaret Ontl, Hudson Star-Observer
Dr. Darcy Rindelaub, DDS, MS, was a military “brat,” not an uncommon term of endearment used by children who moved around a lot as a result of their parent’s military career. She graduated from high school while living in Sicily. She came back to the area closest to her roots, University of North Dakota in Fargo. It was there she completed her undergraduate degree in speech pathology with the intent continue her studies in audiology.
It was working with children who had cleft palates as an undergrad that turned her towards dentistry.
“I applied to dental school at the University of Minnesota and graduated from there,” said Rindelaub. “It was while I was working on an externship at the White Earth Reservation, I found I had a knack for working with children. Nobody wanted to work on the kids so I took them on. You have to get creative with most of them.”
Rindelaub came back from the externship program knowing exactly what she wanted to do. She completed her residency at the U of M in pediatric dentistry. At that time she and her husband, also a dentist, joined the United States Air Force.
“911 happened while I was in officer’s training,” said Rindelaub, who was unsure how it would affect them. After officer’s training, the young couple spent three years stationed in Okinawa, Japan. “It was a great experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” said Rindelaub.
After discharge, they returned to her husband Carl’s home town of White Bear Lake, Minn., where he began working with his father also a dentist, eventually taking over that practice.
Darcy started a pediatric clinic in Coon Rapids in 2006.
“I was looking in Hudson for a couple of years,” said Darcy, who decided that last fall was the time to make it official. In January, after extensive remodeling, St. Croix Kidd’s Pediatric Dentistry opened in the Grandview Professional Building, Suite 250, 400 Second St. So.
The office makes you want to be a kid again. The playroom is filled with a kitchen set, television and a special kid-sized doorway. Coat hooks on the wall are dog tails and a big screen TV has the power to mesmerize adults and kids alike.
“It is a kid friendly clinic,” said Darcy. “Everything is at their level.” The clinic has two exam rooms and one treatment room.
Along with pleasing esthetics, the clinic offers the latest in technology as well, including a hard and soft laser, which means little if any sedation is needed.
Rindelaub has privileges at several area hospitals when surgery is needed on very young or special needs patients.
St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry is a preferred provider for a number of dental insurance plans.
For more information, call (715) 808-0460 or go to www.stcroixkidds.com.
At the present time, the clinic has flexible times for appointments with openings early and late on certain days. It is recommended you call for an appointment time.