For dentists wondering how highly-driven innovators embrace the future and move the profession forward, this new series will provide the questions – and the answers. This fall, Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine celebrates 10 years of recognizing brilliant achievers in dentistry, ages 40 and under. Fewer than 500 of America’s best young dentists have earned this prestigious designation, including the alumni featured in each installment here.
Prepare to be motivated.

Next year, the first practice Dr. Stephanie Miner, DDS, MPH, opened in Minnesota, will celebrate a 10th anniversary, but this forward-thinker doesn’t rest on her laurels.

“This year or next is our tenth year. I have a habit of looking forward and not celebrating the present,” said Dr. Miner of West Lakes Dentistry in Mound.

Her words could not be more accurate. Since then, she has been honored among the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40, awarded an International College of Oral Implantologists ICOI Fellowship and opened a second practice, in Chaska.

Dr. Miner, an alum of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, dedicates herself to continuing education and lifelong learning to offer her patients the best dental treatment. Outside of her practices, Dr. Miner is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

This mom of three gives back in her community through the Give Kids a Smile program.

Read on for Dr. Stephanie Miner’s tips and takeaways from the time since her Incisal Edge “40 Under 40”  honor was announced in 2012!

What’s the best innovation you have implemented at your practice since your “40 Under 40” win?

Buying Vatech cone beams from Benco has improved our ability to provide services for patients.

What’s has been the most vital innovation or change in dentistry since your win?

Digital workflow. That wasn’t a thing ten years ago. Not only has the accuracy and precision of restorations improved, but so has my communication with labs and patients.

What did the “40 Under 40” honor signify to you?

I had just opened my practice from scratch, and looking back, I was a deer in headlights. It gave me a stronger presence in the community. Any positive recognition gives more confidence to patients that you are legitimate.

Advice for other dentists?

Don’t be afraid to push the limits of dentistry and always be learning. Be confident in your skills, but a little cautious. Always be providing excellent dentistry.

Favorite piece of technology at West Lakes Dentistry?

Cone beam. It allows me to confidently plan treatments for patients. It provides more info that wasn’t there before. I can use it for guided surgeries, diagnosis, and to provide treatment.