Meet Our Team

Our Doctors

Dr. Anderson
Dr. Anderson
Dr. Anderson is passionate about delivering an exceptional patient experience at Anderson Dental Group. He is committed to providing a relaxed atmosphere and quality care to each of his patients.
A Midwest native, Dr. Anderson attended Marquette University and University of Iowa College of Dentistry and studied advanced practice management through Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. With a strong passion for education, Dr. Anderson has also served as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Anderson strives to make Anderson Dental Group a leader in providing the latest in diagnostic technology for our patients. In November of 2014, Anderson Dental Group installed 3-D cone beam radiography, an incredible tool for placing implants, diagnosing root canals, and examining all areas of the mouth with a 3-D view!

Dr. Anderson and his wife, Diana, have four children that keep them very busy. As a family, they enjoy motorcycles, travel, camping, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends!

Dr. Reis
Dr. Reis
Dr. Rachel Reis is a 2003 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa and moved to the Des Moines area after graduating.
Dr. Reis is a member of the American Dental Association and Iowa Dental Association. She completed rotations at pediatric focused practices while in dental school and has volunteered with Iowa Mission of Mercy.

Dr. Reis and her husband, Jim, moved to Adel in 2013. They have two young sons, Benton and Tyson. The boys are starting to get involved in sports and activities in the community which will keep them busy for years to come. Rachel enjoys golfing, running road races and cheering on Iowa collegiate sports in her free time.

Dr. Cross
Dr. Cross
After graduating magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in biology from Simpson College, Urbandale native Dr. Ames Cross went on to earn his D.D.S at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. 
Dr. Cross takes pride in giving back to his community. He regularly volunteers on the Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic, providing free dental work to children in the Des Moines public schools. He also participates in the annual Iowa Mission of Mercy and Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. Dr. Cross is a member of the American Dental Association and the Iowa Dental Association.

Dr. Cross is happily married to Mallory Cross, also an Urbandale native. They have two wonderful young boys. In his free time, Dr. Cross enjoys spending time with his wife and child, their dog, Bauer, and his extended family. Hockey has always been one of Dr. Cross’ greatest passions, and he feeds that passion by participating in the Des Moines Adult Hockey League. He also enjoys golfing, cooking, exercising, and hunting.

Management

Diana
DianaPractice Manager
Diana’s passion for helping people shows in her infectious smile, as she makes sure each of our patients has a positive experience in our care. Whether a patient has questions about treatment, is confused about insurance benefits, or needs help scheduling an appointment, Diana is a valuable resource.
With 20+ years of experience in the dental field, Diana appreciates being part of a team that’s committed to continuously building its knowledge and skills and working together to create the best possible experience for our patients.

Diana and her husband, Eric, have four beautiful children who keep them very active! As a family, they enjoy traveling, golfing, boating, walking, and the company of friends and family.

Dawn
DawnBusiness Manager
While Dawn’s main focus is to keep the practice running smoothly, she especially enjoys the time she spends with patients. Dawn came to Anderson Dental Group in 2003, bringing with her valuable business-sector experience. She absolutely LOVES her job and working with the staff and patients here at Anderson Dental.
Dawn has been married to Jay for over 30 years and they have three wonderful children (Megan, Bryce, and Jaymie). Her free time is spent with family and friends and traveling to UNI to cheer on their Panthers!

Hygienists

Karla
Karla
Karla was a dental assistant for six years before going back to school to become a dental hygienist. She attended the Dental Hygiene program at DMACC and has been in the dental field for over 20 years.
Karla is married to Doug, and they have two children, Kendre and Kolby. In their leisure time, they enjoy being with their children and friends boating during the summer.
Alissa
Alissa
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota in 2004, Alissa stayed as on a clinical instructor for USD’s Dental Hygiene program before moving to the Des Moines area. Since 2006, Alissa has been a proud member of the Anderson Dental Group team. She especially enjoys talking with her patients and educating them about how to improve their oral health.
Alissa grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa. She and her husband, Michael, have 2 young boys, Reagan and Adrian. In their free time, they love playing and laughing with these two little blessings!
Sanela
Sanela
Sanela was born in Zenica, Bosnia, and moved to Des Moines in 1997 with her parents and younger brother. Sanela worked as a dental assistant for five years after graduating from the DMACC Dental Assisting program in 2000. In May 2007, she earned her associate degree in applied science in dental hygiene, and she started her career as a dental hygienist with Anderson Dental Group soon after. Sanela and her husband, Adnan, are enjoying their two little girls, Mia and Isabella.
Megan
Megan
Megan has been with Anderson Dental Group as a dental assistant and now dental hygienist for over 5 years.
Megan was born and raised in Des Moines and married her high school sweetheart in 2009. They live in Ankeny with their two golden retrievers and pug. Megan’s hobbies are traveling, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. Megan is a fitness instructor and a performer for En L’air, an aerial dance company.
Kyle
Kyle
Kyle graduated from Missouri Southern State University in spring 2014 with a degree in dental hygiene. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Iowa to begin her career. She married her husband, Wade, in June of 2017.

Kyle enjoys visiting and getting to know each one of her patients and assessing their dental needs. When she’s not working, she loves spending time hunting, traveling, and spending time in Kansas with her family and friends.

Assistants

Janae
Janae
Janae has enjoyed working as a Registered Dental Assistant with expanded functions for more than 30 years! She truly embraces the “patient comes first” approach here at Anderson Dental Group, and patients love her calming and caring nature.

Janae lives west of Des Moines with her husband Steve, son Sam, and their dog Allie. Their daughter, Desi, and her husband, Matt, live just a few miles away, and they enjoy being able to spend time together as a family.

Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is a Registered Dental Assistant with expanded functions who has more than ten years of experience restoring smiles! Her passion for dental assisting has grown since the first day she stepped into a dental office! She considers getting to know her patients on a personal level and caring for their health to be a true joy and feels every day is rewarding.

In her spare time, Alyssa likes to go boating, teach dance, and is enjoying every moment with her husband, Dino, and their little boy, Gianni.

Donna
Donna
Donna is a graduate from the DMACC Dental Assistant program. She loves working in the community with Adel Dental Group. Donna loves meeting new people and creating new relationships while focusing on patient care. Eventually her plans are to go back to school to earn a degree in Dental Hygiene, but for now enjoys being a Dental Assistant and expanding her knowledge for that field.

She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Donna has two golden retrievers that go everywhere with her.

Patient Services Coordinators

Pam
Pam
Pam is one the first people you will usually see or hear in our office—her smile and laughter are contagious. With more than twenty years of experience in the dental field, Pam is committed to making each experience with our office relaxed and comfortable and excels in her work every day.
Pam lives in Ankeny with Gene, her husband of 30 years. Their daughter, Morgan teaches in Ankeny schools, and their son, Taylor is a Des Moines police officer. In her spare time, Pam enjoys riding their Harley, cheering on their Cyclones (Go State!), gardening, shopping, Mexico, family, their cat, Richard, and traveling with friends.
Sharyl
Sharyl
Sharyl is new to our practice but has been in the Dental field for 12 years. She will be one of the first people to greet you when you come in the door!
She loves to travel, going to Oklahoma every chance she gets, loves to spend time with her 4 kids and her 12 grandbabies. In her spare time she likes to go for walks and to learn and explore new cultures and loves any sandy beach she can find!

She will be a very important part of our team and are excited to have her here with us!

Heather
Heather
Fran & Norm
Fran & Norm
Fran & Norm are the friendly faces behind our confirmation calls.