Hello and welcome! I was lucky to grow up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin with one older sister and two younger twin brothers. Our Dad, Dr. Jerry Blachowiak was an orthodontist in town. We loved swimming, fishing and playing in Lake Wissota. I can still remember the smell of the Leninkugel beer hops as a Life Guard at the public pool. After graduating as a Chi Hi Cardinal, I went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Go Badgers! After taking a sculpture class in college I realized I loved both art and science so I decided to pursue dentistry closer to home in Gopher territory. At the University of Minnesota, I completed my DDS and was accepted into the prestigious University of Minnesota Orthodontic Program. There I completed my Masters of Science degree and Orthodontic Specialty Certificate in 2001. I began practicing in the metro area and eventually settled in the St. Croix Valley.
I love being an orthodontist because I have the privilege of helping my patients achieve a beautiful, functional smile. I love seeing my younger patients grow up (sometimes those before and after photos are a lot more interesting than the teeth!). One of my favorite parts is the absolute joy that patients experience on the day they get their braces off.
I also love being able to give back to the community. I am a Smiles Change Lives provider and support numerous local organizations, so if you have one in mind let us know!
I am active with many associations including the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Wisconsin Dental Association, and the American Association of Orthodontists. I am also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (the only advanced education recognized by the American Association of Orthodontics). Professionally, I believe learning is a lifelong pursuit, so I also enjoy attending continuing education classes in order to stay current on the latest advancements in the field of orthodontics.
I live in the great community of Hudson, Wisconsin and enjoy spending quality time with my husband, John, our three daughters and dog, Luna. When I get a chance I also love to travel, scuba dive, read, hike, bike, ski, and take art and gym classes.
I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you! If at any time you have any questions, please feel free to call me at the office or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.