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Meet the Dental Doctors of Fargo, ND
Our dental team is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the area. They work hard to make sure that your visit runs as smooth as possible and that you receive the utmost in care. The Friendly Smiles Team is trustworthy and reliably delivers friendly, professional care. They truly enjoy seeing a smile on your face as you leave our office!
Dr. Barfield and Dr. Althoff have over 15 combined years of experience. The doctors at Friendly Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry are experienced and dedicated to take care of you and your family’s dental health. Leave all your worries and embarrassment behind because here the culture is all about courtesy, respect, and constructive optimism. They are here to support you in restoring, protecting, and preserving your dental health. You will feel a sense of security and have peace of mind when you leave the office. Together the doctors at Friendly Smiles have the following credentials and memberships:
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- North Dakota Dental Association
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders
Brenda Barfield, DDS
Dr. Brenda Barfield followed her lifelong dream in 2003 by opening her own dental practice in Fargo, North Dakota. She had played an active role in her father’s practice for over 10 years in Moorhead, Minnesota. In 1992, she received an Associates of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and practiced in the Fargo-Moorhead area. After her father’s retirement, Brenda followed in his footsteps and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Between graduating and opening her own practice, Dr. Barfield worked at the Family Health Care Dental Clinic in Fargo.
Dr. Barfield has studied with the leaders in the fields of chronic head and neck pain; neuroanatomy and neurology; temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD); and sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea. She has certification in TMJ & Sleep Therapy Research along with her memberships in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Dakota Dental Association, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders.
Susan Althoff, DDS
Dr. Susan Althoff (Obermiller) is ecstatic to get back to her hometown and provide excellent dental care in Fargo, North Dakota. She grew up in Fargo, attending North High School and Concordia College where she majored in biology and played soccer. She received her dental degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2016.
After graduating from dental school, Dr. Althoff worked as a general dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, expanding her skills in fixed and removable prosthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Upon her husband’s completion of serving in the United States Army, Special Forces, Dr. Althoff and her husband moved to Minneapolis, MN. In Minneapolis she furthered her dental skills becoming proficient in endodontics, pediatric dentistry and oral surgery as well as staying current with the latest technology. Dr. Althoff is certified in Invisalign orthodontics and is actively involved in various professional study clubs.
Dr. Althoff is passionate about providing the highest quality care to her patients. Her focus is helping patients understand why treatment is recommended through intra-oral pictures and an open, honest dialogue so they can make an educated decision to improve their oral health. Dr Althoff is motivated to provide superior dental care and create genuine, life-long relationships with her patients.
Away from the practice, Dr. Althoff enjoys spending time with her husband, Cory, their two children, Oliver and Lily, and dog, Minnie. She and her family enjoy being outdoors, spending time at the lakes, watching and playing sports. Dr. Althoff and her family are very excited to live closer to both of their families and look forward to making many great memories in Fargo, ND.
Emily Miller, DMD
Dr. Emily Miller was interested in medicine since a young age, and followed her pursuit of becoming a dentist while growing up in Florida. She attended the University of Florida for a bachelors in biology in 2012, then attended Nova Southeastern University’s dental school near Miami, where she graduated in 2016. Dr. Miller decided she wished to escape the heat and humidity of Florida, and moved to Fargo soon after graduation. While many Floridians would be intimidated by the snow and wind, Dr. Miller loves Fargo for its small size and great community, and wishes to serve its population by bringing excellent dental care.
Dr. Miller believes that the most fundamental part of dentistry is patient education, and preventing disease before it happens. At the same time, Dr. Miller believes no patient should be too ashamed to come to the dentist, and is happy to help make custom treatment plans for patients who have complex issues in their mouths. Dr. Miller is proficient in both direct and implant restorations, is certified in SOLEA laser dentistry, and has a high level of experience with dental extractions and dentures.
When not in the dental office, Dr. Miller enjoys gardening, drawing, and spending time with her pet rabbits. She also enjoys traveling, especially to interesting cities and National Parks within the United States.