When Dr. Andrew Heinisch decided to move his dental career to the Twin Cities in the Fall of 2018 from Worthington, Minnesota, he had a wide range of options in where he would practice and how he would practice. “I looked at both private practices and chain practices, in both downtown locations and suburban offices. But I kept finding that their goal was not to develop patient relationships based on trust and quality of care.”
But when Dr. Heinisch interviewed with Dr. Walter Hunt, founder of Personal Care Dentistry, and spent time getting to know some of the care team at the Roseville practice, he knew he had found a new home. “They really do provide personal care at Personal Care Dentistry,” he says. “I knew pretty quickly that it was a practice that fit me.”
Since joining the Personal Care Dentistry team, Dr. Heinisch’s initial impressions have been accurate. “This is a practice that values building person-to-person relationships with their patients. They treat their patients as people, not a set of teeth. The staff are very kind and are genuine in the way they treat patients and talk to them. I see a lot of smiling team members at Personal Care Dentistry.”
That approach to patients fits Dr. Heinisch’s philosophy. “Dentistry should revolve around the patient, and if they are happy I am happy.”
Dr. Henisch grew up in St. Paul and went to Harding High School. He worked office jobs in two Twin Cities hospitals after he graduated from high school, including three years when he managed to juggle both full-time jobs. Eventually he decided to enroll at the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate and majored in biochemistry. He worked the entire time he was at the U of M, and also volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission and taught GED classes in math and science. Dr. Heinisch graduated in 2010 from the University of Minnesota, and then was accepted in the dental program at the University of Iowa.
“I was attracted to dentistry because it is a medical profession that is its own specialty and I was always attracted to the medical field,” notes Dr. Heinisch. “I have always been interested in oral health and dentistry was the perfect field for me to pursue.”
Dr. Heinisch graduated in 2014 with a dental degree, and joined a practice in Iowa Falls that had several clinics in Iowa and Minnesota. He worked in their clinics in Fort Dodge and in Des Moines for a year, and then moved up to Worthington, Minnesota in 2015 to work in their dental office.
Dr. Heinisch believes in giving back to his community. “I have always wanted to serve underprivileged populations. I was on a Kiwanis board and helped with a free clinic – we offered services to people who couldn’t get service.”
Dr. Heinisch and his wife Brandy live in downtown St. Paul and have one daughter– Nadia – who was born in the summer of 2018. They also have a pair of dogs – Roxie and Piffy – and a cat named Brady (Dr. Heinisch’s wife is a New England Patriots fan). They like to bike and kayak and Dr. Heinisch loves to spend time in his kitchen baking.
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