Dr. Michael Ling graduated from Totino-Grace High School in 1994, where he was a National Merit Scholar, member of the National Honor Society, and an All-Conference varsity athlete in football and baseball. From 1994 to 1997, he attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he earned a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. After three years in Duluth, Dr. Ling was accepted to the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry program and transferred to the Twin Cities campus. Dr. Ling graduated with distinction in the top 5% of his class. He received numerous awards, including the American College of Prosthodontics Undergraduate Achievement Award, the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Academic Achievement Award, and the Dr. Ireton G. Anderson Endowment Scholarship. He was also recognized for scholastic achievement by the Beta Beta chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.
Since graduating in 2001, Dr. Mike Ling has devoted several hundred hours to continuing his education, including a 500-hour post-graduate training program in esthetic dentistry. In July 2006, Dr. Ling relocated to the Blaine office. Dr. Ling is a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, the Minneapolis District Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
When Dr. Ling is not treating his patients, he can be found spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys boating, water skiing, and golf, and he is a classic car enthusiast.
Dr. Jodi (Lamoureux) Pope grew up in Grafton, North Dakota and graduated from Grafton High School. She received her undergraduate degree in 2001 at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in health sciences. She continued her studies at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2005. Dr. Pope joined the Ling Family Dentistry family as an associate dentist in the summer of 2005.
Dr. Pope has been instrumental in the success of the “Give Kids a Smile” program, with her annual participation since 2005.
Dr. Pope resides in the Twin Cities with her husband and two children. She spends her free time waterskiing, snow skiing, scrapbooking, and enjoying many outdoor activities.
Dr. Sarah (Doheny) Latterell grew up in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and graduated in Anoka High School in 2000. She attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated magna cum ladue in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Dr. Latterell continued her studies at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, graduating with distinction in the top ten of her class. Dr. Latterell joined Ling Family Dentistry as an associate dentist in July 2009.
Dr. Latterell has completed over 200 hours of postgraduate education in the Esthetic Dentistry program at the University of Minnesota. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband, Erik. In her free time, she enjoys staying active outdoors with her Golden Retriever, spending time at her family’s cabin in northern Minnesota, reading, traveling, and cheering for local sports teams.
Dr. Zach Walgenbach grew up in Waseca, Minnesota and graduated from Waseca High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in percussion. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and graduated with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
While he was a student, Dr. Walgenbach took several elective and honors courses in general dentistry, including those in endodontics and pediatric dentistry, and he graduated with many awards and honors. He received the Quality Care in a Caring Manner Award for his clinical excellence and compassionate treatment with patients. The Academy of General Dentistry Board of Trustees recognized Dr. Walgenbach for having exhibited the greatest leadership, interest, knowledge, and proficiency in the field of general dentistry while in school, and awarded him the Academy of General Dentistry University of Minnesota Senior Leader Award. In addition, Dr. Walgenbach received an award from the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry for his outstanding achievement in the pursuit of excellence in the study of Esthetic Dentistry while a student at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Walgenbach has continued to hold himself to high standards in the treatment of his patients and is excited to join the Ling Family Dentistry team.
Community involvement and service work has always been a central part of Dr. Walgenbach’s life. He first started participating with the Give Kids a Smile annual program in 2009. He has also been involved with Minnesota’s Mission of Mercy program. More recently, he has traveled with a Minnesota-based dental relief group to Antigua, Guatemala and San Rafael, Guatemala, providing dental treatment to the underserved.
Dr. Walgenbach is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. When Dr. Walgenbach is not treating patients, he can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wife. They enjoy boating, biking, camping, and hiking. Dr. Walgenbach also enjoys working with his hands and auto restoration.