Meet our Team
Hebert Dental takes pride in its team of highly qualified and competent professionals. You can count on our Eau Claire dentists, dental hygienists, and administrative staff to provide you with the care and service you deserve. Our practice has three of the most highly skilled and experienced dentists in Eau Claire. They may specialize in different fields, but all of them offer the same level of attention and compassion to all their patients.
Outdoors is where I spend much of my out of office time. I especially love hunting with my dog, Chienne. If I am not hunting, I spend my time on the golf course, in my yard shooting my bow, on the river fishing, in the woods exploring, or giving my grandkids a ride on the ATV. I have become an eager reader of magazines, books on dog training, Africa, infectious diseases, and human-interest stories.
When I began Hebert Dental in 1975, I envisioned a dental practice that would treat patients with the highest level of skill, expertise and care. I wanted the patients to feel calm and at ease when walking through the door.
Our level of skill and expertise is seen once our patients are sitting in the dental chair. We do a very thorough comprehensive examination at the first visit to discover the patient’s dental condition. The examination helps us discover what is needed for our patients to achieve an “Hebert Smile”. We have had a mercury free dental office since 1981. I am proud of my staff and pleased to be treating patients the way I envisioned years ago. – Dr. Hebert
Dr. Tarpenning has a long history of achievement from his younger days in high school to college and now in his professional life. In high school, he achieved numerous academic awards and along the way participated in hockey and tennis. As a Collegian, he was an active officer in the Alpha Phi Omega service Fraternity (founded by the Boy Scouts of America), numerous academic organizations, and worked as both a Christian Camp Counselor and in a Nursing home during his summer vacations.
Now, as a dental professional, Dr. Tarpenning has been a 2 time president of the Chippewa Valley Dental Society, and has spent hundreds of hours on post-doctoral training with a focus on both Orthodontics and Complex restorative dentistry. He has authored two books about dentistry, and he also has Hospital Dentistry privileges at Oak Leaf Surgical Hospital.
Dr. Tarpenning has been married to his college sweetheart Melissa for over 10 years and they have 3 beautiful children together – Aidan, Keiran and Rowan.
As a child Dr. Tarpenning grew up in Rice Lake. He lived there until the passing of his father. Later he moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he went to high school. He then attended Luther College, located an hour south of Rochester in Decorah, Iowa, for four years where he got his B.A. in Biology. He then attended the University Of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Upon graduation he was an adjunct fixed prosthodontics instructor at the school of Dentistry, and from there joined Dr. Hebert in his practice, which he has been in practice since 2000. He has a wide range of interests, including athletics as he’s been an Eau Claire youth hockey coach. Dr. Tarpenning still is an active hockey player, enjoys bicycling, and runs “for a cure” in a ½ marathon in San Francisco every year.
Dr. Jayce Apelgren, a University of Minnesota School of Dentistry graduate, is excited to return to Wisconsin. Dr. Jayce grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin in the small town of Waterford. He then attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where he graduated cum laude and obtained his bachelor of arts in Biology. During this time he was a member of the Lawrence University basketball team.
Dr. Jayce has many interests outside of dentistry. Whenever possible, he spends time with his family and friends. One of his biggest hobbies is the outdoors. Dr. Jayce enjoys camping, traveling, fishing, hunting, running, and much more. He still finds time to play hoops and enjoys watching and talking about anything sports related. Dr. Jayce is looking forward to being surrounded by more Green Bay Packer fans, his favorite sports team to cheer on.
Dr. Jayce was able to see firsthand the type of impact a caring dentist can have on a patient. At the age of 12, he chipped his front teeth in a swimming pool. He was grateful for the kindness and gentle nature that his dentist had at that time. Dr. Jayce has used his experience as a foundation for the care that he delivers to his patients.
He performs a wide range of dental procedures and looks forward to continually providing caring, quality dentistry.
Dr. Katee Rotty grew up in Farmington, Minnesota, a suburb of the Twin Cities. She attended the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University and received a degree in biology and Hispanic studies. There she actively participated in cross country and track and continues to enjoy running. She ran the 2013 Twin Cities Marathon and a half marathon in Segovia, Spain where she studied abroad for six months. Dr. Katee earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; where she also met her fiancé, our very own, Dr. Jayce Apelgren!
Outside of the office, Dr. Katee loves to be active. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, hiking and going to the lake. Dr. Katee has a passion for traveling; a few of her favorite places are New York, Nashville, and Boston.
Dr. Katee shows her devotion and commitment by bringing the best care to her patients. Her friendly and gentle style has won the hearts of patients of all ages. She performs a wide range of dental procedures and is looking forward to joining the Eau Claire community.
Dr. Katee believes that the best makeup is your smile. There is no beauty like the one that comes from inside of you.