North Idaho Dental Group

Meet the Team at North Idaho Dental Group Ponderay

Did you ever walk into a place that felt so friendly and welcoming that you wanted to be a part of it? That's what patients experience every time they visit North Idaho Dental Group! 

We hand-select dental team members who are enthusiastic and excited about dentistry and love coming to work to see what each new day brings. Some have been with us for years, and some have joined us recently, but they all share the same passion for helping patients achieve excellent oral health. 

At NIDG, we love what we do and who we do it for. Our caring team does everything to help our patients feel valued, respected, and comfortable in our care.

Every team member is passionate about showing patients how achieving excellent oral health can improve their confidence and entire life outlook. We believe that qualities like positivity and optimism are contagious, and we enjoy celebrating each step forward on a patient's journey to a healthier, happier smile.

We would be grateful for the opportunity to show you the difference this makes to the quality of your experience and can't wait to welcome you. Until then, please take a few minutes to get to know our wonderful team of dentists and hygienists at our Coeur d'Alene and Ponderay dental offices. NIDG also serves patients in Sandpoint, ID, and surrounding communities.

Dr. Chace Mickelson

Dr. Chace Mickelson

As an Idaho native, Dr. Chace Mickelson graduated from Idaho State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. He later attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where he received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship and graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 2014. Following dental school, Dr. Mickelson and his family returned to their Idaho roots, and he has been practicing dentistry in the Coeur d’ Alene area since.

Dr. Mickelson and his wife Sasha have two incredible little girls—Arden and Liv. Together, they love to experience all that North Idaho offers, from incredible hiking and biking to relaxing on the many lakes in the area.

Dr. Mickelson is thrilled to be a part of the North Idaho Dental Group team, and his goal is to provide exceptional, state-of-the-art dental care in a relaxing and comfortable environment.

Dr. Hatta Clark

Dr. Hatta Clark

Dr. Hatta Clark attended South Dakota State University College of Nursing, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN status, graduating in 2006. She subsequently obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2011 from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Dr. Clark joined North Idaho Dental Surgery’s Ponderay office in 2021 and enjoys making connections and collaborating with patients to improve their oral health.

In her free time, Dr. Clark enjoys family, skiing, fishing, and boating.

Amy - Office Manager


Office Manager

Amy started in the dental field in 1990, working as an assistant. When she joined NIDG in 2012, she did insurance billing, then became the office manager in 2015. She attended completed her certified dental assisting training at TriTech Skills Center. 

Amy oversees daily production and scheduling and is involved with patient care, treatment planning, patient billing, finance options, payroll, and anything else needed! Her favorite thing to do is complex treatment planning and ensuring patient satisfaction when their case is completed. 

Outside of dentistry, Amy loves spending time with her family and traveling anywhere it's warm. 


Claudia - Office Lead


Office Lead

Claudia joined NIDG in 2018 and handles the front desk at our Ponderay dental office. Her job responsibilities include managing scheduling, creating new patient profiles, entering insurance data, submitting dental claims, verifying benefits and eligibility, and managing treatment plans. She also discusses dental insurance information with patients and explains the details of the cost of treatment.

Outside of work, Claudia spends quality time with her husband and enjoys playing with her two green cheek conures (parrots) and forgetting about work. 


Stephanie - Registered Dental Hygienist


Registered Dental Hygienist

Stephanie graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene. She started in dentistry in 2002 and has been working with NIDG since 2018, providing comprehensive oral hygiene treatment, including diagnostics, prevention, treatment and education. 

Stephanie enjoys performing preventative cleanings and periodontal disease therapy and providing personalized care plans that include a path to oral health and patient comfort. Her other responsibilities include diagnostics, such as x-rays and periodontal charting, sealants, fluoride application, oral hygiene instruction, and anesthetics. 

Outside of the dental office, Stephanie is married to a merchant marine engineer and keeps busy with their two daughters’ school activities. 

Mercedes - Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Mercedes attended North Idaho Community College, Spokane Community College, and Eastern Washington University and joined our dental team in 2018. 

She provides adult and children’s cleanings, periodontal therapy and maintenance, scaling and root planning, x-rays, anesthetics, and fluoride treatments. Mercedes’ favorite part of the job is working with patients and determining the appropriate treatment needed to improve their oral health.

At the end of the workday, Mercedes enjoys coming home to see her cows and cleaning out the barn for her horses, who bring her so much joy. 

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