Meet Your Fargo Dentist

Dr. Vetter and his well-established dental team work side by side to bring you a new brand of dentistry.

Austin Vetter DDS

Using modern technology and his fun personality to make all our patients feel at ease.
Dr. Vetter, your Fargo dentist, smiling and wearing a white dental coat
Dr. Vetter, your Fargo dentist, smiling and wearing a white dental coat

An engaging and committed Fargo dentist.

Dr. Austin Vetter was raised in Minot, ND where he was active in sports and the Boy Scouts. He played a number of sports at Bishop Ryan High School before being awarded a full-tuition football scholarship to North Dakota State University where he played tight end. While there, Dr. Vetter met his wife, Katie, who played NDSU basketball. After graduating, they both moved to Creighton for his dental training.

Right from high school, dentistry interested Dr. Vetter because he wanted to help people while expressing his artistic side. He also has an avid interest in technology, which drew him to the everchanging dental field.

With a keen interest in this industry, Dr. Vetter learned from a number of top-class dentists. He appreciated the value of not only fixing issues but also beautifying them. He brings this approach to all his patients as he helps them achieve their personal goals. Our Fargo dentist takes the time to understand your needs and enjoys developing close relationships with his patients.

Let’s Go Bison!
Dr. Vetter, your Fargo dentist with his wife and two daughters all wearing Bison gear.

Dr. Vetter was recognized by North Dakota State University for football and played in seven games for the Bison in 2009. Our Fargo dentist contributed to several special team units and played tight end. He received the Missouri Valley Football Conference Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award that same year.

See Dr. Vetter’s Bison profile here:

Dr. Vetter, your Fargo dentist with his wife and two daughters all wearing Bison gear.
What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters, Grace and Olivia. We attend local high school and college sporting events and swim in the area pools. I also like researching digital dental techniques and communicate with clinicians around the world.

Who is your hero?

My Grandpa Vetter. He raised 12 children that are all amazing aunts and uncles. All the advice I received from him has always rung true. He always valued hard work and education.

What was the best day of your life?

I would say there was a period of my life when I was on cloud nine. I was accepted into dental school and shortly after that, I proposed to my wife. Those few months were some of the greatest months of my life.

What flavor ice cream would you be?

I would be chocolate chip cookie dough with plenty of cookie dough. After all, everyone loves cookie dough.

His Credentials

Your Fargo dentist uses his training, expertise, and compassion to care for your family's smiles.

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Education
  • North Dakota State University

  • Creighton University

  • Active in many dental forums and always doing research on the most current and advanced technologies

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Experience
  • Owner of Vetter Dental

  • Practiced in South Dakota

  • Graduated Creighton University with the Implant Concierge award for use of technology

Dr. Vetter and his entire staff were so amazing. Courteous, professional, and personable from the beginning. They took in all four of our kids at once and proactively rescheduled to make things so convenient for us. Our nine-year-old needed some procedures and I can’t say enough about how kind and patient Dr. Vetter was in getting her through the process.

Michelle L. (Vetter Dental Patient)

Meet Your Smile Team

As the backbone of our practice, our team shares the same values and approach to make your family's visits something special.

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Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot
Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot

Mariah Melenich

How did you choose dentistry?
I enjoyed going to the dentist as a child and my mom worked in a dental office so I was used to the environment. But it wasn’t until I got braces that I knew I was going to pursue a career in the dental field. Having braces gave me the confidence to show my smile. To this day I don’t stop smiling and I hope to give someone the same confidence.

What is the best part of your job?
Every patient that walks through the door. I love talking with people because I feel you can learn so much and gain different perspectives and maybe even a new hobby.

What do you do outside the office?
I love everything health and fitness, reading, spending time with friends and family, and of course, anything that includes coffee.

What is one item on your bucket list?
It is on my bucket list to live in a tiny home and be completely off-grid.

Mariah Melenich

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Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot
Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot

Laura Fink

I have been married to Joe since 1991. We have 4 grown daughters named Lauren, Anna, Becca, and Allie and one adorable granddaughter named Stephanie. We also have a Chiweenie named Ellie Mae who likes to roam the neighborhood of late.

Why did you choose dentistry?
I didn’t really choose dentistry. When I was living in Iowa where my sister is a dentist, she needed someone to replace an employee who wanted to be a stay at home mom. Since my children were all in school at that time I said sure. That was over a dozen years ago now and I absolutely love what I do and the people I work with.

What is the best part of your job?
Working with this great team here at Vetter Dental has been amazing! We all go above and beyond what is expected for each other and our patients. I also love being able to help our patients with their insurance and financial questions and to help them understand their treatment needs.

What do you do outside the office?
I love spending time with my family. Going to the farmer’s market when it is open, bumming around downtown, and trying new restaurants. I also love to cook for my family and am always happy to host our family dinners.

What’s one item on your bucket list?
To be able to go back to Maui! Joe and I plan to do this for our 30th Anniversary in 2021.

Laura Fink

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Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot
Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot

Hannah Heinz

Hi, I’m Hannah. I am from New Rockford, ND. I graduated in 2018 from NDSCS with a Dental Assisting Degree. I moved to Fargo and started working at Vetter Dental in October of 2018.

Why did you choose dentistry?
I chose dentistry because I always loved the environment when I would go to the dentist or orthodontist. It always seemed like everyone enjoyed what they were doing and loved going to work every morning and I wanted to work in an environment like that!

What is the best part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is talking (maybe a bit too much) with all of our patients and helping people be happy with their smile.

What do you do outside the office?
In my free time, I stay occupied with my puppy (Blue) and my two kittens (Bella and Rosie). I also like to spend time with friends and family and try to make it to my sister’s high school activities when I get the chance!

What’s one item on your bucket list?
One thing that I would absolutely love to do is go scuba diving in the ocean!

Hannah Heinz

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Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot
Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot

Brittany Grunig

I am originally from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. My husband and I both graduated from NDSU and he is a high school counselor. We have a black lab named Axle. I have experience working in an orthodontist office and a chiropractic office and was excited to join this fantastic team!

Why did you choose dentistry?
I loved my dentist growing up and I always found dentistry exciting. I also know it is not everyone’s favorite place to be, so I hope I can be a friendly face to help make your visit more enjoyable.

What is the best part of your job?
I enjoy getting to chat with our patients and getting to know everyone that comes into our office. I also get a little rush from getting our schedule to work perfectly with our patients.

What do you do outside the office?
In the summer I spend a lot of time in the lakes area wake surfing and enjoying the sun. In the winter I love going skiing and snowmobiling. You will find me playing in volleyball leagues around town all year long!

What’s one item on your bucket list?
I would love to take an extended vacation to New Zealand!

Brittany Grunig

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Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot
Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot

Wendy Jackson

I am married to my husband Nick and we have a daughter Jordan. We also have 4 older children to complete our family of 7. I am originally from South Dakota and have been in the dental field for 20 years in June 2020 as both an assistant and hygienist.

Why did you choose dentistry?
I choose the dental field as a career as I have always enjoyed going to the dentist as a child. I also enjoy spending time with my family and the dental field allows for this with no nights or weekends!

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is getting to meet and know my patients over the years. It is also rewarding to help play a part in keeping their mouth and smile healthy. Another great part of my job is when you get to work with AWESOME coworkers every day. We have the best chemistry and that makes coming to work enjoyable!

What do you do outside the office?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, attending our kids’ activities and traveling.

What’s one item on your bucket list?
On our bucket list is a trip to Japan one day as my brother in law and his family live there.

Wendy Jackson

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Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot
Vetter Dental's dental hygienist headshot

Brittney Bartlett

I am from Steele, ND. My dad is in the National Guard and my mom used to run her own daycare. I have an older sister who is a Kindergarten teacher and a younger brother who is attending college at BSC, studying cybersecurity and information technology. I attended NDSCS, and that is where I received my degree in dental hygiene. I have been working as a dental hygienist in the Fargo/Moorhead area for about 2 years, and I started working at Vetter Dental in October 2018.”

Why did you choose dentistry?
I chose dentistry because the first thing I look at on a person is their smile.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I get to help others with their oral hygiene. I love meeting my patients, and developing relationships with them, and knowing that I can help make a difference in their healthcare.

What do you do outside the office?
Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I like watching movies, listening to music, and going for walks in my spare time. I also enjoy going to the lake in the summer and taking road trips.

What’s one item on your bucket list?
One item on my bucket list is that I want to go to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium with my family. My grandpa was a huge Yankees fan, and he passed that down to my dad, who passed it down to my sister and I, so it would be pretty special for us.

Brittney Bartlett
Saying Farewell to Dr. Erickson
Thank you for serving our community so well!

It is with great joy that we congratulate Dr. Jay P. Erickson on his retirement. He established a wonderful, family-friendly practice in the heart of our community and for that, we are truly grateful. He will be missed, but you may see him around the office as he and his wife Bonnie are continuing on as patients of Dr. Vetter.

Thanks for your service Dr. Erickson!

Ushering in a New Era of Dentistry

You will always be our priority as we continue to offer unrivaled care to the people of Fargo, ND.