About Us

Douglas S. Vose, D.D.S.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Iowa State University (where he focused on sociology, chemistry, and zoology), Dr. Douglas Vose graduated in 1986 from the University of Minnesota with his D.D.S.  For the past 24 years, he has been practicing in the Mankato area.  One of his goals as a dentist is to consistently continue his education in order to learn the newest methods in patient care and treatment, including the Invisalign system.

Dr. Vose is a member of the American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association.  He and his wife, Ann, have been married for 29 years and have 3 children together. He enjoys traveling, sports, gardening, and an occasional game of golf.

Sara Steiger (Fedson), RDH

Sara has been working as a dental hygienist for Dr. Vose since June 2010.  She enjoys the camaraderie of the team and the positive energy of her fellow co-workers, it helps patients feel comfortable walking in to the office.

Sara, a native of Mankato, is a 2004 graduate of Mankato West High School.  She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth (2008) and then her Associate of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from Argosy University, Twin Cities (2010).

In her free time, Sara likes to stay active with community sports teams and yoga classes. She and her husband, Sam, enjoy photography, working on creative projects and playing with their boxer, Ryno.

Paula Tatro, RDH

Paula, one of our dental hygienists, has been with our office for almost 15 years.  She is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and is a graduate of Mankato State University in Mankato, MN.  She loves working at Dr. Vose’s office because of the family-friendly atmosphere and the entire team’s dedication to providing excellent dental care to their patients.

Paula has 4 grown children, two of whom are married.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, bird-watching, scrapbooking, quilting, and downhill skiing.



Karen Wheelock, Office Specialist, Licensed Dental Assistant

Karen, our office specialist, has been serving patients at Dr. Vose’s office for 21 years. She is a graduate of Lakeland Medical-Dental Academy in Minneapolis.  She loves being a part of a team that values preventive care and giving patients the best treatment options. She is impressed by the number of our patients who take their dental health seriously because she knows that routine dental cleanings and exams are very important to prevent cavities and to keep gums healthy.

Karen has two grown sons. In her spare time, she likes to hike, bike, listen to music, read, and enjoy art.