Jessica Flotterud, R.D.H., M.S., M.P.H.

Executive Director

Jessica holds a master of science in dental hygiene with a community health focus and a master of public health from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Before she came to Hope Dental, she served as director of the Dental Clinic at Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities for 7 years. In this role, she grew the clinic and modernized processes. She also inspired over 400 dental professionals to volunteer their time and talent to providing quality care.




A Dental Health Leader
As a visionary leader in dental hygiene, Jessica has won scholarships with the American Dental Hygiene Association in leadership training, the American Dental Association for the Give Kids A Smile event development, and the National Network of Oral Health Access in leadership training.

She serves on the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition Board of Directors, as well as directs the Mission for Healthy Smiles Outreach (to preschools and Head Start Centers in Ramsey County).

Jessica successfully transitioned the clinic to an independent entity and has served as the Executive Director since 2016.

Minnesota Dental Hygiene Association
American Association of Public Health Dentistry
National Network for Oral Health Access

Hope Dental Clinic is a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Hygienists, Assistants, Office, and Development Staff

Hope Dental Clinic is made possible through the compassionate, skilled care of licensed dentists, hygienists, and assistants.  The office staff includes an office manager, office assistant, and a development director.


Timothy Mercure

Development Director

Tim has worked in the human services sector for almost 20 years. Prior to his position at Hope Dental Clinic he was the Director of Marketing & Development at ESR, Inc. in Washington County. He also spent 14 yrs in New York City where he worked on marketing and fundraising at United Neighborhood Houses and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies. Tim grew up in Saint Paul, MN and has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Roseville with his wife Claudia and their rescue dog Daisy. Tim enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, traveling, and building things. He also serves on the board of directors at Urban Boatbuilders in St. Paul. He is very honored to have the opportunity to help people access quality dental care!


Amanda Moody

Office Manager

Amanda graduated from Hamline University in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. Along with her degree, she is also certified in CPR. Amanda demonstrates a passion for helping bridge the gap to underserved individuals and dental care and also maintaining a comfortable, caring and positive clinic atmosphere for all of the patients seen at Hope Dental Clinic. It is her goal to provide individuals with the opportunity to be seen and gain knowledge about creating good oral hygiene and being able to maintain it beyond the clinical setting. Amanda was born and raised here in Saint Paul and enjoys attending community outreach events and shows pride in her daily duties. Amanda enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and two children and also being a Certified Veterinary Technician. Other activities she enjoys are traveling, attending sporting events, playing sports, visiting the zoo and biking.

Misty Johnson, R.D.H.

Dental Hygienist

Misty graduated from Argosy University in 2016 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She is certified in providing local anesthesia, nitrous oxide and CPR. Misty is passionate about serving people in the community who are in true need of dental care. It’s her goal to provide her patients with excellent care along with oral health education in order to improve their quality of life. She was born and raised on Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and has been in the twin cities for 10 years. Misty resides in Minnetonka with her Boyfriend, Steve, and their two fur babies. She enjoys spending time with her pug, Carlos, and her shepherd mix, Khaleesi.



 Paula Ostby, L.D.A., C.D.A.

Dental Assistant

Paula went to Hennepin Technical College in 1992 and graduated with a degree in Dental Assisting. Along with her degree, she is also certified in CPR. Paula has gained experience and learned a lot through the years. Paula also enjoys working with various people from different backgrounds. Paula enjoys spending time with her family, working out, being outdoors and the water.




Mayra Sorto Isaola, L.D.A.

Dental Assistant

Mayra went to Minneapolis Community & Technical College in 2012 and graduated from the dental assistant program. Along with her degree, she is also certified in Nitrous Oxide sedation and CPR. Mayra has a passion for public health. For over 10 years she has worked for community clinics where she feels the dental need is greater. Mayra’s goal is to provide patients with education for patients to have a healthy smile and maintain a positive environment for patients. Mayra was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States in 1993. Mayra enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children. Mayra also enjoys traveling, shopping, visiting museums and outdoor activities.



Tehia Knoll

Office Assistant

Tehia went to Northwestern University in 2002 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry. Along with her degree, she is certified in CPR. Tehia has a passion for helping people and making them feel comfortable and cared for. Tehia wants all of our patients to enter into a calm and welcoming environment. Tehia was born and raised here in Minnesota in North Saint Paul. Tehia enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, David, her children, daughter in law, granddaughter and her dog, Sophie. Other activities she enjoys are walking, quiet times and camping with friends and family.




Chao (David) Yu

Outreach Specialist

Chao graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry in 2016. He is currently working towards a Masters degree in Biological Sciences. Along with his degree, he is also certified in CPR. Chao’s goal is to provide education in proper oral hygiene care and nutritional habits to the public. With the strong passion gained from his experience, Chao would like to become an outstanding dentist in the future to provide more services for the patients and to improve their quality of life. Chao enjoys outdoor activities, traveling and baking.



Frank Davis

Security Guard

Frank has served as lead security for 10 years with his previous employment with Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities. During his employment there he gained the experience of keeping order and direction to the various entities of services provided to patients, clients and staff. Frank is at his best when helping others. Frank’s favorite passed time is with family. He especially enjoys when he and his wife host dinners and BBQ cook outs for their adult children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.








Most staff photos courtesy of Lindsey Herbert, Lindsey Herbert Photography, LLC.