Dan Schafer, DDS
I have been blessed to work in a profession where I can directly influence the lives of others. Dentistry allows me to improve my patients’ health, function, and confidence, creating an immediate difference in their health. It also fuses science and art, and every case offers unique challenges that keep me engaged and excited to come to work each day.
I also appreciate that I get to take care of my patients routinely enough to develop a relationship with them, to share with them their joys and hardships. I always take the time to listen to each patient’s needs and treat them as an individual.
I was born and raised in Worthington, MN. I grew up in the dental office, as my mom was a dental hygienist. I always knew I wanted to be in healthcare and enjoyed science, as well as working with my hands, so dentistry seemed a natural choice.
To achieve my goal of becoming a dentist, I attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Biology. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery.
An active member of the ADA, MDA, Greater Mankato Growth, and American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics, I stay current with new technology and treatments to provide the best possible care for my patients.
My wife Kelsey and I have two children, Aria and Drayton, as well as a 15-year-old cat named Kurious. I enjoy golfing, attending Vikings games, traveling, and spending time with my family. I also dabble in a bit of hunting and ice fishing.