Meet Our Dentists
Terry Cowgill, DDS
Terry grew up in Caledonia MN and went to college at St. John’s University. He went to dental school at the University of Minnesota and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1994. Wanting to live close to his hometown he started Cowgill Dental in Onalaska. He loves dentistry so much he married another dentist, Michelle Schoene. They are now blessed with three children, Grace, Jonah, and Sophia.
Melissa Schmit, DDS
Melissa is from the Twin Cities area and went to the University of Minnesota – Duluth for her bachelor’s degree. In 1996 she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota. She joined our practice in 1997 and now lives with her husband Mark and their four children, Aaron, Brandon, Cal, and Danielle.
Michelle Schoene, DDS
Michelle (Cowgill) is from Racine WI and went to Marquette University before attending dental school at the University of Minnesota. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1995. Besides being a full-time Mom she also enjoys treating her patients a few days per week.
Aksel Gundersen, DDS
Dr. Aksel Gundersen graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2017 after receiving his undergraduate degree in biology from UW – Madison. Dr. Gundersen grew up in La Crosse and is a 2007 graduate of Logan High School.
As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Aksel was a counselor at a canoe camp in northern Wisconsin during his college summers. To this day, Dr. Aksel continues to enjoy canoeing, camping, and nature with his wife, Maggie. He is a member of the La Crosse District Dental Society, Wisconsin Dental Association, and American Dental Association.
Victoria Alexander, DDS
Dr. Alexander was born and raised in Ukraine. She earned a degree in dental hygiene and later her DDS from New York University. Dr. Alexander then completed a general practice residency at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where she covered all aspects of general dentistry.
Dr. Alexander is a proud member of the Academy of General Dentistry and in 2020, received the Fellowship Award from the AGD. The Fellowship Aware is presented to dentists who strive to provide the highest quality of dental care to their patients by remaining current in the field of oral care as well as incorporating the latest research techniques into their practices.
Dr. Alexander enjoys spending time with her young daughter, traveling both domestically and abroad, and exploring new cultures and cuisine.
Shivani Kushwaha, DDS
Shivani Kushwaha grew up in Rochester, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2022. She received her BA in Psychology and minor in Art from UW-Madison in 2017. When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Kushwaha enjoys cooking, foraging, riding her bike, drawing, skiing, and travelling abroad with loved ones.
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