The Minnesota Oral Health Project

Leadership Team

Dr. Amos Deinard

Amos Deinard Jr, MD, MPH

Medical Director and Founder

Dr. Deinard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School and School of Public Health. His long career has focused on aiding underserved communities in the Twin Cities. For the past 15 years he has been dedicated to improving oral health of high-risk children in Greater Minnesota through founding the Minnesota Oral Health Project.

Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHA

Cris Gilb, RN, PHN, MHA

Executive Director

Her nearly 40 year healthcare career has included direct patient care and administrative positions in acute care and public health in Southwest Minnesota. More recently, she has devoted her time to oral health strategies for underserved children, working with the Minnesota Oral Health Project, Early Childhood Dental Network, and the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition.

Dr. Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

Dental Director

Dr. Elise Watson Sarvas is a board-certified pediatric dentist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. She completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. She completed concurrent masters' degrees in Dentistry (Pediatric Dentistry) and Public Health (Health Services) as well as a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington. Dr. Sarvas earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Susan Metoxen, White Buffalo Websites

Susan Metoxen, MBA

Technology and Communications

Susan Metoxen is the owner of White Buffalo LLC and is a PHP/mySQL and WordPress developer. She is an adjunct instructor in the Saint Paul College Computer Science Department. Susan also has extensive experience in health care administration, including Medicaid managed care, provider relations, and hospital accounts receivable. She has an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a B.A. from Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Dan Snobl

Dan Snobl, M.Ed., RPT

Strategic Alliances

Dan Snobl is passionate about serving others. He was the Director of Physical Therapy at SWSU for 37 years and has extensive leadership experience in the Lion's organization. Dan has a master's degree in Education from Mankato State University and a bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota.