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A caring, highly-trained dental staff with decades of experience, serving Minneapolis-area families

A wonderful, professional dental staff to serve your entire family!

From our dentists and hygienists to our technicians and front-office support people, you’ll feel confident and comfortable in bringing the whole family to Rhode Island Dental. Our staff is a great team of professionals, many of whom have been with us for more than 20 years.

Dr. Douglas Talus

Dr. Douglas Talus is originally from Minneapolis, MN and currently resides in Plymouth, MN.

Dr. Talus is a 1983 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and a 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He also completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Washington.

Upon returning to Minnesota, Dr. Talus joined the practice of Dr. Robert Nelson. When Dr. Nelson retired in 1989, Dr. Talus purchased the practice and has been serving patients at the same location ever since.

Dr. Talus also was a clinical instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry from 1990-1999. He is a member of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, Minnesota Dental Association, American Dental Association and the 21st Century Club.

Dr. Talus and his wife Carol, have two adult sons, Bryan and Eric. In his spare time Dr. Talus enjoys reading, playing trumpet, golfing, participating in activities at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church and spending time with family.

Dr. Lawrence O'Halloran

Dr. O'Halloran graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in 1970 with a B.S degree in Biology and a D.D.S. degree. After serving in the U.S. Army Dental Corp for 2 years, he entered private practice at Rhode Island Dental. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association and the Minneapolis District Dental Society.

Dr. O'Halloran and his wife Kathy have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Dr. O is an avid bicyclist and gardener, and he also enjoys reading American History. He has dedicated his career to providing the best general dental care to his patients.

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Administrative Staff



Tammy is the financial coordinator for Rhode Island Dental; she has been with us for 10 years. She has over 30 years of experience in the dental field, specializing in insurance.

Tammy is married with 2 grown children. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, volunteering, caring for her menagerie of pets, and spending time with friends and family.


Patty is a Certified Licensed Dental Assistant; she received an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Dental Assisting from Pueblo Community College in Pueblo, Colorado.

Patty has been with Rhode Island Dental since 2005. She serves as the Compliance Officer for Rhode Island Dental and works at the front desk on occasion.

Patty is married with 5 adult children and 8 grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, road trips and spending time with her family.


Clinical Staff


Kathy "Katie"

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Dental Hygiene. She has worked for Rhode Island Dental for 42 years. Kathy states: "Rhode Island Dental is a professional office with integrity and high quality dentistry. Many patients have said that they love to come to our office; it's like a social event."

Kathy is married with three adult children. In her spare time she enjoys floral design, gardening, and scrap-booking/card-making.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Jenni received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.  She enjoys working in the dental field and putting patients at ease by providing gentle care.

Jennie is married to her husband, Adam. They have two dogs, Sally, a black lab and Lola, an Olde English Bulldogge. They enjoy boating during the Minnesota Summers and spend many fall weekends at Gopher Football Games.



Registered Dental Hygienist

Jody received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. She has been our "permanent temporary" hygienist since 2001. Jody is committed to providing the best possible care to all of our patients at Rhode Island Dental.

Jody lives with her 9 year old Papillon puppy, Oscar Meyer. In her spare time, Jody works for a non-profit organization. When possible she will take an occasional professional ballet, Pilates or yoga class, design jewelry, knit, and write.


Registered Dental Hygienist

Megan recently earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. She enjoys creating relationships with her patients and coworkers while providing excellent care.

Megan loves spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs named Sadie and Stella. She is an avid sports fan and loves the outdoors.



Certified Licensed Dental Assistant

Michele has been with Rhode Island Dental for 41 years. She is pleased to work at Rhode Island Dental with Dr. O'Halloran as a team member, providing quality and caring clinical dentistry. She strives to create and provide a good dental experience to every patient at Rhode Island Dental with a smile.

In her spare time, she likes to bake and enjoys various crafts. She is married and has two daughters and one granddaughter. In the summer they travel "Up North" to Park Rapids for family vacations.


Licensed Dental Assistant

Syrina received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Dental Assisting from Century College.
She came to the U.S.A 10 years ago from Jamaica.

Syrina and her husband reside in Hopkins Mn.  She enjoys authentic Jamaican food, such as curry goat, jerk chicken and rice and peas.  She also loves experiencing all that Minnesota has to offer. Stillwater in the fall is one of her favorite places to visit.

Syrina enjoys all aspects of Dental Assisting. She especially likes getting to know the patients and making them feel at ease. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Rhode Island Dental – caring, professional dental care for families in St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Minneapolis and beyond, for more than 66 years!

Rhode Island Dental | Douglas D. Talus, D.D.S. & Lawrence W. O’Halloran, D.D.S. | (952) 938-7628 | 3645 Rhode Island Ave. S, St. Louis Park, MN 55426