Meet the Team

We recognize that all of our patients are unique and deserve to receive dental care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding dental experience every time you visit our practice. We are pleased to welcome you and your family, and we look forward to working with you.

Alex Shnaydruk D.D.S.

Dr. Alex has a true passion for providing personalized care and establishing long-term professional relationships with his patients. He will take the time to listen, communicate and tailor comprehensive dental care to each individuals needs and health goals.

Dr. Alex received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Biological Sciences and graduated from University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. Through his undergraduate and graduate education, he did extensive laboratory research at the University of Minnesota, studying in the areas of pharmacology and neuroscience. He is extremely passionate about learning and keeps up to date with the latest and greatest in dentistry, through continuing education courses and local study clubs. He specializes in general dentistry with special interest in endodontics (root canals), oral surgery, prosthodontics and clear aligner orthodontics.

Dr. Alex was born in a small Eastern European country, Riga, Latvia and immigrated to a small town in Minnesota at the age of nine. Growing up in Latvia, he was fortunate to learn multiple languages including Ukrainian, Russian and Latvian.

When Dr. Alex is not helping patients, you can find him enjoying the beautiful Minnesota outdoors with family and friends. He loves to bike, run, drink coffee and keep active with CrossFit.

Call and schedule your next visit with Dr. Alex


  • Minnesota Dental Association (MDA)
  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Invisalign provider
  • Spears Study Club


Melissa Thorne, RDH

Lead Dental Hygienist

I truly love getting to know my patients as individuals and watching their families grow. These relationships are what make my days fun and keep my passion for this profession strong. I strive to make everyone feel comfortable in a place where many people feel uncomfortable. I started working with Dr. Sepi as a Dental Assistant in 1996. In 2001 I completed my Dental Hygiene degree and returned to Isles Dental. I intend to stay here until I retire.

My role at Isles Dental is multi-faceted. I am the Lead Dental Hygienist in the practice, and I also support my other team members when needed. We’re all willing to pitch in to keep everything running smoothly for our patients. As a hygienist, I focus on helping people develop and keep a healthy mouth and smile. While I’m cleaning their teeth, we talk about their home hygiene routine and figure out changes they can make that will keep their smile looking great.

I live in Minneapolis with my husband Matt, daughter Sophia, and our dog, Ruby. Outside of work, I’m all about friends and family.



Julie Grams

Office Administrator

I joined Isles Dental in August 2017, and have over 30 years of experience in dental offices. I was fascinated with the dental field after my experience with orthodontics and braces as a teenager. In college, I started with an accounting degree, then became a dental assistant. A few short years later, after starting a family, I combined my background and pursued my career of dental office administrator. I have experience in many office settings, but a small private practice is my favorite because I get to know and build relationships with my team and with our patients.

As office administrator, I wear many hats. I do a lot of “behind the scenes” work, and I help patients schedule appointments, learn about insurance, or discuss treatment plans. I am always available to help answer any questions that may come up when it comes to dental treatment and care.

Family is important to me. I love working at Isles Dental because it feels like a family. Everyone on our team is willing to be helpful and offer support in any way they can. I consider our patients part of our team, and I love getting to know them and their families. When I am out of the office, I spend as much time as I can outdoors. I like to relax and read, and I enjoy sharing time with my husband and our own family.


Jade Nelson, RDH




Shaina Nelson, CDA

Dental Assistant

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