About Us

Kristen Eklund, DDS

Kristen Eklund, DDS, brings a gentle style to her dentistry, making you and your family comfortable in the dental chair no matter what dental services you require. It is her belief that a healthy, beautiful smile is essential for a quality life


Dr. Eklund has live in Minnesota most of her life; she was raised in Richfield and lives today in Mahtomedi with her husband and three children. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School, with high distinction, upon completing her undergraduate work at Mankato State University and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Eklund previously served her alma mater as a clinical professor, but now exclusively practices in Hugo. Dr. Eklund enjoys her involvement in community theatre, as both a board member and performer. She thinks Hugo is a special community, and has served its residents since 1997.

Patrick Merritt, DDS

Patrick Merritt, DDS, offers family dentistry with an eye toward excellence.
He places high priority on continuing education and offering far more than basic dental care. He wants to get to know you as much as he wants to support your dental health.


Dr. Merritt graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, receiving the Quintessence Award for academic excellence in periodontology. He has been practicing in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area for more than 15 years. Dr. Merritt is active in the community and enjoys playing hockey, as well as spending time with his wife and daughters.

Both doctors are active members of the following professional organizations.

  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • Saint Paul District Dental Society

New Patients

Hugo Dental Care welcomes new patients every day.
Our "new patient" appointments provide you and our staff
with a comprehensive picture of your dental health.
At your "new patient" appointment you will:

  • Meet our dental team.
  • Discuss your concerns and desires.
  • Receive dental x-rays.
  • Receive a comprehensive exam.
  • Receive a comprehensive treatment plan that will be reviewed in detail, including costs and financing options.
  • In most cases, you will receive a dental cleaning (if your treatment needs are more extensive, it may be appropriate to schedule the cleaning for another date). We also see new patients for consultations that would include one or more (but not all) of the above services.

Call us to set up a consultation.
We keep smiles coming and going!

phone: (651)426-1639

  • Gentle Dentistry Comprehensive Care
  • Same-day Emergency Appointments
  • Cosmetic Dentistry & Invisalign® Orthodontics


Hugo Dental Care is committed to providing the full range of dental services. We are experienced dentists, providing comprehensive care for your family's dental needs. We want to keep you smiling, both coming and going, and we have the state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to make that possible.

Consultation & Patient Education
  • Preventive Dental Care
  • Teeth Cleaning

Restorative Dental Care
  • Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Crowns
Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
Pediatric Care

We provide limited oral surgery in our office, but for more complex surgeries and related dental issues, we refer our patients to trusted dental surgeons in the
Minneapolis and St. Paul area.

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Ask us about our VIP Care Plan that makes preventive dental care affordable!

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Smile Gallery

At Hugo Dental Care, smiles are our business. We have smiles coming and going! Enjoy this sampling of the smiles we've helped maintain or improve. Call today to schedule your own dental care appointment - for either preventive or restorative care!

Bonding After


Replace Silver Fills

Replace old crowns

Porcelain Crowns

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Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain Crowns


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