About Us

A Good Reason to Smile

West Central Dental

We are a dental practice devoted to personalized treatment and our team is committed to keeping you comfortable while providing the highest quality of dental care. It is our goal is to educate all of our patients in order to form long-lasting relationships founded on trust. We want to empower you to make healthy dental choices for a smile that lasts a lifetime.

Dr. Ross Olness

Dr. Olness’ father and mother were a mechanic and a teacher, so he learned by example and grew up with a passion for helping others and working with his hands. He knew he wanted to find a profession that would meld these two traits, and dentistry seemed to be a perfect fit. 

After earning his DDS from the University of Minnesota in 2007, Dr. Olness began practicing in Willmar in 2007. He finds it gratifying to help people achieve and maintain oral health, and he strives to ensure every patient feels comfortable in our office. Dr. Olness believes optimal dental wellness starts with patient-centered care. That is why he takes the time to make sure each patient understands their treatment and individual oral care needs. 

When he’s not in the office, Dr. Olness loves getting outdoors with his wife and three daughters. He loves camping, skiing, canoeing, biking, boating, and fishing with his family. Dr. Olness is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • West Central Dental Society
  • American Academy of General Dentistry
  • Minnesota Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Jake Stricherz

Dr. Jake is a native of North Eastern South Dakota and received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Minnesota. After completing his undergraduate work, Dr. Jake served our country as an active duty Air Force Officer stationed primarily in Colorado and Mississippi.

Following his time in the military, Dr. Jake attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Outside of the office, Dr. Jake enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, hiking, biking, and running. Dr. Jake is committed to helping people achieve a healthy mouth and a happy smile as a member of the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association
  • West Central Dental Society

Outside of the office, Dr. Jake enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, biking, and hiking with his wife, Allison, and dog, Bo.

A Team That Cares

Meet Our Staff

All of our team members at West Central Dental are knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate. We put the patient first by making sure to answer any questions you may have and walk you through every step of your treatment process so you feel comfortable and informed. We strive to maintain a positive, fun environment that fosters real relationships with our patients.

Abby

Hygienist

Amie

Hygienist

Lori

Front desk/Hygienist

Mary Jo

Hygienist

Tammy

Front desk

Jolene

Front desk

Coleen

Assistant

Stefanie

Assistant

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