Dr. Stafford received her undergraduate education from the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development with a minor in Chemistry in May 2004. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in May 2008. Dr. Stafford began practicing dentistry at Bender, Kind, and Stafford Dental in Fort Atkinson in July 2008 following graduation.

Dr. Stafford is a member of the following organizations:

In 2009, Dr. Stafford began focusing much of her continuing education towards specialized training in treating jaw joint, facial pain, and obstructive sleep disorders. The BKS Dental Center for TMJ and Facial Pain was opened November 2015, and in 2019 the center changed its name to Bite Align. Dr. Stafford earned a Fellowship degree in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in July 2016, and a Fellowship Degree in the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) in September 2016.

Dr. Stafford and her husband Erik reside in Jefferson and have two children.Trust Symbols

Continuing Education and Accomplishments

2009: Center for Occlusal Studies – Comprehensive Orthodontics Certificate (Dr. Jay Gerber, Dr. Richard Beistle)
2011: Center for Occlusal Studies – Advanced Level Orthodontics Certificate (Dr. Jay Gerber, Dr. Richard Beistle)
2012: Center for Occlusal Studies – Masters Gold Level Orthodontics Certificate (Dr. Jay Gerber, Dr. Richard Beistle)
2012: LVI – Computer-Aided Occlusal Evaluation System (Bill Wade)
2012: Center for Occlusal Studies – K7 Implementation & Clinical Usage (Dr. Jay Gerber)
2013: Center for Occlusal Studies – TMD/Occlusion and Orofacial Pain Certificate (Dr. Jay Gerber)
2012 & 2014: Center for Occlusal Studies – Scan Interpretation (Dr. Jay Gerber)
2014: Center for Occlusal Studies – Craniocervical & Craniomandibular Pathophysiology Approach to Treatment (Dr. Mariano Rocabado)
2014: Temporomandibular Disorders – Gaining True Understanding about Diagnosis and Treatment (Dr. Terry Spahl)
2009 – 2014: Studied and observed mentor Dr. Jay Gerber in clinical practice, Parkersburg, WV
2014 – 2018: Studied and observed mentor Dr. Terry Spahl in clinical practice, St. Paul, MN
2014: Center for Occlusal Studies Silver Level Recognition – recognizes completion of 250 hours of orthodontic and TMD CE Courses at Center for Occlusal Studies
2016: Presented with Fellowship award in the Academy of General Dentistry
2016: Presented with Fellowship award in the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics
2016 – 2017: VIVOS/Biomodeling Solutions Provider Certification – Adult and Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing (Dr. David Singh, Dr. Tammarie Heit)
2017: Academy of Laser Dentistry – Obtained Standard Provider Level Recognition for the use of laser instrumentation in dentistry (Dr. Robert Convissar)
2018: American Laser Study Club – Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties and Laser Frenectomies (Dr. Martin Kaplan, Peter Vitruk, PhD)
2019: ADA Airway Conference – Optimizing Pediatric Airway Health: The Critical Role of Dentists (Dr. Steve Carstens, et. al)
2019: Healthy Start Sleep-related Breathing Disorder Clinical Training (Dr. Earl Bergersen, et al)
2019: The Biology of Facial Growth and Controlled Arch and Clinical Decision Making and Controlled Arch Orthodontics (Dr. Stephen Deal)
2020 & 2021: American Laser Study Club Symposium – Breath and Thrive (Dr. Soroush Zaghi, Dr. Martin Kaplan, Dr. Richard Baxter, et. al)
2020: TMD..The Facial Beauty Way (Dr. Stephen Deal)
2021: Tongue-Tied Academy Certification Course – Identification and treatment of pediatric tongue and lip ties (Dr. Richard Baxter)
2021: Myotronics Series 3 Course – Successful Integration of Dental Sleep into your Practice (Dr. Jeffrey Haddad)