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We're committed to your long term success, and feel that the best way to help you build that success is by being able to develop a longstanding relationship with you. With a combined seventy four years of dental service under one roof, Dr. Elrod, Dr. Green, and Dr. Heimer each take great satisfaction in the fact that, over many years, they have been able to get to know each of their patients on an individual level. Knowing their patients on a personal level helps their ability to put the patient at ease. The personal relationship they develop drives the way they treat each of their patients. Their focus becomes not simply caring for the patient's dental needs, but also caring about their lives and well being.We hope you will find your visits both comfortable and rewarding. Our office takes pride in a "friendly" approach to your dental health and we welcome new patients!


Dr. David A. Elrod

Dr. David Elrod joined Dr. Swift’s practice in 1973 in Austin, MN. Prior to that he received his degree from the University of Minnesota Dental School and is a graduate of the Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS).  With those degrees, he served with the U.S Public Health Service in Alaska and New Mexico before planting his roots in Austin. Dr. Elrod is happily married to his wife Candy of 50 years, with whom he has three sons and 10 wonderful grandchildren. He is a long standing member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Austin Dental Society. Dr. Elrod enjoys traveling and biking in his spare time.

Dr. Peter B. Green

Dr. Peter Green joined Drs. Swift and Elrod in 1981. Prior to that, he received undergraduate degrees from The Air Force Academy and Hamline University. He also attended the University of Minnesota Dental School, where he graduated with honors. He is also a graduate of the Pankey Institute and has studied with Dr. Peter Dawson and Dr. Bill Dorfman, the creators of “Extreme Makeover.” Dr. Green is also implant trained by Nobel Biocare and Advanced CEREC trained by CEREC Doctors. He is a longstanding member of the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Austin Dental Society. Dr. Green is also a member of Doctors of Oral Conscious Sedation, the Academy of General Dentistry, and CEREC Doctors. Dr. Green is happily married to his wife Kathy, with whom he has five sons, Fred, Nathan, Luke, Spencer, and Jerome. Dr. Green is active in his church, youth sports, and other community organizations. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hockey, rollerblading, and occasionally, zip lining.

Dr. Kara L. Heimer

Dr. Kara Heimer grew up in Faribault, Minnesota. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of St. Catherine and her dental degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Heimer and her husband Brian have two young boys, Noah (5) and Knox (4) and two daughters Denni (12) and Hannah (8).Brian is a physical education and health teacher passionate about youth and youth athletics. They are looking forward to raising their family in Brian’s hometown and are committed to becoming part of the Austin area community. Southern Minnesota is home for Dr. Heimer. Dr. Heimer has been serving patients in Southern Minnesota for over seven years. She is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Minnesota Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association and the Minnesota Dental Association. She enjoys all facets of family dentistry and has a passion for cosmetic dentistry.