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About Northern Star

Our Doctors

Our doctors are Board Certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  They are certified by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry to provide all levels of anesthesia, including general anesthesia, conscious sedation, and nitrous oxide.  The highly trained and experienced surgeons specialize in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of teeth, jaws, and facial structures.  Together, they bring more than 30 years of experience in their field of study.


Julie A. Chavez, D.D.S.

Before starting her own practice in 2009, Dr. Chavez worked in a group practice from 2000-2008. She enjoys all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery and treating all age groups. She has special interest in orthognathic (reconstructive jaw) surgery, cleft palate rehabilitation and dental implant surgery and has been a member of the Cleft Palate Team at Children’s Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis since 2003.

Dr. Chavez grew up in Golden, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she received a Bachelor of Arts. She then obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1993, and began her oral surgery training with an internship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She is a 2000 graduate of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training program at the University of Minnesota.

She is board certified and a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Chavez also maintains membership in the Minnesota Dental Association, Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.

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Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


David L. Basi, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Basi grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1990 and his D.M.D. degree in 1994. In 2002 he graduated with his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Ph.D. in Oral Biology from the University of Minnesota, where he was an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for nine years. Dr. Basi’s previous research focused on the effects of bisphosphonates during oral wound healing. He has clinical interest in complex oral reconstruction with dental implants.  He is board certified, and a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Minnesota Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

In his spare time he runs after his twin daughters, Josephine and Vivianne. They were born in 2011. He enjoys music, golf and photography.

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Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Our Staff

Administrative Staff:

The Administrative Staff prides themselves on providing excellent patient service.  They are ready to assist you with all matters related to your care including appointment scheduling, communication with your referring doctors’ office, and provide fee estimates.  The team is knowledgeable in both medical and dental insurance coding and will help you understand your insurance coverage.


Char has been in the dental field since May of 2008.  She started with Northern Star OMS in April of 2011.  She finds oral surgery fascinating and unique.  Every day is a new experience, there is always something different to learn.

In Char’s spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, painting, and cooking.  She has 2 cats named Bandit and Tigger.


Rachal is a 2012 graduate of the Dental Assisting program at Hennepin Technical College. She started at Northern Star in February 2014 as a clinical assistant and patient care coordinator.   Rachal provides excellent customer service to patients and family members that call and visit the clinic.  She enjoys supporting patients in all aspects of their experience with us, from scheduling appointments to assist with their treatment.

In her free time, Rachal enjoys visiting skateboard parks with her son, Mason, being outdoors and spending time with her friends and family.


Charity earned a degree in Healthcare Administration. She loves to travel with her husband and son.  And enjoys taking walks with their two black labs.


Heidi is new to dentistry but was exposed to the field at an early age.  Her Grandfather was a professor at the U of M School of dentistry.
after practicing in the Minnesota iron range. She earned an  Associate degree in business administration and loves working with the patients and their families. In oral surgery, there is something new and exciting to learn; and meeting new people every day makes coming to work,  joyful.
In her spare time, she loves spending time with her teenage son, working out and riding her Harley.

Our Clinical Staff

Our Licensed Dental Assistants are certified by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry. After working with our team for six months, they begin certification in the AAOMS Dental Assistant Anesthesia National Certification program.  All clinical staff are certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Basic Life Support (BLS).  Thier goal is to provide you with safe, companionate care. 


Melissa is a 1998 graduate of Dakota County Technical College. She joined the NorthernStar OMS team just this past year after 15 years in general dentistry. Melissa enjoys making patients feel at ease during their time with us. Melissa resides in Minneapolis with her husband, two children and Her “babies” their two dogs. She likes spending time with her family at her parent’s lake home, solving puzzles, live music and trying out new restaurants. She is excited to be a part of the wonderful team here at NorthernStar OMS!



Anna has been in the dental field since Jan 2016. She started with Northern Star OMS in July of 2017.  She finds oral surgery interesting and enjoys interacting with patients.  In her free time, Anna enjoys being with friends and family. She loves to cross-country ski in Elm Creek Park in Maple Grove where she grew up.



I was born and grew up in Togo, a small country located in West Africa.  After my studies in Philosophy, I specialized in human rights and development.  I worked several years as a Human Rights Defender and as an Executive Director in the NGO “Humanitarian Plus.”   I came to the USA with my wife and daughter.  In May 2016, I joined Northern Star Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery’s team as an Instrument Technician. It is a completely different but exciting field.  During my free time, I communicate with my NGO in Togo and most importantly, I spend time with my daughter, Ivy.

It is fascinating to see how Northern Star OMS gives a smile to all patients who pass by.  It is a real pleasure for me to part of this great team.



Allison is a 2017 graduate of the Dental Assisting program at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie.
She joined NorthernStar OMS in the summer of 2017 as an intern and was hired on full-time after
completing her internship. Allison finds oral surgery exciting and loves learning something new about oral
surgery every day.
In Allison’s spare time, she enjoys baking, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


Roidely is a recent 2017 graduate of m Hennepin technical college after completing the Dental Assisting program. She started at NorthernStar OMS as an intern and was hired on full time after her internship. Roidely loves oral surgery and is excited to learn something new each day. She speaks Spanish and English. In Roidely’s spare time, she enjoys baking, being outdoors with her dogs Ruby and Maxx, and spending time with her fiancé, family, and friends.


Nicole graduated from the dental assistant program at Hennepin Technical College this past summer of 2017. She joined the NorthernStar OMS team in October of 2017 as a clinical assistant. Nicole enjoys learning about oral surgery and helping patients feel comfortable while at our office. In her spare time, Nicole loves to do anything outdoors especially hiking and kayaking.


Brittany graduated from the dental assisting program at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in May of 2013. She joined the Northern Star OMS team initially as an intern and was hired on as a full-time employee after graduating. Brittany enjoys meeting new people, educating the patients about oral surgery and learning something different every day.

Brittany resides in Uptown Minneapolis and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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