About us

More About Birch Lake Dental

At Birch Lake Dental, you are our priority. Our philosophy is to work with our patients in order to achieve optimum dental health and healthy smiles. Our commitment to patients includes providing them with the proper information regarding their oral health to insure educated decisions. Our practice is based on individual care, not volume.

We are your local White Bear Lake Dentist - and here is our Philosophy:

Our practice is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile. We are your local White Bear Lake Dentist that will craft beautiful, lasting smiles by using conservative, modern procedures.

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. Our dental assistants and hygienists are licensed professionals who pride themselves on staying on the cutting edge of dentistry and patient communication. They are excited about what they are doing, have high standards of quality and integrity, and are motivated to achieve the best results for our family of patients.

Our dedicated and motivated staff has one primary goal—your utmost comfort! We feel it’s important that you understand the treatment that you’ll be receiving so that you can relax during the procedure. Our staff is eager to answer any questions regarding your dental care. Please feel free to share with us your needs and concerns.

I. High Standards

Dr. Damodaran, Dr. Fish and the Birch Lake Dental staff strive for excellence in personalized dental care. We provide comprehensive dental treatment planning. By considering both restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we guide you to your optimum dental health.

II. Prevention Education

We strongly believe that preventive care and education forms bright smiles. We focus thoroughly on exams by checking the overall health of your teeth, preforming oral cancer exams, and inspecting your gums. Routine dental cleanings, flossing, sealants,and fluoride are helpful prevention methods that we perform. Additionally, a review of your medical history will help us, and you, stay well-informed about your overall dental health.

III. Uncompromised Safety

Protecting our patients and ourselves is extremely important to our environment. We strictly maintain sterilization, cross contamination, and infection control with standards administered by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

IV. Expertise and Extensive Training

We pride ourselves in providing care to you with our team of highly trained and skilled dental clinicians. We are committed to continual education to ensure that our techniques are up-to-date, safe, and efficient. As a staff, we attend dental lectures, meetings, and conventions. Additionally, Dr. Damodaran and Dr. Fish are members of various professional dental associations, so the clinic is aware of changes and recommendations.

V. Positive Experiences

Building a foundation of trust with our patients is vital to our success. We understand that some patients may be feeling uneasy about dental visits. By treating you as a special individual, we can make your experience relaxing and positive. Our entire dental team is dedicated to providing you with excellent, personalized care to make your visits as comfortable as possible.

Meet Our Team!

Our entire team is dedicated to providing you and your family with the personalized care that you deserve. Dr. Damodaran and Dr. Fish have extensive experiences with numerous aspects of dentistry. We pride ourselves with state-of-the-art technologies and techniques.

Nothing lights up a room like a beautiful smile, yours is waiting for you at Birch Lake Dental.

Dr. Geetha Damodaran

I was born in India and my family immigrated to the United States before I turned one. I grew up in New Jersey (yes, I was a Jersey girl) and later lived in Arizona for 2 years. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In 1995 I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) at the University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry where I was awarded for excellence in pediatric dentistry.

Currently, I enjoy teaching at the University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry. I participate in various study groups (Seattle Study Club and Spear Education Study Club). I continue to take extensive education classes in order to improve my dentistry and offer the newest technology to my patients. In my free time, I volunteer at Hope Dental Clinic (previously known as Union Gospel Mission) and participate in other charitable dental events. I served as President of the St. Paul District Dental Society affiliated with the American Dental Association.


Fun Facts about me!

I studied an Indian classical dance form known as Bharatha Natyam.

I used to play the violin.

I enjoy going to Zumba and am a licensed Zumba instructor!

I enjoy cooking…you may want to check out my Facebook page and Pinterest cooking board.

I have traveled to many interesting parts of the world.

I once was a scared dental phobic-overcoming my fear made me want to become a dentist and help others that are terrified.


I am passionate about dentistry and I love what I do. I know we are nobody’s favorite place, but I strive to put you and your family at ease. I hope our friendly, warm, and relaxing atmosphere is comforting to our patients. My team and I enjoy getting to know each of you.

Dr. Diane Fish

I was born and raised in a small town in northern Minnesota where learning to love the outdoors and all of the various activities that come with it came naturally. I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science in 2009. In 2013, I graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry with an award in excellence in dental biomaterials. I have been at Birch Lake Dental since 2015 and have enjoyed getting to know a lot of wonderful people.

My husband, Alex, and I stay busy with our son, Harrison, and our two dogs. We are enjoying exploring the world through the eyes of a 1 year old! We are expecting our 2nd child in December.

I enjoy providing quality care in all aspects of dentistry. I strive to have a patient-centered treatment approach, where we work together to ensure treatment that fits your individual needs. The team at Birch Lake Dental is committed to building lasting relationships with you and having open lines of communication to make certain you understand all aspects of your treatment. We look forward to meeting you!


Dental Assistant


I graduated from Century College Dental Assisting Program in 2000. I truly have enjoyed dentistry since I was 5 years old. My Aunt was a dental assistant and truly admire her love in the field.

I really enjoy periodically working chairside with Dr. Damodaran and Dr. Fish. I find gratitude in educating patients as well as making them feel comfortable at the dental office. My husband and I live in Hugo Minnesota with are two young boys Raymond and Henry. I truly enjoy living a healthy, happy lifestyle that consist in working out daily and practicing yoga sculpt. We love spending time on the lake and BBQ’s.

Netta G.

Dental Assistant


I graduated from Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) in Rosemount, MN (my home town) in 2000. Even after nearly 20 years as a licensed dental assistant (L.D.A.), I truly look forward to coming into work each and every day. I understand that each patient has different wants and needs when it comes to their dental health. I will strive to ensure your visit with us will be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

My husband Nate and I live in Lino Lakes with our 14 year old son, Jayse and our 9 year old chocolate lab, Rosie. We enjoy ice fishing in our Ice Cave as well as camping every summer in Madeline Island.

I’m so glad to be hear and look forward to meeting you!


Dental Hygienist


I began my dental career in high school and I have been fortunate to have picked a career I am still happy with! I graduated from Mankato State University with an Associate degree is Science. I started work here in December 2002. What I enjoy most about my career are the wonderful people I get to work with every day and the awesome patients I meet. Every person is unique and every smile brings different challenges. My goal for each appointment is to help each patient learn more about preventative dental care and options they might have to enhance their smile.

Time spent with friends and family is very important to me. We have 2 children: our daughter is a school teacher and our son is a hospital pharmacist. Activities I really enjoy are traveling, book reading, and learning more about photography. We live in a beautiful world with so many new experiences waiting for us!


Dental Assistant


I am a Licensed Dental Assistant who graduated from Century College in 2003. I love being a part of a team that creates beautiful smiles. My goal is to make our patients laugh and feel comfortable in a sometimes uncomfortable environment. I understand patient anxiety and am here to make you feel at ease.

What I enjoy most about working at Birch Lake Dental is the high quality of care that we deliver to our patients. I have always valued quality over quantity and have found the perfect place to work alongside other like-minded people. I am constantly learning and growing as a dental assistant thanks to the support and continuing education our doctors provide us.

I reside in Hugo, MN and spend free time watching my teenage kids play hockey, soccer and football. I enjoy hanging out with friends and sneaking in an occasional game of BINGO!


Dental Hygienist


I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and have worked at Birch Lake Dental since 2000. Developing personal relationships with people to achieve happy healthy smiles is rewarding. I’m fortunate to work in an office that is dedicated to continuing education and the newest technology to give all of our patients the best care possible. Recent classes have involved finding modifications for people with Parkinson’s disease find ways to better manage their changing oral health.

When I’m not working, you can find me outdoors with my wonderful husband and “Murphy” –our Irish Setter, hiking, camping and kayaking. We love to spend time with our grown children and 7 grandchildren.

I look forward to caring for you and your families in the years to come.


Dental Assistant


I have been a patient at Birch Lake Dental since I was three years old and was thrilled to join the team in 2011 after graduating from Century College’s Dental Assistant Program. I chose to become an assistant as a result of excellent dental care growing up. I truly enjoy working alongside Dr. Damodaran and Dr. Fish. I look forward to helping you and your family feel comfortable. One of the best parts of my job is educating and helping patients overcome their dental fears.

In my free time I enjoy going to concerts, watching hockey, and spending time with my friends, family and pet turtle.

Office Manager


I’ve had the pleasure of being part of Birch Lake Dental since 2004. Building personal relationships, helping patients navigate the sometimes confusing world of insurance/financing has been a passion that has always lined up with my overall enjoyment of people. I’m here to calm fears, answer questions and help make treatment possible.

Other than loving the environment of our spa like office, our patients are top-notch, our training is continuous and Dr. Damodaran’s desire for her team to succeed all adds to a life that is fulfilled with family, friends, cooking and camping! I look forward to meeting you.

Sterilization Technician


I loved coming here as a patient and becoming a part of the team at Birch Lake Dental has truly been an amazing opportunity! I love helping out around the office and seeing the care our team gives to all of our patients. I am a hard working student and always on the run! I love dogs and getting out to the lake during the summer. Anytime I get to spend with family and friends is fun for me. I hope your visits here will always be great!


Sterilization Technician & Media Support


If you noticed the resemblance, yes, I am Dr. Geetha Damodaran’s daughter! My job at Birch Lake Dental is to help provide a safe, clean environment. Occasionally, I am also at the front desk answering the phones and helping the office manager with paperwork and media. I graduated from the University of MN with a degree in Biology and a minor in business. I am currently a dental student at the University of Minnesota- Go class of 2023!

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Digital Support


I graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a degree in Biomedical Engineering in May 2016. Following in the footsteps of my mother, I attending dental school at the University of Minnesota- graduating class of 2021. My role at Birch Lake Dental is to benefit our patients by advancing technology.