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Farmington's newest dentist saw her first patient June 6.

Dr. Jessica Tri joined her husband, Carey, at River's Edge Dental Clinic last week. The couple bought a share of the 22-year-old clinic late last year. Carey Tri joined the practice in January. Jessica graduated from the University of Minnesota's dental school May 16.

Jessica Tri identified dentistry early on as a potential career.

"I always knew I wanted to do something in the medical field," she said. "I really like art and I like working with my hands."

Tri said she enjoys the artistic side of dentistry -- making fillings, caps and other additions to people's mouths look and feel right. She took post-graduate continuing education classes in cosmetic dentistry.

"I really enjoy ... changing people's smiles and improving their self image," she said.

Tri spent several weeks at the clinic learning the computer system and finding her way around before seeing her first patient. She said she's looking forward to getting to know the residents of Farmington.