Meet the Team

Our Dentists

Our Dentists have a combined experience of over 80 years. We enjoy working as a team to meet all of your dental needs. We will take the time to go over your procedures and will provide a detailed plan before we begin treatment. Our goal is to make your experience at Grove & Platt comfortable while providing a smile you will love. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Dentist

Jennifer Grove, D.D.S., P.C.

Dr. Jennifer Grove is a 2004 graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry. In 2004 & 2005...

Dr. Jennifer Grove is a 2004 graduate of the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry. In 2004 & 2005 she practiced in Bloomington, Minnesota as an associate for a general dentist. During her time in Minnesota, she had the opportunity to work in a practice with advanced technology and state-of-the art equipment. This experience enabled her to enhance her skills as a dentist.

In 2005 she and her husband, Andy, moved to Grimes, and helped with planning and preparation of Grove & Platt Dental Associates, PLC. Since opening in the fall of 2005, she has attended continuing education courses in the areas of endodontics and comprehensive orthodontics.

Dr. Grove and Andy live in Grimes along with their daughters, Gabriella and Luciana, and their dog Bismarck. She loves Grimes and surrounding communities along with all her patients! In her free time, Dr. Grove enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, shopping and reading.

Dentist

Matthew Platt, D.D.S., P.C.

Dr. Matthew Platt is a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and received his BA...

Dr. Matthew Platt is a 2008 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and received his BA from the Tippe College of Business in 2001. He joined the practice with his sister, Dr. Jennifer Grove and father, Dr. Mark Platt. It was a lifelong dream to be able to practice with both until 2023 when Dr. Mark retired. Dr. Platt maintains his cutting-edge approach to dentistry by participating in continuing education courses related to implantology, Suresmile clear tray orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry. Dr Platt enjoys seeing patients of all ages.

Dr Platt lives in rural Dallas Center with his family. Dr. Platt and his wife, Betsy, have four children: Caleb, Adelyn, Asher, and Stella. In his free time, Dr. Platt enjoys spending time with his family, being involved with his church and serving others in his community. He also enjoys going to dental classes to learn and educate others in the dental field. He and his wife Betsy love to keep up with all the kid's activities, and attending Hawkeye sporting events. Go Hawks!

Dentist

Austin Tysklind, D.D.S.

Dr. Austin Tysklind was born and raised in West Des Moines, lowa. He graduated from Waukee High...

Dr. Austin Tysklind was born and raised in West Des Moines, lowa. He graduated from Waukee High School in 2008 and went on to study at the University of lowa, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the Tippie College of Business in 2012. Dr. Tysklind received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of lowa College of Dentistry in 2017.

He is currently a member of both the American Dental Association and the lowa Dental Association.

Dr. Tysklind resides in Waukee with his wife, Johnnie, and their two children, Mack and Stellan. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and playing pickleball.

Dr. Tysklind is a dedicated dentist with a passion for oral health. With years of experience, he has been providing personalized dental care, combining expertise with a compassionate approach. Driven by a commitment to excellence, Dr. Tysklind strives to create confident smiles and improve overall well-being for his patients. He considers himself very fortunate to practice in the Des Moines area and provide care for the community in which he grew up.

Dentist

Shana Howard, D.D.S.

Dr. Shana Howard is a 2023 graduate of the University of lowa College of Dentistry. She completed...

Dr. Shana Howard is a 2023 graduate of the University of lowa College of Dentistry. She completed her B.S. degree in Biology at lowa State University in 2018, and has recently returned home to the Des Moines area following dental school. She now resides in Grimes along with her husband, Allen, and their two pups.

Outside of the office, you can find Dr. Howard involved in church activities, enjoying photography, and exploring new locations. If a camera isn't in hand, she is likely working on home improvement projects, traveling, or spending time with family and friends!

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