Our amazing dental team works hard every day to ensure our patients feel relaxed and happy during their treatment. At our dental practice in Des Moines and Urbandale, Iowa, we are excited for the opportunity to come in to work and help better the lives of our patients. If you would like to get to know our team a little more or schedule a visit with our dentists, feel free to give Des Moines Dental Group a call today.


Dental Hygienist

Alicia joined the senior citizens club three years ago, but in her opinion, age is a state of mind. She enjoys being engaged and active and leading a healthy lifestyle. She has been practicing dental hygiene since she first joined her profession in 1997. This is her second career and second college degree. She loves dental hygiene and enjoys the teaching aspect of it. Her experience in dental hygiene is varied. She was hired right out of college to work at Parkway Periodontal Group part time. She also worked part time at the Newton Correctional facility as a hygienist. She learned a lot from these two jobs and acquired great experience. She was taught and mentored by the best people in the business. She moved on to general practice, and it has also been very rewarding. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and attends educational meetings as often as she can. She believes our profession is continually changing and one should never stop learning and acquiring new knowledge to help our clients!

Alicia is married and has two grown sons. Her husband is an engineer but has been retired since 2012. When he retired, Alicia was not ready to join him in a life of leisure, so she has continued to work because she loves her profession. She joined Des Moines Dental Group in 2016 part time until a full-time position became available. She can honestly say that she truly enjoys working for this group — everyone has been amazing! She would love to work here forever!



Dental Assistant

Our dental assistant, Jennifer, is currently DANB certified, a registered dental assistant and a certified level one expanded function provider. She has been in the dental field since 2009. Jennifer is polite, knowledgeable and professional. She assists directly with patient care, working alongside our dentists during dental procedures.

Outside of the office, Jennifer loves spending time with friends and family and enjoys taking on home improvement projects.

Jessica Edwards, DDS


Rajendar Matta, DDS


Dr. Rajendar Matta is a prosthodontist, an ADA® (American Dental Association) recognized specialist in implant, aesthetic and reconstructive dentistry.

He obtained his dental degree (DMD) at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine in Massachusetts in 2009, where he graduated with high honors. He then completed a three-year prosthodontic certificate program at the University of Texas School of dentistry at Houston in 2014 and earned an additional Master of Science degree.

Dr. Matta has three years of advanced training in:

  • Complex aesthetic rehabilitation
  • Full-mouth reconstruction
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Single and multi-unit implant placement including the restoration
  • Full-arch implant placement and prosthetics
  • Complete and partial dentures

Dr. Matta is passionate about practicing evidence-based dentistry in order to ensure positive long-term treatment outcomes for his patients. He whole-heartedly believes in a global, comprehensive approach to patient care, and he strives to deliver the best dental treatment to his patients.

Dr. Matta has held academic positions as a clinical assistant professor at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine for the last four years. He has multiple publications and poster presentations and has lectured in study clubs. He also currently serves as a dentist in the United States Army Reserve Dental Corps.

Professional Memberships:

  • American College of Prosthodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Iowa Dental Association
  • Des Moines Dental Society

Shannon Tremblay

Dental Hygienist


Dental Hygienist

Tina was a dental assistant for eight years before she went back to school to become a dental hygienist. She has been a dental hygienist since 1992. She enjoys spending time with family and doing home renovations in her spare time.

Dentistry With a Personal Touch