About Norway Dental

About Norway Dental

Meet Our Team

We don’t just treat teeth, we treat people. At Norway Dental Dr. Ted Fornetti is a general dentist, with advanced training and experience in dental implants placement.   This enables him to handle your entire implant case from start to finish! With the technical support of VIP scans and 3D cat scans, we are able to place dental implants in the optimal positions to get the best results for our patients.


All our professionals at Norway Dental, PC maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Dr. Krist Fornetti

Kristy Fornetti, DDS

Dr. Kristy Fornetti graduated from South Lyon High School, South Lyon, MI in 1989. She went on to Michigan State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics in 1994. From there, she attended the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry tor 4 years, graduating in 1998 with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (D.D.S.).

After graduation, Dr. Kristy was employed for 2 years as an associate, in private practice in Lansing, MI. Her third year out of school was spent between suburban Detroit private practices, working with inner-city underprivileged children and volunteering with the Special Olympics Special Smiles program. She also served the country in the Army Reserves, instated as an officer in 2000.

After getting married to a U of Michigan Dental Graduate as well, she and her husband Dr. Ted moved to the upper peninsula of Michigan, where her husband was raised, and she purchased a practice in Norway, MI. in 2001 off Main Street. She built a new office in Norway in 2003 and has been practicing there since then.

Dr. Kristy has attended several continuing education courses including the reputable Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education and the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study. She is also an accredited member of the Victors Study Club, the American Dental Association (ADA), the Michigan Dental Association (MDA), and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE).

Dr. Kristy offers the highest quality of care in the area. Her specialty focus includes restorative dentistry, crown and bridge, dentures, endodontics, oral surgery, periodontics, cosmetic procedures, and pediatrics.

Dr. Ted Fornetti

Dr. Ted Fornetti

Dr. Ted is a third-generation dentist practicing in Iron Mountain.

“Dentistry has been in our family for a long time now. My grandfather was a dentist, my father was a dentist, my wife is a dentist, my brother and his wife are dentists, my cousin is a dentist, and I have two uncles that are dentists. That spans from 1948 until the present, that we have been providing to the people in our community.” said Dr. Ted.

Even with many family members involved in the dental profession, Dr. Ted wasn’t positive he wanted to be a dentist himself. During his time at Michigan State University, he spent time job shadowing many professions in the medical field. Spending time training with his father provided an opportunity to see not only the technical side of the dental field but also the great interaction that he had with his patients. In 1996 he graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors's Degree in Zoology. He entered the University of Michigan School of Dentistry the following fall. While in dental school he continued to work with his father, assisting him in dental implant surgeries whenever he was home from school. In 2000 he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, and after completing his residency at the Denver VA Medical center, he returned to his friends and family in Michigan in 2001.

Coming back to Michigan gave Ted a chance to continue to work alongside his father and to delve deeper into the field of dental implants. He spent a year taking specialty courses which afforded intense training and certifications in this ever-evolving field. In 2005 Dr. Ted began placing implants in his own practice and now has become the major focus of his practice. “Implant, soft tissue and bone grafting, and implant procedures are something we do every day” states Dr. Ted. In addition, numerous dentists from all over the upper peninsula, now refer their patients to Dr. Ted for implant care.

“Implant dentistry is continually advancing with new technologies, and procedures that are aimed at reducing cost, providing better esthetic results, and reducing treatment time. My team and I spend a great deal of time staying at the forefront of these new practices so we can provide cutting edge technology right here in Iron Mountain, Michigan” says Dr. Ted. “CT technology, computer-aided surgical planning, Teeth In A Day, Mini Implants, Teeth Xpress are many of the implant procedures that people may know about, that we have been providing for years. Keeping myself educated and trained in new procedures, and equipping our center with advanced technologies, allows me to give my patients great results.”

Dr. Ted Fornetti has been helping his patients in western Michigan and northern Wisconsin for over 14 years. He continues to work at staying at the forefront of dental technology and providing his patients with pain and anxiety-free experience.

Conventional Implants vs. The Norway Dental Implants

  • One Location, One Doctor
  • Patients always leave with teeth – Teeth in a Day
  • Oral Sedation for your comfort
  • The implant success rate of 98%
  • One fee with no surprises
  • Implants that last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and dental cleanings
  • “Personal Satisfaction Guarantee” Dr. Ted Fornetti stands behind his work
  • 3D cat scan and VIP computer technology for the placement of implants


Sarah McLaren

Sarah McLaren R.D.H.

Sarah graduated from Carney-Nadeau High School in 1994. She attended Ferris State University and earned her degree in dental hygiene in 2000. She has been board and state-certified since 2000 to practice dental hygiene and has been employed at Norway Dental PC since inception, in 2001. She has completed multiple continuing education courses and is certified to administer local anesthetic. Sarah is currently employed part-time.

Chantelle Eichhorn

Chantelle Eichhorn R.D.H.

Chantelle graduated from Bark River-Harris High School in 1997. From there she pursued the Dental Hygiene program at Ferris State University as well and graduated in 2002. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at Ferris State via online classes. Chantelle has nearly 5 years of experience in prosthodontic hygiene and also spends time in public health dental hygiene. She is board and state certified to practice dental hygiene and has been employed with us since 2009. Chantelle has also completed multiple continuing education courses and is certified to administer local anesthetic and nitrous oxide sedation. She is currently employed full-time.


Melissa Rutter R.D.H.

Melissa is a 1992 Kingsford High School graduate.  After high school, she attended Ferris State University to pursue her degree in dental hygiene and graduated in 1996.  Since graduation, she has been employed with Dr. Ted and Dr. Paul Fornetti's offices.  Melissa is a board-certified dental hygienist and is certified to administer local anesthetic.



Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer is a 2013 graduate from Niagara High School.  From there, for a year, she attended Penn Foster online for the veterinary technician but ultimately decided to join the workforce as a home health care aide.  She was employed in that field for 4 years prior to attending a dental assisting program in Green Bay, WI.  She graduated from that program in 2018 and has been employed here since October of 2018.  She is radiography certified and also current with her CPR certification.  Jennifer enjoys her horses, hunting, fishing and is a car collector.

Breanne - Norway Dental Assitan

Breanne Pirlot

 Breanne is a 2011 graduate of Swan Valley Saginaw High School.  She relocated to the upper peninsula after graduation and has been dental assisting since 2015.  Breanne is employed here part-time and on her time off likes to spend time with her friends and family and enjoys outdoor activities that the upper peninsula offers.
Nikki Harter - Norway Dental Assitant

Nikki Harter

Nikki is a 2018 graduated from North Central HS in Powers.  She graduated from Dental Assistant school in November of 2019.  She started employment here immediately after graduation and has transitioned into the profession easily.  In her spare time, Nikki coaches JV volleyball at North Central HS, likes to fish, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Elizabeth Tucker

Elizabeth Tucker

Elizabeth is one of the first faces you will see upon entering our office.   She started with us in 2010 and we have been grateful ever since. Elizabeth handles all of the insurance claims and is Norway Dental's appointment scheduler for Drs. Kristy and Ted. She has a very charming personality.

Tammy McDaniel

Tammy McDaniel

Tammy is our newest staff member, as of August 2012.  She was born and raised here, in Norway, MI. Tammy is our financial coordinator and director of hygiene.  She has a very friendly personality and is very willing to help you with any questions you may have, regarding the office, staff and procedures.