Shari K. Bruning, D.D.S.

D.D.S.: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

General Practice Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois

Memberships: American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Minneapolis District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Northside Study Club and Academy of Computerized Dentistry

About Dr. Bruning

Dr. Bruning attended Northwestern University for her pre-dental education and obtained a B.A. in psychology. In 1991, she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota. She then returned to Chicago to continue formal training in the General Practice Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bruning joined Bassett Creek Dental in October, 1994.

Dr. Bruning is a member of the American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Minneapolis District Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, Northside Dental Study Club and the Academy of Computerized Dentistry.

Dr. Bruning is originally from Iowa and now resides in Minneapolis with her husband Todd, sons Jake and Peter, and their dog. She spends her free time volunteering at school and church, running, skiing, and biking.


1966: What is now Bassett Creek Dental originated when Dr. Richard Adamson opened his dental practice above North Drug on 36th Avenue North in Minneapolis.

1973: Dr. Adamson moved his practice to a third floor office of the Bassett Creek Medical Building with three treatment rooms. After remodeling and expansion took place in 1975, 1984 and 1986, there were seven treatment rooms.

1974: Dr. Steven Nielsen joined Dr. Adamson.

1979: The practice was named Adamson, Nielsen and Associates, P.A.

1981: Dr. Lisa Howard joined the practice.

1982: The practice of Dr. Paul Poss joined Adamson, Nielsen and Associates.

1984: Bassett Creek Dental became the official name. Evening hours were offered at this time and well-received by patients. Evening hours are still available today — Monday through Thursday.

1989: The current office space in Suite 100 became the home for Bassett Creek Dental. This state of the art dental facility features 12 treatment rooms.

1989: Dr. Adamson retired from practice.

1990: Dr. Todd Tsuchiya joined Bassett Creek Dental.

1990: Periodontal specialty treatment was added. Dr. John Rieke currently provides periodontal services.

1992: Oral Surgery specialty treatment was added. Dr. Ab Rahimi currently provides oral surgery services.

1994: Dr. Shari Bruning joined Bassett Creek Dental. Dr. Lisa Howard left the practice at this time to pursue a three year residency in Orthodontics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

1999: Dr. Jeff Steele as well as the practice of Dr. Norman Kushino joined Bassett Creek Dental.

2000: Dr.Kushino retired.

2001: Dr. Samira Mahabadi joined the practice.

2008: Dr. Paul Peterson joined Bassett Creek Dental.