About Your Dentist

Cody Kendera, DDS

University of Minnesota Fairview Riverside, GPR - 2019

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, DDS – 2017

St. Francis University, Master of Arts Health Science – 2012

Thiel College, Bachelor of Arts Biology – 2010


In my spare time, I enjoy golf, fantasy football, Gopher hockey, reading and going to concerts.


I was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. I’m happy to now reside in the beautiful Twin Cities with my fiancé, Carlye and our two dogs; a chihuahua named Oscar and a Great Dane named Charlotte.


I was the on-site dental trauma coordinator for the 2018 and 2019 National Collegiate Hockey Conference Tournaments at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

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Kristine Llena, DMD

“Don’t forget that the tooth you are working on is connected to a person, so be gentle and compassionate.”

My Mission

“My mission is to provide the best care and experience to my patients to help them achieve that smile!”

Education & Continuing Education

Doctor of Dental Medicine
Cebu Doctors’ University School of Dentistry, Philippines (1998)

Dr. Llena completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program (AEGD) at the University of Minnesota in 2005.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Llena is an active member of the International Team for Implantology.

Life & Hobbies

Why Dentistry?

"I love the interaction with people and the rewarding feeling I have when someone comes to understand the need for oral health.  It is such a great feeling when you help people overcome their fear of dentists and to see the smiles at the end of each appointment."

When Not Working . . .

"I enjoy reading books, travelling and hanging out with my family.  Lately, I have developed an interest in cooking and baking. I love to feed my husband John and our three kids- Kasandra, Karmina and Josiah."

Special Interests . . .

"It was a great blessing to be able to practice here in the United States of America and I give back by supporting and joining medical/dental missions. Locally, I have volunteered in Team Smile events."