Cari graduated with a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Iowa. She has become passionate about caring for phobic patients by creating a calm and attentive environment for care. Cari was formerly an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Periodontal Department working with third-year dental students and was a Dental Hygiene Clinical Instructor at Century College. Cari and her husband Matt, along with their two children, Gunnar and Ingrid, and their Labrador reside in Otsego. She is an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoys gardening, reading and traveling. In the winter, she enjoys going to the ice arena, where she watches her children figure skate and play hockey.