Founded in 1976, NorthStar Orthodontics has a proven track-record of personalized customer service, incredible growth, and dedication to quality while serving practitioners coast to coast.

NorthStar of the 21st Century has come a long way since its founding in 1976 by John Kelly!

Our Park Rapids Industrial Park location is NorthStar’s third home! It may be hard to believe, but the lab was first a one-man operation in a converted railroad car far from town, with little in the way of utilities. Water had to be carried to the lab from the house! That first Fall, with orders multiplying and a long Minnesota winter approaching, NorthStar sought a larger, more serviceable location. In order to devote cash flow to the business, John and his new wife lived in the basement of a small, old building that was purchased for $7,000 to contain NorthStar. The area where models were poured for retainers during the day doubled as a kitchen and laundry room at night!

In the following 30 years, NorthStar grew at an unbelievably steady pace, now having an enviable facility which accommodates its 40+ employees serving over 2500 dental professionals.

It is estimated that NorthStar has produced over 3 million dental appliances since its creation! We wish to thank our customers, both old and new, and our employees, both then and now, for the successes of the past.

For those of you who have not yet experienced NorthStar’s attention to detail, we invite you to join a customer base that includes successful practitioners from coast to coast – each one receiving the same friendly, personal service that made NorthStar’s success possible. Begin a long and pleasant laboratory relationship with a team that provides the results you and your patients deserve.



People are NorthStar’s most important resource.

We treat our co-workers, customers and suppliers with respect. We treat others as we would like to be treated.

We behave in a manner consistent with the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Honesty is vital in relationships with coworkers and management as well in delivering what is promised to our clients.

Through friendliness we have fun and are committed to finding joy in our work.

We have a culture of thanks and recognition.

Learning is a lifelong project.


NorthStar believes a participative management style will create empowered individuals and teams. All employees are expected to take ownership of their work and processes.

Those closest to the challenges of our work are fully trained and empowered to make decisions that affect the company and their work.

Our teams are trained, focused and accountable with clearly defined goals.


NorthStar is committed to effective communication among ourselves, our customer-partners and our suppliers. We seek first to understand, then to be understood.

Every action builds across the organization to minimize barriers. We are committed to open, candid and effective giving and receiving of information.