Meet Distinguished Alumna Angela Rake

Patricia Angela Rake, DDS ’97, is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Dental Alumni Award at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

The Distinguished Dental Alumni Award is an honor given annually to an outstanding alumnus or alumna in recognition of exceptional achievement. Candidates must be a graduate of any program of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and are judged based on their participation, service, and leadership in the advancement of dentistry and dental health, their public service, community service, and/or civic affairs, and their dedication to continuing education.

The School of Dentistry Alumni Society Honors Task Force chose Rake and based on her commitments to outreach, community involvement, and leadership.

After graduating from the School of Dentistry in 1997, Rake completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Internship at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has worked as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon with Dakota Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for 19 years and remains active as an adjunct associate professor at the School of Dentistry.

Rake is a diplomat with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association, and the Minnesota Dental Association. She is a member and past president of the Minnesota Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Rake is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the School of Dentistry.

In January 2018, Governor Mark Dayton appointed Rake to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry. She is also a member of the Saint Paul District Dental Society, the Dakota Valley Orofacial and Maxillofacial Surgery Study Club, the Spear Study Club, and the Dakota Valley women’s study club.

She is an avid fundraiser, biking to raise money for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. She has served as a motivational speaker and leadership trainer for organizations like Aetna, the National Dental Association, the National Association of Professional Women, and more.

Rake is passionate about using safe practices in anesthesia and raising awareness regarding responsible prescribing of opioids.

“Dr. Rake is not only an amazing oral and maxillofacial surgeon. She’s an inspiration to all who know her: a great humanitarian, teacher, mother, athlete, and friend,” said Cassandra Stacy, who nominated Dr. Rake for the award. “She inspires me every day not only to be a better surgeon, but a better person. She uplifts all people around her, and this award is well-suited for her and much deserved.”

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