Amanda – Dental Assistant

Hi, I am Amanda.  I was born in Yankton, SD.  After moving to Sioux Falls, I started working as a barista.  I decided to attend Lake Area Technical Institute to start a career as a Dental Assistant because I love meeting new people and love sharing smiles!  I couldn’t completely leave my passion of being a barista, so from time to time you can catch me making a delicious cup of coffee at the coffee shop!

In my free time, I am with my son spending time a the lake, fishing, kayaking, traveling, camping and just loving the outdoors.

Kelsie – Dental Assistant

I was born in raised in Chester, SD where I still live today. After high school I attended Lake Area Technical Institute for Dental Assistant and Business Associate degrees. I have now been on the Designer Dentistry & Smiles team for 2.5 years.

Some of my beloved hobbies are golfing during the summer, playing volleyball and continuing the tradition with my family show livestock.

Megan – Dental Hygienist

Hi, I’m Megan, I’ve been a dental hygienist at Designer Dentistry and Smiles since December 2014. I graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 2010 and knew I wanted a career in the health field. I attended both SDSU and USD to complete pre-requiste courses before attending USD’s dental hygiene program and graduted from USD in 2014 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.

In my free time, I enjoy baking, watching movies, being at the lake, and spending time with friends and family, and my kitten, Ella. My favorite part about being a dental hygienist is helping patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles, and educating patients about their oral care. I love making a difference in patient’s health as well as making patients feel comfortable and strive to provide the most gentle care possible. I am certified in the delivery of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide and oxidation sedation and laser treatment for bacterial reduction and periodontal therapy.

Nicole – Dental Hygienist

I grew up in Dell Rapids, SD where I still live today. I attended Dell Rapids Public High School and continued my education at the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene and a minor in Health Science. I am certified in the delivery of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide and oxidation dentistry with the desire to learn about the latest dental technology. I enjoy working with our patients to help overcome dental anxiety at dental appointments and improve their smiles and oral health. I have been with the Designer Dentistry & Smiles team since June 2016.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends by going to the lake in the summer, ice skating in the winter, and watching movies.

Debbie – Treatment Coordinator

I grew up on a farm in northeastern South Dakota. I am the seventh child out of ten, so growing up there was always someone to talk to. We were taught how to work together to get things done efficiently which has carried on with me to be able work in an office setting as a team player. I love being part of a successful group of people and being able to grow as a person. I have been in the dental business for almost 7 years, navigating patient’s dental benefits and helping them understand their coverage.

I have been in the Sioux Falls area for the past 3 years. I have two boys, James and Ryker that keep me on my toes when they’re not attending school in Brandon Valley.  Outside of work we often travel back to my parents farm to spend time with family. During the summer months you can usually find us at the lake fishing. We have found that is something we can all enjoy together. Our winter months are generally spent working on puzzles, playing board games or catching the newest movies out.

Susie – Office Manager

Hi, I’m Susie!  I was born and raised on the family farm in Viborg, SD and later moved to Sioux Falls where I graduated from Washington High School.  I completed my Business Management degree from the University of Sioux Falls in 2009 and have a significant amount of experience working with insurance and dental billing.
I live in Sioux Falls and am blessed to share my home with my son and dog Indy.  I enjoy taking in local sporting events, baking, and reading.  One “fun fact” about me is that I may be considered a bit of a Mickey Mouse fanatic!

My favorite thing about working in our clinic is having the opportunity to spend time getting to know our patients and helping to put a smile on their face!  Also, I most likely will be the first one that will volunteer to entertain our littlest patients when they are waiting for mommy or daddy to get done with their visit.  I love getting some fun play time in with the kiddo’s and be able to call it work!