Meet the Belle Fourche Dental Team

The Smiling People in Belle Fourche

Hope Jackson - Certified Dental Assistant - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Hope Jackson – Registered Dental Hygienist

Hope attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2003. She has been working in dentistry since 1997, while still in high school. She is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists Auxillary, while working towards a fellow accreditation. She’s also earned her LANAP advanced laser and a Dawson Academy Functional Occlusion certifications. Hope has been active with the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Student Dental Hygiene Association, where she served as an officer for two years. Her passion for full body health and learning have lead her to specialize in Myofunctional therapy and treatments to address orofacial pain. That passion for education means that her long list of certifications and specializations is always broadening and diversifying, ensuring that the patients at Jackson Dental know that every possible treatment is considered before she makes her recommendation.

Working alongside her husband, Dr. Christopher Jackson, they both strive to provide patients the very best in oral health care for a smile that lasts a lifetime. Hope wears many important hats around the office including: registered dental hygienist, office manager, treatment coordinator, financial and administrative team member, marketing coordinator, and human resources associate. She loves working with the talented, caring Jackson Dental team to help patients understand their oral health condition and show them all of the wonderful ways they can make a difference in patients’ lives. Hope says the practice is distinct in the way the doctors and team truly care about the people they treat, along with their unmatched expertise.

Together, she and Dr. Christopher enjoy raising their four children. Hope also spends her free time outdoors, camping, reading, and fishing. She says life is about people — loving people and ultimately God. She’s passionate about her faith in God and His plans for everyone. Her family is very active in the church and the community.

Angela W. — Certified Dental Assistant - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Angela W. — Certified Dental Assistant

Angela attended Western Dakota Technical Institute and also has CEREC training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. She says her interest in dental care blossomed during high school. Now, Angela has over 15 years of experience (and counting) in dentistry, and has gained incomparable training on everything from performing procedures to perfecting patient experience. She currently assists in the lab with the fabrication of splints and designing crowns. Angela enjoys the precision associated with lab work, and assisting patients during their appointments. She’s very hardworking and always approaches her day with a friendly, gentle, and kind-hearted attitude. Outside of the office, Angela stays busy bussing her three sons to various sporting events. She also enjoys scrapbooking and tending to her saltwater fish tank.

Nancy S. — Registered Dental Hygienist - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Nancy S. — Registered Dental Hygienist

For over three decades, Nancy has been helping patients as a dental hygienist. She received her degree and has advanced anesthetic training from the University of South Dakota — Vermillion. She’s also completed Inspired Hygiene courses, along with advanced laser training. At Jackson Dental, Nancy educates patients about the importance of good home care, takes x-rays, provides periodontal therapy, gives fluoride treatments, takes patient blood pressure, motivates patients, and works with the doctors to develop patient treatment plans. She enjoys being part of the team and feeling gratified knowing that she’s helped someone achieve healthier gums and teeth. Nancy says dental hygiene is her life and she wouldn’t want to pursue a career in anything else or work anywhere else. Part of what makes the practice stand out from the rest, Nancy says, is the dedication from the doctors who continue to invest in the latest technology and always put patient needs first. Outside the office, Nancy enjoys barbequing with friends and working in the yard with her flowers.

Kristie M. — Certified Dental Assistant - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Kristie M. — Certified Dental Assistant

Kristie joined the team in 1999 after graduating from Western Dakota Technical Institute as a certified dental assistant. She is a member of the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries, and has advanced training with CEREC restorations and Inspired Hygiene. She enjoys helping the doctors chairside while treating patients, and is also thrilled to be a part of a skilled team dedicated to providing patients with exceptional dental care. Kristie says the practice is unique because of the advanced technology, compassionate doctors and team, and an ongoing commitment to pursuing advanced dental education. She’s kind, efficient, reliable, caring, and friendly. When Kristie isn’t busy at the office, she enjoys outdoor activities with her three children and husband. The kids are very active in sports such as soccer, football, and basketball.

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Caitlyn M.- Registered Dental Hygienist

A bright smile and inviting personality may be the first things patients notice about Caitlyn; but it doesn’t take long for them to see that she also brings a lot of experience to the operatory. Caitlyn started her dental career as an assistant which gives her a unique view of the patient’s experience in the dental office as a whole. After discovering that dentistry was her passion she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene at the University of South Dakota minoring in Health Sciences. Since coming to Jackson Dental, Caitlyn has pushed herself to learn and grown even more. She feels that it’s vital to stay up-to-date with dental technology which has made her a great fit for Jackson Dental

In the office, Caitlyn is responsible for educating patients on how best to achieve their best oral health. As well as being a certified hygienist, Caitlyn also works with anesthesia and our periodontal laser. She says that her favorite part of her job is forming relationships with her patients and helping them to achieve a smile that they love.

Caitlyn and her boyfriend, Derrick, moved here from Sioux Falls and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity the Black Hills has given them to get outside. Spending time out and about with their dog, Cinch, is second only to spoiling her nieces and nephews. Her competitive side and love for board games is evident in her playful attitude and devotion to being the very best at what she does.

Misty I. — Registered Dental Assistant - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Misty I. — Certified Dental Assistant

Misty has studied at Penn Foster Career School and Western Dakota Technical Institute before becoming a certified dental assistant. She enjoys helping the doctors provide high quality treatment, helping with sterilization, making sure patients are comfortable. Misty says she wouldn’t choose any other career, because dental assisting helps her fulfill her goal of helping others. She’s proud of the Jackson Dental team, their ability to offer CEREC same-day crowns, provide dental implants, and give patients the smile they’ve always dreamed of having. Misty is always smiling, motivated, trustworthy, respectful, and responsible. When she’s not assisting patients, Misty is usually busy spending time with her family and children. She also sings, writes music, and is the proud founder of the Misty Rose Band.

Patty J. — Registered Nurse, Certified Dental Assistant - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Patty Jackson — Registered Nurse, Certified Dental Assistant

Patty attended the University of Minnesota and the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nursing program. She also has advanced training in orthodontic assisting. Patty is no stranger to dentistry having been with the practice since 1979. As a dental assistant, she is always busy helping patients achieve better oral and overall health for a smile they’re proud to share. She is proud of the exquisite level of care the entire Jackson Dental team has always provided and will surely continue to provide to generations of patients. She takes great pride in the thoughtful choices the team makes to ensure patients are always comfortable and well cared for. When she’s not in the office, Patty spends time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and loving labradoodle. She’s also active in church and community activities. Patty has a positive attitude and outlook that’s refreshing and relaxing, that has truly helped so many patients feel at ease for over three decades.

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Aubrey S.- Registered Dental Hygienist

The best dental professionals know that your oral health is tied to your whole body health. After studying nutrition and receiving her Bachelor’s of Science Aubrey continued to pursue her interest in helping others to be their best and healthiest selves. The next step in achieving that goal was becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist .

Her passion for educating others and ensuring their well-being has made her an invaluable addition to the Jackson Dental team. She pushes herself to excel in radiographs, sterilization, as well as her duties as a hygienist.

Working in a family environment makes this office truly unique for Aubrey. A Nebraska native, she’s found her co-workers to be welcoming and although she’s a recent transfer, her love of all things hunting, fishing, and running make her a great fit here in the Black Hills.

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Lacey B. – Treatment Coordinator

Lacey is a proud graduate of Black Hills State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Sociology. She’s here to help patients understand their treatment plans and goals, coordinate appointments and financial arrangements, and also checking patients out. Lacey has a passion for learning and is working towards further certifications, such as radiology, so that she can be more involved in patient care. She loves the family atmosphere at the office, and that the team truly cares for each patient and their patient’s needs.

Lacey is the mother of three boys who all play sports year-round, so if she’s not at the office, it’s a pretty good bet that she’s on a ball field or watching a meet. When she and her husband do find a moment of free time, they love to go camping and fishing and enjoy the outdoors.

ita B. — Registered Dental Hygienist - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Rita B. — Registered Dental Hygienist

Rita has been working in dentistry since 1980 and has formal training from Central Technical Community College in Hastings, Nebraska. In addition to her schooling, Rita has continuing education certifications in laser technology, local anesthetic, nitrous administration, and Inspired Hygiene. She has been an integral part of the Jackson Dental family since 1990. Rita helps treat patients with dental hygiene treatment and education to help them achieve and maintain exceptional oral health. She loves working with patients and staying up-to-date on all of the latest research and technology. Rita says she decided to pursue a career in dentistry because of an overall interest in the healthcare field, science, and biology. She’s proud to be a member of the team because of the genuine care and compassion everyone tries so hard to always provide all patients. Rita is honest, hard-working, independent, and an active Christian. She likes spending time with her children and grandchildren, bible study, gardening, helping prune grapes at the Belle Joli’ vineyard, completing home projects, and hiking.

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Joni G. – Dental Assistant

Although she’s fairly new to dentistry Joni bring a lot of applicable skills. She spent eight years as a certified nursing assistant and that caring touch shows chairside. Her interest in helping people has made her transition incredibly smooth. Joni is determined to learn and absorb as much knowledge as possible. She’s only been with the practice a short time but has already pushed to become certified in radiology and become comfortable in the office’s lab. Joni has a degree in graphic design that gives her an eye for the detailed dental work done at Jackson Dental.

Joni thrives as a member of a team and says she appreciates that we are able to complete so many different procedures in office. Watching each step in the process of bringing a patient their best smile ensures that Joni gets to learn something every day, something she says she loves. Her ties to the area make her a patient favorite as she finds common ground and puts everyone at ease. “I consider it a good day when I can help someone and make them laugh,” she explained.

She spends her days off on her ranch with her husband and son. A true South Dakotan, she loves to hike and enjoys the outdoors.

Cathy H. — Certified Dental Assistant

Cathy has been part of the Jackson Dental family since 1994. She attended Western Dakota Technical Institute, becoming certified in dental assisting. Cathy is responsible for sterilization within the office, weekly testing of the sterilizers and autoclave, and helps fellow team members as needed. Cathy says she has great respect for the doctors and her co-workers as everyone works together to provide the best care possible in South Dakota and surrounding states. She frequently recommends the practice to friends and family, knowing they will receive the highest standard of care. Cathy commends the team for genuinely caring for one another like family, as they came together to provide immediate, unwavering, and ongoing support following the loss of her husband. Outside of the office, Cathy enjoys listening to good music, especially bluegrass, and working around her home.

Paula G. — Treatment Coordinator - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Paula G. — Treatment Coordinator

Paula has a Bachelor’s in business administration from Dakota State University, with advanced training from Cannon Financial Institute where she became a Certified Retirement Services Professional Designator. Paula is a big help around the office checking patients in and out, taking new patient phone calls, scheduling appointments with doctors and hygienists, and reviewing treatment plans with patients. One of her favorite aspects of working with Jackson Dental is seeing satisfied patients whose smiles have been restored and lives changed. She enjoys working with people and says helping them get healthy is personally and professionally rewarding. Paula is loyal, dedicated, friendly, helpful, and easygoing. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, walking, and reading.

Tera S. — Registered Dental Hygienist - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Tera P. — Registered Dental Hygienist

Tera joined the practice in 2013, after graduating from Minnesota State Community & Technical College. She also has advanced laser training from the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, along with continuing education credits from Inspired Hygiene, and is working in myofunctional research. She helps patients by recognizing and treating the signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease, providing invaluable patient education, comfort, and assessments. Tera also assists with radiology and sterilization needs. She chose to pursue dental hygiene as a career because of an interest in health, science, and helping people. Tera says she loves being part of the team because of the Jackson family’s dedication to spending the time, money, and extra effort to make the practice and its dental team the best it can be. Outside of the office, she spends time with her husband and family, riding and competing with her horses, and playing recreational sports with friends. We love Tera because she’s kind, reliable, respectful, outgoing, and competitive.

Stephanie F. — Certified Dental Assistant - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Stephanie F. — Certified Dental Assistant

Stephanie received dental assistant training from Western Dakota Technical Institute. She also earned a double Bachelor’s from Black Hills State University and is a proud member of the basketball alumni. Stephanie has post-graduate experience with CEREC restorations and the Association of Dental Implant Auxiliaries. She joined the Jackson Dental family in 2013. Some of her responsibilities within the office include: assisting with implant placement, extractions and grafting surgeries, general procedures, fillings, and crowns. She is also working extensively in sleep studies.

Stephanie enjoys working with her fellow team members and says she chose a career in dental assisting because there’s always more to learn in an environment that’s always changing. If she wasn’t a dental assistant, Stephanie says she’d be helping people as a physical therapist. She does a great job putting patients at ease thanks to an outgoing, energized, fun, and organized attitude. Stephanie loves staying active outside of work, enjoying every moment of the sunny days, and spending time with friends and family.

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Tara R. – Dental Assistant

Even though Tara has only worked for Jackson Dental for a year, she’s been with us since she was a little girl! Tara was a patient of ours before deciding to join our team as a dental assistant, learning how to help with extractions, root canals, and anything else that needs to be done around the practice. She loves how personable and friendly everyone is, and well as the great team atmosphere. She says, “You can’t find a better group of people!”

Outside of work, Tara and her boyfriend Billy can be found wrangling her three kids. They enjoy camping and being outdoors as much as possible. She also loves riding horses and helping out on her family’s ranch.

Nita J. — Chief Finance Officer - Belle Fourche - Jackson Dental

Nita J. —Chief Finance Officer

Nita has completed Sphere training along with courses at All Star Dental Academy, and has been working within dentistry for well over two decades. She’s a seasoned professional at dealing with insurance claims, managing account receivables, helping the office managers pay the bills, checking patients in and out, answering phones, and scheduling appointments. Nita enjoys working with the public, and says if she wasn’t helping to provide quality dental care, she’d be doing banking, accounting, or bookkeeping. She loves working at Jackson Dental because of how much the entire team cares for patients, while striving to help patients get the treatment they want and need. Nita says she admires the dentists’ ongoing interest in having the best, up-to-date technology so patients enjoy the most modern care available. She says she’s blessed to have family and friends close to her, as well as grandchildren, and husband who are successful. You might find Nita fishing, hunting, going to the movies, camping, baking, playing cards, socializing, and enjoying music when she’s not busy at work.

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