About Our Dental Practice
in Rapid City, SD

The dental health care team at Dakota Family Dental in Rapid City, SD is dedicated to not only helping you improve your oral health, but your overall health. A healthy mouth is a key component in maintaining good overall health. Research is showing more and more associations with poor oral health and systemic, or whole body, disease. As a family dentist, our main focus is on preventative dentistry and maintaining open communication with our patients. Our goal is to involve both returning and new patients in their treatment plan, so they understand their treatment options, and the associated risks and benefits. Our dentists find that by focusing on a medical model and using science-based dentistry, they are better able to access the risks, perform treatment, and most importantly, help prevent more involved and extensive dental procedures later on.

Our family dental office serves patients from Rapid City and surrounding communities including: Box Elder, Deadwood, Hill City, Lead, Spearfish, and Sturgis, SD.

Meet Our Staff

Jennifer LH Friedman
Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Friedman is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology. She then went on to attend The University of Michigan and earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2007. Dr. Friedman decided to join the United States Air Force while in dental school and was accepted to an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. During this one year residency, she was taught by highly trained specialists in all areas of dentistry. In 2008, Dr. Friedman was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. While at Ellsworth, she continued to focus on all areas of dentistry and helped the clinic achieve an excellent rating by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) as she was hand selected by the Dental Flight Commander to be observed while performing an IV sedation case and removing impacted wisdom teeth on a patient.

Dr. Friedman is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and The Black Hills District Dental Society. She stays up to date on the latest changes in dentistry and has completed the Synergy Training Program for Implant Dentistry through Biomet 3i, has attended three Spear Seminars, is a member of the local Spear Study Club, and has completed 2 of the 9 courses in the Kois Center Curriculum.

Dr. Friedman and her husband, Josh, fell in love with Rapid City and decided to make it home. They enjoy taking their Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Zoe, and their English Springer Spaniel, Lucy, out hiking and camping. She also enjoys biking, swimming and baking. Dr. Friedman and her husband have two children, Logan and Lucas.

Business Assistant

I grew up in Rapid City, SD and moved to Clever, MO in 1999. She graduated in 2002, and in 2005, had a sweet little girl at the end of March. In 2011, she fell in love with her childhood sweetheart and moved back to Rapid City. She loves the beautiful Black Hills and is so grateful to call this area “home” again! When she's not in the office, she enjoys playing volleyball and softball. She is also a classical pianist, and enjoys playing and listening to music. Her daughter Lauren is 10 years old and in the 5th grade. She keeps Amy busy with her cheerleading and advocacy efforts in the Type 1 Diabetes Community.

Business Assistant

Dawn was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. At the age of 20m she joined the Air Force and lived in Idaho, Arizona and Turkey. She met her husband of 27 years while stationed in Idaho. After separating from the Air Force, they moved back to Rapid City. After arriving in Rapid she became office manager for a Plastic Surgeon for 15 years. Upon his retirement, Dawn became the office manager. She has two wonderful kids, Nickolas and Alexandra. Nick is a realtor in Rapid City and Alex is a college junior at Dakota Wesleyan University. When she's not at the office, Dawn enjoys working out and spending time with her family.

Business Assistant

Jenn was born and raised in Kadoka, South Dakota. She attended the University of South Dakota where she received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Political Science and a minor in business. She moved to the Black Hills after college and married her husband Kirk. She has been an office manager in the dental field for 18 years, all of which have been here at this office. She enjoys what she does and likes getting to meet new patients and developing relationships with our current patients. Jenn and her husband have two wonderful children, Kale and Sawyer. They enjoy camping, four wheeling and fishing in the hills in their spare time.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Christy grew up in Wall, SD and worked seven summers during high school and college at the famous Wall Drug Store in various departments. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of South Dakota in 2007. Her first five years of her hygiene career began in Yankton, SD and Hartington, NE working part time for three different dental offices. She moved back to the Black Hills to be closer to her family in 2012. Her parents live in Black Hawk and she has one sister and two brothers. Her dad has worked 10+ years for Fischer Furniture. Her mother is a former 2nd grade and 3rd grade elementary school teacher and has been working the last couple years for the Rapid City YMCA with the Lollipops (2 and 3 years olds). Christy cherishes time with her four nephews and is very excited for one more nephew on the way in March 2016! The last three and half years she has been employed by Dr. Friedman. She spends time outside as much as possible (rain or shine) gardening, running, biking, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and camping. She also enjoys cooking, baking, painting, and reading.

Registered Dental Hygienist

She received her BS degree from the University of Iowa in 1977. Julie has practiced her profession in six different states ranging from Mississippi to North Dakota. She enjoys building relationships with her patients, caring for their dental health needs, and linking the importance of good oral health to good physical health.

Julie is married to Nate and they have one grown daughter. In her spare time, Julie enjoys volunteering with Love, INC and the RCPSF, mountain biking, and hiking in the Black Hills.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Marin graduated in 2015 from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree. Marin and her husband Cody are from Sioux Falls, SD and moved to Rapid City in 2015. They enjoy spending time outside rock climbing, camping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Before becoming a dental hygienist, Marin and her husband lived in many different National Parks. Marin volunteered for Search and Rescue as an EMT while her husband worked as a Law Enforcement Ranger. After a few years and many different parks, they decided to return to South Dakota and enjoy life in the Black Hills.

Registered Dental Hygienist

Susan has been in practice 39 years. She earned her BS Degree from University of South Dakota in 1976.

She enjoys the long time relationships she has developed with her patients and meeting new patients. Susan believes in the importance of preventative dentistry.

Susan and her husband, Scott, have two grown daughters. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her grandsons. She also enjoys golf and bowling.

Ashley VanBuskirk
Dental Assistant

Ashley was born in Lakenheath, England to a military family (her Dad was in the Air Force). Her family moved back to the states and lived in Louisiana and Ohio before getting stationed at EAFB in South Dakota when Ashley was in 4th grade. She did some moving around and lived in Englewood, FL; Rapid City, SD; Phoenix, AZ; San Diego, CA; and then back to Rapid City for a final time. In July 2015, she started working for Dr. Friedman. She is enrolled in the Dental Assistant program through Western Dakota Tech and will graduate in May 2016. Ashley has two children, a son, Kaden and a daughter, Kinleigh. Together, they enjoy doing anything outside—biking, hiking, camping, and of course, just playing at the park or in the yard. Ashley personally enjoys reading, watching movies (mostly comedies) and doing anything with arts and crafts.

Certified Dental Assistant

Linda was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Lander, Wyoming. She went to Dental Assisting school at Parks School of Business in Denver Colorado. She has been working as a dental assistant for 39 years. She and her husband, Pat, have a daughter, Megan and a son, Ryan. They also have one granddaughter, Cadence. She loves anything to do with basketball and football, especially the Broncos, Michigan State and Wyoming Cowboys. She also loves to travel, play golf, garden and hang out with her family.

Certified Dental Assistant

Sherri was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. The Air Force brought Sherri to Rapid City in 1998. She started her dental assisting career in 1995 in Okinawa, Japan through the Red Cross dental assistant training program. She continued assisting for the Air Force after they moved back to the United States and also attended the Western Dakota Technical Institute Dental Assisting Program. She graduated from the program in 1999. She has two children, Brittany and Jared. Sherri and her family enjoy camping and fishing in the Black Hills and she personally loves reading and art.

Dental Care in Rapid City, SD You Can Count On

Dakota Family Dental provides a range of family dental services in Rapid City, SD and surrounding communities. Our team of dental providers is dedicated to creating an atmosphere in our dental office that is warm and welcoming. We provide a range of general, preventative, and restorative dentistry services. Our goal is to provide you and your family with the best dental services, so you can have a lifetime of healthy smiles.

For more information about our practice, our services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today at 605-343-0711.

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