Meet Our Friendly Sioux Falls, SD Dental Office Staff
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into our Sioux Falls family dental practice is the incredibly friendly and inviting atmosphere. Members of our staff have been hand-picked to provide you the best possible experience during your visit to the dentist. Learn more about our team below.
Vicki, Business Office Assistant
Vicki loved growing up in the tiny town of Ethan, SD. Vicki attended USD, then moved to Sioux Falls, where she met her husband. Her three sons & their families also live in Sioux Falls. She has been involved in the dental field as both a clinical assistant and in the business office since 1982 (she started REALLY young!), and has been with our team since 1995. Vicki is passionate about learning new things, seeing people become more comfortable with dentistry & helping patients afford the dental care that they deserve by assisting in comfortable payment options and working with their dental insurance benefits. She has attended many hours of continuing education with focus on maximizing patient benefits, and is a part of Dr. Kusek's team that hosts courses and speaks to attending dentists, hygienists, and auxiliary. She is proud to be a part of a dental practice that provides the highest quality and latest technology, and she really enjoys meeting and getting to know all of the patients. In her spare time, Vicki loves to spend time with family, walk, read, ride bike, cook, bake, play Wii & Candy Crush! She & her family can often be found playing volleyball, having family game night, watching movies or on road trips.
Paula , Business Office Assistant
Paula grew up in Watertown, SD, & moved to Sioux Falls in 2009. She has a daughter & a son, who are both married & live in Sioux Falls, along with 2 grandchildren. Paula went to school at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, where she received her Certification in dental assisting. She has worked in the dental or insurance field since 1982 & started January of 2013 with Dr. Kusek. Paula loves helping people & being able to offer them cutting edge dental service. In her free time, Paula enjoys spending time with friends & family, walking & gardening.
Jeanette, Dental Hygienist
Jeanette is originally from Southern Indiana, and moved to Sioux Falls in 2001. She & her husband Mike have one daughter & one grandaughter, who live in Minneapolis. She has been in dentistry since 1980, and a part of Dr. Kusek's team since 2003. Jeanette received her degree in dental hygiene from Indiana University in South Bend, where she also served as a clinical instructor. She is passionate about continuing education, and using lasers to improve periodontal health. She has earned her Fellowship on Diode Laser from World Clinical Laser Institute, and also received Dental Hygiene Implant Certification through International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Jeanette recently completed her bachelor degree through Mankato State University. She also is sharing her experiences in dental lasers and implants with her peers by teaching continuing education courses. Above all, Jeanette believes helping patients strive for better oral health is the most rewarding aspect of her career! In her spare time Jeanette stays active with her family, and enjoys reading, playing on the computer, and playing with her granddaughter.
Cindy, Dental Hygienist
Cindy grew up in Valley Springs, SD & is a graduate of USD's Dental Hygiene program and Canby Area Vocational Dental Assisting program. She also enjoyed a stint as a Dental Tech with the Naval Reserve. Cindy earned her Fellowship from World of Clinical Laser Institute and is a SDDHA Association member and officer and is a member of Academy of Laser Dentistry. Cindy has been involved in Dentistry since 1982 and has been with our practice since 2004. She enjoys implementing the new technology Dr. Kusek brings to the office, to best benefit our patients. Cindy and her husband live on an acreage outside of Sioux Falls & have many animals. Cindy is currently working on her bachelor's degree. In her spare time she enjoys staying healthy, reading, biking, kayaking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding and gardening. They have two children, Amber(son-in-law Scott) and Andy and 2 grandsons.
Amanda, Dental Hygienist, Sioux Falls, SD
Amanda is originally from Harrisburg, SD, and completed her bachelor degree in dental hygiene at the University of South Dakota. Amanda has been a hygienist with our team since 2008. She recently recieved her Fellowship in the Academy of Laser Dentistry this spring. She is excited to be in the field of dentistry because she loves interacting with patients and helping patients improve their smiles. Amanda & her husband, Chris, welcomed their first child- Charlie Joyce in October, 2013, they also have a black lab. She keeps busy with her daughter, in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking/baking, traveling, walking the dog & pinterest projects.
Judith , Certified Dental Assistant
Judith was born and raised in Rock Valley, Iowa and is a longtime resident of Sioux Falls. She obtained a bachelor's degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City Iowa. She has been in the dental field for 23 years as a dental assistant & has been with our team for over 18 years. She enjoys keeping on the cutting edge of dentistry, and received her Dental Assisting Implant Certification through International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Judith is a certified dental assistant. Judith loves working within an office that keeps up with technology so we can offer our patients the best of care, she also loves working on smile makeover cases with patient's who come in uncomfortable with their smile, then once treatment is complete, they can't stop smiling. She also appreciates Dr. Kusek's dedication to continuing education for the entire staff. She says that she is thankful to be working with such a great staff and she knows that we have the BEST patients! In her free time Judith enjoys spending time with her son, daughter-in-law & grandson, walking, reading, sewing, quilting, movies, supporting her son's music endeavors and the Washington Pavillion.
Kristi , Certified Dental Assistant
Kristi is originally from in Madison, SD, and now calls Montrose home. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Graphic Arts and Web Design from Dakota State University, and went on to dental assisting school at Southeast Technical Institute, also completing her Dental Assisting National Boards. Kristi has received her Dental Assisting Implant Certification through International Congress of Oral Implantologists & has been with our team since 2007. She says the best thing about her profession is being able to ease fearful or hesitant patients that come to our office. Kristi and her husband, Tony, have three children, Braylee, Easton and Rawley. In her spare time Kristi enjoys being with family & friends, cake decorating, cooking, camping, traveling, gardening, hunting and fishing.
April , Certified Dental Assistant
April is originally from Watertown, SD, and moved back to the Sioux Falls area after obtaining her dental assisting degree & completing her boards, from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE. April has been with our team since May 2008. What she loves most about dentistry is the ability to help people overcome anxiety at dental appointments, putting them at ease, and helping them improve their smiles. In her free time, April enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff and baby girl, family and friends, being outdoors, working on DIY projects, shopping, traveling, going to concerts, festivals and sporting events. She loves cheering on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish & the New England Patriots!
Shayna, Dental Hygienist
Shayna was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD, and recently finished her Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of South Dakota. She has wanted to work in the dental field as long as she can remember. She is excited to be a team member of the practice that allows her to stay on the leading edge of dentistry and to continue her education. Her favorite part of her profession is helping people take care of their health and their smile. Shayna is the middle of five children. She enjoys being around family and friends as often as she can and also enjoys down time of being creative with paints, baking, playing card games and watching movies.