Our caring dentists and team are devoted to your smile. We love welcoming patients of all ages to our office and go above and beyond to create a positive and welcoming atmosphere where you can feel at ease while receiving treatment. We invite you to call Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry at 605-371-3443 to learn more about dental care in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and make an appointment with Dr. Edward Kusek and Dr. Paola Lomba. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Kusek Family & Implant Dentistry staff

 

Receptionists

Vicki
Vicki

Hometown & Education

Vicki loved growing up in the tiny town of Ethan, SD. Vicki attended USD, then moved to Sioux Falls, where she met her husband.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

Her three sons & their families also live in Sioux Falls.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

In her spare time, Vicki loves to walking & bikeriding, reading, going to plays at the Washington Pavillion. Family activities include volleyball, game night, camping.

 

Julia
Julia

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Julia was born and raised in Hugo, MN, and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Augustana University.

She taught elementary education for five years, and wanted to help kids better themselves, and learn about the world around them so they could be a participating member of their community as an adult.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

She is excited to start helping kids learn about the health of their teeth, and helping adults feel good and be confident in themselves.
She is excited to work with our amazing staff and grow her knowledge of the dental industry and cutting edge procedures we provide.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

She has an extremely complicated family, but they all get along and help each other out as often as they can. She tries to get home as frequently as she can to spend time with her family.
She and her husband live just outside of Sioux Falls, and have cats and chickens.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

In her spare time she enjoys working out, watching movies, kayaking, singing, and teaching dance.

 

Hygienists

Jeanette
Jeanette

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Jeanette is originally from Southern Indiana, and moved to Sioux Falls in 2001. Jeanette received her degree in dental hygiene from Indiana University in South Bend, where she also served as a clinical instructor.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

She has been in dentistry since 1980, and a part of Dr. Kusek’s team since 2003.

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!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

She & her husband Mike have one daughter & one grandaughter, who live in Minneapolis.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

In her spare time Jeanette stays active with her family, and enjoys reading, playing on the computer, and playing with her granddaughter.

 

Cindy
Cindy

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Cindy grew up in Valley Springs, SD and 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.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

Cindy and her husband live on an acreage outside of Sioux Falls & have many animals.

They have two children, Amber (son-in-law Scott) and Andy (daughter-in-law, Erica) and 3 grandsons.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

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.

 

Amanda
Amanda

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Amanda is originally from Harrisburg, SD, and completed her bachelor degree in dental hygiene at the University of South Dakota.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

Amanda has been a hygienist with our team since 2008. She recently received 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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

Amanda & her husband, Chris, have three girls Charlie, Emmylou, and Willa. They also have a black lab, Bentley (also female).

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

“I have 3 kids under the age of 4 – what free time?”

She enjoys being outside with the kids, going for walks, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Shayna
Shayna

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

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.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

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.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

Shayna is the middle of five children and enjoys being around family and friends as often as she can.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

Shayna also enjoys down time of being creative with paints, baking, playing card games and watching movies.

 

Assistants

Judy
Judy

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Judy 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.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

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.

Judy is a certified dental assistant. Judy 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!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.

In her free time Judy enjoys spending time with her son, daughter-in-law & grandson.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

She also enjoys walking, reading, sewing, quilting, movies, supporting her son’s music endeavors and the Washington Pavillion.

 

Nicole
Nicole

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Nicole is originally from Watertown and moved to Sioux Falls in 2016 to pursue her dental career. She Attended Lake Area Tech and completed the Dental Assistant program in 2016.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

Nicole has always had an interest in teeth ever since she was young and had orthodontics done on her own smile.

She says being able to help someone smile with confidence is the best feeling.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

Nicole is the youngest of three.

She has a daughter named Rylee and a mini Australian Shepherd, Lucy. Both of which keep her on her toes.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

In the summer she enjoys heading back home to spend time with family at Lake Kempeska.

Her daughter and her both enjoy outdoor activities including boating, fishing, riding ATVs, and taking their dog for walks.

Together they also enjoy going to movies, cooking and baking.

 

Dawn
Dawn

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Dawn is originally from Sisseton, SD and relocated to Sioux Falls in 2013. She graduated from Lake Area Tech in 2009 for Dental Assisting and completed her general studies at USD.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DENTISTRY?

Dawn has always understood the importance of a healthy smile. She chose dentistry because it has always been something she is passionate about.

She is fascinated by dentistry and the ability to continue to learn and evolve in the field.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

Dawn has a son who is a senior in high school. They also have a miniature dachshund.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

In Dawn’s free time she enjoys going to movies, hiking, kayaking, traveling, trying out new recipes, watching Netflix, and working out.

 

Maddie
Maddie

Hometown and education:

This is Maddie Smith. She was born and raised in Pierre, SD where she graduated high school in 2016. Maddie went through Watertown Lake Area Tech to become a Registered Dental Assistant.

How did you get into dentistry?

While living in Pierre, Maddie worked at a Pediatric Dental office and found that she really enjoyed helping people keep a healthy smile. After working in Pierre, she decided to move to Sioux Falls to continue her career in a general dental office. Since joining our team, Maddie’s passion for helping fix other’s smiles has only grown. Growing up, Maddie would have never thought she would find so much joy working in the dental field.

Tell us about your family:

Maddie grew up with her parents, 2 older sisters, 1 dog, and 2 cats. She now has a little family of her own consisting of herself and her cat “Pixie”!

What do you do in your free time?

Maddie loves to spend time with friends and hanging out at the pool during the summer. She likes to travel to see her family in Pierre and friends all over!

 

Courtney
Courtney

Hometown and education:

Courtney is from Brandon, SD where she graduated high school in 2018. She is now attending the University of South Dakota pursuing her Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene with a minor in Spanish.

How did you get into dentistry?

When Courtney was younger, she did not have a perfect smile which made going to the dentist her favorite two times of the year. Knowing her teeth were clean and healthy always made her more confident. Orthodontics was, however, a great confidence booster.
The effect that dentistry had on her life sparked her desire to be in the field herself. After doing an internship here at Dr. Kusek’s she joined our team as a sterilization assistant working on her breaks from school.
With the knowledge and experience Kusek Dental has provided for her, she now knows for sure she has chosen the right path to pursue. She understands the affects poor dental hygiene can have on your overall heath and is ecstatic to help others after she graduates.

Tell us about your family:

Courtney has a big family! Out of 8 siblings she is the second oldest. Her older sister has been her role model and hopes that she can be that person for her younger siblings.

What do you do in your free time?

Courtney loves sports. She has been a cheerleader for 5 years and loves cheering on the USD Coyotes. If she isn’t studying or at a game, you can find her hanging out with friends, disc golfing, or watching Netflix, movies, NFL or NBA games.

 

IBCLC

Alicia
Alicia

HOMETOWN AND EDUCATION

Alicia graduated from West Central High School in Hartford, SD. She then attended SDSU and received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1998.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Alicia has worked in the maternal child health field since 2001. Throughout her years as a Postpartum Nurse and Childbirth Educator she developed a love for helping women breastfeed their babies.

She has been in private practice as an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) since 2011 through her company South Dakota Babies.

She joined Dr. Kusek’s team in November 2018. She sees patients here two days a week and continues her private practice as well.

Alicia loves helping women achieve their breastfeeding goals.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY

Alicia and her husband have a son and a daughter and they reside in Sioux Falls.

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES?

In her free time Alicia enjoys reading, crocheting, walking her dog, and attending her kids’ activities.