Our goal is for you to leave our office with a memorable and enjoyable dental experience, which is why our welcoming and compassionate staff will do everything they can to make you feel right at home.
Dr. Kinnee grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended UNLV for her undergraduate studies. During her time at UNLV she was employed as a Dental Assistant. She attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Dentistry. While in Dental School she was the ASDA Representative for her class.
After graduating from dental school she joined the U.S. Navy as a Dental Officer. During her three years in the military she performed a variety of duties as well as general dentistry. She also worked with various specialists giving her a well rounded dental education. Dr. Kinnee earned an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy.
Returning to Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Kinnee practiced dentistry in a large group practice for over 10 years. She then ventured out on her own to private practice. The mission of her practice was to provide high quality, state-of-the-art dental care across the entire spectrum of dentistry, while making patient communication the cornerstone of her practice.
Dr. Kinnee recently sold her Las Vegas practice. She later accepted a Dentist Associate position in Spokane, WA. where she worked until a position opened in Montana. Dr. Kinnee was provided an opportunity to open her own practice in Missoula, at the Larchmont Building. She is a member of the following organizations:
- American Dental Association
- Montana Dental Association
- Washington State Dental Association
- Spears Study Club – Focusing on Facially generated treatment plans.
In her free time Dr. Kinnee enjoys cooking, entertaining friends and family, ballroom dancing, and traveling. She has been married for seven years, and has three step-children. Dr. Kinnee has achieved several personal goals running half and full marathons.
Dr. Eric Nygard - Dentist Anesthesiologist
Dr. Nygard was born in Missoula, MT. and grew up on his family’s farms in western Montana and central Washington. He went to college at Washington State University, where he ran on the track team as a 400m hurdler. While in college, he met his wife, Jenny and together they have faced many life experiences, such as school, kids, cancer, more kids, and more schooling, many moves and finally settling down in Frenchtown, MT.
He went to school at the University of Washington and completed his anesthesia residency at Loma Linda University and was fortunate to receive excellent training and received numerous awards, honors, and scholarships during his training. He is very appreciative of the many mentors, colleagues, and patients who have helped and taught him throughout the years. Dr. Nygard loves to provide anesthesia to his patients, and bringing the best possible, personalized care to each patient is very important to him.
He has a team of wonderful people around him, including dentists, assistants, and nurses who all contribute in their own unique way to ensure that each patient has a safe and pleasant anesthetic experience. When he isn’t working, Dr. Nygard can be found with his wife and kids, doing projects at home, playing games, or spending time in the mountains. Along with his family, he is active in his community and church. His faith is an important part of who he is.
Dr. Richard Montandon, DDS -Dentist Anesthesiologist
Dr.Montandon received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) through Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Immediately following dental school, Dr. Montandon went on to complete another four years of intensive anesthesia residency training. Dr. Montandon is board certified through the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, National Dental Board of Anesthesiology and is a Fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He is dedicated to increasing the availability of dental services to patients that are unable to have their dental treatment completed without the use of sedation and dental anesthesia.
Melanie-Registered Dental Hygienist
Melanie was born and raised in southern California. She moved to northern California as a young adult, where she lived for three decades. There, she raised a family and completed her studies at Santa Rosa Junior College. She studied and received degrees in Liberal Arts and Dental Hygiene graduating with Dean’s Highest Honors. Health and nutrition have been a lifelong passion of hers. She spends her free time pursuing these loves through hiking, practicing yoga, gardening, and cooking. She also enjoys travel, reading, and is a novice bird- watcher. Melanie moved to Stevensville in 2019 with her husband, dog, and 2 cats in pursuit of their love of nature and wide-open spaces! They have five adult sons and two daughters-in-law. Melanie’s favorite aspect of working in dentistry is helping people understand the importance of the relationship between a healthy smile and a healthy body – then helping them achieve it!
Brittney-Registered Dental Hygienist
Brittney was raised in Big Fork, Montana. She also has lived in Oregon and Northern California. She attended Flathead Valley Community College and Great Falls College MSU. She enjoys reading, spending time with friends & family and taking care of her two cats; Azazel and Yue. Brittney’s favorite thing about dentistry is helping patients have the most comfortable experience they can while optimizing their dental health. Her goal is to have each patient leave their appointment feeling more confident than when they walked in.
Kristi was born and raised in Washington. She enjoys camping, hiking, riding her four wheeler and loves being outdoors. As a dental assistant she loves taking care of her patients, comforting them in their time of need and helps them get past their fears.
She has been a dental assistant for over 30 years, she loves her job and we think it shows. Kristi has three (3) children, a girl and two (2) boys and one (1) step son. Also she has three (3) grandchildren, two (2) girls and one boy and shel loves spending time with all of her family.
Megan was born and raised down the Bitterroot Valley in Florence Montana. She attended Montant State University for a short period of time after graduating from Florence – Carlton High School and found herself back around Missoula later on. She enjoys spending her spare time with family and friends doing things like traveling, hiking, paddle boarding, boating, and camping. going to concerts, getting ice cream, and going to natural hot springs. She does not have any pets, but one day is planning to get a longer-haired dachshund and name it Meatball!
I was born and raised in Ventura County, CA. I currently attend Ventura College and plan on transferring to the University of Montana. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, working out, and doing anything near a body of water. I also enjoy watching and supporting my childhood friends on the football field. As a Dental Assistant, I enjoy the bonds I have created with patients in a short period of time the most.
Brinley – Dental Assistant
I was born and raised in the Missoula/Lolo MT. area. In my free time, I enjoy photography, painting, writing, and paying video games. My family has y cats and 2 dogs – mine being a Pomeranian name Knut and a black cat named Jinx. As a Dental Assistant, I enjoy continuing to
learn more and more while helping others.
Krysten was born outside Las Vegas, Nevada, and grew up spending part of her years in Oregon, Colorado, and Southern California before coming to Montana. Before working in the dental field she spent the better part of 7 years working at a Veterinary office. She enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, game nights with friends and family, reading, shooting guns at the range, throwing knives, archery, and various crafts that can be done at home. Her passion is for connecting with patients in a relatable way and providing the best service and care.
Natalie – Front Desk
I was born and raised in Paul, Idaho. When I graduated from high school, I moved to Colorado Springs where I met my husband. We later moved to Missoula, MT. When I am not at work, you can find me scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends, and shopping.
I have two pet frogs and a pet hamster! My favorite thing about working at Missoula General Dentistry is being around people all day and helping others!