Meet Our Dental Staff
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.
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.