Meet Our Dental Staff

Theresa-Registered Dental Hygienist

Theresa was born and raised in Soda Springs, Idaho. She grew up horse back riding, camping, fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors. She attended college at LSU, The University of Montana, and graduated first in her class in the dental hygiene program in Asheville, North Carolina.  Theresa is passionate about helping https://www.missoulageneraldentistry.com/meet-us/meet-our-staff/#people have a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.  She loves to educate her patients about oral health and how to best obtain their optimum oral health. Theresa enjoys skiing, hiking, reading, Oula, dancing, floating the river, spending time at the lake, Grizzly football.  Her family includes her spouse Shane, Allie, Matt, Makenna, Dog (Quincey) and Cat (Herminone).

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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!​

Katelyn-Dental Assistant

Was born and raised in Missoula, MT.  She has a family of three, Andrew, her fiancé, and four year old son, Lucas.  She enjoys the outdoors, including  camping, hiking, fishing, and traveling.  Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her son taking him on new adventures, helping him learn and watching him grow.  She attended  the dental assisting program at the Bitterroot College in Hamilton, MT.  Her favorite part about being a dental assistant is building relationships with patients helping them fulfill their dental needs, and helping create and maintain healthy, beautiful smiles.

Jade-Dental Assistant

Was born in raised in Montana as was her whole family.  She enjoys any outdoor related activity or hobby.  Her favorite outdoor activities consist of camping,floating,backpacking & boating   Additionally, she enjoys ceramics,coloring and painting.  Jade enjoys being a Dental Assistant because she can help people and has always loved going to the Dentist.  She believes the Smile  is the best thing about a person.  Currently she is attending the University of Montana  to become a Registered Dental Hygienist, her life long goal.

Delana-Front Desk Manager

Was born and raised in Oklahoma.  She enjoys being on the water as much as possible and shopping.  Loves helping patients get over the fear of going to the dentist by preparing them  for whats to come and  taking the surprises out so they feel 100% comfortable and confident to leave smiling.

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.