Hygienists

Our hygienists take extreme care and are committed to ensuring your teeth and gums stay as healthy as possible. They will work with you and the doctors to help you meet your desired oral health needs.

 
 

Jeanette

 
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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

 
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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 and 2 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

 
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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

 
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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.