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MEGAN ROUNDS, RDH –
I'm originally from Woonsocket, SD. I graduated from LATI in Watertown with my Dental Assisting degree in 2011.
I worked as a Dental Assistant for a few years, and then went back to school at NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND for Dental Hygiene and graduated in 2016.
I'm very excited to have relocated to the Huron, SD area where a majority of my family live.
I enjoy traveling to see my twin sister and my adorable niece every chance I get. I also like to spend my time spoiling my boxer, Trixie, who just turned three.
Some hobbies of mine include: gardening, traveling, concerts, and anything out doors.
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Dental Hygienist
•How long have you been in dental practice? I've been in dentistry for about 1 1/2 years.
•Why did you decide dentistry for an occupation? I knew I wanted to find a career in the health field. I chose dental hygiene because I want to help people take care of their teeth and live healthier lives!
•Tell us about your hobbies and interests? I enjoy reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? Floss! And visit your dental professional twice a year.
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Dental Assistant/Receptionist
•How long have you been in dental practice? I have 7 years experience in dentistry.
•Why did you decide on dentistry for an occupation: I have always worked in the health field and chose dentistry because I wanted to help people take care of their teeth and live healthier lives.
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? I love spending time with friends and family, either traveling or just hanging out at the lake. Summer is definitely my favorite time of year and love making the most out of every day!
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? It’s so crucial to see your dentist/hygienist every 6 months to obtain a healthy beautiful smile!!
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Dental Assistant/Office Manager
•How long have you been in dental practice? I have 14 years experience in dentistry.
•Why did you decide dentistry for an occupation: I wanted to pursue something in the health field. I love helping people find their way to better health. I was intrigued by teeth ever since I was a little girl. I personally love working with the dentist and helping people enhance their beautiful smiles!!
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? I’m a city girl turned country girl. If you don’t see me working on teeth I’m with my best friend, Luke and we are busy parents chasing after 3 beautiful little girls (Jesse 8, Harper 7, Ella 1) feeding chickens, raising pigs, and running a Health & Wellness home business. I love traveling, crafting, a DIY doer, makeup junkie & shop-a-holic.
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? It’s so crucial to see your dentist/hygienist every 6 months to obtain a healthy beautiful smile!! Remember this “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!” Plus, we love seeing our patients too!!
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Dr. Drake’s Dental Assistant. Come in and meet her! She is great!
•How long have you been in dental practice? I have 6 years experience in dentistry.
•Why did you decide dentistry for an occupation: I have always liked going to the dentist and have always been interested in anything to do with teeth! A persons’ smile is always the first thing a lot of people notice, so it’s pretty great to be able to help people feel confident with a healthy, happy smile!
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? Just about everything I do involves my two dogs, Sadie and Nash! I’m a crazy dog lady for sure! I am a big family person and love being blocks away from my siblings, which is why I haven’t moved away from Miller. I also enjoy anything that involves being outside in this warm weather, especially being out on the boat!
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? Come in and see us every six months for your checkup and cleaning. Finding cavities and other problems early leads to easier appointments for our patients! We all just want our patients to be comfortable and confident with their smile!
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Dr. Gorena’s Dental Assistant
•How long have you been in the dental field? 7 1/2 years
•Why did you decide on dentistry as an occupation? Always been intrigued by the dental field and also wanted to learn more
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? Crochet, crafting, cooking and baking -hobby Outdoors- gardening, yard work, hiking, camping!
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? Brush for 2 minutes and floss!!
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Dr. Morales’ Dental Assistant
•How long have you been in the dental field? 4 years
•Why did you decide on dentistry as an occupation? Love to help people and creating beautiful smiles
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? Being with my family, camping, Pinterest projects, and concerts
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? Keep up with your dental cleanings and brush/ floss daily. You only get one set of permanent teeth!
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Registered Dental Hygienist
•How long have you been in the dental field? This is my first job out of college! Go Yotes! I am loving the profession so far!
•Why did you decide on dentistry as an occupation? I was a CNA in high school and found my passion for patient care. I am also very detail oriented and enjoy picking!
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? Biking, calligraphy, outdoors when my allergies allow it, hanging out with my friends, family, and boyfriend, and baking.
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? Floss! Floss! Floss! Also, if you are having any concerns about your mouth or teeth don’t hesitate to tell us!
“Mel” Melanie Letsche
•Position @ Huron Smiles: Receptionist
•How long have you been in dental practice? 23 years
•Why did you decide on dentistry as an occupation? A friend told me of a job opening for Dr. Mann in this office. When I got the job, I found it to be interesting, and ever-changing. I've learned a lot over the years, and am glad that I can help people maintain their dental health.
•Tell us about your hobbies & interests? I enjoy walking on beautiful days, and on the other days, I like to make jewelry and do counted cross stitch.
•Can you give our patients one piece of dental advice, what would it be? Make sure you brush and floss every day!! Remember this “You don’t have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!” Plus, we love seeing our patients too!!
The dental hygienist Allyson is so great! My 11 year old and I both saw her; she does a fantastic job with explaining everything while being kind, gentle, and personable. My husband had Megan as his hygienist and said the same thing about her. We had Dr. Morales come in and he was friendly and encouraging.
As always, everyone at Huron smiles was friendly and helpful and compassionate. Dr. G was always checking with me as to my comfort during the procedures and did her best to keep pain at a minimum. Her Tech/Assistant was terrific also.
Everything worked as expected.
Done a nice job . Gave me good advice on future work that should be done. Everyone was very polite.
Amazing experience for our kids and ourselves. They were very concerned with my comfort throughout a long procedure. Making sure the procedure was pain free was their main concern. They are also great at scheduling and getting their patients in very quickly. I cannot say enough great things about them!!!
If you are looking for a new dentist, you will not be disappointed joining Huron Smiles! Exceptionally friendly, thorough, and conscientious. All of the staff were great!
Very friendly helpful and fun staff very very happy with the results I got from them 😃😃😃😃😃
I just had my first appointment at Huron Smiles. Everyone there was so welcoming & friendly. They made me feel like I was "one of the family."
Friendly, fast service. Attentive to my needs
Very professional and latest in technology
My daughters LOVE coming to the dentist, thanks to Dr.’s Valerie Drake, Steve Morales & Kassandra Gorena. Libby does a wonderful job with the cleanings and my girls had a great visit! Thanks everyone!!!!!!
First time with Dr. Morales and it went very well. My tooth had been bothering me and they got me in quickly and took care of it. No pain and everything is back the way it should be. Everyone was courteous and professional so I will go back without hesitation.
Professional and caring service! Willing to work with your schedule so that you can make an applintment anytime.
Libby took my xrays and cleaned/polished my teeth. Very professional, patient and courteous while performing her excellent procedures. Very helpful explaining all options to keep my teeth healthy. I explained my concern for too much water rinse and choking. She listened carefully and avoided all my feared discomfort. THANKS. May I have her next cleaning......?? Yes??
Great staff!! Warm, friendly, compassionate!!
Kind, professional, patient staff. We are blessed to have Dr Drake and Huron Smiles! My dentist of choice!
It was a very learning appointment! Since my cancer surgery and new meds I felt the hygienist and dr Drake gave me some very informative ideas! Thank you, thank you!
No one likes going to the Dentist; But if you are going to go then this is the place! Always professional.
Great service, Libby did a wonderful job cleaning my teeth and everyone was very friendly and helpful! Highly recommend anyone go to get work done here!
They are so friendly and do excellent dental work!!!
Dr. Drake pulled a molar that had a root canal and crown. Tooth was cracked. She pulled it painlessly! I recommend Dr. Drake for all your dental procedures.
I have had many great encounters with Dr. Drake. She is patient, kind, responsive, and really cares making sure her patients have the BEST possible experience. I would highly recommend Dr. Drake.
The entire team truly cares about each and every patient.
Very friendly and took the time to do a great job
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