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Meet the Friendly Faces of Parkside Dental!

Dr. Melissa Brandner-Otten, DDS

Dr. Melissa Brandner-Otten, DDS

Dr. Melissa Brandner-Otten is the main dentist at Parkside Dental, a native of South Dakota with over 16 years of experience in the dentistry profession. Her favorite part about dentistry is developing a relationship with patients and their families, motivating them to maintain good oral health and striving to provide them with a positive, pain-free, educational dental visit.

Working for 10 years at the Dental Clinic in Canton, SD before opening her own practice, Dr. Brandner-Otten has lived in the community of Tea for over a decade and is very happy to work and help create a positive impact in the community. A 1999 graduate of the University of Nebraska's College of Medicine and School of Dentistry, and completing over 100 course hours for Comprehensive Orthodontic Education, Dr. Brander-Otten also received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at NSU in Aberdeen, SD.

In her spare time, Dr. Brandner-Otten spends time trail-riding and barrel racing her horses, as well as traveling and camping with her husband and three children.

Dr. Brandner-Otten is involved with the following associations and charities:

  • American Dental Association
  • South Dakota Dental Association
  • South Eastern Area District Dental Association
  • Donated Dental Provider
  • Master Laser Certification
  • National Association of Professional Women

Alahna

Alahna

Office Manager

Alahna has known Dr Melissa since their oldest children were in pre-school together. She is married, has two boys who are 15 and 19 years old, and lives in Tea. Alahna enjoys time spent with family, friends and co-workers, is very active in church, and spends time riding motorcycles in the summer. Alahna, most of all, loves watching and supporting her kids in their activities.

Ashley

Ashley

Office Assistant

Ashley has grown up in Tea and known Dr. Melissa since she was little. She loves spending time with her family and friends.She is currently going to school for Hospitality Management and will graduate in a couple years. In her spare time she loves watching movies, playing volleyball, and enjoying the time she spends outside.

Laura

Laura

RDA

Laura graduated dental assisting school in 2010 from Lake Area Tech in Watertown, SD and has worked in Sioux Falls ever since. She currently is living in Tea, SD. When Laura is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, going to concerts and festivals, and trying to stay active.

Shari

Shari

RDA

Shari has been working as a dental assistant since 2000. She has worked with Dr.Brandner for over 10 year, following her from Canton to Parkside Dental in Tea. Shari grew up in North West Iowa and moved to Sioux falls in 2007. Shari has three children, 26,23,and 17 years old. When Shari is not at work she enjoys riding motorcycle, bowling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Genavieve

Genavieve

Dental Hygienist

Genavieve graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in Dental Hygiene. She has been practicing dental hygiene since 2011. She grew up on the east side of Sioux Falls and still resides in Sioux Falls. In her spare time she loves going on adventures with her husband and dog Luna. Genavieve loves the outdoors and being on the water especially water-skiing and canoeing. She also enjoys traveling, biking and downhill skiing.

Jen

Jen

Dental Hygienist

Jen has been working in the dental hygiene field since 2011. She received her Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees with focus in Dental Hygiene from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She grew up in Watertown, SD and recently moved to the Sioux Falls area. Jen likes to spend time camping, boating, golfing, and riding bikes. She also enjoys returning to her hometown to spend time with family and friends.

Holly

Holly

Dental Hygienist

Holly received her Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees with focus in Dental Hygiene from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She grew up on a farm around the Onida, SD area and presently lives in Sioux Falls. Holly loves to watch and play sports, take pictures and go boating. Holly also enjoys listening to music, attending concerts and playing piano and guitar. Holly especially loves to return to her hometown to spend time with her family.