Meet the Team

We are a team at Salmon Dental Center and are all dedicated and passionate about what we do!  Our goal is to provide quality care and help your office visit run smoothly.  We look forward to helping you on your way to happy and healthier oral care.

Meet Our Dental Hygienists


Meredith Lapatra

I have worked as a Dental Hygienist since 2014 and I can’t imagine doing anything else! I grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho and attended Boise State University where I received my Associate of Science degree. I then transferred to Idaho State University and graduated in 2013 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. I joined the team at Salmon Dental Center as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2014. During my off time I take full advantage of the outdoor activities this area has to offer. I love living in Salmon and having the opportunity to serve this wonderful community.


Chris Jones

I graduated from North Hampton College with an Associate of Applied Science and have been practicing as a dental hygienist since 2004. When I am not working, I like to explore the beautiful mountains. I enjoy working with the friendly people in this area and taking advantage of all that Salmon Valley has to offer.


Lacey Lufkin

I have had the privilege of being part of the Salmon Dental Center team since 2012. Growing up in the Lemhi Valley, I graduated from high school with aspirations to be a dental hygienist. I attended CSI in Twin Falls for 2 years, where I was a member of the college rodeo team. I completed my education at ISU in Pocatello, where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. It is very gratifying for me, as a hygienist, to provide care to my patients in a calm and caring atmosphere where their comfort and wellbeing is the main concern. Another passion of mine is family! I cannot spend enough time with my husband Dillon, our children and our family who live nearby.


Alicia Wunsch

I have been working in the field of dentistry since 2004. I received a Technical Certificate in Dental Assisting from the College of Southern Idaho in 2003. I then graduated from Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009. I enjoy building a rapport with each patient I see as well as educating patients on how to achieve optimal oral health. I reside in Challis with my husband, two children and three dogs. In my spare time I enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer from hiking and camping to hunting and fishing.


Tiana Hilton

I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the Salmon Dental Center team! I have worked in dentistry for more than 15 years in several positions including Receptionist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene Assistant and as a Registered Dental Hygienist. I received my Expanded Function Dental Assisting Certificate from Idaho State University which later inspired me to continue my education at the College of Southern Idaho where I graduated with honors with my Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. My family, including my husband and 5 children, love living in Salmon and enjoy being part of such a wonderful community. As a Registered Dental Hygienist my focus is to provide quality care for patients and educate them about their optimal oral health. I am committed to providing a comfortable and positive experience for my patients.

Meet Our Dental Assistants


Annie Peets

I have an Associate of Science Degree as well as a certified Dental Assisting Certificate. I have been working at the Salmon Dental Center since the fall of 2014. I am the Office Manager as well as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Oliverson. I strive to keep things running as smoothly as possible for both our patients and staff. I love being outdoors and take every opportunity I can to spend time with my family. I am committed to providing the highest standard of care to patients as I work beside Dr. Oliverson to give our patients a positive dental experience.


Cheryl Beers

I have several years of Dental Assistant experience and have worked at Salmon Dental Center for over 20 years, previously with Dr. Richard Smith, and currently with Dr. Oliverson. I love greeting patients with a friendly smile and reassuring them with a quiet, soothing voice. I strive to make our patients comfortable and provide them with the best possible dental care. I am happiest when I am singing, laughing and surrounded by my husband, children and grandchildren.


Katie Stanger

I have been working as a Certified Dental Assistant since 2009 and joined the Salmon Dental Center team in 2020. I take great pride in providing top level care to the Salmon Valley community. Gardening and exploring the great outdoors are a few things that take up my free time. I am honored to be part of such a dedicated team and look forward to taking care of our patients.

Meet Our Office Staff

Stephani Whitley

Stephani Whitley

I have worked as a health care professional for several years and joined the team at Salmon Dental Center the beginning of 2019. As the Front Office Coordinator, I look forward to greeting you with a smile and making you feel at ease while you are in our office. I enjoy helping people and I am committed to making your experience a pleasant one. I grew up in Salmon and feel so blessed to be able to raise my family here as well. My family means the world to me and I love spending time in the mountains and surrounding areas with them.


Bren Ward

I have several years of experience in the dental field. I have loved dentistry from a young age; it is my true passion in life. I received my Expanded Function Dental Assisting Certification from East Idaho Technical College in 1991. Since then, I have had the privilege of being a Team Lead Assistant, Treatment Coordinator, Receptionist, Office Manager and Financial Coordinator. As part of the Salmon Dental Center team, I strive to use my intimate knowledge of treatment and patient care to coordinate care plans, work with insurance companies and keep things running efficiently. I love all aspects of dentistry and working with people in such a professional and caring environment. I feel very privileged to be a part of this amazing dental team. After several years away, I am happy to be back “home” in the beautiful Salmon Valley.

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