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Meet Our Dental Team – Denison, IA

Here to Help You Smile

Whether we’re answering your phone call, helping you schedule treatment, taking your dental X-rays, or cleaning your teeth, our team members strive to give you the best dental experience you’ve ever had. We strive to go the extra mile to help you feel relaxed and welcome here in our Denison dental office. We look forward to meeting you, but you can get to know more about us by reading the information below.

Erika, Office Manager

As a previous rehabilitation director for a large therapy company and an occupational therapist, Erika has always had a passion for helping people and supporting them as they work towards their personal goals. As our office manager, she goes above and beyond to help patients feel overjoyed with their smiles. It’s always amazing to hear about how much the team has touched their lives for the better!

Erika and her husband Dr. Bygness have four very active and involved kids (Quinlan, Roman, Monroe, and Ezra) who are their world. Outside of office hours, they enjoy attending all of their various activities – all four kids play sports and also practice piano, while the girls participate in dance and the boys do Tae Kwan do. As for personal hobbies, she loves traveling. Tropical destinations are her personal favorite, as she’s a warm weather girl and is always up for doing all sorts of stuff outside in the sun, including boating, working in the yard, and much more. She also really enjoys trying new restaurants and has a long-standing love/hate relationship with running.

Genesis, Bilingual Receptionist

Originally from here in Denison, Genesis attended Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE for her education. As our dedicated receptionist, she is able to assist our valued patients in multiple languages and help everyone feel right at home within the practice. She goes above and beyond to build warm relationships that last over countless appointments!

At home, Genesis has a young daughter named Kélahni. When she isn’t busy at work, her favorite hobbies include running and doing fun arts and crafts with her child. She also regularly helps out as a makeup artist for weddings, graduations, proms – you name it.

Emma, Dental Hygienist

Emma studied dental hygiene at Iowa Central Community College, and she’s thrilled to now be a member of Dr. Bygness’ team. Her favorite part of being a hygienist is getting to educate each patient about how to better their oral health while also encouraging improved overall health at the same time.

When Emma isn’t busy at work, you can find her coaching the East Sac County Dance Team and being a part of the Sac County Fair Board. Here’s an interesting fact about her: some of her coworkers call her Fritz!

Kayla, Dental Hygienist

Kayla has been working in the dental field for nearly five years now, and she really enjoys being able to help each patient feel informed and comfortable throughout their visit. Originally from Schleswig, she studied at the University of South Dakota.

Kayla and her husband Pat have one daughter named Finnley. In her free time, she loves being with family and chasing around her little daughter constantly. They regularly travel and go adventuring outdoors, doing activities like hiking, boating, and riding motorcycles. She also really enjoys helping out with family nights at her church!

Johanna, Dental Assistant

Johanna has been working in oral healthcare for a handful of years now, and she studied assisting at Western Iowa Tech. Today, she is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant and has advanced training/certification in orthodontic care as well – in fact, the first time she ever flew in her life was when Dr. Bygness sent her to Orlando for classes! Today, she has a particular love for helping patients through orthodontic treatment.

Outside of work, Johanna is happily engaged to Nathan Kropf, and they have two boys together named Bentley and Owen. In her free time, she enjoys doing church activities, visiting new places like children’s museums and trampoline parks with her kids, and doing pretty much anything outdoors.

Robbie, Dental Assistant

Robbie completed her education at Western Iowa Tech Community College, and today, her career in the world of dentistry spans over seven years so far. She is an Expanded Functions Dental Assistant as well. What she enjoys most about her role at the practice is getting to interact so warmly with patients while helping them improve their smiles!

Robbie and her husband Eddie have three children together named Natalie, Matteo, and Samuel. When she isn’t busy at work, she loves practicing photography and contributing to her husband’s contracting business. They’re also HUGE Notre Dame fans and try to make it to a game in Indiana every single year. GO IRISH!