Meet the Team
General, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry
“On behalf of our entire team, I would like to personally welcome you to our website. My team and I look forward to providing you with the information you require regarding the latest dental procedures and assisting you with your dental needs. I want you to know that my team and I always do our best to earn you confidence and exceed your expectations.” Edward J. Lynch, DDS
2006 Mt. Rushmore Rd., Ste. 1 • Rapid City, SD 57701
Monday – Thursday
My team and I know from experience that each person has individual needs that require specialized attention in a safe, friendly and professional environment. Quality, gentleness, compassion, care and concern have always been top priorities for our patients.
Meet Edward J. Lynch, DDS
Edward J. Lynch, DDS moved to Rapid City in 1974 with his family from Zweibrucken Germany.
Since 1986, Edward J. Lynch, DDS has been serving the general, implant and cosmetic dental needs of Rapid City. You can trust him to listen to your wishes and concerns and to provide you with an unmatched level of expertise, attention to detail, and concern for your comfort.
“My team and I know from experience that each person has individual needs that require specialized attention in a safe, friendly and professional environment. Quality, gentleness, compassion, care and concern have always been top priorities for our patients.”
Through the years our loyal patients have graciously allowed us to not only provide traditional dental care and cosmetic dentistry, but have trusted us to provide the very latest and most advanced dental procedures as well. We are proud to offer BioHorizons conventional and one-piece implants. We are pleased to perform bone regeneration procedures for our patients that have been told they cannot have implants. Specially secured dentures using implants won’t slip or cause discomfort. Sedation dentistry for the fearful patient.
1983 – Bachelor of Science • Western Michigan Univer., Kalamazoo, MI
1985 – Doctor of Dental Surgery • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1986 – General Practice Residency • University of Colorado, Denver, CO
1987 – Dental Education for Care of the Disabled (DECoD) • University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2005 – Surgical & Prosthetic Implants • Misch Intern’l Implant Institute, Dearborn, MI
1985 Fellow American Association of Hospital Dentists
1986 Outstanding Table Clinic Denver Winteregional, Alpha Omega Dental
2005 Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists
1989 Outstanding Young Dentist South Dakota Dental Association
1998 Presidential Award South Dakota Dental Association
1993 President Black Hills District Dental Society
1992 Vice President Black Hills District Dental Society
1991 Secretary / Treasurer Black Hills District Dental Society
1989-91 Trainer, Aids Education Training Center South Dakota Aids ETC
1986-2014 Medical Staff Member Rapid City Regional Hospital
1995-1997 Dental Department Chairman Rapid City Regional Hospital
1989-2004 Member, Dental Health Committee South Dakota Dental Assn
2001-04 Chairman, Dental Health Committee South Dakota Dental Assn
1990-2005 Member, Delta Dental Policy Committee Delta Dental of S.D.
2000-2005 Member, Legislative Committee South Dakota Dental Assn
2005-2015 Board of Trustees South Dakota Dental Assn
2015-2016 Vice President South Dakota Dental Assn
2016-2017 President Elect South Dakota Dental Assn
Meet Our Team
JoAnn has a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska. She is passionate about helping her patients maintain a healthy mouth. If she had a “specialty,” it would be working with individuals with special needs. In her spare time JoAnn likes to hike, do crafts, and try to keep up with her two teen girls.
Darlene grew up on a farm here in SD. She received her Dental Assisting training at Mid Plains Vo-tec in North Platte, NE, and then moved to Kentucky for 37 years. She moved back to SD several years ago to be closer to her large family. She is a nationally certified and state registered dental assistant. She loves helping people stay healthy and in her free time she enjoys visiting with family, singing, reading, and playing card games.
Jessica is the newest member of our practice, serving as our Patient Coordinator. She is married with 2 children, and recently moved to Rapid City from Oregon. She has worked in the dental field and customer care for 15 years. In her spare time, she likes to cook, spend time with friends and family, traveling and exploring new areas around Rapid City.
Leanne started her career in 2003. She earned her Registered Dental Assistant license in 2007, and is currently serving as our Treatment Coordinator. When asked what she enjoys most, she states that “she really enjoys helping patients maximize their insurance benefits to maintain a healthy mouth. She has 4 children and loves spending time outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking and just enjoying the beautiful black hills.
Ame earned her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of South Dakota in 1993. She has been serving the patients at Creative Smile Designs since 2012. In 2017, her passion to help people drove her to open Black Hills Orofacial Myology as a part time business. In 2019, she became the first Orofacial Myologist in SD to earn the designation of QOM, Qualified Orofacial Myologist, and earned the COM or Certified Orofacial Myologist from the International Association of Orofacial Myology. I enjoy collaborating with other professionals for the good of our patients. Outside of the dental world, Ame enjoys camping, 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and hiking in the Black Hills. She is a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, American Dental Hygienist’s Association, the South Dakota Dental Hygienist’s Association, the American Laser Study Club and is active in her church.
Hi! My name is Alyx. I grew up in Brandon, SD and moved to Rapid City at the beginning of 2020. I have tried a few different career paths in life, and dentistry is by far my favorite. I have learned so much in my time as a Dental Assistant at Creative Smile Designs and I cannot wait to learn more! In my spare time, I love going on hikes rock climbing and just exploring the Black Hills with my boyfriend Ben.
General Cleaning & Health
Implants & Restoration
2006 Mt. Rushmore Rd.,
Rapid City, SD 57701
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