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

8:20 AM – 5:00 PM
Dr. Edward Lynch

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

Professional Awards

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


Professional Activities

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

Cosmetic Dentistry

Call: 605.343-5925

2006 Mt. Rushmore Rd.,
Rapid City, SD 57701

Working Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:20am-5pm.

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