The mission of Unkenholz Family Dental in Rapid City, SD is to serve, create, and establish trusting relationships, diminish pain, provide preventative and proactive treatment to prevent bigger problems, to be there when you need us, and to do all of this with a smile and the genuine kindness, you, our patients deserve.
Dr. Eric grew up in Pierre, SD. He attended South Dakota State University where he earned BS and MS degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry in May of 2008 and began his first job as a dentist in Rapid City the following month. After working in a group practice, Dr. Eric started Unkenholz Family Dental in 2014. Having a passion for people, Dr. Eric has enjoyed the opportunity to build a dental practice focusing on patients' individual needs while creating a fun and caring environment.
Dr. Crutcher is originally from Indiana. He's lived in the Rapid City area for 19 years. He has 35 years of experience in the dental field. He is a retired Captain from the Indian Health Service/US Public Health Service with 25 years of service. He most recently worked at the Community Health Center of the Black Hills. Dr. Crutcher is a proud grandpa of a precious 10 year old girl-Clara!
Dr. Crutcher's kindness and caring style as well as his passion for dentistry fit perfectly into our "family/team". We are so lucky to have him join Unkenholz Family Dental. Welcome Dr. Crutcher!
Dr. Eric and his wife Tasha love the Black Hills and have enjoyed raising their children Jack, Elise, and Collin in a place that is truly home. We lost Jack at age 8, in 2009, to H1N1. He was born with a rare genetic disorder and we feel honored and privileged to have been his Mom and Dad for almost nine years. Elise is 15 and Collin is 11. Don’t be surprised if you see them during one of your dental appointments, sneaking through the office looking for treats in the break room or writing quotes on the staff white board!
Tasha U. - Patient Care
Tasha grew up in Hutchinson, MN. Unlike her husband, she considers herself an introvert; however, when she arrives at the office, her favorite part of the day is chatting with patients. She has her BA in Psychology and an MS in Counseling. Her number one job is being a mom to their kids. Her heart is in the Black Hills as she enjoys downhill skiing, hiking and running anytime she can.
Trish S. - Financial and Insurance Coordinator
Trish grew up in Spearfish, SD and relocated to Rapid City in 1994. She has worked in both the orthodontic and general dental fields for 15 years. Trish takes pride in understanding insurance and enjoys helping patients maximize coverage while completing their dental treatment. Outside the office, Trish enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children taking in all the activities the Black Hills has to offer, especially the skiing and running trails.
Amy P. - Hygienist
Amy grew up in Wall, SD. She received her degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Wyoming, School of Hygiene in Sheridan, WY. Amy has worked in the dental field for 17 years. She loves treating patients and making their appointments pleasant and personable. Outside of the office Amy enjoys spending time at the lake with family and friends. Amy is known as the “blond” in our office…and we enjoy every second of it.
Margo N. - Hygienist
Margo grew up in Enderlin, ND and graduated from North Dakota State College of Science in 2001 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. After graduation she relocated to Rapid City where she has been practicing dental hygiene for 18 years. Margo is an avid hiker and concert enthusiast. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and all the outdoor activities that the Black Hills has to offer.
Jan W. - Dental Assistant
Jan was born in Fairmont, MN. She moved to the Black Hills in 1982 and has worked in dentistry for 19 years – “what an experience”. We like to say, “Jan came with the building” (15 years with Dr. Joe Lytle) …what a bonus that has been! Jan has a can-do attitude and is always good for a joke or one liner.
Carol P. - Dental Assistant
Carol was a dental assistant for 16 years in Flandreau, SD prior to her move to the Black Hills in 2015. Carol joined UFD as an assistant, however; more recently, Carol masterfully manages the demands of the front desk! We are glad to have her smile be the first seen when patients walk through the front door. Carol is also an EMT and enjoys fishing, hunting, reading, boating, and spending time with family.
Jenna G. - Hygienist
Jenna is from Hawaii but has SD roots that brought her here in 1992. Jenna has worked as a full-time hygienist in Rapid City for 28 years with stints in Hawaii and California. During her career, Jenna’s focus has been to educate her patients about the importance of oral health and its role in whole body health. She has a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota and worked as an instructor at Sheridan College for three years until recently returning to Rapid City to join Western Dakota Tech as their Dental Assisting Program Director. Jenna loves the relationships she developed with patients and continues to work as a hygienist during school breaks and over the summer.
Jami is the most recent addition to the UFD family. What an amazing gift to have Jami with us. Her smile could brighten the saddest of days. We're not short on giggles with this sweet gal around!
Jami has been dental assisting for 31 years! She loves helping patients obtain optimal dental health. Her motto is, "Floss the ones you want to keep!".
Outside the office, Jami enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her best friend, Paul. She also spends quality time with her son, daughter-in-law and their three children as well as Paul's grandchildren.
Holly is from Mullen, NE. She has lived in Rapid city for 30 years.
Sweet Holly has been dental assisting for a total of 30 years: ten in orthodontics and 19 in general dentistry. Holly and Dr. Eric worked together in his first years of dentistry. It's good to have these two back together again!
Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her favorite activities are kayaking and camping.
Carly Jo D. - Hygienist
Carly has recently joined the UFD team. Carly graduated from Sheridan College in May of 2017. After graduation Carly moved back to her home town of Rapid City to put her skills to work.
Carly has been drag racing since the age of nine! She shares this passion with her soon to be husband, Joe. They are enjoying their young lives together in a new home with a dog named Bella. We're so happy to have this sweet girl here!