Unkenholz Family Dental Staff

Our Mission

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.

Our Staff

Dr. Eric Unkenholz

Dr. Eric

Dentist

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.

Trish S

Trish S

Financial and Insurance Coordinator

Trish grew up in Spearfish, SD but has lived in Rapid City since 1994. She has worked in both the orthodontic and general dental fields for 20+ years. Trish takes pride understanding insurance and enjoys helping patients maximize coverage when completing their dental treatment. I’m amazed everyday at the details Trish keeps track of. Outside the office, Trish enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children taking in all the activities the Black Hills has to offer.

Carol P

Carol P

Front Office and Scheduling

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 but has transitioned masterfully to meet the demands of the front office. We are glad to have her smile greet you as you walk through our front door. Carol is also an EMT and enjoys fishing, hunting, reading, boating, and spending time with her family. She is always quick to talk about and show you pictures of her 2 grandchildren.

Lynette Weinkauf

Lynette Weinkauf

Front Office

Lynette came to Rapid City for college and never left. She began in nursing and switched to dental assisting but loved the insurance side of things so ended working at the front desk.  Thirty four years later, Lynette is still in the dental field. She loves getting to know patients as they become a part of her family. She enjoys making a new friend everyday and hopes to make each person comfortable being at the dentist.
Lynette has been married to her husband, Troy for 34 years. They have a daughter, Dani and son in law Tobi who live in OR and a daughter, Jenna who lives in NV. In Lynette’s spare time she scrapbooks and spends time with friends.  On days off, they love to go on the road and visit their kids and family all over the US.
Carly Jo D

Carly Jo D

Hygienist

Carly joined UFD in March 2019! Upon graduating from the University of Wyoming School of Hygiene in 2017, with a degree in dental hygiene, Carly quickly moved back to her hometown of Rapid City. She loves helping people improve their oral health, making individuals of all ages feel comfortable in the dental office, and forming trusting relationships with her patients.

Uniquely, Carly has a passion for drag racing, and has raced competitively since the age of 9. She shares this passion with her husband Joe. They are enjoying their lives together with their dog Bella, who Carly calls their “baby”.

Amy H

Amy H

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 20+ 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!

Holly N

Holly N

Dental Assistant

Holly is from Mullen, NE, but has lived in Rapid City for over 30 years. Sweet Holly has spent 10 years in the orthodontic field and 25+ years in general dentistry. Holly has a passion for people and shows up to work with a smile on her face every day! Holly enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children. Her favorite activities are kayaking and camping.

Kaity C

Kaity C

Dental Assistant

Graduated from Western Dakota Tech as a dental assistant. Her hard work and dedication are admirable as she balances school, work and life with her 2 kids, Paityn and Raien. When she has spare time, Kaity enjoys movies, baking, and hiking with her family.

Emily G

Emily G

Dental Assistant

Emily grew up in Crawford, NE.  While working at her family’s restaurant, she learned about customer service and work ethic at a young age.  Emily attended college in Greeley Colorado for radiology and then graduated from the dental assisting program at Western Dakota Tech in 2007. She’s been working in the dental field ever since. She loves hiking, fishing and camping with her husband and two boys. Emily thoroughly enjoys getting to know patients and making them feel comfortable.
Unkenholz Family Picture

Family

Family Means Everything

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 20 and Collin is 16. Elise is a sophomore attending Montana State University, Collin is a sophomore attending Steven’s High School, and they both love to downhill ski.

Tasha U. Patient Care

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.