Joni M. Richmond, DDS
My interest in dentistry began during my internship at a Craniofacial Genetics lab at the University of Iowa as an undergraduate student. I was so fascinated by the complexity of the lower face and mouth that I applied to and was accepted in to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry Class of 2000. As one of six children with lots of cousins and as the daughter of a teacher, I wanted to continue being around and working with children. While in dental school I developed a passion for creating a positive dental experience for the children we saw in clinic. I was fortunate to be accepted to and receive a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from SUNY – Buffalo and the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, New York in 2002. I joined the private practice of Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates in July 2002 and became a partner in 2007.
An active volunteer, I participate in ‘Give Kids a Smile’ to advocate for dental health care for every child. As another part of that mission, I have traveled to the African country of Uganda for six years as a part of the African Christian Fellowship to treat pediatric patients.
Fun fact, it was on my fourth mission trip in 2010 that I met Justin! In 2011 we became engaged at Bwindi in Uganda and in 2012 went back on a “honeymoon”! We have two sons, Wyatt and Owen. We enjoy the challenge of getting our own children to brush and floss their teeth! Some of my favorite things to do are to go to the park with the boys, to spend time in Iowa and Colorado with family, to cook and to expand my cooking abilities and to explore our new home state of Montana. I am also an avid Peloton rider and loves road biking with our family. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child(ren)!
I have had a strong commitment to organized dentistry. Currently I am an active member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. As part of that commitment to pediatric dentistry and organized dentistry, I served on the Executive Council of the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and am the past president of the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentists. I have also served on the executive committee of the St. Paul District Dental Society and the Committee on the New Dentist for the MDA. Learning and staying up to date on current clinical and professional topics and trends is important to me; I served for six years on the Minnesota Dental Association Scientific Sessions Committee planning the Star of the North Dental Meeting serving as the co-chair of the Star of the North in 2014. Additionally, I have also enjoyed teaching as clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota in the pediatric dental department. In 2008, the MDA honored me with the New Dentist Leadership Award.
JUSTIN M. STEVENS, DDS
My interest in dentistry began at an early age when I had the opportunity to work in my family dentist’s office. I witnessed how providing an exceptional level of care really does have a profound impacts on patients’ lives. I brought this knowledge with me to Colorado State (Go Rams!) after which I attended the University of Colorado Dental School. During this time, I had the privilege of embarking on a mission trip to Uganda, where I worked with children with the bright and beautiful smiles that had always inspired me. It was then that I realized my life’s passion would be in pediatric dentistry. I felt inspired to bring the highest quality dental care to the children and families in my community and to develop a vision to customize my care for each and every family.
Following dental school, I gained a great deal of experience in the treatment of complicated dental issues through a General Practice Residency at the Portland VA Medical Center and continued working toward my vision at a non-profit Community Clinic in the Twin Cities. I then applied my skills and experience to the University of Minnesota pediatric dental residency program. Having had the opportunity to work with such an incredibly diverse group of patients has instilled in me the confidence to approach and understand each family’s unique needs and desires. To this end, I continue to engage in diverse learning opportunities through my membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as through my position as a Board Eligible Member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
The Stevens family is a family of four. Giving our two young sons, Wyatt and Owen the opportunity to grow up in the Bozeman community is one of the reasons we’ve made this move. We have had the fortune of experiencing life in several different parts of the country, and our family is excited to make Bozeman our home. We are looking forward to exploring Montana on foot, bike, skis, boat and campers! Please tell us your favorite Montana adventure or place!
Joel G. Sayre, DMD, Emeritus
Joel G. Sayre was born and raised in Missoula, Montana where he attended the University of Montana. He graduated from dental school in 2000 from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Sayre completed a one-year hospital-based general practice residency at the University of Minnesota and then practiced general dentistry for three years in Washington and Colorado. In 2004, Dr. Sayre returned to school to specialize in children’s dentistry. He completed this specialty training at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Sayre moved his family to Bozeman in 2006 and opened Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, where he currently practices. Dr. Sayre became a board-certified pediatric dentist in 2010 by the ABPD. He is currently a diplomat of the ABPD and holds memberships in the AAPD, ADA and MDA. Dr. Sayre is happily married with four young children. He enjoys all things outdoors including hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing and traveling.
Hi! My name is Emily Galyen and I moved to Bozeman from California in 2005 with my family. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2002 with a BA in Kinesiology. I have always loved working in the medical field and especially with children. I am married and have two children, ages 10 and 12. We love to get outdoors as a family; hiking, camping, downhill and nordic skiing. We feel extremely blessed to call Bozeman home. I look forward to making your child’s experience here at GVPD a positive one!
Hello! My name is Michelle. I am originally from Seattle, Washington and moved to Montana in 1998 to work for a non-profit organization that allowed me to travel to 30+ countries, so far. I moved back to Bozeman, after living in South Africa in 2009, with my husband and two children. We absolutely love living and raising our family in this beautiful place. I enjoy travel, people, coffee and exploring the great outdoors.
Hi there! My name is Kaisha. I’m a native Pacific Northwest girl who’s new to Montana. I’ve loved adventuring around this beautiful state with my husband, Cody. In 2012 I earned my degree in Dental Assisting. I love combining my dental skills and years of nanny experience here at GVPD. When I’m not at the office I’m usually hanging out with my little sisters or photographing the lives of Bozeman families.
Hi! I’m Angie. I moved to Bozeman from Pennsylvania with my husband and two teenagers in June 2016. After visiting a few times we knew we wanted to call it home. I spent 15 years working as a dental assistant for an endodontist. I’ve also spent the past 22 years working as a cosmetologist in a children’s salon. In 2011 I opened my own kid’s salon until my big move to beautiful Montana. I’m very excited to be here with my family hiking and exploring the great outdoors. I absolutely love kids and look forward to working with your kiddos!
My name is Karen Riggs. I recently returned to Bozeman, many years after graduating from MSU. I returned to the area to be nearby three of my adult children and to enjoy the great skiing and beautiful mountain life. I have more than 15 years in the medical and dental field. I especially enjoy seeing the pediatric patients along with their parents. I am here to help you understand and schedule your dental visits.
Hello. My name is Laurel and we recently moved to Bozeman from Pennsylvania. We enjoy the outdoor activities available in and around the surrounding areas. We are expecting our first child in the Spring and are looking forward to being parents. I earned my dental hygiene degree in New York back in 2010. I am very happy to be able to have an awesome work family through GVPD and look forward to giving your child a great experience.
Billie was born and raised in Montana and attended Montana State University – Billings, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She went on to further her education at Arizona State University with a Master’s degree in Health Innovation. Having worked in healthcare for over ten years, she has a passion for patient advocacy and delivering a superior patient experience. Billie has three teenage boys who keep her busy with outdoor activities and sports. She moved her family to Bozeman five years ago and loves what the Bozeman community offers her and her family.
Hey! My name is Amanda and I recently returned to the Bozeman area after completing my Dental Hygiene degree in Great Falls, MT. I am originally from Bozeman, but have spent many years in Colorado and California. I am a Montana State alumni and a Bobcat at heart! I love what I do and cannot wait to share the importance of oral health with your kiddos!
Hey there! My name is Johnni Meirhofer. I have lived in the Gallatin Valley since I was five after my family moved here from northern California. I married my husband Jeremy in the spring of 2012; we love spending time outdoors camping, spending the day at the lake, and anything to enjoy this beautiful valley! I also enjoy spending my time coaching softball and volleyball. I love helping my teams learn the importance of hard work and working together. Prior to joining the team at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry I was a preschool teacher for ten years. I love creating relationships with kids and their families while watching them grow! I look forward to using my experience with all ages to create a wonderful dental experience for you and your family!
Hi! My name is Mariah. I am a Montana native, born and raised right here in the Gallatin Valley. I love being outdoors and exploring the beauty of this great state I am blessed to call home. When I am not at work, you can find me camping at Canyon Ferry, hiking, fishing, or playing soccer. I am currently working towards entering the dental hygiene program in Great Falls, MT. I started working at GVPD in the fall of 2017 and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I see every child as an opportunity to learn something new, and to make their experience at our office a positive one. I look forward to meeting you and your child and sharing my passion for dental health!
Hello, my name is Sherry and I am from the small town of Winnett, MT. I have an amazing two year old son and we love going on adventures together and spending time with friends and family; lots of cousins to play with! I enjoy going on hikes, traveling, and having a nice Montana morning latte! I have worked in the pediatric dental field for nine years and am excited to be a part of the great team at GVPD. I look forward to working with the children and parents of this great community!