Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry

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Joni M. Richmond Stevens, 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 a large extended family, 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. In 2002 I received my Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from SUNY – Buffalo and the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, New York. I joined the private practice of Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates in July 2002 and became a partner in 2007.

In 2017, my husband and I chose an opportunity to work together and grow our love for little people, teeth and technology at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry. Justin and I purchased property and, with the help of a local architect, designed a state-of-the-art office for our patients, families and team. Dreams do come true!

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 traveled to the African country of Uganda for six years as a part of the African Christian Fellowship to treat pediatric patients.

Fun fact! 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 working 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, find new trails to hike and read a good book. I am also an avid Peloton rider and enjoy road biking with our family. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child(ren)!

I have a strong commitment to organized dentistry. As the Chair of the Dental Health Access Committee for the Montana Dental Association, I work with fellow Montana dentists on access to oral health care for Montana residents. 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.
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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 impact on how our patients view oral health. 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 Montana Dental Association, and the Montana Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as well as through my position as a Board Certified Member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Our journey to Bozeman was driven by our desire to put family first. Giving our two young sons, Wyatt and Owen, the opportunity to grow up in the Gallatin Valley community is the reason we made Montana our home. We have had the fortune of experiencing life in several different parts of the country, and know what a special place we’ve found in Montana. We are having a blast exploring Montana on foot, bike, skis, boats and campers! Please tell us your favorite Montana adventure or place!

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Joel Sayre, DMD

I’m a Montana native who has always had an interest in medicine and dentistry. That led me to earn a degree in cell & molecular biology at the University of Montana. In Portland, Oregon, I obtained my dental degree with high honors at Oregon Health Sciences University, and I was honored to be inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society.

To further enhance my skills, I completed a general practice residency in hospital dentistry at the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, I practiced general dentistry for three fulfilling years in Washington and Colorado. In 2004, fueled by my passion for serving children, I returned to academia and specialized in pediatric dentistry, completing my training at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.

In 2006, I moved my young family back to Bozeman, Montana, and established Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, where I built an incredible practice over 11 years. Yes, I started this exact practice several years ago. After selling my practice in 2018, I embarked on an extended Sabbatical, exploring the world with my family. Over the last four years, I have gained invaluable experience by working in pediatric dental practices across Montana, Michigan, and North Carolina.

I achieved board certification as a pediatric dentist in 2010 from the ABPD and hold memberships in the AAPD, ADA, and MDA. With 21 years of marriage and four wonderful children at home, I cherish spending time with my family and friends, particularly in the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, biking, camping, skiing, hunting, or fishing, I find joy in these activities. I am eager to bring my expertise and enthusiasm back to Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry.

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