Dr. Charles M. Hunter - Partner Years with this Practice: 28
Dr. Hunter received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Washington University School of Dental Medicine in 1975. Following dental school, Dr. Hunter did a general practice residency in the US Air Force. During his residency, he had extensive training in oral surgery and IV conscious sedation. Following his residency he spent 2-1/2 years doing all the surgery and sedations on his next base. He served for four years in the Air Force. He was stationed with his family at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio where he did his residency, and then Plattsburg AFB in upstate New York.
While serving in the Air Force the Hunter family grew by a baby girl named Amy and a baby boy named Ryan. Having been raised in Ririe, Dr. Hunter moved back to the area and went into practice with his brother Robert.
"Idaho has been a great place to live and raise a family," says Dr. Hunter. They enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports, of which there is an abundant supply in this area. The Hunter family enjoys doing things together. Some of their favorites include skiing, golf, tennis and bike riding. Even though Dr. Hunter has his commercial pilot's license, and loves to fly, he keeps his feet on the ground these days.
Dr. Hunter has enjoyed treating patients in this area since moving here after his time in the Air Force. They arrived here in 1979 and have many great friends and memories from their years in Idaho. Dr. Hunter continues to spend a lot of time going to continuing education courses each year. He has particularly enjoyed his work and training in surgery and implants. He started his training as an implantologist in the early 80's and has been in many education courses since then. Implants have opened a service and benefit to patients that before were simply not available.
Dr. L. McKay Rich - Partner Years with this Practice: 30
Professional Memberships: American Dental Association, Idaho State Dental Association
Other Memberships: Dental Assisting Program Advisor for Eastern Idaho Technical College; United Way Youth Organizations; Little League; Boy Scouts and Varsity Scout Program; Cedar Badge; Church Youth Programs; PTA President
He has always enjoyed participating in sports, fishing and camping, cars and working in his beautiful yard. Music has also been an important element in his life.
Dr. Rich married his high school sweetheart Sheila and they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this September. They were blessed with four wonderful children-Heather, Ryan, Sausha and Corbin.
Mckay grew up in Parker, Idaho. He graduated from South Freemont High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University.
Mckay attended Northwestern University in Chicago, receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He and his family returned to Idaho Falls to establish a private practice.
Thereafter, he joined seven other dentists and specialists to form the Idaho Falls Dental Group. This has been a most enjoyable and rewarding association and partnership. It has enabled him to share and develop a myriad of dental concepts, procedures and approaches. Continuing education and advanced methods has always been an overriding priority with the group.
He carefully chose dentistry as a profession and it has been most rewarding. He loves treating his patients, and has also developed a long and cordial relationship with many. He considers his colleagues and staff among his closest friends.
Dr. Bracken J. Webb - Partner Years with this Practice: 30
Let me tell you about myself. I am a native of Southeastern Idaho. I grew up in Preston, Idaho during the 50's and 60's, the youngest of four boys. I played a lot of sports with my brothers and friends. I also play the piano. I graduated from Brigham Young University and attended Dental School in San Francisco. In 1979, I graduated from University of the Pacific Dental School. I returned home to Southeastern Idaho to practice dentistry. My wife Yvonne and I have two great children and four grandchildren. We are a golfing family. I have enjoyed teaching golf to my son and daughter. In the springtime, I helped coach the golf team at a local high school for several years. I enjoy fly-tying during the winter, fly-fishing in the summer and steelhead fishing in the fall. My wife and I enjoy traveling when we get the chance.
The profession of dentistry is constantly changing. I regularly attend continuing education courses to learn about the latest advances in cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry, endodontics, and new dental materials. I enjoy the challenge and rewards of my job. I appreciate the support and association of many great patients over the years. My goal is to provide excellent dental care for you and your family now and in the future. I want to make it easy for you to smile.
My dental practice has grown through the years by referrals from my existing patients, for which I am very grateful. When you become comfortable in my practice I would hope you would also be comfortable referring your friends and family. Thanks for your interest in my dental practice, keep smiling!
Dr. Kirk R. Tingey - Partner Years with this Practice: 30
Kirk Tingey received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree, cum laude, from Loyola University, Chicago College of Dental Surgery in 1978. Having been raised in Idaho Falls, he returned to his roots and has been practicing dentistry ever since. He is board certified to practice all aspects of modern dentistry, including adult and children dentistry, restorative and cosmetic dentistry, prosthetics, and many other disciplines. Dr. Tingey is a member of the American Dental Association and the Idaho State Dental Association. He is a member of the G3 Foundation, a humanitarian dental team that travels to third world countries each year to provide charity dentistry to the poor and underprivileged. He attends many hours of continuing education every year and feels it important to use the latest advances in materials and equipment, and the most current techniques to treat his patients.
Dr. Tingey has a deep and abiding love and respect for wildlife and the outdoors, and takes every opportunity to enjoy them with his family.
Dr. Tingey enjoys practicing within a group setting. "There is a wealth of experience and expertise dispersed among its practitioners," he says. "We consult with each other often on difficult cases. That's a big advantage for both the doctors and their patients."
Dr. Rex D. Thompson - Partner Years with this Practice: 23
Dr. Rex D. Thompson completed his dental training at the University of Washington in Seattle graduating with a D.D.S. He participated in the first year of the Regional Dental Education Program in Idaho and completed his first year at Idaho State University. His undergraduate work was at Ricks College and Brigham Young University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Minor in Spanish.
For Dr. Thompson, dentistry is the right mix of Art and Science. He spent six years in a high powered dental cosmetic practice in Salt Lake before joining the Idaho Falls Dental Group in 1991. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, he also enjoys pediatric dentistry, root canals, crowns and general dentistry.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Dental Association, Idaho State Dental Association and the LDS Academy of Dentists. He also serves on the Blue Cross of Idaho Dental Advisory Board. He has participated in a number of humanitarian dental projects in the Dominican Republic, Samoa and Nicaragua and enjoys teaching dental students and providing dentistry in those settings.
Dr. Thompson is currently a council member of the Ammon City Council and has served on the planning and zoning committee. He has participated in Scouting for over 25 years and has camped over 250 nights with the boys in their year around camping program. He has been awarded the Silver Beaver Scouting Award.
His hobbies include gardening, watercolor, metal detecting, back pack trips with his boys, fishing, hunting and camping. He designed and built the house he currently lives in using skills he learned while putting himself through school as a carpenter.
Dr. Thompson and his wife Lynne are the parents of six children, grandparents to nine and he enjoys spending time with them.
Dr. Devin Thompson - Partner Years with this Practice: 1 1/2
Dr. Thompson was raised in Idaho Falls and attended Hillcrest High School. He received his bachelors degree in Biology from BYU-Idaho. After College, Dr. Thompson was accepted as part of the Idaho Dental Education Program and attended dental school at Creighton University where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery and graduated with Honors. He received the outstanding student award from the Academy of Osseointegration for his work placing and restoring dental implants while in school. Dr. Thompson grew up coming to the Idaho Falls Dental Group and was very happy to have the chance to join the group after school.
Dr. Thompson is married with 4 children. His family enjoys the outdoors, spending much of their free time camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. He is glad to be back working in his hometown.
Dr. Thompson is a member of the American Dental Association and the The Idaho State Dental Association.
Dr. Robert A. Hunter - Partner
Years with this Practice: 28
Dr. Hunter attended school in St. Louis Missouri where he received his D.D.S from Washington University Dental School in 1973. His professional memberships include: American Dental Association Idaho State Dental Association Dr. Hunter and his wife Roberta have 5 children - 4 daughters and 1 son. They have 9 grandchildren with 2 more on the way.
"My wife Roberta and I love to travel and play golf."
Dr. Hunter, or Dr. Bob as he is affectionately known, retired in 2013. We miss seeing him around the office but know he is loving retirement!
Dr. Ron D. Sheppard - Partner
Years with this Practice: 28
Dr. Sheppard was raised in Idaho Falls where he graduated from IF High School. He received his degree in biology from Idaho State University and his DDS degree from University of Washington Dental School. After serving in the US Navy and receiving his pilot's license in San Diego, he returned to Idaho Falls. Dr. Sheppard has served as President of the IF Dental Society as well as on the Board of Dentistry and Western Regional Examining Board, which examines dentists for licensure. He also teaches expanded functions part-time in the Dental Hygiene Department at ISU.
Dr. Sheppard has been married to Laurette for almost 3/4 of his life and they have two boys that he couldn' be more proud of. After earning an instrument and commercial rating for his pilot's license, Dr. Sheppard built and flew his own taildragger airplane. He loves to golf but is really glad that he doesn't have to do it for a job. Dr. Sheppard recently got ATVs and loves to toodle around the back country of Idaho.
Dr. Blake Barney
Dr. Blake Barney received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio in 2011. His passion for dentures and full mouth restoration lead him to pursue additional training in replacement of missing teeth - Prosthodontics. Following dental school, Dr. Barney did a graduate residency in Prosthodontics at the University of Washington in Seattle. During his residency, he received extensive training in dentures, implants, and implant-supported dentures.
Following his residency he spent 3-1/2 years doing extraction and implant surgery required for dentures and implants at his practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. He specialized in Complete Dentures, Removable Partial Dentures, “Snap On” Implant Dentures, and All-On-Four fixed dentures. His passion is for replacing teeth in a way that fits patient needs. He diligently works to present treatment options and counseling with patients, finding the best treatment plan for each individual patient.
As Dr. Barney and his wife traversed the country for school and training they joyfully welcomed five children into their family. The oldest son was born in Idaho Falls and two more little boys were born in Columbus, Ohio. They then welcomed two little girls into their family with their first daughter coming in Seattle, Washington and their little baby girl being born in Fort Collins, Colorado.
“I grew up all over Idaho from Hayden Lake in the panhandle to Hailey in the Sun Valley area. Idaho is my home, and when we had an opportunity to return we decided to sell our practice in Colorado and come home.” His wife is from Ririe, ID and she has been wanting to move home since they left in 2007. “We are so excited to be here and look forward to raising our family in the Idaho Falls area.”
Dr. Barney is a part of The American College of Prosthodontists, The American Prosthodontic Society, The Academy of Osseointegration, The American Academy of Implant Dentistry, The American Dental Association and The Idaho State Dental Association.