Our Hygentists

Amy

Amy

Amy is originally from northwest New Jersey and the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Amy and her family spent 7 years in Modesto, CA, then moved to Pierre in 2003 and finally to Rapid City in 2006.  Amy obtained her Dental Hygiene Degree from Northampton College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Amy says that she enjoys creating relationships with patients and helping people to overcome dental fears, while delivering excellent preventive care.

Amy is married to her husband Bob and they have two sons named Charlie and Owen. They live on a small ranch with their assortment of animals, including horses, cows, chickens, dogs and cats. When Amy is not working she enjoys making wood crafts and watching her youngest son play sports and rodeo.

Criss

Criss

Criss was born and raised in the Black Hills. She received her Degree in Dental Hygiene from USD in Vermillion, SD. Upon graduation Criss worked for a periodontic office and then later made the switch over to general dentistry. Criss has many years of experience working as a hygienist and is very knowledgeable about oral health. Criss says she loves interacting with her patients and giving outstanding oral care.

Criss has 2 beautiful daughters, 3 grandchildren, and a dog. In her free time Criss enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, biking, back packing and anything to do with her grandchildren and daughters!

Shay

Shay

Shay graduated with her dental hygiene degree from Sheridan College in 2009. Shay is known for her calming demeanor and easy ability to connect with her patients. Shay says her favorite part of dentistry is getting to know patients and their families and helping ease patient’s dental anxiety.

Shay is married to her husband, Nate and she has three kids named Mayson, Hudson, and Nova. During her free time Shay loves to spend time with family and friends camping or doing anything outdoors.

Arissa

Arissa

Arissa obtained her dental hygiene degree from Sheridan College in Wyoming. Besides her hygienist duties Arissa serves as our OSHA coordinator; always making sure we are up to date on our infection control policies as well as keeping our staff and patients safe! Arissa says she enjoys getting to know her patients and she prides herself on her patient rapport and making everyone comfortable during their appointment.

Arissa grew up here in Rapid City. Arissa is married to her husband Casey and they are expecting a little girl later this year, she also has two cats named Zion and Kenai (aka the baby dragon Bengal cat).  In her free time she enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling to national parks, and spending time with family.

Ashley

Ashley

Ashley obtained her dental hygiene degree in 2014 from Tarrant County College in Hurst, Texas. Before becoming a hygienist, Ashley worked as an assistant at an orthodontic office.  Ashley says she enjoys getting to know her patients and takes pride in providing patients with the proper tools in preventing oral disease.

Ashley recently moved to the area from Texas. She is married to her husband Aaron who serves in the Air Force and they have 2 children named Jackson and Paisley. Ashley and her family love to travel with their camper and enjoy the outdoors.

Mayra

Mayra

Mayra graduated with her dental hygiene degree in 2016 from Rowan College in Burlington County, New Jersey. Mayra is fluent in Spanish and has previously worked in general dental offices and a Pediatric dental office.

Mayra and her husband recently moved to the area from New Jersey. In her spare time Mayra enjoys spending time with family, walking her two dogs (Sophie and Leo), Kayaking, and traveling. She looks forward to exploring the Black Hills and enjoying the place she now calls home.

Our Dental Assistants

Judy

Judy

Judy attended dental assisting school in Seattle, Washington and graduated with her diploma in 1985. Judy has many years of experience working as an assistant and has worked in general dentistry, orthodontics, and oral surgery. Judy is most often found assisting Dr. Bury Chairside and is always providing her patients with friendly conversation and excellent care.

Judy lived in Seattle for many years, but in 1996 moved back to South Dakota. Judy is married to her husband, Kelly and they have 2 sons, both attended New Underwood Schools. Judy has 3 grandkids! During her free time Judy enjoys horseback riding, Harley Riding, hiking, and camping

KaLynn

KaLynn

KaLynn graduated with her dental assisting diploma from Western Dakota Tech in 2008. She is most often found assisting Dr. Nelson or Dr. Leonard Chairside. KaLynn is known for her infectious laugh and outgoing personality. She says what she loves most about dentistry is being able to help patients become more confident with their smiles.

KaLynn enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs. She enjoys ATV riding, camping and playing with her 4 ½ year old granddaughter.

Jarrett

Jarrett

Jarrett attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with his B.S. in Biology and minor in Philosophy. Jarrett is working as our Sterilization Tech. while he is interviewing for dental school. Jarrett says his favorite part of working at Nelson & Bury Dentistry is getting to learn all facets of dentistry and interacting with our awesome patients and staff.

Jarrett enjoys working on cars, traveling, watching movies, and doing anything that involves the outdoors.

Jessica

Jessica

Jessica graduated in 2015 from Western Dakota Tech with her Dental Assisting Diploma. She is most often found assisting Dr. Nelson or ordering supplies for the office. Jessica is known for her friendly smile and bubbly personality. Jessica says her favorite parts of working at Nelson & Bury Dentistry is how family oriented the office is and that she is able to help patients with any concerns they may have about their smile.

Jessica is currently spending a lot of her free time taking pre requisite classes so that she can apply for Hygiene School in the spring. When she isn’t working or studying, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing.

Nellie

Nellie

Nellie Graduated from Western Dakota Tech in 2018 with her Diploma in Dental Assisting. She prides herself in providing patients with a safe and friendly environment while assisting all of the doctors in the practice. Nellie says her favorite part of working at Nelson & Bury Dentistry is being given the opportunity to start her career working with the best team in the Black Hills.

Nellie enjoys spending time with all of her family and friends, playing softball, enjoying the outdoors, and running!

Lexi

Lexi

Lexi is a 2017 graduate of Western Dakota Tech where she earned her diploma in Dental Assisting. She is most often found assisting Dr. Bury chairside and enjoys providing patients with a fun experience. She says her favorite part of dentistry is being able to help patients with their oral health and getting to assist the doctors with a variety of procedures.

Lexi is engaged to her fiancé, Drew, and is planning currently planning a wedding for June of next year. Lexi has a fur baby named Rocco. In her free time, Lexi enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, and flipping her house with her Fiancé.

Our Front Office Staff

Brittany

Brittany

Brittany earned her dental assisting diploma from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska and then took the Dental Assisting National Boards (DANB) to become nationally certified in dental assisting. While her husband finished dental school in Nebraska she worked for a pediatric dental office and later assisted at a practice in rural South Dakota upon her husband’s graduation. Brittany can be often found  managing the day to day aspects of the office. She says her favorite part of dentistry is being able to be a part of creating a positive experience for all patients.

Brittany is married to her husband, Matt and together they have a 3 year old daughter named Blaire. When not at the office,  Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her daughter participate in gymnastics, playing racquetball with her husband, and catching up on her Netflix shows.

Arica

Arica

Arica was born and raised in Rapid City, SD.  She has been working in the dental field for the past 3 years and has recently joined Nelson & Bury Dentistry at the front desk. Arica is most often found checking our patients in or collecting insurance information. Arica says she loves working with the public and understands that many people may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist that is why she always tries to make sure everyone feels comfortable and right at home!

Arica has been with her boyfriend, Matthew for 6 years. She has a stepdaughter, Ava who is a 6th grader this year along with 2 fur children, Sasha (husky) and Kado (malamute) whom she loves to spend all of her spare time with. On the weekends you can find Arica on her couch binge watching Netflix or out exploring the beautiful Black hills.

Penny

Penny

Brendy

Brendy

Brendy was born and raised in the Black Hills. Brendy Earned a Medical Secretary degree from Western Dakota Tech and has been working in the medical and business fields for over 20 years.  She recently joined Nelson & Bury Dentistry at the checkout side of our front desk. She says she loves working with such a great team and always strives to make sure everyone leaves with a smile!

Brendy is the proud mother of two wonderful children. Her son, Chance, is married to his wife Stacey and they have a new puppy named Walter. Her Daughter Timarie is in her last year of college at USD in Vermillion.  In her free time Brendy enjoys spending time with her family and her sweetheart of many years, Rex. She also loves to spend time with her many animals. She has 4 dogs (Toby, Roxy, Sky, and Gracie) 2 cats (Genesis and Moustachio) and a turtle (Daisy). Brendy also loves camping, baking, gardening, sewing and family game nights.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Stephanie was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. She was recently brought to the area by her husband Cameron’s job in the United States Air Force.  Stephanie works at our front desk and is most often found checking in patients and scheduling appointments. She has worked in the medical field for about 10 years and says although she is new to the dental field she is eager about the opportunity to expand her knowledge and learn as much as she can about dentistry.

Stephanie and her husband Cameron are expecting their first child in October and couldn’t be more excited for the new adventure! Stephanie has 2 dogs named Cairo (dachshund) and Freya (German Shepard). In her spare time she enjoys baking, going to the lake, and traveling.

Jill

Jill

Jill has been working in the dental field for 25 years. She started her career as a dental assistant, but found her calling at the front desk. Jill says her true passion is scheduling and has recently took on the position of Scheduling Coordinator.  Jill is awesome at finding convenient appointment times for our patients.

Jill has been married to her husband Ken for 25 years. In her free time Jill enjoys bike riding, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends.

Leanne

Leanne

Leanne graduated with her Dental Assisting Diploma from Vista College in Layton, Utah. Leanne began her career in dentistry as an assistant, but later moved to the front desk. She has over 15 years of experience in the dental field and is very knowledgeable in dental insurance and financial arrangements. Leanne loves everything about dentistry, but says her heart is in helping patients navigate and maximize their insurance benefits.

Leanne is married to her husband Ethan, and together they have 4 children Alyssa (20), Serena (18), Kierra (15), and Ethan Jr. (3). She loves to spend time with her family outdoors (especially camping and swimming). She enjoys to bake, catch up on Netflix, and she is a diehard St. Louis Cardinals fan.