Summit Dental Care of Twin Falls, Idaho | Bryce Barfuss, DDS Erik Permann, DDS

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    Dr. Bryce Barfuss
    D.D.S.

    Dr. Barfuss was born in Boise, Idaho and has been in Twin Falls practicing Dentistry for 11 years. He enjoys the people that he serves at Summit Dental Care and feels that it is a privilege to serve the community of Twin Falls. Dr. Barfuss is passionate about getting to know the patients on a personal level and loves to make a difference with their smiles and their lives.  Before opening Summit Dental, he attended Ricks College and Idaho State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology. He then went to the University of Iowa for Dental School and moved back to his home state of Idaho. Dr. Barfuss and his wife, Heidi have 5 children and they enjoy going biking, swimming, hiking, fishing, sports, and spending time with one-another.

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    Dr. Erik Permann
    D.D.S.

    Dr. Permann grew up in Rockland, Idaho and moved to Twin Falls in the summer of 2012.  He thoroughly enjoys being a team member at Summit Dental Care and loves serving the people of the Twin Falls area.  Dr. Permann enjoys forming professional relationships with patients and helping in the journey of improving their overall health and smile!!

    Prior to joining the team at Summit Dental Care, Dr. Permann attended BYU-Idaho for his undergraduate studies.  He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from The Ohio State University.  GO Buckeyes!!  Before his return to the great state of Idaho, he practiced dentistry in the Amarillo, TX area.   He is accompanied by his wonderful wife Melanie and their four boys.  In addition to his love of dentistry, Dr. Permann enjoys farming, working on cars, riding dirt bikes, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family/friends.

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    Dr. Kyle Christensen
    D.D.S.

    Dr. Christensen was raised in Lindon, Utah and after spending 4 years as a dentist for the US Air Force moved to Twin Falls in 2016. He is excited to be a part of the amazing Summit Dental Care family and the growing Twin Falls community. He has a strong passion for doing excellent dental work and seeing how much of a difference a healthy smile makes in his patient’s lives. Before joining Summit Dental Care, Dr. Christensen studied Biology at BYU, followed by a Master’s Degree at Purdue University and then on to dental school at the University of Southern California. He also completed a 1 year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at Nellis AFB, NV. Dr. Christensen and his wife, Emily a native from Oakley, ID, have four children, two girls and two boys. 

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    Alisa Frame
    Practice Administrator

    Alisa was born in California and moved to Idaho when she was 12.  She attended TCC for Business Management in Washington State. She completed her fellowship program with AADOM (American Academy of Dental Office Managers) and graduated in Tennessee September 2011.  Alisa has been in the dental field for 11 years as well as several years in the medical field for billing and coding. She is married to Chuck and they love spending time with their children and being involved in their sports and helping to coach.  She is exceptional about helping patients figure out how they can invest in their oral health and all the financial options that are available.  Dentistry is life changing for so many. It is wonderful to be a part of that and help people achieve their goals and be able to smile again. 

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    Kourtney Holt
    Treatment Coordinator

    Kourtney was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. She has 4 children & is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business. She enjoys spending time with family, baking, camping, kayaking & anything outdoors. Kourtney has been in Dentistry since 2012. She loves the team at Summit Dental Care and the patients they serve. Kourtney is great at helping patients understand their benefits and treatment needs. She enjoys making them feel welcomed and comfortable when they come into the office for a better overall experience.

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    Denice Armstrong
    Scheduling Coordinator

    Denice was born in Jackson Hole Wyoming, but grew up in Heyburn Idaho.  She attended LDS business college where she received her associates degree in business management. She and her husband, Mike, of 15 years moved to the Twin Falls area 10 years ago, they have two daughters.  She enjoys hanging out with her family, reading, and taking motorcycle rides with friends. Denice is new to Summit Dental Care and is excited to be a part of our family. She enjoys welcoming and helping new and current patients schedule their appointments. It is so great to see the love and passion that Summit Dental Care has for not only their patients but for the community around them. She is excited to learn and help others learn the benefits dentistry can be to their health.

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    Jessica Schlund
    Dental Assistant

    Jessica was born and raised in Castleford, Idaho. She graduated from Castleford High School in 2010, and then continued her education at the College of Southern Idaho. At CSI, Jess attended the Dental Assisting Program. She graduated with her CDA and degree in 2012. Jess is engaged to Tyler, and they are getting married in December of 2016. Tyler is in his last year of school at Idaho State University, and will be graduating from the Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Jess loves the team at Summit Dental Care, and greatly enjoys seeing the difference dentistry can make in a person's life. She loves her patients, and loves the relationship that she has forms with them. Jess is passionate about the outdoors, spending time on her family farm, riding her horses, crafting, and spending time with her friends and family.

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    Chandler Clapier
    Dental Assistant

    Chandler grew up in Paris, ID and graduated from Bear Lake High School in 2011. After graduating, she moved to Twin Falls to attend CSI where she graduated from the Dental Assisting Program in 2013. Her love of dentistry began at a very young age. Chandler loves working at Summit Dental Care because of the happy and friendly environment and the team she is associated with. Forming relationships with patients is very important to her and she takes pride in making sure they have a pleasant experience and are comfortable seeing smiles and lives change is very rewarding to her.  She loves her job! Chandler loves to sing country songs and whistle while she works.  She stays active with cheerleading and gymnastics.

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    Keri Wilson
    Dental Assistant

    Keri was born in Oakland, CA. She graduated from Pinole Valley High School, then contiuned her education at Bryman Corinthian College in San Francisco. She graduated with her Dental Assistant Certificate in 1998. Keri then furthered her certificate and became licensed through the state of California as a Registered Dental Assistant. She moved to Twin Falls in 2015. Keri enjoys getting to know her patients and is prideful in making them have a great experience. In her spare time she enjoys boating, outdoors and spending time with family and friends. 

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    Neathery Fischer
    Dental Assistant

    Neathery was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho. She attended CSI and graduated from the Dental Assisting program in July of 2015.She has two beautiful daughters that keep her active and on the run. One daughter is currently in the Army Reserves and lives in Kentucky. Her other daughter is getting ready to start kindergarten! Neathery loves dentistry and the smiles we help create here at Summit. Neathery loves the outdoors, running along the canyon, and spending time with her girls!

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    Tyfini McMillen, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Tyfini was born and raised in Portland, OR. She graduated with her degree in Dental Hygiene in 2013. She recently was married in September to her awesome husband, Travis. He is an engineer at Idaho Power here in Twin Falls. Tyfini loves making each and every patient’s experience the absolute best that she can. Outside of work she enjoys crafts, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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    Meghan Richman, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Megan is an Idaho native and has lived the majority of her life in Twin Falls. She graduated with her Bachelor's as a Registered Dental Hygienist from Idaho State in 2011. She has been married to her handsome husband, Kyle for 7 years. Their daughter, Scarlet is a a fun and spunky two-year-old who keeps them laughing. They love to spend time enjoying the outdoors and can mostly be found grabbing their bikes for a warm, summer ride! She loves being a part of the amazing team at Summit Dental because of the common goals of compassion, integrity and "smiles that make a difference!" 

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    Rosy Lopez, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Rosy was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, but grew up and graduated from High School in Jackpot, Nevada. She is married to Nestor Lopez, and they have a beautiful miracle baby named Hailey. Her and her husband enjoy doing crossfit in their spare time. She attended and graduated the College of Southern Idaho and was certified as a Dental Assitant. She then moved to Pocatello and attended Idaho State University where she obtained her degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist. She loves the relationships that are formed and having the opportunity to assist patients to reach and maintain a state of oral health. She loves that Summit Dental Care provides everyone the quality of care that they deserve. Rosy is Bi-Lingual and is fluent in English and Spanish. 

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    Shelley Santistevan, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Shelley Santistevan, RDH was born and raised in Twin Falls.  She received a bachelor degree in biology from Idaho State University before going to dental hygiene school in West Virginia.  Her husband, Michael, works at St. Luke's as a Radiographic Technologist.  They have 2 daughters, Zoe and Eve.  They love spending time in the outdoors and traveling.

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    Rachel Linderman, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Rachel was born in North Dakota, but grew up in Buhl, Idaho. She obtained her Dental Assisting Certification from the College of Southern Idaho. She then worked as an assistant in Twin Falls and Carbondale, IL while attending school. She received her Bachelor’s degree as a Registered Dental Hygienist at Southern Illinois University. While there she met her husband, Jay, and he agreed to follow her back to Idaho to be closer to family. She loves cooking with her husband, traveling abroad, scrapbooking, kayaking and camping. She enjoy dental hygiene because of the one on one time she gets with the patient to help educate and help to improve their lives!

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    Kory Nieuwkoop, RDH
    Dental Hygienist

    Kory grew up in a small town in California. She graduated from Westminster College with a bachelor's in Public Health. She then moved to Idaho and completed Dental Hygiene school at CSI. She is passionate about whole body wellness. When she is not at the dental office you can find her at the pool coaching the Marlins Swim Team and the Magic Valley High School Swim Teams. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, training for triathlons and marathons, and the great outdoors.

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    Brittni Simpson
    Hygiene Assistant

    Brittni grew up mostly in the Boise area after which she moved to the Magic Valley and graduated from Jerome High School. She then attended, Assist to Succeed, a dental assisting program in Boise.  She is married to her husband, Gage, and they are expecting their first baby boy in October. She enjoys helping everything running smooth here at Summit Dental as the Hygiene Assistant and Sterilization Specialist. Outside of work she loves to spend time with her family.

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