Nathan R. Lester, DMD

Dr. Nate Lester is a fourth-generation native of Evanston. After living in Evanston his entire youth, Dr. Lester traveled to Provo, UT, to study animal science at Brigham Young University. After attending BYU, he decided to pursue dentistry at Case Western Reserve University and graduated with his DMD in 2005.

Once he received his DMD, Dr. Lester couldn’t resist coming back to his hometown to provide the families of Evanston with the high-quality dental care that they deserve. With his dedication to continuing his dental education, Dr. Lester ensures that he remains ahead of the curve to consistently offer the best dental care possible.

A member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Lester is also on the Board of Directors for Hirsche Smiles Foundation and is a clinical evaluator of Clinician’s Report. He has received advanced training in implant placement through Nobel Biocare, a leading manufacturer of dental implants, and also completed a residency program from White Cap Institute.

As a dentist, Dr. Lester’s goal is to help guide every patient through the decision-making process. With his care, he aims to provide the best treatment and positively affect your overall oral health and self-esteem.

A true family man, Dr. Lester and his wife, Kristie, have been married for 18 years. They have six children: Sam, Clay, Amelia, Emma, Henry, and Dieter. In his spare time, Dr. Lester enjoys hunting, fishing, horses, and playing different sports with his kids.

Luke Lester Owens, DMD

Check back soon to learn more about Dr. Owens!

Meet Our Team

Our dentists in Evanston, Wyoming, provide quality care for families with the aid of our wonderful dental team. The hygienists, assistants, office staff, and other members of our team help to run Bear River Dental so you can receive the excellent oral health care that creates a strong, beautiful smile. We invite you to read the biographies below to learn more about our team members.

Tracy Cornia—Office Manager

As our office manager, Tracy has kept Bear River Dental running smoothly since 2010. She enjoys being a member of such a fun team and loves meeting and getting to know our wonderful patients. Tracy enjoys seeing the results of her hard work and the hard work of the entire team when our patients smile. Tracy attended beauty school prior to deciding that she was truly passionate about dentistry. She and her husband, Chad, have three children: Bailey, Tyus, and Peyton. As a mom of three, Tracy is kept busy chasing her kids and taking them to their various activities.


Rose Jaeger—Registered Dental Hygienist

Rose is a dental hygiene graduate of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, CO. She joined our practice in 2009 and has been contributing her vast knowledge and experience ever since. Her favorite part of working at Bear River Dental is the high quality of dentistry being done here. There is a great energy of staying current with continuing education in the office. Working with the fun staff is a plus, too! Rose and her husband, Alan, have been married for 30 years. They are parents to two grown boys, Karl and Casey. Her favorite thing to do her days off is to care for her grandson. Some of her hobbies include sewing, riding her mountain bike, woodworking, and canning vegetables out of her family garden.

Erin Rogers—Registered Dental Hygienist

Erin loves working at Bear River Dental. The commitment to patient care is amazing to Erin. She loves that the atmosphere and work ethic from everyone in the office makes her job so enjoyable. The fact that the dentist and staff are committed to learning makes working at Bear River Dental very rewarding. She enjoys working with state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat her patients. Erin has recently picked up quilting as a hobby and enjoys traveling. When she is with her husband and two children, she enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, and camping.

Sharon Wagstaff—Hygiene Coordinator

Sharon loves working at Bear River Dental. She LOVES the people she works with; she feels like they are her second family. She loves working with the public, meeting new people, and seeing people’s lives improve because of what we can do for them. As a positive person and a hard worker, Sharon adds a great energy to our office. Her biggest hobby is following her kids to watch them in their various sports. She loves to do wood projects and work in her garden.

Julia Dearden—Dental Assistant

Julia became a member of the Bear River Dental team in January 2011. As nationally certified dental chairside assistant since 2008, Julia is also certified in infection control, radiology, CPR, and BLS. She loves working with our great team and for Dr. Lester, who always keeps the staff very well educated. As a self-defined nerd, Julia loves working for someone who values continuing education as much as she does! Julia’s patients are well aware of her love for education, as she always makes sure that they are well informed about their dental goals and decisions. Julia’s laugh can often be heard throughout the office as she talks and jokes with our patients and staff. When not working, Julia enjoys running, cooking, and creating beautiful floral arrangements.

Stephanie Lee—Dental Assistant

Stephanie was trained at Bridgerland Applied Technology College to be a dental assistant and joined Bear River Dental after four years of work experience. Her willingness to learn and become better makes her a great fit for our team. She loves making a difference in our community. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and crafting. When Stephanie has spare time, you can find her playing sports, being active, or in the great outdoors.

Shay Ogden—Dental Assistant

Shay is a great assistant at Bear River Dental because she is flexible and knowledgeable in many aspects of assisting. She was trained in dental assisting at the Career Institute. She loves helping people and the people she works with. Shay is committed to her family. You can find her working out, camping, boating, and wakeboarding when she is not at work.

Jacqueline Schofield—Dental Assistant

Jackie has been a dental assistant at Bear River Dental since we opened in 2005. She attended Bridgerland Applied Technical College in Logan, UT, where she received her dental assistant certification. Part of the reason she loves working here is because of the amazing patients and the fun-loving environment. When not at work, Jackie spends her time with her husband, Jared, and their daughter, Alexis. Jackie enjoys playing with her two dogs, camping, playing sports, doing crafts, fishing, and riding her bike.

DeAnn Thomason—Dental Assistant

For 27 years, DeAnn worked as a dental assistant with Dr. Hancock at Blue Tooth Dental. She joined Bear River Dental when we merged practices. Her steady and kind influence is an asset to the office. She loves working with wonderful people who get along. It is rewarding to her to give help to those who need it. DeAnn loves to be outdoors walking, attending baseball games, camping, and being with her grandkids in her free time. Her family is a priority for her and she enjoys the time she can spend with her two children and grandchildren.

Kortni Wright—Dental Assistant

Before starting work at Bear River Dental, Kortni worked as a dental lab technician. She is a great asset to the practice because of her helpful attitude and her willingness to work wherever she is needed. Kortni has a very caring and supportive family. Her friends would describe her as being “outdoorsy.”

Stephanie Gebs—Dental Assistant

Stephanie started assisting in 1990, being trained on the job. She joined Bear River Dental in 2011. Because of the atmosphere in the office and how everyone gets along well, she really enjoys her job. Stephanie loves her family, and she is married and has two boys and two girls. Reading and singing are two of her favorite hobbies.

Anissa Dennis—Hygiene Assistant

While attending school to become a nurse, Anissa is working as our hygiene assistant. She loves being with great people every day and meeting new people. She has a gentle and calming demeanor that puts our patients at ease. She is committed to being the best assistant that she can be. Anissa grew up in Evanston and is the oldest of three kids. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, snowboarding, and traveling. She has a big heart and has taken humanitarian trips to help others.

Mary Bybee—Insurance Specialist

Since joining Bear River Dental in May 2012, Mary has been helping people understand insurance and resolving the tough insurance issues. A true team player, Mary has caught on to Dr. Lester’s vision and aims to help everyone who walks through our doors. She enjoys working with our fun team. Mary and her husband, Jeff, have four children and love spending time with their grandchildren.

Tiffany Mortensen—Massage Therapist & Office Staff

In 2014, Bear River Dental added chair-side massage and a full line of massage services. Tiffany was trained at the Utah College of Massage Therapy; she graduated from the Profession Program in 2010 and from their Master Body Worker Program in 2011. She is dedicated to continued education. Tiffany is willing to learn and help in any role she is asked to in the office. She enjoys the people she works with and the atmosphere at Bear River Dental. Outside of work, Tiffany and her husband are soon-to-be parents to twins. She loves basketball, volleyball, camping, fishing, and four-wheeling.


LaNet Beckstead—Office Staff

LaNet is the cheerful voice you will hear when you call Bear River Dental. She willingly and happily accomplishes any task that is assigned to her. There is much satisfaction in working here for LaNet as she thrives on helping our patients. LaNet is a wife and mother of four, and she loves being a grandma. Quilting and spending time with her family in the outdoors are the things LaNet enjoys most.

Tawni Newsome—Office Staff

Tawni is a friendly face to our patients when they come in the door. Her kind and calm demeanor puts everyone at ease. She loves interacting with patients and her wonderful coworkers at Bear River Dental. Before working at Bear River Dental, Tawni attended Northwest College in Powell. She is married to Damon and they are the parents of two active boys, Tanner and Gavin.

Lara Thornock—Office Staff

Lara’s contagious smile is a great addition to our office. We love her friendly and caring personality that makes patients feel at home. She loves the comfortable and welcoming environment at our office, as well as working with a great staff and doctors. Lara loves to spend time with her four children when she is not working. She loves volleyball and helps coach her daughters. She stays busy chasing her kids!