Dr. Nate Lester
Dr. Nate Lester is a fourth-generation native of Evanston. After living in Evanston for 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 degree, 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 most modern dental care available.
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 has also completed a residency program from White Cap Institute. He has also completed courses in children’s orthodontics and sleep apnea studies.
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 20 years. They have seven children. In his spare time, Dr. Lester enjoys ranching, hunting, fishing, riding horses, and playing different sports with his kids.
Dr. Luke Lester Owens
Wyoming is where Dr. Owens was born and raised, and he has many relatives here in Evanston. He has been married to his wife Megan since 2009. Together they have four young children, three energetic boys, and one girly girl. Dr. Owens’ family means everything to him. They keep his days busy and full of fun.
Growing up in Wyoming gave Dr. Owens a love for the great outdoors. Some of his hobbies are: hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and just being in nature. He also likes swimming, traveling, and spending time at home with his family. In the long Wyoming winters, he enjoys snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice-fishing and doing home improvement projects. Dr. Owens earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He completed his dental training at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He was recognized with the dean’s award for academic excellence. Dr. Owens continues to love to learn and takes a variety of continuing education courses covering a wide variety of dental topics. Bear River Dental is Dr. Owens’ second family. He is grateful to be surrounded by such a great team and enjoys working with everyone in the practice. He loves getting to know the people in Evanston and the surrounding communities and helping them improve their oral health. He especially enjoys doing cosmetic procedures and helping patients love their smiles.
Meet Our Team
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. She finds it rewarding to spend time on furthering her knowledge of dental office management and improving our practice to be better for our patients. Tracy attended beauty school prior to deciding that she was truly passionate about dentistry. She and her husband, Chad, have three children, with whom she loves to spend time. As a mom of three, Tracy is kept busy chasing her kids and taking them to their various activities. She loves camping, playing games, and being goofy with her family. She also loves to curl up in a warm blanket to watch a good movie.
Theresa Park: Registered Dental Hygienist / Team Lead
Theresa’s patients love her for her easy-going conversation, friendly manner, and thorough and competent work. She received a B.S. in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska Medical Center after receiving a B.S. in Human Biology from Chadron State College. She is laser-certified in Wyoming. In addition to the friendships Theresa has made through her associations at Bear River Dental, she loves that we provide quality service with cutting edge technology. Outside the office, Theresa enjoys her role as a wife and a mother of 4. She also enjoys cooking, baking, shopping, learning to quilt, and camping. She treasures date nights with her husband.
Ciara Hoopes: Registered Dental Hygienist
Ciara looks forward to coming to work every day because she loves meeting new people. Her original educational plans included a degree in special education from BYU-Idaho, but she changed her course and graduated with an Associates in Dental Hygiene from Fortis College. Ciara enjoys traveling and spent 6 months teaching in English in Ukraine. Outside of work, she loves the lake, swimming, boxing, being outside, and spending time with her family.
Kim Albertson: Registered Dental Hygienist
It was a pleasure to have Kim join our practice recently. Her extensive education makes her highly qualified to give the highest quality of care to our patients. Before attending school at the University of Wyoming, Kim was a dental assistant for 4 years. Her degrees include an AAS from Western Wyoming Community College, an AS in Dental Hygiene from Sheridan College, and a BS in Dental Hygiene from UW. Kim loves her work at Bear River Dental because she thrives on meeting and getting to know patients and helping them improve their oral health. As an Evanston native, Kim is related to many people in town, including Dr. Lester. She enjoys concerts, $5 Tuesday movie nights, boating, camping, and hanging out with friends and family.
Christina Turner: Registered Dental Hygienist
Before moving to Evanston, Christina lived in Washington, where she completed an AAS degree in Dental Hygiene from Yakima Valley Community College. At Bear River Dental, Christina loves getting to know her patients. She is passionate about helping them create a plan of action to improve or maintain their oral health. Her family life is full-on crazy with her husband, 5 kiddos, and 3 dogs. Outside of work, Christina likes to work out, bake, crochet, do laundry, and play with her kids.
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 ever since. Her favorite part of working at Bear River Dental is the high quality of dentistry being done here to serve the patients she adores. There is a great energy from 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 and are parents to two grown boys. Her favorite thing to do on her days off is to care for her grandchildren. Some of her hobbies include sewing, riding her mountain bike, woodworking, and canning vegetables out of her family garden.
Megan Owens: Registered Dental Hygienist
Megan has enjoyed getting back into her career as a hygienist after taking some time with her family. After attending BYU and Sheridan College, Megan graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. She loves the great doctors at Bear River Dental who really care about doing good work, the staff members who are positive and kind, and the satisfaction of getting to know and help patients. Outside of the office, Megan loves being a mom, cooking, crafting, playing the piano, golfing, biking, hiking, and homemaking. She is married to Dr. Luke Owens, the man of her dreams. They have four high energy kids who join them on their adventures and keep them busy.
Jackie Schofield: Dental Assistant / Team Lead
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. She enjoys the challenge of learning the newest techniques and products to provide the best care for our patients. When not at work, Jackie spends her time with her husband, Jared, and their daughters. Jackie enjoys playing with her two dogs, camping, playing sports, doing crafts, cross country skiing, riding her bike, or anything that she does together with her family.
Danitza Cerda: Dental Assistant
Danitza and her Spanish language skills are a huge asset to the patients at Bear River Dental. She is currently training to be a dental assistant. When not at work, Danitza enjoys playing sports (soccer, basketball, and volleyball), spending time with family and friends, and drawing and painting.
Kylene Day: Dental Assistant
The positive environment is what attracted Kylene to Bear River Dental. She loves the people she works with because they are helpful and encouraging. She has an open and friendly presence that makes everyone on the phone feel welcome. Kylene loves spending time with her family camping, taking ATV rides, and being in the mountains.
Stephanie Gebs: Dental Assistant
Stephanie started assisting in 1990 and 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.
Shay Ogden: Dental Assistant
Shay was trained in dental assisting at the Career Institute. She loves helping people feel better and more confident with their smiles. Shay is committed to her family and loves her 3 children. You can find her power lifting, camping, boating, and snowboarding when she is not at work.
Sloan Short: Dental Assistant
After earning her associates from WWCC, Sloan was recruited to be a dental assistant. Her education also includes commercial and instructor pilot licenses. It is a treat to work with people all day to help them have their best health and a beautiful smile. She also loves the wonderful people she works with. When Sloan is not at the office, she is busy with her three beautiful children, playing sports, hunting, or spending time outside with friends and family.
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 in 2012. 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 help people feel better about their SMILES. 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.
Stephanie Winfield: 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 seeing our patients become more confident and happy about their smiles. She is married and has a young daughter. Her hobbies include scrapbooking and crafting. When Stephanie has spare time, you can find her playing sports, being active, or in the great outdoors.
Destiny Sloan: Hygiene Assistant
Destiny feels blessed to be part of a genuine and amazing group of people. She feels that Bear River Dental is a fun and professional office filled with awesome patients. She truly enjoys her work. When she is not at work, Destiny enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her daughter.
Lindsey Frongner: Front Office Staff
Working with numbers makes Lindsey happy, so keeping the books and overseeing the billing at the office is a perfect fit for her. Her quick, meticulous work and strong work ethic make Lindsey an extremely valuable asset to our team. She loves the people she works with and what she does. Outside of work Lindsey enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 4 children.
Rebekah Harvey: Insurance Specialist
Rebekah is kind and helpful. She is continually learning how to work with insurance companies to provide the best help and reimbursement for our patients. She has been married for 23 years and has two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and cooking.
Tawni Newsome: Insurance Specialist
Tawni 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. She enjoys watching sports and playing volleyball.
Sharon Wagstaff: Hygiene Coordinator, Recall Specialist
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. Her biggest hobby is following her kids to watch them in their various sports. She loves to do wood projects, work in her garden, camp, work out, take photographs, remodel, and watch movies.