Dr. Christopher Hart | Dentist | RDH, BS, DDS
Dr. Christopher Hart was born in Mitchell and attended the University of South Dakota, where he received a B.S. in dental hygiene. After working as a hygienist for seven years, he returned to school and earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Indiana University in 2008. After graduating, he returned to Mitchell to be closer to family. He was a partner at Dental Health Partners in Mitchell until 2013, when he started Hart Dental.
A father of five children, he doesn’t have a lot of extra time for hobbies. Still, he enjoys mountain biking when possible and is active in his church (serving as a youth leader since 2008), being part of the CORE parenting resource team, and volunteering in various other positions. He makes time each year to continue his education, as he strives to learn and grow in the field of dentistry.
Kris | Patient Coordinator | Insurance Coordinator
Kris is originally from Brandon, SD, and has called Mitchell home for 17 years. She is married with 3 boys, is active in her church, is on the Mitchell Christian School Board, and plays trumpet with the Mitchell City Band whenever possible. She graduated with highest honors from SDSU with double majors in microbiology and biology, and a minor in chemistry. She originally planned to go to dental school, but instead pursued a career in molecular genetics prior to having children. We appreciate her attention to detail, follow-through with patients, and desire for excellence in everything she does.
Karisa | Practice Administrator
Karisa, a Mitchell native, is responsible for the overall management of Hart Dental. She received her BS in business administration from USD and worked on her MBA in Glasgow, Scotland, as a Rotary Scholar. She has worked in marketing and HR, and her favorite job before Hart Dental was working as the McDonald’s account rep for a distribution company in Denver. She is active in her church, PEO, book club, and enjoys leadership development and spending quality time with her family of seven. She strives for excellence in the Hart Dental team environment and in every patient experience.
Susan | Dental Hygienist
Susan grew up in Idaho and graduated from Idaho State University in 1997. She joined our practice in the summer of 2016 and enjoys the positive atmosphere of our office and the high-quality care each patient receives. She likes working as a team member in every aspect of dental care for our patients. Susan is married with three children. Her hobbies include exercise, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Cara | Receptionist
Cara joined our practice in 2015. She loves being part of an awesome team and sharing the passion and vision of Dr. Hart and Karisa to provide our patients with the best dental care possible. Her positive and upbeat personality always help our patients feel warm and welcome. Cara has a Bachelor of Science degree. Her favorite things include spending time with her husband and son, spending time with her other family and friends, and discovering new places on road trips and family vacations.
Erin | Dental Hygienist
Erin joined the Hart Dental team in July of 2016. Since then, she has delighted patients with her passionate care and positive energy. Her interest in dentistry developed because of her own positive experiences going to the dentist as a child. Erin makes it her mission to make sure each and every patient she encounters at Hart Dental feels the same warmth and kindness as she did when she was a young patient. Erin enjoys listening to diverse genres of music and spending time with her family, including her three year-old daughter. We love all of our interactions with Erin and know you will, too.
Laura | Patient Coordinator
Originally an accountant from Red Wing, Minnesota, Laura’s move to Mitchell gave her the opportunity to try something new. Lucky for us, she chose Hart Dental to be her new work home. Laura loves seeing the smiles on our patients’ faces when they realize how much they are truly cared for in our office and is happy to be a part of that joy. Just one of the reasons our patients love Laura is that, as someone who used to have a fear of going to the dentist, she can relate to their apprehensions and make them feel comfortable and calm when they are concerned about a treatment.
Brandy | Sleep Medicine Coordinator
Brandy, a Letcher native, is the Sleep Medicine Coordinator for Hart Dental.. She received her Business degree with a focus on management and has held various positions in the business field and has also worked as an EMT where she developed a strong connection to the medical field. This experience has given her a deep appreciation for the team at Hart Dental and their goal to give each patient the absolute best service possible. She joined our practice in 2017 and enjoys the positive energy throughout the office. She is married, with 2 active kids and enjoys spending time with family and friends whenever possible.
Micaela | Invisalign Coordinator | RDH
This recent graduate from the University of South Dakota suffered from severe dental anxiety as a child, making her a favorite with patients who have similar fears. As an adult, Micaela realized that the source of her fears stemmed from team members who failed to make her feel comfortable, which is why making patients comfortable and calm is one of her top priorities. When she’s not helping patients achieve the smile of their dreams, Micaela enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, family, and friends, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and rewatching episodes of FᐧRᐧIᐧEᐧNᐧDᐧS!