Dr. Stebbins loves being a dentist! She is committed to helping her patients achieve their best possible health, and does so with empathy and integrity.
Dr. Stebbins was introduced to dentistry at an early age: She worked in her uncle’s orthodontic practice from the age of 15, where she developed an affinity for the patient care experience. In practice since 2004, Dr. Stebbins appreciates interacting with our patients and hearing their stories while discovering their goals for optimal wellness.
Education and Experience
Dr. Stebbins attended Oregon Health & Science University for her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry. She is deeply committed to providing the most excellent care for her patients by spending as much time as possible on continuing education, learning the most cutting edge techniques and materials. Dr. Stebbins is a member of the prestigious Spear Institute, attending both local study club meetings and hands-on courses in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a Kois Center graduate. Both of these programs specialize in comprehensive cosmetic dentistry. She has been an officer in the Montana Dental Association and a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, as well as writing many articles for the Montana and Alaska dental association newsletters. She was the first (along with three colleagues) to achieve board cerfication in the state of Montana with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
After graduating in Portland, Dr. Stebbins moved to Bethel, Alaska. She spent six years flying and snowmachining to remote villages with portable equipment (and also working in a larger hospital clinic) to provide urgent care services to the Yup'ik Eskimo and Athabaskan people of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. This often meant waiting with dental equipment in the bitter cold on gravel airstrips. When she was not providing health care, Dr. Stebbins salmon fished in her custom pink camouflage boat and hunted caribou and ptarmigan on the tundra on her snowmachine. If you ask her, she might even speak to you in a few Eskimo phrases!
Upon her return to Montana from Alaska, Dr. Stebbins spent three years working at the Blackfeet Community Hospital in Browning. Here, she greatly enjoyed Pikuni culture, and even found time to volunteer with the Browning Fire Department. Dr. Stebbins returned to the Flathead Valley following the birth of her son Johnny. She bought Dr. Eric Daniels’s dental practice in Whitefish in September 2013, and Dr. Atchinson’s practice in 2015.
Dr. Stebbins feels it is important to give back to her community. She has been a part of multiple dental missions to Vietnam and Nepal. Dr. Stebbins currently volunteers for the Shepherd’s Hand dental clinic, Sealants for Smiles Program, Headstart, Soroptomist Smiles of Hope Program, and Project Homeless Connect. She is proud to support the 4-H livestock program, the A-Rob Plant-A-Seed snowboarding sponsorship program, Glacier Queer Alliance, the Flathead Warming Center, Feed the Flathead, Alpine Theatre Project, and Valley Neighbors.
Outside the Office
Dr. Stebbins is a sixth-generation Flathead Valley resident, and grew up on a farm in Creston. She raised pigs in 4-H and bucked hay bales. She attended Fair-Mont-Egan school K-8 and graduated with nine other students. She attended high school at Flathead High School, graduating as valedictorian in 1994. Dr. Stebbins attended Gonzaga University, and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English Literature, her first love, and pre-med. Besides running a business and being a busy mom to her young son, Dr. Stebbins has become involved in the Flathead Valley Clay Target Club and even won a couple of belt buckles. The clay pigeons tremble in fear.