Josh Muir, DDS
Dr. Josh is from a small town in Idaho, where his family still farms. After earning a business degree at Brigham Young University – Idaho, Josh pursued dentistry at The Ohio State University. While at OSU, he was selected as class president, served on the curriculum and admissions committees, and participated in a 102-mile bike race to raise money for cancer research. During dental school, Josh also became certified in IV sedation through Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Following his graduation from OSU, he furthered his dental training through the Augusta, Georgia, Veterans Medical Center, where he served as chief resident and studied dental implants, surgery and prosthodontics. His advanced training has allowed him to provide patients with many services under one roof.
Josh is a firm believer in staying up to date in dentistry. He has attended hundreds of hours of continuing education courses and enjoys discussing dentistry with anyone who will listen. Our implant dentist is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and the American Board of Oral Implantology (ABOI). He is also the only dental implant diplomate in all of Montana.
This means that he has invested a significant amount of time and energy into training that is focused on dental implants, beyond basic dental education and even specialist education. There are specific requirements to become a diplomate with the AAID and ABOI, including:
- A minimum of 670 continuing education hours, with 300 focused on training in implantology
- Seven or more years of experience with dental implants
- Rigorous examination of cases to measure competency
- Graduation from a two-year implantology program, board-certification or an in-dept written and oral examination
When you visit Dr. Josh, you can trust that you are receiving care that is backed by years of experience, training and expertise.
Josh feels blessed to have lived in multiple parts of the country but is pleased to be back in the west where he can call Montana home. He and his wife, Krystal, love the outdoors and look forward to exploring the new places Montana has to offer.
Tanner Townsend, DDS
Dr. Tanner Townsend is a dedicated and compassionate dentist, committed to providing the highest standard of dental care to his patients. As a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2022, Dr. Townsend brings fresh insights and a passion for dentistry to the local community.
Before embarking on his journey to becoming a dentist, Dr. Townsend completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, where he earned a degree in microbiology. This background in microbiology has given him a deep understanding of oral health and its connection to overall well-being.
Driven by his thirst for knowledge, Dr. Townsend continues to seek opportunities for further education and professional development. He firmly believes that staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry is crucial to providing his patients with the best possible care.
To hone his skills, Dr. Townsend pursued advanced training in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program in Ablaydon, Virginia, through Johnston Memorial Hospital. This program has equipped him with specialized expertise and hands-on experience in various dental procedures, including complex restorative work and dental implants.
As a relative newcomer to the area, Dr. Townsend has quickly made a positive impact on his patients and the community. With less than a year of practice in the region, he has already gained a reputation for his meticulous approach and genuine concern for his patients’ well-being.
Dr. Townsend’s ultimate goal as a dentist is to provide his patients with the strongest, longest-lasting, and most predictable dentistry possible. He firmly believes that every patient deserves a positive and memorable experience when visiting the dentist. His warm demeanor and gentle chair-side manner create a comfortable environment where patients can feel at ease throughout their dental journey.
Outside of dentistry, Dr. Townsend enjoys an active lifestyle. He used to be an avid baseball player and continues to maintain his love for sports. Nowadays, he has found a new passion in playing pickleball with family and friends, staying active and engaged in his leisure time.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr. Townsend cherishes his family life. He is happily married to his loving wife and they are blessed with a wonderful son. Their support and encouragement have been a driving force in his pursuit of excellence in dentistry and life.
Meet Our Team
Lynda — Certified Dental Assistant
Lynda brought her many years of experience to our practice in October of 2020. She started in dentistry in 1992 and became a certified dental assistant in 1999. She achieved fellowship in dental assisting in 2002 and mastership in 2007. Her favorite part of dentistry is helping patients overcome dental fear and giving them the smiles they want. Lynda is forever growing her skillset in order to provide quality work for her patients and coworkers.
Lynda has been married since 2015 and has two dogs. Outside the office, she is an avid golfer and loves to be on her pontoon boat in the summertime.
Ariana – Dental Assistant
Meet Ariana, our dedicated and skilled Certified Dental Assistant at our practice. With her expertise and knowledge, she has been serving our patients since May 2021. Ariana is proud to mention that she became certified in April 2021 after being a dental assistant since January 2017. As a mother of four and a proud grandmother to one cat, she values family.
Outside the dental world, Ariana’s main passion revolves around being a ‘swiftie’ and she is also an avid collector of non-collectibles. As a socialite, she enjoys engaging with people. What Ariana loves most about being a part of our practice is the opportunity to help people achieve life-changing transformations.
Darla – Dental Assistant/Lab Technician
Darla is a skilled Dental Assistant and Lab Technician with 2 1/2 years of experience at our practice. Darla graduated from Mott Community College for Dental Assisting and joined Rubicon in 2020 to embark on her dental journey. Outside of work, Darla enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, engaging in activities like snowmobiling in the winter and boating in the summer. As part of our practice, Darla cherishes the close-knit bond she has developed with her co-workers, who have become like family, and the strong relationships she has built with our patients.
Darla finds joy in giving patients their smiles and confidence back. Her work ethic, attention to detail, and dedication to expanding her knowledge contribute to the success of our practice. Darla feels honored to be part of the Montana Center for Implants and Dentures team, which is always striving to improve patient care.
Bailey – Front Desk
Meet Bailey Kennedy, our friendly Front Desk superstar with one year of experience at our practice. Bailey’s passion for patient care is apparent in every interaction. When not contributing to our team’s success, Bailey enjoys hot yoga, camping, hiking, skiing, and traveling, all while being a proud owner of two dogs.
What Bailey loves most about being part of our practice is the close-knit, family-like environment, where humor and camaraderie thrive. With a positive attitude and a commitment to teamwork, Bailey ensures that every patient leaves with a smile, making their experience truly rewarding.
Brie – Dental Assistant
Brie is a dedicated Dental Assistant at Montana Center for Implants and Dentures. With a year of experience under her belt, Brie brings expertise and passion to her role. She graduated with an associate degree from BYU-Idaho in July 2022, exemplifying her commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry. Brie’s strong family ties include four brothers, one sister-in-law, two nephews, and her parents. Currently residing in Billings with her Aunt, Uncle, and cousins, Brie enjoys engaging in outdoor ranching activities and coaching sports events. Her involvement in a church group further highlights her dedication to community engagement.
Brie’s favorite aspect of being part of the practice is the supportive team atmosphere, where she is always ready to lend a hand wherever needed. She actively contributes to the practice’s success by connecting with patients, prioritizing their needs and concerns, and effectively communicating information to the doctors. Montana Center for Implants and Dentures is lucky to have Brie as an invaluable member of the team.