Dr. Mike Briggs is a native of northeast Nebraska having graduated from Norfolk High School in 1992. He attended the University of Nebraska Kearney where he majored in biology and competed on the Loper tennis team. He went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in Lincoln where he found not only a love for teeth but also a wife and business partner!
Dr. Mike and Dr. Darcie have been proud to call Yankton home since their graduation from dental school in the year 2000. They have two sons who Dr. Mike is attempting to raise to become enthusiastic, loyal Nebraska Cornhusker fans just like their parents are. Dr. Mike still enjoys playing tennis as well as coaching tennis at the youth and high school level.
Dr. Mike is a member of the American Dental Association, Siouxland Study Club, and he is a past district president and delegate of the SD Dental Association.
Some might say Dr. Darcie Briggs was destined to be a dentist as both her grandfather and father were also in the profession. Like Dr. Mike, she is a native Nebraskan. Dr. Darcie grew up in Auburn, NE and graduated from Auburn High School in 1992. She went on to attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln where she majored in biology and was a saxophone-playing member of the Cornhusker Marching Band. Dr. Darcie graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in the year 2000.
Dr. Darcie is a proud mom of two boys whom she hopes will follow in her footsteps and have a love of music. She enjoys spending time outside with her family whether it be riding bikes, hiking or enjoying beautiful Lewis and Clark Lake.
Dr. Darcie is a member of the American Dental Association, Siouxland Study Club, and is a past district delegate of the SD Dental Association.
Pam Goeden is our organizationally talented office manager who has the great distinction of being the team member with the longest tenure at Yankton Family Dentistry. She has been with the practice since it opened in 1992. A native of Crofton, NE she is our resident expert on scheduling, filing dental insurance, and in general just keeping our days moving. She enjoys helping people understand their dental options and insurance coverage. But don’t think for a minute that Pam can only talk teeth. She can also fill you with information on birdwatching, kayaking, gardening and how to keep up with six grandkids!
Angie Boeckman has enjoyed a long tenure with Yankton Family Dentistry having worked here since 2002. Angie is a certified dental assistant who enjoys making the patient as comfortable as possible while at the same time giving the dentists what they need at just the right time. Angie grew up near Wynot, NE where she still lives and farms with her husband and his extended family. She has three children who all live fairly close making frequent visits to see her grandchildren a wonderful reality. Angie also enjoys reading, kayaking, gardening and doing cross stitch.
Sarah Arens is a certified dental assistant who has been a part of our team since 2010. She is a native of Crofton, NE and a graduate of Crofton High School. Sarah is a very talented chairside assistant who is able to hold and do so many things simultaneously, one might think she has four hands. We have checked – there are just two! Sarah enjoys the variety of procedures she gets to help with at Yankton Family Dentistry, but she thinks it’s our patients that keep our jobs interesting and fun. Sarah and her husband are busy parents of three kids. In her free time, she likes to walk, boat, bike and read.
We have been fortunate to have Michelle Gutzmann working as a dental hygienist at Yankton Family Dentistry since 2005. She is a native of Hartington, Nebraska and a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Dental Hygiene School. Michelle has a wealth of knowledge about teeth as well as their surrounding structures, and she enjoys educating her patients on these subjects. Michelle is a busy mom to three kids and stepmom to three more. She enjoys spending time with them, her husband, and her friends as well as doing “Pinterest-worthy” crafts that are the envy of her co-workers!
Kathy Hoffman is a native of Sioux Falls having graduated from Lincoln High School and then the University of SD School of Dental Hygiene. She has lived in Yankton for 30 years. Kathy took time away from the practice of dental hygiene when her six kids were young but returned to the profession and started working at Yankton Family Dentistry in 2008. Kathy has a passion for caring for others. She loves getting to know her patients and providing them with compassionate, personalized care. When not at work, Kathy enjoys hanging out with her family whether it be road tripping in the summer or playing board games in the winter.
Chelsa Gall is a registered dental hygienist who has been at Yankton Family Dentistry since 2012. She is a farm girl who grew up outside of Wakonda, SD. Chelsa is a graduate of Wakonda High School as well as the University of SD School of Dental Hygiene. You may see Chelsa performing her duties as a dental hygienist or you may see her serving as a dental assistant. Or you just may hear her laugh ringing through the office as she gives someone a hard time and then giggles at her own jokes! She is a multi-talented gal who enjoys patient interaction and helping people love their smiles. Chelsa and her husband keep busy at home by chasing around their two adorable daughters.
Emily Nelson is a dental hygienist who grew up near Irene, SD and is a 2012 graduate of the University of SD School of Dental Hygiene. She joined our team in 2018, and we feel lucky to have her! Emily relishes the fact that she can make a difference in patients’ lives by educating them about the good changes they can make in their mouth that will then benefit their overall health. She and her husband are the proud parents of two beautiful young daughters. Emily is also our resident “starlet” as she loves to perform and has been active in the local theater community.
We hired Tara O’Gorman in the first couple months of 2020 to help out at our busy front desk, and boy are we glad we did! Tara is truly a jack of all trades. Not only is she another smiling face at the reception desk to answer phones and make appointments, she helped us navigate patient management in the early days of the pandemic and will jump in wherever needed to make our days run smoothly. Tara is a native of Yankton and has worked in customer service for many years prior to joining our team. She and her husband have three children and two (in her words) naughty dogs! Her favorite days are summer ones spent by the pool with her kids in the daytime and around a firepit at night.