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Cosmetic dentistry in Boise, Idaho, can help you achieve your personal perfect smile!

Our Practice

DUSTON CONNAUGHTON, DDS

Duston is a dental-lifer. His first job, at the age of 13, was as a janitor in a dental office. He then worked his way throughout the office as an assistant and finally a dentist. Duston loves to share his passion as he has been on the faculty at the Idaho State University Dental Residency Program. He currently helps train and mentor dentists throughout the United States on CAD/CAM (CEREC®) dentistry.

Duston graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned many honors as a member of the football team. He then moved to Seattle, where he attended Seattle University and studied chemistry while working in cutting-edge medical research under a world-renowned rheumatologist.

From Seattle, Duston and his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend Creighton University Dental School. While attending dental school, Duston worked as a lead dental assistant for a practice that was open evenings and weekends. Dentistry became his life as he was immersed in it 24/7. With a more proper balance, dentistry has become a true passion.

Duston purchased the practice of Dr. John Kriz in 2003 and they worked together for four years. Dr. Kriz served as a wonderful mentor to Duston over that time. Dr. Connaughton worked with Dr. Jill Wagers for 10 years as partners at Emerald Dental Associates before Duston branched out with his team to form Tree City Family Dental in January 2014. Duston loves the art of dentistry and making positive changes in people’s lives.

Outside of the office, Duston enjoys his five kiddos, Daniel, Sophia, Grace, Emery, and Ella; his beautiful wife, Jessica; and their three dogs, Doug, Ted, and Frank. He is an amateur photographer and weekend warrior, spending free time on the slopes, trails, and rivers of our wonderful outdoor playground.

WHITNEY BATOR, DDS

Dr. Whitney Bator is a Washington-state native. Born and raised in Moses Lake, she then went on to attend Gonzaga University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. GU is also where she met her husband, Kellan. They then moved to Seattle where she attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She graduated in the top 10% of her class, earning her a prestigious position in the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. After dental school she went on to successfully complete a 1-year General Practice Residency at the University of Washington, where she excelled at treating medically complex and special needs adult patients. Through her residency program, Whitney received additional training in oral surgery, endodontics (root canals), pediatric dentistry, and removable prosthodontics (dentures). She has been certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and was trained in moderate conscious sedation.

She has received numerous additional honors and awards including: 2017 America’s Top Dentist Award, Kois Restorative Dentistry Scholarship, Achievement Award in Periodontics, Achievement Award in Orofacial Pain, Pierre Fauchard Academy Annual Scholarship and Leadership Award, Ben and Betty Zukor Scholarship, Stephen M. Talbot memorial Scholarship, the Jack Nicholls Award for Clinical Research, and the ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Preventive Dentistry Scholarship.

Whitney has continually demonstrated strong advocacy for underserved populations through multiple volunteer services throughout her career. She has been an associate faculty at the UW Dental Urgent Care Clinic, a volunteer dentist at the free Seattle King County Clinic, and most recently, at the Genesis Community Health Clinic in Garden City, ID. She loves how volunteering allows her to focus on relationships and connecting with members of her community.

Whitney and her family moved to Boise to escape the rain and traffic of Seattle in the summer of 2017. She has been a dentist in private practice since 2013 where she has focused on pursuing quality comprehensive and ethical care for her patients. She believes that her job is to educate and guide patients as they navigate the sometimes-confusing world of dentistry. She has been a CEREC and CAD/CAM dentist for the past two years and continually strives to be at the forefront of what technology can do for improving our medical and dental care. She is thrilled to have joined Duston Connaughton and his dedicated and talented team at Tree City Family Dental.

When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her sons, Ben and Sam, and daughter, Emery; enjoying the outdoors with her husband, Kellan; working in her yard; staying active with yoga and running; and piecing the occasional quilt.

She looks forward to meeting you at your next visit!

Amy Carey-Peterson – Office Manager

Amy is an Idaho born, California raised hybrid- at home in Boise with its small town community and active, diverse culture. After completing her orthodontics in high school and discovering her smile behind all the metal, Amy knew that she wanted to pursue dental assisting- paying it forward. Amy received her CDA in dental assisting at EITC in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1997 where her career in dentistry began. She is committed to progress through continuing education and is happy to share her experience. Amy enjoys road biking, evenings on the patio, Boise’s varied entertainment venues, spending time with friends and family. She and her partner are always looking forward to the next time they get to adventure and travel, especially to visit their son and grandson in Washington State.

Judi Ove – Front Office Coordinator

Judi comes to Tree City Family Dental with 18+ years of experience in dental practices. She has a background in insurance coordination, treatment planning and knowing the ins and outs of benefit details when it comes to your dental care. Judi loves getting to know each and every patient and developing relationships that feel like family friends. When she isn’t putting her energy into the TCFD practice, you can find her in the garden or cooking Italian Food. “Anything with wine and garlic”.

Stefanie Reed – Scheduling Coordinator

Stefanie was born and raised in Boise and loves the Idaho life. She has shared 21 glorious years with her husband Bob, has three children (Jace, Tanner, and Dylan), five stepchildren, seven grandchildren, and her spoiled dog “Nacho”. She enjoys trips to the Caribbean, Boise State football games, going to concerts, and riding her Razor ATV. Stefanie loves and occasional glass of wine while listening to the jukebox and spends her summertime on the 18th green at her cabin in Terrace Lakes.

Erin Boyce – Registered Dental Hygienist

Erin has been employed as a dental hygienist with the Tree City Family Dental team since July 2012. She graduated from Twin Falls High School in 2002 and completed the dental assisting program at the College of Southern Idaho in 2003. Erin enjoyed dentistry so much that she headed to Orem, Utah, in 2008 to complete her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.

Erin lives in North Boise with her husband, Ryan, and their lively yellow Lab, Macy. In her spare time, Erin enjoys trying out new recipes, listening to music on the back porch with a cold beverage, taking Macy to the foothills, working around the house, camping, fishing, and spending time with family. Erin has a true passion for dental hygiene and loves being able to interact with numerous patients on a daily basis. She hopes to meet you soon!

Kaylynn Anchustegui – Registered Dental Hygienist

Kaylynn, or as her family calls her Katie, was born and raised in the Sierra-Nevada foothills. She moved to Idaho in 2012 to be closer to family and to attend the dental hygiene program at Carrington College. Her career and passion for dentistry started while she was still in high school where she began working as a dental assistant. Katie worked as an assistant for 9+ years before becoming a hygienist. Continuing her education has always been a priority and in 2017 she graduated from Boise State University with her bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies. Katie, her husband,  and their two dogs recently added a new baby to their brood; their first. We are all looking forward to being ‘aunts and uncles’ to the little guy. In their spare time, they try to spend as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. When able, they enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and fly-fishing.

Erica Rupp – Registered Dental Hygienist

Erica was born and raised in Idaho. She graduated from Buhl High School. Erica attended College of Southern Idaho and received her Certificate of Dental Assisting with Expanded Functions in 2004. She worked as a dental assistant in a general office and in orthodontics. Erica loved the dental field and when she heard that CSI was starting up a dental hygiene program she applied. Erica graduated with her AAS in Dental Hygiene in 2012 with the first class from CSI. She moved to Sahuarita Arizona shortly after graduation where she started her hygiene career. Erica has worked in a corporate office setting as well as private practice. She returned to Idaho in October of 2015 to be close to family and because Idaho is home. Erica is married to Chris Rupp. They joined their 2 families as one on September 25, 2004. They have 3 children and 2 dogs. They enjoy outdoor activities and working on projects around the house. Chris and Erica enjoy watching thier kids sports and acivities, and spending time as a family.

Sarah Fullmer – Clinical Manager

Sarah started with Dr. Connaughton as her family dentist in 2005. She had an interest in dentistry at an early age and always looked forward to her regular dental visits. During this time she was attending Idaho City High School, where she graduated with honors. She then went on to the College of Western Idaho to study dental assisting. She graduated at the top of her class while serving as a tutor for the underclassmen. After graduating, she was fortunate enough to get a job working for her family dentist, Dr. Connaughton. She loves her career and feels especially blessed to work with such a great team and dentist. She has been loving her job and keeping her patients smiling since January 2010.

Jaycie Leavitt – Dental Assistant

Jaycie grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Jaycie received her Dental Assisting certifications at Carrington College in 2017. She has become a key part of the Tree City Family Dental Team! Jaycie and her husband Kristian have chosen to make the Treasure Valley their home. Jaycie has quickly advanced in her experience, knowledge and expertise in the dental setting. Along with her dental assisting techniques, she has a contagious laugh that helps create many smiles within the practice. In her free time, Jaycie enjoys camping trips to Anderson Ranch, and spending time with her dogs Loki and Lilly.

Heather Pitman – Dental Assistant

Heather joined Tree City Family Dental in 2019. She is experienced in both clinical and clerical processes within the office. Heather is an awesome team player, and while maintaining her primary role as Dental Assistant in the office, she will contribute where needed any given day. Don’t be surprised if you see her answering phones or welcoming you at the front desk. Heather has been involved in dentistry since 2012, and hails that she will be involved in the field of dentistry until retirement! Heather enjoys coffee, fitness, time with her family and friends, and above all- vacationing!

Ginny Simms – Dental Assistant

Ginny is one of our newest team members, but she is not new to dentistry, having been a dental assistant for over 20 years. She started as a sterilization technician and began filling in for those who were out sick or on maternity leave. She soon challenged the board, and achieved her CDA DANB certification in 2006. Ginny was born in Germany and raised in Western Washington. She met and married her husband, Justin (an Idaho Native), while living in Boise attending BSU. She has many hobbies including: soap making, photography, ‘Jeeping’ with IOR 4×4 Club, brewing beer and cider, and cooking with her husband. She enjoys caring for others while working in the dental setting. She makes it her goal to make sure every patient is comfortable from the moment they enter the practice.

Allison Jones – Dental Assistant

Allison joined our practice after completing her Expanded Functions Certification in 2020. With newly designed protocols essential for added safety measures in 2020, Tree City Family Dental incorporated the addition of Hygiene Assistant/Sterilization Technician to meet the demands head on. Allison is extremely passionate about dentistry and what she can bring to the table for the team and every patient that comes through the doors. As Allison grows in her position, she teaches the rest of us what time management and team coordination look like. Allison has the role and responsibility to assist everyone in the office, and she manages to do so daily with positivity and a smile. We could not be happier with the additional role to the office as Allison has managed to make it her own.

Malia Medina – Dental Assistant

Malia also joined our practice with the additional changes brought about in 2020. Malia primarily assists our Hygiene department and keeps operations running with sterilization and team coordination. Malia manages to be with us one day a week all while attending classes in Dental Hygiene. Our hope is that Malia will carry over with us into a new role when she graduates and receives her Hygiene License. She is amazing!