About Us

Dr. Reed Thompson - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTReed Thompson, D.D.S.

Dr. Reed Thompson (known around our office as “Dr. Reed”) is a pediatric dentist in Kalispell, MT. He was born and raised in Butte, Montana. He completed his undergraduate degree at Montana State University, earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Minnesota, and after nine years with the Indian Health Service in Alaska, earned his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Reed is a current member of the Montana Dental Association, as well as the American Dental Association. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a proud member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is also an active Rotarian here in Kalispell.

Dr. Reed and his wife, Cooke, reside in Kalispell with their dog Kulik. If Dr. Reed is not at the office, you can usually find him hunting and fishing in the great outdoors!



Dr. James Cannava - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTDr. James Cannava, D.M.D, M.S.D, M.P.H.

Dr. James Cannava (known around our office as “Dr. James”) is a pediatric dentist in Kalispell, Montana. He was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska before attending the University of California, Davis for his undergraduate studies. He earned his dental degree at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. After dental school, Dr. James spent three years working at community health centers in Montana where he developed a strong interest in children’s dentistry. He completed his pediatric dentistry degree in Seattle and treated patients at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. James is a current member of the Montana Dental Association, as well as the American Dental Association. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist and a proud member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. James is excited to be back in Montana. If you see him hiking with his family in Glacier or snowboarding, make sure to say hello!




Cooke Thompson, Office Manager - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTCooke Thompson ~ Office Manager and Hygienist

Cooke makes sure every patient she sees has a sparkly clean smile! You can usually find her in our front hygiene chairs cleaning teeth, or working in her office on the books! Aside from hygiene, Cooke also keeps our office afloat by keeping on top of our bookkeeping!

Cooke joined Kalispell KiDDS in July 2009. A native North Carolinian, Cooke moved here with Dr. Reed to pursue their passion of pediatric dentistry. She received her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of North Carolina (and is a HUGE Tarheel fan!) before continuing her hygiene career with the USPHS. She and Dr. Reed were married in June 2010 in East Glacier and she now calls Montana her home! When she is not at the office, she enjoys skiing, scrapbooking and the outdoors. She hopes to grow old with Dr. Reed and her family at Kalispell KiDDS!



Jessica Burris, Dental Assistant - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTJessica Burris ~ Certified Dental Assistant

Jessica is everywhere in our office, from the treatment rooms to the lab to the sterilization area. You can usually find her in one of the treatment rooms assisting one of our pediatric dentists, or organizing the never-ending supply room! Aside from chairside assisting, Jessica also keeps our office stocked as our inventory manager!

Jessica has been with Kalispell KiDDS since July 2008. Aside from dental assisting, she enjoys spending her free time with her 5 year old son Blake. They love to go camping, fishing, and hunting any chance they get! Any chance she gets away from the office she spends traveling on road trips around the country! We love the eagerness to learn that Jessica brings to us each day, as well as the loving care she gives to each and every patient here at Kalispell KiDDS.



Emily Newsome, Dental assistant - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTEmily Newsome ~ Certified Dental Assistant

Emily brings a smile to everyone here at Kalispell KiDDS! You can usually find her in one of the treatment rooms assisting Dr. Reed or Dr. James, or helping make sure our inventory is stocked. Aside from assisting, Emily keeps us safe and in line as our safety manager.

Emily joined Kalispell KiDDS in the fall of 2012.When Emily is not at the office, you might find her hiking with her family, or gardening and then relaxing on her porch! Emily, her husband and two boys LOVE spending time outdoors, doing everything from fishing to riding ATVs to swimming in the many rivers and lakes around the Flathead valley. Emily’s favorite hobby is photography :) . Emily makes sure every patient here gets the best care possible, and always with a smile!



Lisa Wallen, Dental assistant - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTLisa Wallen ~ Certified Dental Assistant

Lisa brings her gentle, caring nature to all of our patients here at Kalispell KiDDS. You can usually find her in one of the treatment rooms assisting Dr. James or Dr. Reed. Lisa also brings her creative teaching spirit to share with all of us, when she has a little spare time! Lisa is a licensed teacher in secondary for history/government and loves not only to learn new things, but also to teach kiddos everything from presidents, to ancient egypt, to nutritional counseling and oral hygiene!

Lisa joined Kalispell KiDDS in the fall of 2012. If Lisa is not at the office working, you can be sure she is enjoying Montana’s great outdoors! A Flathead Valley native, she enjoys anything outdoors - hiking, camping, rock climbing, swimming & skiing to name a few! She also takes advantage of any spare moment to spend time with her beautiful daughter Charlotte and wonderful husband Jim, who go her into running too. She’ll be completing her first half marathon in Yosemite this summer! Lisa brings a calmness to our office and always goes the extra mile for every patient here at Kalispell KiDDS!



Chrissy Bernheim, Anethesia - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTChrissy Bernheim ~ Anesthesia Coordinator and Certified Dental Assistant

Chrissy brings warmth and cheer to Kalispell KiDDS! You can find her all over the office, from welcoming patients at the front desk, to teaching kids how to brush in the back. We appreciate so much the many years of dental experience she brings to our office. Chrissy also helps to make sure our hospital appointments run smoothly and keeps our referring offices informed!

Chrissy joined Kalispell KiDDS in July 2012. Chrissy was raised in the Flathead Valley and began her dental career at dental assisting school in Spokane, WA. Chrissy thoroughly enjoys the perks of being an executive chef’s wife and being the mommy of two little boys – Christopher Michael and Maximus Alexander - and aunt to a niece and a nephew here in the valley! Chrissy shares her love of dentistry with each and every patient she interacts with here at Kalispell KiDDS!



Lindsey Santa, Patient Relations - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTLindsey Santa ~ Patient Relations Manager

Lindsey brings her sense of calmness and "can-do" attitude to our office! You can usually find her in the back office, handling claims and billing questions. You might even catch her in one of our consult rooms! Aside from helping our patients and parents have a great experience here, Lindsey also helps to make sure our chart notes are entered and up-to-speed!

Lindsey joined Kalispell KiDDS in the summer of 2014. Lindsey is a Montana native, and if she isn't here at the office, she is probably enjoying the great outdoors. You can usually find her running or hiking with one or both of her dogs. She LOVES to run! She is quite the chef in the kitchen, experimenting with recipes - especially cupcakes! She loves spending quality time with her ever growing family and enjoys knitting & reading to wind down at night. Lindsey brings energy and kindness to our crew here at Kalispell KiDDS, and always makes sure every patient is greeted with a smile and a wave goodbye!



Jenniane Butterfield, Patient Relations - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTJenniane Butterfield ~ Patient Care Coordinator

Jenniane waves good bye with a beaming smile to all of our patients as they leave our office! You can usually find her at the check out desk or at the front desk, and sometimes both! Jenniane also keeps our No Cavity Club board up-to-date and helps with billing and insurance claims.

Jenniane joined Kalispell KiDDS in the summer of 2016. A Montana native, Jenniane spent 14 years in Alaska, where she got married and had a family. Her family moved back to the valley to be closer to relatives and enjoy living in what used to be their “vacation destination”! She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children in the great outdoors - skiing, fishing, hiking and paddleboarding! When she is not at the office or exploring the great outdoors, you might find her finishing a book and a plate of good sushi! Jenniane brings a calming nature to our patient check in/check out process here at Kalispell KiDDS!



Tonya Jackola, Patient Relations - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTTonya Jackola ~ Dental Assistant

Tonya brings her motherly charm to all of our patients here at Kalispell KiDDS. You can usually find her in one of the treatment rooms giving oral hygiene instructions or assisting one of our pediatric dentists. Tonya brings many years of dental assisting knowledge with her to help us treat our patients the very best we can!

Tonya joined Kalispell KiDDS in the winter of 2016. Tonya is the loving mother of six children and a grandmother too! She LOVES spending time with her children and grandchildren and dipping her toes in the ocean! Tonya brings her loving nature to each of our patients, as she treats each one as her own!



Christine Evans - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTChristine Evans ~ Dental Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator

Christine brings her warm smile and bubbly personality to all of our patients checking in here at Kalispell KiDDS. You can usually find her greeting every patient and parent with a friendly smile as they enter the front door or in the treatment rooms assisting our pediatric dentists. Christine also keep insurances in check here at our office!

Christine rejoined Kalispell KiDDS in the spring of 2017, after she moved back to the Flathead Valley after a brief hiatus in the more eastern part of our state! She LOVES getting out and enjoying the outdoors and being the mother of one son! She enjoys every day she gets to spend with her husband and best friend, living out their dream here in Montana! Christine brings a warm smile and loving kindness to each and every patient here at our office!



Kyrsten Pilsch - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTKyrsten Pilsch ~ Certified Dental Assistant

Kyrsten brings her can-do attitude and “bag of jokes” to each of our patients here at Kalispell KiDDS! She is always good for a joke - and loves it when kids bring new ones for her to add to her repertoire! You can usually find Kyrsten in one of the treatment rooms assisting one of our pediatric dentists. Kyrsten helps Emily with our safety management and also makes sure our office remembers the upcoming social events we have on our calendar :) !

Kyrsten joined Kalispell KiDDS in the summer of 2015. A Montana native, she loves anything to do with the outdoors - hunting, fishing, camping, just to name a few! She LOVES dogs! Telling jokes and making people laugh are two of her favorite things! What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear Kyrsten would tell you! Be sure to share a new joke with her when you come in to visit us!



Elissa Dean - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTElissa Dean ~ Dental Assistant and Patient Care Coordinator

Elissa brings her engaging and intuitive nature to each and every patient here at Kalispell KiDDS! You can find Elissa both at the front desk and in the back assisting our pediatric dentists. Elissa helps with insurance, scheduling and assisting, filling many roles here at our office!

Elissa joined Kalispell KiDDS in February of 2018. She and her family moved to Kalispell in August 2017 and have quickly fallen in love with the great outdoors here! She has two daughters who enjoy camping, hiking and fishing around our valley! Elissa greets each patient with a warm smile and treats each patient as her own!



Nancy Healy - Pediatric Dentist in Kalispell, MTNancy Healy ~ Dental Assistant

Nancy brings a wealth of dental knowledge to our team here at Kalispell KiDDS. With many years of dental experience under her belt, Nancy makes sure our patients well informed about their dental needs! You can usually find Nancy in the back assisting one of our pediatric dentists and sharing her love of dentistry with our patients!

Nancy joined Kalispell KiDDS in the winter of 2017. She is the mother to 4 amazing adult children and has become known as “Mama Healy” to many more over the years! Her greatest passions are spending time with people and creating delicious food in her kitchen (which she shares with our office sometimes!). She is the happiest when those two passions merge in time spent around her dinner table in her cozy home! Nancy is a great dental “mama” to all of our patients here at Kalispell KiDDS!




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