Class of '97
Orthodontist at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics
Dr. Jesse Dana, Class of ’97, and his team at Meyer & Dana Orthodontics in Spearfish ensure dental patients receive the highest-quality care.
“It’s important to me to be positive and encouraging to our team and our patients, to always make sure we treat our patients like family here,” said Jesse.
Jesse grew up in Spearfish and planned to leave town when attending college. But Mike Olson, then head basketball coach at BHSU, had other plans.
“I was able to play basketball at BHSU and ended up with a great education too,” said Jesse. “Some of the best teachers I’ve ever had were at BHSU.”
After majoring in biology at BHSU, Jesse said he felt very prepared attending graduate school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he graduated with honors at the top of his class. Jesse credits Dr. Charlie Lamb, professor of biology, and Dr. Pete deLannoy, associate professor of chemistry, for their help preparing him for the rigors of orthodontic residency.
“Dr. Lamb was helpful in making sure I had everything I needed to go on to dental school and Dr. deLannoy was a hands-on chemistry teacher helping us to understand concepts,” said Jesse.
Outside the classroom, Jesse says his best memories at BHSU include meeting his wife, Traci, Class of ’98, and making it to the final eight of the NAIA Division II national basketball tournament his senior year.
Jesse attributes his success to strong support from his family and his faith. Every morning, he leads his orthodontics staff in a prayer to start the day centered on a positive team atmosphere and quality patient care.
“I’m now able to do what I do and am very blessed to be in this profession,” said Jesse. “And it all started at Black Hills State.”