About Byrne Dental
As a full-service dental office, Byrne Dental provides patients with a comprehensive range of treatments. Our practice is based in Rapid City, SD and was established in 1993 by Dr. James Byrne. Throughout the years, we have developed a reputation for gentle, caring dentistry. Our doctor and team members are proud to serve patients of every age and always welcome new members into our practice.
We believe in building one-on-one, personal relationships with each patient. Each of our staff members respects your individual needs and desires for your health. We are committed to not only helping you improve your smile, but enhancing your overall health. You and your loved ones can count on us to provide you with the information and resources you need to understand your treatment options.
Our primary goals:
• To educate patients about dental health
• To offer treatment options in dealing with dental disease
• To provide high quality treatment in restoring teeth to good health,
or in replacing diseased teeth with implants, bridges and/or dentures
Dr. James Byrne
James Byrne is a native of Spring Valley, Minnesota, the oldest of five children. He attended St. John’s University on a National Merit Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science before attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he was president of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity in his senior year. After graduation in 1984, Dr. Byrne took his first position at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Pine Ridge. He moved to Rapid City in 1987, working with another dentist before starting his solo practice in 1993. Having “fallen in love with the Black Hills” on vacation, Dr. Byrne decided Rapid City was the ideal place to raise his family and build his dental practice.
Memberships & Community Involvement
Dr. Byrne is a member of several dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the South Dakota Dental Association and the Black Hills District Dental Society, in which he is active on the Peer Review Committee. In addition, Dr. Byrne is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international society promoting community service within the dental profession.
Dr. Byrne served on the board of directors of the Rapid City Community Health Center 2001-2006. He is active in the Scottish and Irish Society of the Black Hills and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Dr. Byrne enjoys exploring the Black Hills with his son Brian, as well as attending the sports activities in which Brian is involved.
Donna Pinkerton, Dental Assistant
Although Donna is the newest addition to Dr. Byrne’s office, working with Dr. Byrne is not new. Donna worked with Dr. Byrne 25 years ago when both were part of a group practice. Donna moved here from Boston in 1982 after graduation from the Bryman School of Dental Assisting. Donna has been in the dental field for the last 30 years and states she enjoys being a dental assistant and helping patients overcome their dental fears. Donna has two sons, Michael and Drew, and a husband, Don. Donna enjoys sports and spending time with family and friends.