James R. Luderitz, DDS
Dr. Luderitz graduated from Montana State University, Billings, where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. While he was at MSU, he was a recipient of academic scholarships two years in a row. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2001 from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a two-year program in advanced clinical training in temporomandibular disorder and orofacial pain. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Ninth District Dental Society and American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
“I went into dentistry because of a long-time love of science and working with my hands. I have taken many art classes from high school through college and have found that dentistry is a great way to express art. Every one of my patients has unique stories and interests, and I enjoy getting to know them and helping improve their oral and physical health.”
Dr. Luderitz grew up in Baker, MT, where he pursued his love of science, cars and the outdoors. While attending MSU, he enjoyed rock climbing in Montana and Wyoming, working as a weight trainer, and playing lots of tennis. Dr. Ludertiz has four wonderful children: Tyler, Mikayla, Zach and Sydney. They share their home with Missy, a Golden Retriever, and Misha, a Siberian Husky. When time permits, Dr. Ludertiz enjoys martial arts, playing the guitar and rebuilding muscle cars. He indulges his love of the outdoors with golf, rock climbing, cycling and backpacking.
Mckay Pearson, DMD
Dr. McKay Pearson is a Montana native who grew up on his family farm in Fairfield, Montana. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Health Science at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Dr. Pearson went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Pearson and his wife Ashley have three children, Brinlee, Nora and Kenison. When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Pearson enjoys playing basketball, golfing, camping, reading and spending time with his family.
Meet Our Team
At Canyon Creek Dental, we are proud to have a highly trained and talented team that works well together and with our dentists to provide you and your family with the greatest dental care possible. Our team will not only help you get the dental care you need, but they will help you through every aspect of your treatment, including finances. In short, our team is here to take care of you. We invite you to get to know our team by reviewing their biographies before visiting our dental practice in Billings, Montana.
Marlene Dunis – Registered Dental Hygienist
Marlene, originally from outside of Philadelphia, recently moved to Billings with her husband and son (pets too) after living in Colorado for 16 years. She received her AAS degree in dental hygiene and assisting with highest honors in 2000 and has been practicing hygiene ever since. She also has a bachelor degree In Fine Arts. Marlene loves meeting new people and helping educate and improve their oral health. She feels very fortunate to work with such a great team here at Canyon Creek Dental! On her free time, Marlene is looking forward to exploring the beautiful state of MT with her family and enjoys travel, food, artwork, outdoor activities, family, friends and animals.
Hallie Griffith – Registered Dental Hygienist
Hello everyone I’m Hallie. I graduated from Sheridan College Dental Hygiene Program with my bachelors degree from University of Wyoming. Graduating in 2017, I have been dedicated to my work as a hygienist ever since. I belong to a ranch family and I’m proud of my rural lifestyle which has taught me how to work hard and appreciate the little things in life. Being resourceful, working diligently, and being a strong advocate for my patience is something I hold dearly to my heart. I strive to provide high-quality patient care and a friendly face in the dental office.
Julie Schmitt – Registered Dental Hygienist
Julie is originally from Glendive, MT. In 1995, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education. Following this, she attended the North Dakota State College of Science Dental Hygiene Program in Wahpeton, ND, graduating in 2000 with her dental hygiene degree. Outside of the office, Julie enjoys camping, fishing and skiing.