Our Dental Staff

Our Practice & Core Values

Clark Fork Dental is a full-service general dentistry practice. We strive for excellence in all aspects of your dental care. It is our philosophy to treat our patients how we would like to be treated. We strive to build a trust-oriented and long-lasting relationship.

We will take your needs into consideration to create a personal plan which provides the best treatment available, meets your long term concerns and goals, and is feasible for your budget. We will deliver exceptional dental healthcare by utilizing the latest materials, infection control, and advanced techniques.

Dental Care for The Whole Family


Adult Care


Child Care


Preventative Care

We are A Full Service Dentistry Practice

It is our priority to make you feel comfortable, look great, and provide treatment that will last you a lifetime. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental practice. We are patient-focused and here to help you!

Our Office Staff

Meet some of the Clark Fork Dental office staff you will met during your visit.


Office Manager

Cheri is a native of the Bitterroot Valley with over 20-years of office experience in the dental industry. It is a privilege to be a part of the amazing team at Clark Fork Dental, as well as, an honor assisting and getting to know all of our great patients.

Cheri and her husband share six children and one daughter-in-law all of which they are extremely proud of. Free time will find her at the family property in Noxon fishing, exploring on four-wheelers, water recreations, searching out huckleberries, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery of Western Montana.

Renee Johnshoy

Dental Assistant

Renee grew up in Missoula and has been a dental assistant since 1989. The thing she most enjoys about working at Clark Fork Dental is getting to know her patients and giving them the best possible care.

When away from the office Renee enjoys spending time with her husband, three boys, grandchildren, friends, and her dog Charlie. She also enjoys kickboxing, hockey, horses, and everything about living in Missoula.

Doreen Weber


I have been a hygienist for 34 years, and have worked for Dr. Blackhurst for since 2014. My husband, Brett, works in the banking industry and we have two adult boys. One lives in Bozeman and the other here in Missoula.
I enjoy hiking with our Boxer named Brody, kayaking, 4-wheeling, skiing – and really anything outside. We spend as much time as possible at our lake cabin where we always seem to have a project ( or a fish that needs to be caught! ). I also love to cook and travel.

Lidia Koppen

Dental Assistant

Lidia was born and raised in Missoula and has been with Clark Fork Dental since 2017.

She absolutely loves Montana! In her spare time she enjoys going hiking with her little family. One thing she loves the most is being a mama to her little girl.

Jennifer Verlanic

Dental Assistant

Jennifer began her dental assisting career in 1992. She has enjoyed her years working with Dr. Spierling and is looking forward to many years with Clark Fork Dental.

Jennifer and her husband have two children and one grandchild. They enjoy being at the cabin, hiking, camping and floating.

Julie Kubik


Julie Kubik grew up in Boise, Idaho where she attended Boise State University. She ultimately received her Registered Dental Hygiene degree at the University of Louisville Kentucky.

Julie enjoys running, skiing, mountain biking, paddle boarding, and being a mom!

Kim Hiday


Kim is a native Montanan that has been in dentistry since 1997; first as an assistant, then as an R.D.H. following graduation from MSU-COT Great Falls in 2007. She takes great joy from getting to know our patients, as well as, aiding in their dental care by providing the most complete oral health care and education possible.

Favorite activities are hiking with her husband and 2 pooches, supporting her 2 kiddos in all their endeavors, family road trips, exploring Yellowstone National Park, and baking.

You’re In good Hands

We look forward to meeting you!

Our experienced dental staff can’t wait to help you get your best smile, not just in our exceptional dental services but also in our customer service. We believe a great dental experience starts at the front door. Have a dental question?

“My entire family has been going to Dr. Spierling for over 20 years. He and his staff are wonderful. Karen at the front desk is funny, sweet, and totally on top of things. Dr. S practices gentle dentistry: he’s always patient and kind. My daughter loves them so much that she will only go to the dentist here — even though she lives out of state. Friendly and fun atmosphere. Cannot recommend them enough.”

Lauren Hicks

“I have nothing but nice things to say about Dr. Blackhurst’s office. The people working there are kind and patient. The hygienist and Dr. Blackhurst are efficient workers and care about what they do. I am grateful because I have always hated going to the dentist, but I don’t feel that way about this office.”

Elenor Walsh

 “I’ve had terrible experiences at the dentist when I was a child and due to that I have anxiety when it comes to having any sort of dental treatment done. Dr. Blackhurst and his team have been patient, understanding and accommodating to provide gentle dental care that puts all my fears at ease. “

Nick Burns

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Working Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Our Office

935 SW Higgins Avenue Suite 201
Missoula, MT 59803