Meet our Dentists

General, Cosmetic, and Restorative Dentistry

Meet Dr. Blackhurst

Russ Blackhurst is a native of Boise, Idaho. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Louisville Kentucky, where he was awarded his Doctor of Medical Dentistry. He practiced in Steamboat Springs, Colorado before relocating to Missoula with his wife, Julie, in 2008.

His commitment to dental excellence is evident in many ways including consistently pursuing continuing education to stay current on the latest treatment options to improve patient care. There is nothing more important to Dr. Blackhurst than providing the best possible care to his patients. His consistent pursuit of knowledge stands as evidence to that objective. Dr. Blackhurst is an active member of The Montana Study Club, The American Dental Association, The Montana Dental Association, and The Spear Study Club.

Dr. Blackhurst pursues multiple hobbies. During some of his free time he enjoys making pottery from preparation, forming, creating, firing, and glazing his own creations. This is likewise something that he likes sharing with his patients. He has been known to frequently gift his handmade crafts to his newly made friends at the office.

Dr. Blackhurst is also an avid recreationalist and enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, mountain biking, and skiing. Most recently, Russ and Julie have been loving all the joys of parenthood with their two children in tow.

Meet Dr. Spierling

John graduated from the University of Oregon, School of Dentistry in 1980 and since then has been practicing in Missoula. He is a member of the MDA and ADA. Dr. Spierling has two daughters and two grandchildren. He loves the outdoors and enjoys tennis, hockey, skiing, rafting and hunting. John is also a BIG TIME Griz Fan!!!

Riley Blackhurst, DDS

Dr. Riley Blackhurst was born and raised in the Boise, Idaho area. He attended the University of Montana for his undergrad, graduating with a degree in Human Biology (BA). Go Griz! He then went to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry for his D.D.S., graduating with high honors.

Dr. Riley likes to spend any of his free time outdoors hiking, mountain biking, skiing, paddleboarding, hunting and camping. A fun fact about Dr. Riley is that he is the youngest in a family of ten and really enjoys spending time with all his nieces and nephews.

The thing Dr. Riley loves most about dentistry is that he gets to work with his hands and most importantly help people. A healthy smile is so important to your physical health, as well as your mental health and there is a lot of satisfaction in helping people achieve this balance.

“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 had terrible dental experiences when I was a child that makes me anxious for even the most simple dental visits. Dr. Blackhurst and his team have gone above and beyond to provide gentle dental care that make me comfortable as possible during my visit.”

Nick Burns

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