Meet Our Doctors
At Lamplighter Dental, we would like to invite you to meet with our dedicated, friendly, and professional staff members. Your comfort and confidence in all of our services is one of our goals. Together, we work to provide exceptional dental services for all of our patients.
RYAN J. ROSS, DDS
Dr. Ross loves being a dentist. He finds great fulfillment in preserving a beautiful smile for a lifetime and bringing back a smile that has been lost for a time. He was raised in Clinton, Utah, where he was an active member of his community and obtained his Eagle Scout award. He attended Weber State University with a major in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Ross graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry where he was trained in all facets of dentistry and participated in pediatric, endodontic, oral surgery, public health, post-doctorate advanced implant training, and hospital dentistry rotations.
He provided preventive treatment to the underserved children of Indiana by taking part in the Seal Indiana program, which brought a mobile clinic to elementary schools. He volunteered for a service trip to Honduras and provided much needed restorative and oral surgery treatment in small villages.
Dr. Ross is committed to providing up to date high quality dentistry and improves and expands his skills by participation in continuing education. Dr. Ross has taken courses in dental implants, pediatric dentistry, endodontics, and oral pathology. He is a member of the American Dental Association and Montana Dental Association.
Dr. Ross enjoys athletics, hunting, fly fishing, and spending time with his wife and daughters.
THADDEUS W. HONAKER, DMD
Dr. Honaker graduated from the University of Montana, with honors, receiving dual degrees in Psychology and Human Biology. He then attended the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Mesa, Arizona. During his time in school, he developed two separate community outreach projects providing free care to homeless veterans. He also spent many hours volunteering at Give Kids a Smile Day, Free Family Health and Wellness Day, the Arizona Oral Cancer Walk, and the Day for Special Smiles (a program providing free dental treatment for children with developmental disabilities).
Being passionate about providing care to underserved populations, Dr. Honaker has completed a Certificate in Public Health and attended four month-long clinical externships at community health centers in Billings, Missoula, California, and Oregon.
Dr. Honaker is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry, and has served as Worthy Master of the Delta Sigma Delta International Dental Fraternity.
Born and raised in Billings, Dr. Honaker is grateful to return and have the opportunity to give back to his community. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing the drums with his garage band, cooking, golfing, skiing, traveling, and spending time with his family.
MICHAEL M. HERINGER, DDS
Dr. Michael Heringer was born and raised in Billings, Montana and continues to have strong ties to the community. He earned his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in 2009 and continued on to complete dental school there. During his time at Creighton, he completed an internship at a community health service clinic and enjoyed volunteering for a number community dental outreach programs. Dr. Heringer is excited to be back in Billings and is looking forward to becoming involved in his community.
Dr. Heringer is a member of the American Dental Association.
Outside the office, he enjoys golfing with his family, spending time with friends, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
DAVID E. MCCRACKEN, DMD
Dr. McCracken grew up in Pocatello Idaho. During high school he enlisted in the United States Army National Guard where he served his country for six years including an overseas deployment to Iraq. In the middle of this time he also served for two years as a missionary for his church. These years provided him with a desire to serve others, for which he’s very thankful.
During his military service, Dr. McCracken attended college at Idaho State University where he later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. He then attended Case Western Reserve University for his dental training and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. While at Case Western Reserve University he participated every year in providing free services to the community such as exams, cleanings, and sealants. In order to pursue his education in all aspects of dentistry, he attended a one-year General Practice Residency program at the University of Utah. Overall, his training has provided him experience in all aspects of general dentistry including restorations, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and pediatrics.
During his spare time, Dr. McCracken most enjoys being with his family which includes his wonderful wife Kelsey and his two rambunctious daughters, Londyn and Presley. He also enjoys the outdoors including camping and running. He has so far run a 50-mile ultra-marathon, a 100-mile ultra-marathon, and several conventional marathons.
Dr. McCracken is grateful to be in Billings and very happy to be able to be of service to the people of his community.
CLAIRE M. BOLLINGER, DDS
Dr. Claire Bollinger was born in Jamestown, ND and raised in the small farming community of Edgeley, ND. She graduated from Edgeley High School in 2004. She attended Bismarck State College and earned an associate in Science degree. She then transferred to North Dakota State University, pursuing a career in dentistry. She graduated, with honors, in May of 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology.
Dr. Bollinger attended Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, NE. She earned her DDS degree in May of 2014. After graduation, she returned to North Dakota, where she was an associate dentist until December of 2015.
Dr. Bollinger has a passion to help those in need. During dental school, she donated her time to help the underserved receive care at an after hours clinic on Thursday evenings. She also traveled with a group of students to the Dominican Republic where she was able to provide care to the native people for 6 weeks.
Dr. Bollinger commissioned into the Army National Guard, as a second lieutenant, during her freshman year of dental school. Upon graduation, she was promoted to the rank of Captain. She completed her officer basic leadership course in San Antonio, TX, during the summer of 2014. She currently is a member of the ND Army National Guard’s Medical Detachment unit.
Dr. Bollinger is a member of the Academy of General Dentists, American Dental Association, and both the North Dakota and Montana Dental Associations.
Dr. Bollinger recently married her best friend, Jake Leland, in October of 2015. They find joy doing many activities together, but especially enjoy cooking, hunting, fishing, and camping. They have one dog, Scooter, a German short hair pointer, who has been an excellent hunting companion!
Dr. Bollinger is excited to join the Lamplighter Dental team and looks forward to assisting patients with all their dental needs!
Our highly skilled dental assistants and hygienists work diligently to provide the best overall customer service in the industry. We are fully-equipped to handle all of your dental needs with the utmost care and professionalism.
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