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.
EMESE TOKOS, DDS, DMD
Dr. Emese Tokos is passionate about helping people overcome their fear of the dentist—something she understands firsthand. She recognizes that there are limitations to the amount of dentistry that has been available to some patients. Due to lack of proper preventive oral health care in socialist Romania, Dr. Tokos had recurrent abscesses and had a premature extraction of a primary molar. After moving to the US at age six, some of her most vivid memories involve the dentist. Due to the negative connection she had between her mouth and dentistry, going to her first dental appointment in the US was not exciting. However, the caring nature of her dentist and friendly faces at his dental practice eased the fact that she had 17 cavities in her 20 primary teeth.
The praise she received each time she returned with healthy teeth, and the joy of having a beautiful smile, made a huge impact on her desire to become a dentist. Her goal has always been to help others understand the importance of dental health and its connection with ones systemic health. Dr. Tokos firmly believes that “the mouth is the gateway to the overall health of the body.” She is excited to be able to educate, help prevent, and eliminate fear of the dental field so that our community can have excellent oral health.
Dr. Tokos is Hungarian, originally from Transylvania, Romania. She first moved to the USA with only her mother and two suitcases when she was six years old. She was educated in North Texas, graduating as Valedictorian with an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Hirschi Magnet High School in 2005. Due to her accomplishments, she received free tuition to Midwestern State University where she started the pre-dental program.
After her first year at MSU, Dr. Tokos decided she wanted to learn more about her Hungarian heritage and moved to Budapest, Hungary to attend Semmelweis University Dental School. She practiced for a very short time in Budapest before moving to the United States to get her American Dental License. After graduating at CUSDM, she worked part time as an on-call dentist in Summit County Colorado until finding a full-time associate position in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. She worked in Colorado until joining Brewer Dental Center.
Dr. Tokos feels very strongly about the importance of continuing education as the field of dentistry continues to evolve so rapidly with new technology and techniques. Since graduating, she continues to learn in order to provide her patients with the most modern and best care to help achieve a healthy and esthetic smile. Research and continuing education in order to advance her knowledge and help solve current health related issues has always been of interest to her.
Dr. Tokos is a member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Colorado Dental Association
- Denver Metro Dental Society
- Montana Dental Association
The importance of applying oneself outside of scholastic requirements led to Dr. Tokos’ involvement in extracurricular activities as well as community service projects. While in Budapest, she was very involved in the student leadership. As the Chairwoman of the International Student Association of Semmelweis (ISAS), she was able to help integrate the Hungarian and Foreign students studying abroad. She was also a member of the Student Senate and a student representative for all of Hungary’s Universities Senate of Directors. During her time at CUSDM, she was also a member of the Student Senate, the Women’s Dental Association, ASDA, and other organizations. Since starting to practice, Dr. Tokos has been passionate about giving back to the community by volunteering her time at community health fairs and teaching children about proper oral hygiene.
Dr. Tokos is married to her husband Casey, and they have one miniature shorthaired Dachshund named Rover, who is essentially their child. They are very excited to be joining the Billings community and hope to be able to start a (fur-free) family in the future.
When she is not working, you will find Dr. Tokos exploring new places, reading books, trying to learn how to dance, and enjoying all the little things in life. She also loves to travel the world and experience different cultures.
BRYSEN B. HANSEN, DMD
Dr. Brysen B. Hansen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He continued on to Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Dental Medicine where he received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine. He also completed a pediatric rotation in an underserved pediatric clinic in Phoenix, as well as a rotation at an assisted living home treating elderly patients suffering from dementia.
As a practicing dentist, Dr. Hansen enjoys the creativity involved in designing and implementing the best treatment for patients. He most appreciates the day-to-day interactions with people from all walks of life.
While in dental school, Dr. Hansen participated in Give Kids a Smile, Super Sealant Saturday, Free Dental Screening Days, and the Oral Cancer Foundation Walk. He sees the community as a big extended family, and feels that there is no higher calling than helping and serving family.
He is a member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Hansen grew up in a small town in Central Utah, and has always dreamed of living in the big sky country of Montana. He is very excited to be living in and serving the community of Billings. When he’s not in the office, Dr. Hansen and his dog Henry enjoy fishing, camping, and just about any minute spent in the mountains. Bow hunting is what really makes him “tick.”
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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