Duston Connaughton, DDS
Duston is a dental-lifer. His first job, at the age of 13, was as a janitor in a dental office. He then worked his way throughout the office as an assistant and finally a dentist. Duston loves to share his passion as he has been on the faculty at the Idaho State University Dental Residency Program. He currently helps train and mentor dentists throughout the United States on CAD/CAM (CEREC®) dentistry.
Duston graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned many honors as a member of the football team. He then moved to Seattle, where he attended Seattle University and studied chemistry while working in cutting-edge medical research under a world-renowned rheumatologist.
From Seattle, Duston and his family moved to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend Creighton University Dental School. While attending dental school, Duston worked as a lead dental assistant for a practice that was open evenings and weekends. Dentistry became his life as he was immersed in it 24/7. With a more proper balance, dentistry has become a true passion.
Duston purchased the practice of Dr. John Kriz in 2003 and they worked together for four years. Dr. Kriz served as a wonderful mentor to Duston over that time. Dr. Connaughton worked with Dr. Jill Wagers for 10 years as partners at Emerald Dental Associates before Duston branched out with his team to form Tree City Family Dental in January 2014. Duston loves the art of dentistry and making positive changes in people’s lives.
Outside of the office, Duston enjoys his five kiddos, Daniel, Sophia, Grace, Emery, & Ella; his beautiful wife, Jessica; and their lazy labs, Cooper and Jake. He is an amateur photographer and weekend warrior, spending free time on the slopes, trails, and rivers of our wonderful outdoor playground.
Meet Our Team
Our friendly team at Tree City Family Dental always puts forth an effort to get to know our wonderful patients. Now you can get to know our team as well by reading our biographies below. If you have any questions or would like to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Boise, Idaho, please feel free to contact us today. We are eager to get to know you and your family!
Amy Carey- Office Manager
Amy is an Idaho born, California raised hybrid- at home in Boise with its small town community and active, diverse culture. After completing her orthodontics in high school and discovering her smile behind all the metal, Amy knew that she wanted to pursue dental assisting- paying it forward. Amy received her CDA in dental assisting at EITC in Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1997 where her career in dentistry began. She is committed to progress through continuing education and is happy to share her experience. Amy enjoys road biking, evenings on the patio, Boise’s varied entertainment venues, spending time with friends and family. She is always looking forward to the next time she gets to visit her son and grandson.
Stefanie was born and raised in Boise and loves the Idaho life. She has shared 18 glorious years with her husband Bob, has three children (Jace, Tanner, and Dylan), four stepchildren, seven grandchildren, and her spoiled dog “Nacho”. She enjoys trips to the Caribbean, Boise State football games, going to concerts, and riding her Razor ATV. Stefanie loves and occasional glass of wine while listening to the jukebox and spends her summertime on the 18th green at her cabin in Terrace Lakes.
Deaun Connaughton Deaun could easily have the “does it all” job title… as Tree City Family Dental just couldnt be possible without her. Deaun is Dr. Connaughtons mother, and has worked in the dental field for quite some time. She trained on dental software, as well as worked in both Utah & Texas as a Dental Office Manager. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog, Annie who is half boxer half lab. Deaun spends a better portion of her time reading & traveling to New York to visit friends & family.
Erin Winn- Registered Dental Hygienist
Erin has been employed as a dental hygienist with the Tree City Family Dental team since July 2012. She graduated from Twin Falls High School in 2002 and completed the dental assisting program at the College of Southern Idaho in 2003. Erin enjoyed dentistry so much that she headed to Orem, Utah, in 2008 to complete her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.
Erin lives in North Boise with her boyfriend, Ryan, and their lively yellow Lab, Macy. In her spare time, Erin enjoys trying out new recipes, listening to music on the back porch with a cold beverage, taking Macy to the foothills, working around the house, camping, fishing, and spending time with family. Erin has a true passion for dental hygiene and loves being able to interact with numerous patients on a daily basis. She hopes to meet you soon!
Kaylynn Blevins-Registered Dental Hygenist – Kaylynn or as family calls her Katie, was born and raised in the Sierra-Nevada foothills. She moved to Boise in 2012 to be close to family and to attended the dental hygiene program at Carrington College. Her career and passion for dentisry started while she was in high school, where she begain her career as a dental assistant. In her spare time Katie spends as much time as she can enjoying the great outdoors with her boyfriend and dogs. When able she enjoys traveling, running, hiking and camping.
Erica Rupp- Registered Dental Hygenist – Erica was born and raised in Idaho. She graduated from Buhl High School. Erica attended College of Southern Idaho and received her Certificate of Dental Assisting with Expanded Functions in 2004. She worked as a dental assistant in a general office and in orthodontics. Erica loved the dental field and when she heard that CSI was starting up a dental hygiene program she applied. Erica graduated with her AAS in Dental Hygiene in 2012 with the first class from CSI. She moved to Sahuarita Arizona shortly after graduation where she started her hygiene career. Erica has worked in a corporate office setting as well as private practice. She returned to Idaho in October of 2015 to be close to family and because Idaho is home. Erica is married to Chris Rupp. They joined their 2 families as one on September 25, 2004. They have 3 children and 2 dogs. They enjoy outdoor activities and working on projects around the house. Chris and Erica enjoy watching thier kids sports and acivities, and spending time as a family.
Sarah Dellamater- Clinical Manager
Sarah started with Dr. Connaughton as her family dentist in 2005. She had an interest in dentistry at an early age and always looked forward to her regular dental visits. During this time she was attending Idaho City High School, where she graduated with honors. She then went on to the College of Western Idaho to study dental assisting. She graduated at the top of her class while serving as a tutor for the underclassmen. After graduating, she was fortunate enough to get a job working for her family dentist, Dr. Connaughton. She loves her career and feels especially blessed to work with such a great team and dentist. She has been loving her job and keeping her patients smiling since January 2010.
Jennifer Speelman- Dental Assistant
Jennifer is excited to bring her 12 years of dental experience to share as a dental assistant with the Tree City Family Dental team. Originally from Oregon, she graduated from the American Institute of Health Technology with honors in 2002. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband Joe and daughters Keegan and Taytum, watching movies, watching football, and taking spur of the moment road trips. Her favorite parts of the experience with the practice are working with the team and offering the benefits of current- state of the art technology. She has a passion for building comfortable relationships with her patients.
Jaimie Rutledge- Dental Assistant
Jaimie received her Dental Assisting CDA in 2009 in Boise Idaho and has been practicing in the dental field ever since. She is originally from California and brings her bright disposition with her wherever she goes. Jaimie chose Dental Assisting as her career focus while living in Japan after volunteering on the Navy base as a dental assistant before moving back to the states. She found a passion for the field and for helping others find their smiles. She is committed to your care and is devoted to creating friendships with her patients. Jaimie has a flair for quality and the ability to bring laughter and smiles to everyone she interacts with. She is a foundational addition to the Tree City Family Dental team. In her spare time, she loves enjoying the local venues including concerts, boating, the lake, fishing, outdoor activities and sports- both participating and spectating!!!
Judi comes to Tree City Family Dental with 15+ years of experience in dental practices. She has a background in insurance coordination, treatment planning and knowing the ins and outs of benefit details when it comes to your dental care. Judi loves getting to know each and every patient and developing relationships that feel like family friends. When she isn’t putting her energy into the TCFD practice, you can find her in the garden or cooking Italian Food. “Anything with wine and garlic”.