Meet the Team


You know us all as your favorite dental office, but please take a moment to learn about us personally.
We look forward to meeting you as well. 

Dr. Joseph Murphy

Dentist


Dr. Murphy was born and raised in Rock Rapids, graduating from Central Lyon High School in 1989. After graduation, he attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE. In 1993 he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and in 1997 he received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery, both from Creighton University.  Dr. Murphy met and  married his wife Kim before leaving Omaha. Dr. Murphy and Kim moved to Rock Rapids in June 1997. They purchased the existing practice from L.A. Bladon. Over the last 20 years Dr. Murphy has been committed to establishing a modern dental facility in northwest Iowa by continually updating equipment and technology and continually furthering his expertise. In 2011, Dr. Murphy broke ground for our present office to help facilitate the growing practice making the move in February 2012. In his spare time, Dr. Murphy enjoys spending time with his daughter Charlotte, traveling, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and golfing.

Kim Murphy

Office Manager/Dental Assistant

(CPR/AED)

 

Kim Murphy is the wife of Dr. Joseph Murphy and also our office manager at Murphy Family Dentistry. Kim grew up in the Omaha NE area and attended the University of Nebraska where she received her bachelor of science degree. Before moving to Rock Rapids with Dr. Murphy, Kim was working on her masters degree in criminal justice and interning with the Omaha police department in the crime lab. Kim is currently a registered dental assistant and the office manager. She has participated in many mission trips to Peru specializing in translation and dental assisting.


Kim and Dr. Murphy have been married since 1997 and have 1 daughter Charlotte born in 2011. Together they enjoy traveling, scuba diving, water skiing, snowboarding, and golfing. Kim has taken an interest in exercising and maintaining a healthy, green lifestyle.

Angie Reckert

Registered Dental Hygeinist

(CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide)

 

Angie Reckert graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene and joined our team in 2015.  She is comfortable treating simple situations associated with children and adolescents, as well as the more complex problems encountered with adults. Angie is certified in nitrous oxide and the administration of local anesthesia for optimal patient comfort as needed.  Prior to joining our team Angie worked as a dental hygienist in Brandon, SD and Worthington, MN. She grew up in Dawson, MN and moved to Sioux Falls after high school where she met her husband, Steve. They live in Larchwood with their five children, Mea, Kasen, Jack, Ben, and Arden. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, moments of silence, and watching movies.

Gina Rummel 

Registered Dental Hygienist

(CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, local anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide)

 

Gina joined our office in 2015 after moving back to the area from Sioux Falls. Gina graduated from West Lyon in 2005 then went on to Iowa Western Community College and became certified in dental assisting. She later attended the University of South Dakota graduating in 2010 with her associates degree in dental hygiene. Prior to joining our office Gina worked at Dr. Bolton's Family Dentistry as well as the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Gina and her husband Josh live in Larchwood with their two children Lily and Xavier. Gina enjoys playing volleyball, golfing, and running. Gina is certified in CPR/AED, dental radiography, local anesthesia, and administration of nitrous oxide. She has been a great addition to Murphy Family Dentistry and looks forward to meeting all of our patients.

Deidre Dammann

Dental Assistant

(CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, Expanded Functions)

 

Deidre joined the team at Murphy Dentistry in January 2011. She is a registered dental assistant with CPR/AED certification, dental radiography and expanded functions. Deidre grew up in Rock Rapids, graduating from Central Lyon in 2005. She went on to get her cosmetology diploma from LeMars Beauty College in 2006. She worked as a cosmetologist full time until starting with the office. Previously she had been a waitress in Rock Rapids and worked at Luverne Health and Wellness as office manager as well as continuing her cosmetology career.  In 2019 she married her husband Jordan and in 2020 they welcomed their first child, Ripton.  In her spare time Deidre enjoys exercising,  fishing, reading, and spending time with friends.

Dawn VandenTop

Receptionist

(CPR/AED)


Dawn VandenTop is in charge of all front desk and schedule needs at Murphy Family Dentistry. She has been full time with our office since opening our new office in 2011. Previously, she was assistant manager at Casey's and worked with Lyon Manor Nursing and Rehab as well as K-products before deciding to stay at home with her children. She worked part time for the Dr. Murphy's office and Culligan of Rock Rapids. She graduated from Central Lyon.  Dawn lives in Rock Rapids with her man friend Dan.  They have 5 children Dylan, Tanner, Isaac, Carson and Jordyn and 2 dogs, Gizmo and Morgan.  They enjoy football, racing and spending time with friends and family.  

Mandy Telford

Dental Assistant

(CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, Expanded Functions)

 

Mandy Telford has been with Dr. Murphy since 2009. She worked in Sioux Falls in the powersports industry for 10 years before changing careers to spend more time with her family. She is a registered dental assistant with radiography certification and expanded functions. She is married to Rob Telford, has 2 sons, Seth and Kole who are now in college, and 2 Alaskan malamutes Khaleesi and Shiva.  She grew up in the Doon/Rock Rapids area and graduated from Central Lyon High School. She enjoys riding ATVs with her family and singing karaoke.

Erika Kellenberger

Registered Dental Hygeinist

(CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, Local Anesthesia, Nitrous Oxide)

 

Erika Joined our office in June 2020. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009. Before moving to this area, she worked in Sioux Falls, SD for 9 years. She is certified in nitrous oxide, dental radiographs, and local anesthesia. Erika enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and spending time outdoors. She looks forward to meeting new people and helping them with their dental health. She lives in Lester with her husband and three kids. 

 

 

 

Teighlor Lonning

Dental Assistant

(CPR/AED, Dental Radiography, Expanded Functions)

Teighlor Lonning came to Murphy Family Dentistry in May of 2019, after graduating from WITCC for Dental Assisting. She is certified in CPR/AED, and took the DANB Radiography, Infection Control and Chairside boards in college. Teighlor grew up in Sheldon, Iowa then her and Steven, moved to Boyden, Iowa when they had their daughter Leah in 2015. She previously baked and decorated cakes at a bakery in Sheldon then out of her home when she moved to Boyden. Teighlor enjoys decorating the occasional cake and playing games with friends and family.