Meet the Team
Thanks to a superb staff of dental assistants, hygienists and office support, Dr. Timothy Drake is privileged to serve your dental care needs. Together we stand ready to assist you in maintaining dental wholeness and health. Members of our dental team are selected for their training, dental experience, skills, and ability to be considerate care givers. We individualize our care to each patient’s specific needs and all participate in extensive continuing education to provide our patients with the ethical quality care!
KARRIE - Registered Dental Hygienist
Karrie started her dental career as an assistant when she went to school at Lake Area Technical Institute. She then decided she desired more responsibilities and to be able to help patients take care of their oral health; she then went on to study to be a dental hygienist. She graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2013 as a dental hygienist, and has been with our dental team ever since! Some of her responsibilities include promoting oral health through patient education, taking radiographs, cleaning, polishing, and flossing patient's smiles. But most importantly, Karrie helps patients lead a healthy life through excellent oral hygiene.
Karrie has a busy family life with her husband Brett, and their new daughter Hallie. She grew up on a farm outside of Artesian, and she continues to embrace that passion for living in a rural area today. When they have time, she and Brett love to travel. Karrie's hobbies include Pinterest and finding new crafts to create. She's recently taken up sewing and has since made many blankets for her niece and nephew. There will soon be even more blankets to come for her beautiful daughter.
SUSAN - Registered Dental Hygienist
Susan was born and raised in Southeast Idaho. She graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Dental Hygiene. She has spent the last 20+ years practicing dental hygiene full-time or part-time in Idaho, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. When Susan was young, her mom always made sure they went to the dentist two times a year. She always had positive experiences there from an early age, and looked forward to her dental appointments. Susan said it is her goal to help those she works with to have that same positive experience. Her favorite part of being a Dental Hygienist is educating her patients about their teeth and mouth, and helping them keep their teeth and mouth healthy. When she’s not at work, you can find her cooking, reading, exercising, working on DIY projects, and spending time with her family. Most people don’t know that Susan won a typing scholarship in high school!
Berkleigh - Registered Dental Assistant
Please join us in welcoming Berkleigh as a new dental assistant in our practice! As a child Berkleigh went through a lot of orthodontic work to try to get her teeth perfect due to having an impacted canine. Throughout those years, she had some good and some not as pleasant experiences. With that being said, she decided to follow the career path of a Dental Assistant so that she can help people feel safe and comfortable during their visits to the dental office. Berkleigh grew up here in Mitchell, and went to school for Dental Assisting in Watertown, South Dakota at Lake Area Technical Institute. Her overall goal is to help make smiles brighter and healthier! In her spare time, Berkleigh enjoys relaxing outside and spending time with her family, friends and of course her fur-babies as well! She is looking forward to helping make your smile even brighter! We are ecstatic to have Berkleigh as an integral part of our dental team! We are confident that you will enjoy meeting her during your next visit to our practice.
Cari - Dental Assistant - Website Design - HR Manager
Daughter of Dr. Tim Drake and Patricia, Cari has been a longtime employee since 1998. Cari graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Growing up in a family of dentistry, and after many road trips spent watching dental continuing education videos in the back seat with Dr. Drake, it's no surprise Cari decided to also pursue dental education. Cari attended the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry until an injury and subsequent illness forced her to take a lengthy medical leave of absence. In January of 2019, we nearly lost Cari due to complications of an ultra-rare genetic disease that caused end stage kidney failure, heat failure and many other life threatening and debilitating symptoms. Despite all this, Cari has fought her way back to health, as much as is physically possible given her condition, and is continuing on with her education. We're proud of her dedication to her education and her positive outlook on life, which is an inspiration to us all. Cari is a self-taught silversmith, and has jewelry clients all across the world. She has two companion rabbits, and a rescue dog that travel most everywhere with her. Liker her mom Pat, Cari is also an avid gardener, and takes after both parents with a passion for photography, traveling, riding motorcycles, and winter sports.
PATRICIA - Registered Dental Hygienist - Office Manager
Patricia Drake, Dr. Tim’s wife of 40 plus years, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Dakota with a major in Dental Hygiene. Pat is a Registered Dental Hygienist and the Office Manager. She has received honors from the University of Minnesota for her commitment to continuing dental education. In fact, she attends most all of Dr. Drake’s continuing education courses along side him. Pat is a breast cancer survivor who would lovingly give support to anyone of need. Furthermore, Pat is a Master Gardener and enjoys spending time outside with her gardening helper, her Irish Water Spaniel. Like all members of the Drake family, Pat also enjoys photography, and likes combining her two passions of gardening and photography by taking beautiful photos of both her collection of unique plants, and those she finds while traveling. In fact, Pat has been the recipient of multiple photography awards, including Best in Show several years in a row during the South Dakota Master Gardener Convention.
DR. TIMOTHY M. DRAKE - Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Drake is a native of Mitchell, South Dakota and a graduate of Mitchell Senior High. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Dakota with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Philosophy. In 1981, Dr. Drake received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago. At Loyola, Dr. Drake participated in the Senior Honors program to receive extended training in Endodontics and Periodontal Surgery. Upon graduation, Dr. Drake established his practice in Mitchell and has been serving Mitchell and the surrounding areas for over 38 years.
Dr. Drake is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Drake completed the requirements of the AGD to become a Master and received his Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry at the AGD meeting in 2006. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Drake at that point, had completed 1100 hours of approved quality continuing education, and taken many written examinations as well. He is one of four dentists in the state of South Dakota to achieve this level of accreditation and one of 3000 dentists nationwide. Dr. Drake is also proud to be a member of the American Association of Endodontics, the American Dental Association, and the South Dakota Dental Association. He is also very proud to be the very first dentist to have ever completed more than 500 hours of continuing dental education at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is certified in Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment and ERA Implant placement and restoration.
Dr. Drake received his “Extreme Makeover Training,” at the University of Minnesota being the first dentist from South Dakota to complete the University’s Esthetic Dentistry Program Levels I and II and numerous Level III Modules. He has also received “Extreme Makeover Training,” at the School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and the Medical University of South Carolina Dental School in Charlestown.
Beyond dentistry, Dr. enjoys spending time with his family, photography, snow skiing, snowboarding, waterskiing, motorcycles, trials bikes, playing with his dogs, and traveling, especially on his motorcycles. You can often find Dr. Drake out riding or volunteering his time while doing maintenance on the 'mountain' bike trails around Lake Mitchell. Dr. Drake spends a lot of time on the trails mowing, weed-eating, and removing fallen trees or debris to help keep the trails open so everyone can enjoy them.