About Us

Ponderosa Smiles Dentist Rapid City, SD

Ponderosa Smiles is a General Dentist office located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota!  

Dentistry done for YOU!

We offer high quality family dentistry to patients of all ages.

Rapid City's newest dental clinic!

We will do everything possible to ensure your visit is comfortable and pain free.

Dr. Rob D. Lyons, D.D.S.

Dr. Rob Lyons was born and raised in Buffalo, South Dakota where he graduated high school in 2002.  He was convinced that dentistry was in his future after shadowing his local dentist throughout his senior year.  He began his undergraduate studies at South Dakota State University and graduated in 2006 with a Biology/Pre Dental major and a Chemistry minor.  He took a year off between undergrad and dental school to teach and coach at Harding County High School.  The following year he began dental school at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and graduated in May of 2011.

Upon graduation from the renowned Creighton University School of Dentistry, Dr. Lyons was presented the Department of General Dentistry Award.  This award recongnized a graduating dentist that has demonstrated outstanding clinical skills and a gentle/caring professional approach to patient care.  He does everything to continue this character description in his every day practice.

Dr. Lyons decided that the small town values of Western South Dakota are where his heart lies and decided to return following graduation.  He has practiced dentistry in the Black Hills since 2011 and is excited to continue to serve Rapid City and the surrounding areas at Ponderosa Smiles!

Dr. Lyons married his sweetheart, Amber, in 2016 and has one beautiful daughter, Kahlia.  They are the highlight of his life and, as patients know, he talks about them constantly!  When he is not practicing dentistry Dr. Rob and his family are outside enjoying all the outdoor opportunities that South Dakota has to offer.  During the summer, they can be found camping and fly fishing throughout the Black Hills, hiking Black Elk Peak, or taking care of their garden.   On weekends throughout the fall they are usually following around their German Shorthair Pointer, Jager, hunting pheasant and grouse.  During the winter, they enjoy time with family and ice fishing.


Kimberly "Kim" Ellerton

Kim has been a dental assistant for 12 years, 3 of those spent working side-by-side with Dr. Rob Lyons.  Born and raised in South Dakota, Kim enjoys camping, ATV riding, and spending time outdoors.  Kim's family is number one and she loves watching her three kids play basketball, softball and swim.  Her free time is spent with her horses and venturing out to 5k's in the area.

Tessa Jaeger

Tessa is no stranger to the Black Hills.  She was born and raised in Rapid CIty and loves to call the City of Presidents "HOME."  Tessa loves spending all of her free time with her family.  She says her husband and daughter are her life.  Tessa is new to the dental world, but says she is excited to help bring smiles to people's faces.  

Kathleen "Katie" Del Debbio

 Katie, our dental hygienist, is originally from Rapid City.  She earned her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from Minnesota State University and has a passion for providing the highest quality care to each and every patient.  Her favorite activities include laughing, singing, and spending time with her husband, Mike, and their German Shepherd, Finn.