Meet The Team



 Daniel P. Yates, DMD

Dr. Yates graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and completed a residency in Advanced General Dentistry at Pocatello Family Dentistry at Idaho State University.  Dr. Yates and his wife, Julie, have six wonderful children: Ashley, Emily, Danny, Savannah, Stephanie, and Janessa.  Dr. Yates enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking, gardening, and spending time outdoors.  He is thrilled to be back in Eastern Idaho to enjoy the quality of life that comes with living here.

Dental Assistants


 Tamara Jorgensen  

Tamara completed the dental assisting program at Eastern Idaho Technical College, receiving her Fundamentals of Dental Assisting certification in 2003 and Expanded Functions certification in 2004. Tamara was raised in Rigby, ID and graduated from Ririe High School. Tamara and her husband, Floyd have been been married for 24 years. They have two wonderful children: Tysen and Melanie. In her free time, Tamara enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Some of their favorite activities include four-wheeling, boating, scenic car drives, and even working in the yard (as long as everyone is together). She is enthusiastic and passionate about her job and finds true joy in caring for our patients.


Ellie Belliston

Ellie is from Highland, Utah, and is currently studying at Brigham Young University – Idaho.  She graduated from Mountainland Applied Technology College as a Certified Dental Assistant in 2015 and has loved being able to work in the dental field.  Ellie plans to continue her education by attending a Dental Hygiene program in the future.  She enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors, playing guitar, and anything involving her friends and family.

Dental Hygienists


 Brooklyn Jacobson 

Brooklyn grew up in Rigby, Idaho where she attended and graduated from Rigby high school in 2009. She attended Brigham Young University – Idaho for a short time, and then decided to further her education at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene in Orem, Utah. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene in 2012. She and her Husband, Bo love to go camping, snowmobiling and being with their families.


Shayla Palmer

Shayla grew up in the small town of Salmon, Idaho, where she graduated valedictorian of her high school class.  She moved to Pocatello in 2011, and graduated from Idaho State University where she received her Bachelor Degree in Dental Hygiene. 

In college, she met her husband, Jake, who grew up in Sugar City, Idaho.  The two love to be outdoors, RZR riding with their families.  They are excited to put down roots in Rigby, close to family and friends. 

Front Office

 Kris Clark

 Kris Clark

Kris and her family have lived in Rigby, Idaho since 1992 and love the atmosphere of our community. She has three children and 9 grandchildren, all who live close by. When she is not working, Kris enjoys spending time with her family, baking and Zumba (to work off all the baking)! She is the happiest when helping others and can usually be found by her laugh in a crowded grocery store.


Connie McGary

As one of the office managers at Rigby Dental, Connie loves working with the wonderful staff here, and with the great patients in the Rigby Community.  Connie was raised in Northern California and came to Idaho to attend college.  It was here in Idaho that Connie met and then married her husband, Rick.  Rick is an Idaho native.  Connie and Rick eventually moved to eastern Idaho after their marriage, where they raised 5 children.  They have loved the opportunities and experiences that Rigby has provided for their family.