Meet Our Team

Blake Sherwood, D.M.D, Owner

About Blake

Dr. Blake Sherwood was born and raised in Missouri. While in college, he met his wife Dana, a native Montanan. He then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. While in dental school, he received a competitive scholarship from the U.S. Air Force, allowing him to fulfill a lifelong goal to serve and give back to the country that has provided him so many opportunities.

Dr. Sherwood graduated with honors from dental school, attended officer training at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, and immediately began a one-year dental residency at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Residency provided Dr. Sherwood with the opportunity to learn advanced techniques in all dental specialties, including oral sleep appliance therapy, orthodontics, laser surgery techniques, same-day crown delivery, CBCT implementation, implant placement and restoration, bone graft placement and management, moderate sedation techniques, and periodontal surgery. He’s also received advanced training in clear-tray aligner orthodontics and is a certified Invisalign™ provider.

Following his residency, Dr. Sherwood was stationed at Whiteman AFB in Missouri for two years. While there, he worked with a motivated and supportive general dental team that taught him important lessons. They taught him how to maintain a workplace culture that emphasizes patient safety and comfort.

From the start, Dr. Sherwood’s wife introduced him to the beauty of Montana. And their goal ever since has been to call Montana home. They have three beautiful children and as a family enjoy fishing, long range shooting, hiking, extended family gatherings, and making homemade pizza for Friday evening movie nights. Dr. Sherwood looks forward to spending many years in Plains as a dental provider and conscientious community member.

Ron Potthoff D.D.S

About Ron

Dr. Potthoff is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona but his family moved to Whitefish when he was in high school. He graduated from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1995. Dr. Potthoff has practiced dentistry in Kalispell for over 20 years, and is now expanding his services to Plains and the surrounding area with MT West Dentist.

Dr. Potthoff engages in at least one hundred hours of continuing education every year. He studies implant technology under Dr. Arun Garg, DMD, and is a diplomat of the International Dental Implant Association. He provides the latest technological advances to his patients. Dr. Potthoff offers dental implants to replace missing teeth, dental implants to improve the fit of dentures and offers bone grafting procedures using a patient’s own plasma extracted from a small blood sample to maximize healing after a tooth is extracted or an implant is placed.

When he isn’t busy caring for his patients, Dr. Potthoff takes advantage of the natural beauty of the Flathead Valley. He and his wife Julie enjoy a healthy lifestyle that includes hiking, fishing, biking, and skiing. You may also find Dr. Potthoff out on a local golf course or tennis court. He treasures family time and virtually anything that involves the outdoors, especially on sunny days!

Scott Jarrett D.D.S.

About Scott

Dr. Scott Jarrett is an Endodontist (root canal specialist) that travels throughout Western Montana bringing his specialty to you! Dr. Jarrett and his wife Joanne work out of our office a few times a month to provide you with valuable and convenient specialty care should you need it. You can learn more about them at


Office Manager

About Dana

After spending time away for college and her husband Dr. Blake‘s education and career, Dana is pleased to be back in her home state of Montana. She’s always been interested in health and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge into the dental field, especially since it’s an important facet of overall wellness.

Although Helena is her hometown, Dana is excited to live in Plains and call our community home. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, reading good books, and spending time with Dr. Blake and their three children.


Front Office Team

About Carey

Carey and her husband moved from eastern Oregon to Montana about two decades ago. She has worked in the dental field for over 20 years. One of things that she loves about dentistry is seeing all the changes in the field and the improvements in technology over time.

Carey has two grown children and seven grandchildren and feels blessed to have them live close by.


Front Office Team

About Carolyn

Even though Carolyn may call Maryland her home state, she and her husband visited Plains many moons ago, fell in love, and eventually made their dream come true by moving here. After her first career as a florist, she worked in many office settings where she learned about many different types of businesses, and now she can add dentistry to the list.

Carolyn enjoys her pets, especially their horses, and trail riding with them. She also enjoys reading, and crafts, and is excited to have a new grandchild in the family.


Dental Assistant

About Brandy

Although Brandy and her family have lived in many places, they finally chose to settle in Thompson Falls. When she was younger, she went through training to become a certified dental assistant and worked in the field for almost two years. Even though she’s still raising her two youngest wonderful children, she chose to come back to dentistry for its challenge.

Brandy calls herself a “soccer mom” and likes to attend as many sporting events as possible. She also loves camping with family and friends trips, fishing, and anything to do with the outdoors.


Dental Assistant

About Carla

After being born in Oklahoma and then spending some time in northern California while growing up, Carla moved to Montana. After starting out with then-called Ordelheide Dental in a part-time position, she joined the team as a full-time member in early 2013.

Carla takes pleasure as a dental assistant in educating others and always learning new things herself. During her off time, family is key and she enjoys every moment possible with them.


Dental Assistant

About Dustin

Even though he was technically born in Idaho, you can consider Dustin as a local who was practically “born” and raised in Plains. He‘s worked in various settings before starting here at MT West. And he’s grateful for the opportunity to learn about the field of dentistry that allows him to continue helping people of his community in a new way.

Dustin loves spending time with his family, friends and animals. You can also find him enjoying graphic design, video editing, and going on road trips in his spare time.


Dental Assistant

About Lana

Lana moved back to western Montana in 2007 and is happy to once again call this area home.  She began dental assisting 25+ years ago and loves it – her favorite aspect of the job is getting to interact with many people in the community. Over the years she’s pursued other careers but has always made her way back to the dental field.

In her free time you can find Lana working in her garden, going camping, and spending time with her grandkids. 


Dental Assistant

About Rhiannon

Rhiannon is a western Montana local, born and raised in the area, and happy to live here. If you can‘t tell from her previous professions as a certified Vet Tech and Medical Assistant, Rhi has always been interested in any and all medical fields because she loves learning. She’s excited to now learn about dentistry and continue helping people.

If she’s not at home playing her drums, you can find Rhi going on all sorts of adventures with her husband, two children, and pups, particularly when it involves seasonal foraging for huckleberries or morels.


Dental Assistant

About Shaelyn

Shaelyn was born and raised in Western Montana. Growing up, she enjoyed spending summers in Hot Springs on her Grandparent’s ranch and still loves living in this area. Shaelyn graduated from the Salish Kootenai College Dental Assisting program in 2022 and is excited to use her skills to serve the people in the community. Shaelyn’s greatest joys are her two nephews, her family, and her golden retriever. She loves the ocean, traveling, photography, and music.


Dental Hygienist

About Jennifer

Growing up in a rural mountain town in Colorado, Jennifer thought she was certain she wouldn‘t want to live in any other state until she visited Montana. After coming into the dental profession by some luck in her youth, she’s happy it worked out in her favor and loves being able to educate patients and help them change their lives for the better.

Outside of the office, Jennifer and her wife can be found enjoying almost any kind of outdoor activity you can name — snowboarding, hiking, mountain/dirt biking, camping, and more — and it’s even better if dogs are involved.


Dental Hygienist

About Paula

While Paula is originally from Oregon, she has been in Montana for over ten years. She’s been practicing as a registered dental hygienist for about 30 years.

Paula enjoys helping people improve their oral health. She also enjoys hiking and doing her artwork.


Dental Hygienist

About Tara

Tara grew up in Helena, MT and after spending time away for school is happy to be back in her home state. She graduated from Idaho State University as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2017. Tara loves the dental field because she enjoys getting to know different people and helping them improve their health. In her free time, Tara loves to go on bike rides and hikes to explore nature with her husband and three boys.

Our goal is to provide you and your family with comfortable dental care, transparent pricing, and unhurried time with your doctor. We’d love to meet you!

Contact Us


200 W Railroad Ave,
Plains, MT 59859


Mon-Wed: 8am-5pm
Thurs: 8am-3pm
Fri-Sun: Closed