Smile Missoula

Andrew C. Althauser, DDS
Ste C, 237 SW Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59803-1485
(406) 721-2830
Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
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Smile Missoula Team Members

Dr. Andy Althauser, DDS

Dr. Andrew Althauser

Dr. Althauser grew up in the rural farming community of Pleasant Hill, Missouri. He graduated with a BS in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999 and received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2004. After graduation, Dr. Althauser moved to Missoula, Montana, to start his dental career as a staff dentist at Partnership Health Center. The majority of the work performed at the community clinic involved removing teeth beyond repair from patients in severe pain. Though it was rewarding to help patients with their immediate dental needs, Dr. Althauser envisioned a practice focused on preventing problems, restoring teeth and promoting long-term health.

Dr. Andy Althauser's Family

In 2007 Dr. Althauser started Three Rivers Dental Group and put his plan into action. In 2014 Dr. Althauser purchased Smile Missoula and merged these two exceptional dental teams. Committed to the highest level of care and the latest in scientific research, Dr. Althauser participates extensively in continuing education courses throughout the country. 

"I am incredibly blessed to live in this community and practice a profession that implements my personal passion for health and all the opportunities it creates. I recognize every day the privilege it is to assist the clients of Smile Missoula in achieving their health goals."

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Althauser enjoys reading, eating kale, and spending time in the great outdoors of Montana with his wife, Meri, and two daughters, Ellie and Macy. 

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Montana Dental Association
  • American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
  • Academy of Minimally Invasive Biomimetic Dentistry

Teaching Institutions:

  • Kois Center
  • Dawson Academy
  • Spear Institute

Past and Current Board Positions:

  • Montana Dental Association Board of Directors
  • Partnership Health Center Board of Directors
  • President, Second District Dental Society
  • Missoula Medical Aid Board of Directors
  • Missoula Early Head Start Board of Directors
Erin Hathaway

Erin Hathaway

Office Administrator
Erin is a Montana native who loves Missoula and is happy to call it home. She and her daughter Emma can often be found hiking, camping, or skiing. Erin has 13 years of experience in the dental field, with a large part of those focused primarily on working clinically. She believes that dentistry is an ever changing field where she can continue to learn and grow in order to better serve patients. She truly enjoys her job and the opportunity to help people.

Erin Hathaway's Family 

Most recently, Erin started applying her clinical knowledge to the administrative side of Smile Missoula. She continues to work clinically, but now her main focus is the coordination of client care. Her years of hands-on work and continuing education have proven to be an asset in assisting patients with the understanding of their treatment and finances.

Jane Dragoo

Jane Dragoo

Clinical Assistant
Jane’s compassion for others led her to a career as a dental assistant 15 years ago. As the years passed, Jane grew to appreciate the field of dentistry and how it can change a patient’s life. Having worked in several dental offices over the years, I feel that Smile Missoula sets the standard for excellent dental care. We provide a warm, friendly environment that puts patients at ease and allows them to better communicate their dental concerns. We truly care about our patients and are committed to providing outstanding dental care.

Sjane Dragoo's Family 

Jane and her husband Ken have lived in Montana for 18 years, and are happy to be raising their son Bridget in the Bitterroot Valley. Their family enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing and enjoying Montana’s beautiful scenery.

Nicole Shepardson

Nikki Shepardson

Registered Dental Hygienist
Nikki was born and raised in Columbia Falls, Montana, and knew as early as junior high school that she wanted to be a dental hygienist. After graduating from Cape Fear College in Wilmington, North Carolina, she returned to Montana with her husband Heath, their dogs Brady and Benson, and their cat Glacier.

Nikki Shepardson's Family 

At Smile Missoula, Nikki is fortunate to work with a team of people who share her love for dentistry and people. She enjoys building long-term relationships with her patients, and attends continuing education courses in order to better help them achieve their long-term dental goals.

When not at work, Nikki enjoys spending time with family and friends whitewater rafting, fly fishing, boating and camping. Montana is a veritable playground, and she enjoys taking advantage of all the wonderful activities and opportunities Missoula offers.

Kristin Sciacca

Kristen Sciacca

Registered Dental Hygienist
Kristin grew up in Stevensville, Montana, where her love for competitive rodeo led her to college in Oklahoma. After competing on the Oklahoma Panhandle State’s rodeo team for three years, she moved to Amarillo, Texas, and graduated with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene.

Kristen Sciacca's Pasttime 

Kristin and her husband Seth currently reside in Stevensville with their two dogs, Pete and Ty. They enjoy competing in rodeo, hunting and spending time outdoors with friends and family. 

“What I love most about being a hygienist are the people that I have the privilege of getting to know. At Smile Missoula we treat everyone like family. We truly care for and respect our patients. We attend many continuing education courses, passing along the benefits of everything we learn in all aspects of dentistry. We love helping our patients reach their goals for healthy, happy smiles!”