Dentist - Boise & Meridian
All our professionals at Willowtree Dental maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.
Our General Dental Staff:
Our Specialty Dental Staff:
Bill Ritter, DDS
When he's not brightening a patient's smile, "Dr. Bill" (as he's known around the halls of Willow Tree Dental) can be found bicycling the many roadways and thoroughfares of Southwest Idaho. As the miles roll past, Dr. Ritter often reflects upon his
good fortune to live in the Gem State and be a part of so many patient's lives.
Originally from Ohio, and a second-generation dentist, Dr. Ritter moved to Idaho in 1968. He attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He completed dental school at University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco.
Dr. Ritter has brightened the smiles of our men and women in uniform as a Dental Officer in the U.S. Navy. He then brought his talents to the Treasure Valley and founded Willow Tree Dental in 1988. He is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Dr. Bill enjoys spending time with his two children, as well as mountaineering, and snow skiing. And , if you see him cycling around the Valley, be sure to say "hello"!
Whether working with new patients to achieve better oral health, or helping them to feel more attractive with a dazzling new smile, Dr. Ritter's goal for every patient of Willow Tree Dental is that they walk away with the best possible dental care and a true belief that…. Make It Easy To Smile!
Bruce Richardson, DDS
Giving hope to a patient and watching their reaction at seeing a newly restored smile are two of the primary reasons Bruce
Richardson chose dentistry as a profession, and periodontics as a specialty.
Originally from Utah, Bruce Richardson received his Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University. He attained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Upon graduation, Dr. Richardson entered the United States Air Force and completed his General Practice Residency at Scott AFB Regional Hospital in Illinois. From there, he returned to conduct his Periodontal Residency at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle.
Continuing in the military, Dr. Richardson held a number of distinguished positions. Some of his most notable duties included: Director of the USAF Dental Implant course at Keesler AFB, instructor of Dental Residents, and head of the Periodontal Department.
Dr. Richardson's professional memberships include the American Dental Association, American Academy of Periodontology, and American Board of Periodontology. He is one of a few select periodontists in the state of Idaho that are Board Certified Diplomates by the American Board of Periodontology. Additionally, he is a published contributor to several noted dental research journals. Among these include the Journal of the American Dental Association, General Dentistry, Journal of Dental Research and American Journal of Dentistry.
Though accomplished as one of Idaho's most experienced periodontists and dental implant specialists, Dr. Richardson considers his wife and five children his greatest passion in life.
As a dentist who performs some of the most complex dental procedures, Dr. Richardson understands the unique connection our mouths have to our overall good health. That's why he's committed to help educate patients on the importance of proper dental health and doing whatever it takes to… Make It Easy To Smile!
Brian Fife, DDS
Not many people start out in a sleepy little town, move to a city that never sleeps, and then move back again! But that’s the story of Dr. Brian Fife.
Dr. Fife is a Boise native through and through! He started his education at Northwest Nazarene University, and worked as an analytical chemist before completing his dental education at the Medical College of Virginia. After setting up his practice in Las Vegas, Dr. Fife made the decision to bring it on home to Idaho. Besides being a better place to raise three young children, summertime in Idaho won’t melt the tires off your car!
Staying active in the outdoors is a lot easier in Idaho too. Which is good for a guy who loves running, skiing and playing soccer.
Dr. Fife is on your side when it comes to caring for your smile. He know that not all cases are alike, and works with you on an individual basis to recommend the best treatment. Get to know Dr. Brian Fife and the Willowtree Dental staff, where they always…
Make it Easy to Smile!
Douglas Dowdle, DMD
According to the song, nothing can stop the US Air Force. However, the author probably never suffered from a painful toothache! Dr. Douglas Dowdle spent 3 years providing dental care for over 4000 active duty patients at Mountain Home Air Force Base. Between that and operating his practice in Colorado Springs, Dr. Dowdle has seen and treated just about every dental need!
Caring for the smiles of the Air Force was a fitting tribute after receiving a USAF scholarship for academic excellence. That scholarship enabled Dr. Dowdle to begin his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, and complete his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.
Dr. Dowdle has continued that tradition of excellence by keeping up to date on the latest dental technology and treatments. He has taken hundreds of hours in post-graduate and continuing education courses in Dental Implants, Endodontics, Periodontics and General Dentistry. With dedication like that, it’s no wonder he made Eagle Scout!
But you know what they say about all work and no play! Dr. Dowdle enjoys hiking, shooting hoops, hitting the links, fishing, and camping with his wife and 2 wonderful children. He’s been known to strum a few chords on the 6-string too! If you’re a foodie, Dr. Dowdle spent 2 years in Italy and can tell you what REAL Italian food is like! And, he can speak the language fluently!
So “buongiorno” from Dr. Douglas Dowdle and Willowtree Dental, where they always …
Make it Easy to Smile!
Julie Hess, DMD
Dr. Julie Hess knows how to help patients from all sides of the chair. She started by earning adegree in nursing from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Her diligence paid off with multiple academic scholarships, which helped her receive a
Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Kentucky. She graduated with High Honors in the top 5 of her class of 50.
As an LPN and RN she cared for critically ill, oncology, and trauma patients. As a Dental Assistant her duties included the full compliment, from X-ray imaging and dental impressions, to restoration and lab functions. This variety of duties allows Dr. Hess to relate to patients on a variety of levels, keeping her patients well informed.
Besides devoting herself to medical studies, Dr. Hess has volunteered much of her free time. She's been involved with pediatric clinics, a children's cancer camp, the Ogden Rescue Mission, the American Red Cross, and various church programs. Dr. Hess also was a Chapter Vice President for Operation Smile, and served a humanitarian mission to the Ukraine including teaching English.
Believe it or not, Dr. Hess does find time to enjoy singing in her church, reading, cooking, camping in the Idaho outdoors, and spending time with her son.
Her goal as a dentist is to educate patients about the importance of good oral care, and to provide dental care in a gentle, comfortable environment. Dr Julie Hess and the staff at Willowtree Dental are always striving to… Make It Easy To Smile!
Brian Bird, DDS
Dr. Brian Bird joined the staff at Willow Tree Dental because he wanted to work with a group of good people. He’s used to high performing co-workers after serving three years in the U.S. Air Force. He also knows the area well, since he grew up in Meridian.
Dr. Bird earned his Bachelors degree in Business Finance at Brigham Young University. He then pursued and received his Doctorate at Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry. Dr. Bird completed a one year advanced education General Dentistry residency with special training in I.V. sedation. He was able to gain more practical experience as a dentist in the Air Force, serving in California and Arkansas.
People are surprised to know that Dr. Bird lived in Uruguay for two years and speaks fluent Spanish. In his spare time he enjoys sports, the outdoors, and sharing a pizza with his wife and their three children. Dr. Bird is also a soccer coach, helping to give a good start to young minds. Like the staff at Willowtree Dental, Dr. Bird patient focused and dedicated to always…
Make It Easy To Smile!
Chris Thomason, DMD
Born and raised in southeaster Idaho, Dr. Chris Thomason grew up loving the outdoors. In his free time, Dr. Thomason enjoys golfing , waterskiing, rafting, hunting and fishing. After serving a LDS mission in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Thomason attended BYU-Idaho, majoring in biology. There he receive multiple academic scholarships and honors. Dr. Thomason is an Eagle Scout and was a merit badge counselor while attending BYU-Idaho.
Pursing a dental career, he attained his credentials as Doctorate of Dental Medicine at University of Florida. While in dental school, Dr. Thomason served a humanitarian mission bringing dental relief in the Dominican Republic. During dental school, Dr. Thomason was apart of several community service organizations including: Give Kids a Smile, We Care, March of Dimes, and Ronald McDonald House.
Excited to be back in Idaho, Dr. Thomason is looking forward to serving and contributing to our community. And for patients of Willow Tree Dental…
Easy to Smile!
Wayne Mortensen, DMD
After growing up in Nampa, Dr. Mortensen attended Ricks College/BYU-Idaho, spent two years on a church mission in Argentina, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science at BYU in Utah. This is one dentist who knows how diet affects your teeth! After earning his Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Dr. Mortensen and his wife returned home to the Treasure Valley to be close to their families.
He views his role in oral healthcare as an educator, helping patients make educated decisions about their treatment. His easy-going attitude helps patients feel comfortable in his chair right away. That attitude also allows him to enjoy all the things Idaho has to offer, including camping, swimming, water skiing, and watching or playing most any sport. The Dr. has recently taken up golf, so feel free to offer some tips during your visit!
People may be surprised to know that Dr. Mortensen has driven from the Pacific to Atlantic coast. Each time he drives into a new state, he stops the car and takes a photo of the state border sign. He hopes to one day have a picture collection of every state welcoming him to that state.
After traveling around the country and overseas, Dr. Wayne Mortensen is thankful to be back home in Idaho, and truly excited to be at Willowtree Dental where they always…
Make It Easy To Smile!
Steve Rodell, DDS
Jacob Jarvis, DMD
I am excited every day that I go to work because I always get to meet new people, and not many can say that. I meet young kids and older adults and watch awesome transformations. It is important to me that each patient understands his or her treatment. I treat every patient like my own child or family member. I have always been interested in helping people live better, healthier lives. Working with motivated people is fun!
I attended Boise State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I continued on to the University of Connecticut, graduating with my Doctorate of Dental Medicine before completing my Master of Science degree and orthodontic residency at Marquette University.
I am an active participant in continuing education and enjoy learning about new and progressive technology. I love learning more about Invisalign®, Damon® System, and temporary anchorage devices. All this knowledge directly relates to the quality of care and results my patients can expect to receive.
I have lived my entire life in Boise, except for my time in school. My wife’s name is Colleen. She is an Irish spitfire from Wisconsin. We have three boys, Noah, Liam, and Roan, who are all full of energy! We also have a dog named Otto!
I love to ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, and anything outdoors in the snow. I love to bike with my kids around Payette Lake and the surrounding area. I am very active with my family, coaching in my sons’ youth leagues and sponsoring their activities. I also enjoy date nights with my wife and riding around town on my Harley.