Dr. Jaime Norton with her family, including husband Tyler and their children Cooper (8) and Finley (soon-to-be-5).
By Brett Nachtigall
HOT SPRINGS – A familiar face will soon be returning to the area to help brighten the smiles of the patients at Massa Dental, as Hot Springs High School alumna Dr. Jaime Norton will begin working in the office on October 1.
Jaime, who is the daughter of Gary and Trayce Dinkel of Hot Springs, graduated from high school here in 2005. She and her husband Tyler, who also graduated from HSHS in 2005, have two children, including son Cooper, age 8, who is entering third grade, and a daughter Finley, who will be 5 in October and in preschool this year. Cooper has already begun classes in Hot Springs remotely and will join his classmates in person next month.
“It was always a goal to return to the Black Hills to eventually be closer to family,” Dr. Norton said recently, as she described how excited she was to work with those in the community from where she grew up. “The global situation we find ourselves in provided the perspective and realization that the time was right to make a change. Dr. Massa had an opportunity that sounded like it would be a great fit and everything started to fall into place from there.”
For the past four-plus years, Dr. Norton has worked with Onsite Dental at one of the Intel campuses in Hillsboro, Ore., where she has been seeing employees of the company and their families.
Her education after high school began with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and minor in Chemistry from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 2009. She then went to dental school at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz., and graduated with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in 2013.
“There’s a number of things about Hot Springs and the area that I’m looking forward to,” Dr. Norton said. “For starters, it will be great to be close to family. It will be nice to not have to get on an airplane just to see them. I’m looking forward to once again taking advantage of the great outdoor activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, and camping that the Black Hills area has to offer.”
Dr. Don Massa said that the number of patients his office is treating has really increased in recent years.
“Adding Dr. Norton will allow us to schedule patients sooner for their dental treatment,” Dr. Massa said, while adding that Dr. Sally Clark in his office will also continue to see patients two days per week. “Dr. Norton is certified in Invisalign orthodontic treatment which will expand the services we offer as well. We are also looking to add some other dental services that we just couldn’t find time for with our existing patient load.”
Dr. Massa added that it will be great having a “hometown family” back in Hot Springs.
Dr. Norton agreed, saying, “I’m looking forward to returning to the place that I grew up in with the hope of doing my part to help make it better in any way that I can, both as a dentist and as a member of the community.”