Meet The Team

Owen Dental Care is a family owned business. 



Business Hours:

Monday - Thursday:   8:00 am - 5:00 pm

                     Friday:  8:00 am -12:00 pm

                                                                                Saturday-Sunday:   Closed


Dr. Terry Owen, DDS

Dr. Terry Owen’s journey to Owen Dental Care started in May of 1978 when he graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Dentistry and then on to Chadron with wife Brenda and 1 year old son Zachary. They opened their dental practice at 101 East 6th (still here!) on August 1, 1978 with 1 dental chair, 1 dentist, one receptionist (Brenda) and one assistant. Over the ensuing years they have added to their family (daughter, Lacey and son, Jonathan) as well as staff and dental office. Terry and Brenda agree that Chadron has been a great place to raise a family, as well as a great place to live, work, and worship.

Terry says “It is with humility that I acknowledge and thank God for our patients from Chadron and the surrounding area and for the opportunities we have had to care for their dental needs and get to know them as friends as well as patients. Of course, I would be remiss not to acknowledge our fine dental staff without which we would not be able to provide the best of care for our patients, nor would we have near as much fun at work.”

Owen Dental Care has been family owned and operated now since 1978 and with sons Jonathan and Zachary and daughter Lacey Merkel involved with our new state of the art facility, Owen Dental Care will be here for our patients for years to come.


  • Graduate University Nebraska Dental School, DDS
  • Graduate Union College, Lincoln NE, B.S.


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Dr. Jonathan Owen, DDS

Dr. Jonathan Owen joined Owen Dental Care in July of 2009 after graduating from University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He feels privileged to be living back in his home town of Chadron with his wife, Kimmi and his four children Jackson, Levi, Reese, and Quinn. Dr. Jonathan highly values the family friendly environment and strong values held by the people of Chadron and the surrounding areas. He enjoys serving his patients and is committed to providing the best care possible to them. 

In his free time he enjoys playing with his kids, water skiing and hiking the Pine Ridge and Black Hills. Dr. Jonathan is a member of the American Dental Association, Nebraska Dental Association and completed training with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics for Botox and dermal fillers. 


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Dr. Zachary Owen, DDS

Oral Surgeon:  Zachary Owen, DDS

Dr. Zachary Owen was born and raised in western Nebraska, although he graduated from high school at Campion Academy in Loveland. He completed his undergraduate work at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and decided to join his father in the field of dentistry – along with his brother, who is a dentist, and his sister, a dental hygienist – by attending dental school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After an internship in Augusta, Georgia, he returned to Colorado to complete his residency at Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Zachary practices as an Oral Surgeon in Loveland, Colorado and joins Owen Dental Care monthly to perform wisdom teeth removal, implants, and full mouth extractions.

He belongs to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Colorado Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Association, and the Colorado Dental Association. Zach and his wife Karyn reside in Loveland, Colorado and have a son Ethan.


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Mrs. Brenda Owen

Office Manager

Brenda Owen and Dr. Terry, along with their one year old toddler, Zachary, moved to Chadron in the May of 1978 and by August of that year opened Owen Dental Care. Over the years she has enjoyed working in the business office and meeting and greeting patients who have ultimately become friends. Each morning she looks forward to coming to the office to work alongside a great staff which now includes her three children, Zachary, Lacey, and Jonathan.

When she finds free time Brenda loves cooking, playing the piano, and hiking mountain trails. But she is happiest when she and Terry are surrounded with their family of kids and grandkids.

Shelbie Loutzenhiser

Shelbie Loutzenhiser has been with Owen Dental Care since graduating in May 2014 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene. She originates from the big town of Bayard, Nebraska. She is an active member of the ADHA and is co-chair for the panhandle component. Shelbie married her husband, Drew, in August of 2018. In her free time, she enjoys visiting family and friends, singing in the community choir, and going to the movies. Shelbie is outgoing, enjoys meeting new people, and always has a smile

Chrystal Brooks

Chrystal Brooks joined our practice in July of 1999 as a dental assistant and is now part of our front office staff. She received her dental assisting certification at Sheridan, Wyoming in 2001. Public relations and marketing our practice is what she enjoys the most. She has extensive experience in handling insurance claims and schedule coordinating. Her easy-going, bubbly personality makes it easy to meet and interact with patients. 

Chrystal is married to Cody Brooks and they have 4 children, Taylor, Peyton, Braden, and Brynn. In her free time she enjoys watching their children at sporting events and helping her husband ranch. In the summer time she enjoys spending time at their place at the lake with her family and friends, gardening, and canning. She is on the Chamber Board of Directors, a Chamber Ambassador, and secretary for Kiwanis. 

Joni Behrends

Joni Behrends graduated from Chadron State College in 2000 with a degree in Criminal Justice. After serving 8 years in law enforcement, she joined Owen Dental Care in the spring of 2011. Joni is known to be the witty (and a bit ornery) one in the office. Joni’s favorite areas of dentistry are working with children and assisting in oral surgery. She is married to her husband Steve and they have four children, Kyler, Jacksyn, Beau, and Jonny. Joni stays busy with her children’s sporting events and her family’s lumber yard. In her spare time you can find her on the golf course.

Cristina Hughes

Cristina Hughes was born in the mountain valley of Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico. She received her dental degree from the University of Zacatecas and practiced dentistry for two years. She moved to the U.S. in 2001, married Ed Hughes, and had a son, Thomas, in 2002. She received her U.S. citizenship in 2006 and has happily worked for Owen Dental Care as a certified dental assistant ever since. In 2014 she travelled to Australia and Canada for the first time. Next she hopes to visit England. She is bilingual and likes to travel, take long walks, and spend time with her family.

Melony Jenkins

Melony Jenkins graduated from Chadron State College in 2000 with a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Legal Studies, and worked as a legal assistant in Rapid City,
South Dakota for 8 years. Born and raised in Hemingford, she and her husband,
Tyler, returned to the Chadron to raise their two boys, Tayven and Broedy.
Melony began working at Owen Dental Care in July 2009 and returned to our office
staff in June 2016. She aids in scheduling, insurance claims, and patient
billing. In her free time, she enjoys working outside, attending sporting
events, traveling, and trying to keep up with her boys.

Bailey Owsley

Bailey Owsley is a 2009 graduate of Lake Area Technical Institute's dental assisting program. She worked as a dental assistant and receptionist for 6 years in Wyoming before taking a break to raise her young children. She has 3 children Trae, Tenley and Teige. Bailey and her children moved to Chadron in June of 2017 to be near her parents and sisters. She started working at Owen Dental Care in February 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching her kids activities, gardening, and playing softball. Bailey enjoys working with and treating children in our office.