Lush Family Dental

Proud that we can be a part of the growth here in Waukee!

Waukee Named Fastest-Growing City in Iowa


Lush Family Dental is a new general family dental practice open in Waukee—off of the Grand Prairie Parkway exit. The practice is a new facility and is equipped with the latest technology to allow our team to provide the highest quality, most efficient care to our patients.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic dental assistant with front office experience who wants to be part of our team and wants to help shape the growth our new practice. We’re looking for someone:

-With excellent communication skills in order to contribute to the team and communicate calmly and reassuringly with patients.
-Committed to their own personal development and always looking to improve themselves, our product, and our process.
-Excited to learn new things and open to collaborating with other team members. We need someone to help both chair-side and up front.
-Is comfortable with technology: Our practice utilizes digital radiography, intraoral scanners, 3D printing, and in-office milling, staining, and glazing of our restorations. Our assistants are an integral part of these procedures.
-Open to receiving input, support, and critique and able to reciprocate.
-Who is reliable and always on time.
-Comfortable with change.
-Thrives on organization and is meticulous at record keeping
-Excited to provide compassionate care to our patients in a relaxed environment. Professional, yet casual.

Job Responsibilities:
• Assist with dental and medical emergencies according to OSHA and office procedures.
• Assist chair side during all dental procedures as well as during administration of nitrous oxide.
• Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations.
• Assist with general front office duties (answering phones and scheduling patients, submitting and processing claims, etc). All members of the team must be able to contribute chair-side and with administrative duties.
• Record treatment information in patient records.
• Expose dental x-rays.
• Using and maintaining hazard control protocols as established by OSHA and office standards.
• Must always represent the practice in a professional, pleasant, and cooperative manner.
• Maintain regular attendance and adhere to assigned work schedule and office policies.
• Must be able to comfortably and efficiently handle multiple deadlines and task assignments.
• Must be able to work both independently and cooperatively in team settings.
• Perform routine equipment maintenance.
• Other duties and tasks, as assigned periodically.

-RDA/CDA with Level 1 Expanded Function preferred, but not required. Must have prior dental assisting experience.
-HS Diploma or GED required.
-Current CPR Certification required.
-Nitrous certification preferred, but not required.

To apply, please send the following 2 items via email ([email protected]):
1). Your resume with contact information.
2). Your short and thoughtful answers to at least 2 of the following questions:
-Explain an issue you helped to resolve in your current dental practice.
-What is the best thing about you?
-How would your previous co-workers describe you and your work?
-What about this job is attractive to you?
-What does being in service mean to you?

Job Type: Part time, 3 days a week. Transition to full time.

Pay: $18.00 to $25.00 /hour

Happy birthday to the youngest at the office, Rachel! 🎊🤗🦸🏼‍♀️👏🏼 As evident with the review below, her patients seem to love her as much as we do.

“Was very impressed by Lush Family Dental! Yes, their new office is beautiful and clean, but the service and knowledge from the team was top notch! They made my appointment quick and easy and answered all of my questions with extreme expertise and professionalism. They seemed to go above and beyond to make sure I felt comfortable and needs were met. Would highly recommend - thanks again Rachel!”

Our first week back and we’re already reminded how amazing our patients are. This little artist gave Dr. Blake and Valerie some tooth drawings and even added some masks! ❤️🤗🦷

Happy Mother’s Day to Lush Family Dental’s favorite moms, and to all mothers out there doing so much for their families.

Show us some picture of a mother you’re thankful for!

[05/08/20]   Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Dental Board have cleared us to open again for patient care! While there will be some changes implemented, we can't wait to get back to seeing your smiling faces! Tomorrow we will start the process of calling to reschedule appointments that have been delayed due to COVID-19.

"Apologies in advance for my head looking like a Chia Pet 🤣. My fiance is not quite as skilled as my regular barber." -Dr. Blake

Dentistry’s version of video games 🤣🎮

Busy day at Lush Family Dental! We’ve really been putting the printer to work over the last week or so. While some time has been dedicated to our routine workflow for clear orthodontic aligners, the majority of our efforts have shifted to making PPE for our team and other healthcare workers— mask frames, face shields, and ear saver straps.

Today we finished up mask sealing frames for the following offices in exchange for a donation from each to a mental health charity organization in their community!
River Hills Community Health Center
Heritage Creek Dental Clive
Lake Dental Associates

Second photo is one of our team members trying to print her face LOL. Can you guess which one it is?

‼️‼️Keeping our patients and team SAFE‼️‼️

We are having some more fun with our 3D printer! As we’ve learned more about 3D printed masks and mask filtration we discovered the deal is in the seal (our dental friends will like that line 😂). We found a free iPhone app (@Bellus3D) that scans your face in 3D and generates a mask framework that when added to a surgical mask will create a seal, offering better protection. Also, thanks to Todd Slycord at Patterson Dental we are now able to 3D print face shields for our team.

1. Face scan 🤣
2. Generate framework
3. Print framework
4. Secure over mask (planning to get elastics but even rubber bands will do!)
5. Face shield (printed headband and attached overhead projector sheet)

Dental friends, the mask seal worked really well. Reach out to me for helping learning how you can get one for when you go back to practice.

We miss spending time together as a TEAM and look forward to seeing our patients again!

Know that we can’t wait to see your smiling faces soon. 😁

For urgent/emergent tooth troubles, whether a NEW or EXISTING patient, we are here to help! Reach us a the following 24/7:
Leave a voicemail at 515-303-0909
Email us directly at [email protected]

"Rise Up" - 34th Army Band

We have a talented team! Check out the pipes on Valerie, our dental assistant. She keeps trying to get Dr. Blake and Dr. Mike to take the team to karaoke but they surely won't be this impressive!

Aside from dental assisting and caring for two wild kiddos, Valerie is a member of the National Guard. 💪

Many of our lives have been turned upside down, and it can be easy to feel discouraged. In times like these it's more important than ever to hold onto hope. ...

A huge thank you to Downing for their work! We couldn't be more happy with the final result.

Check out this #throwbackthursday of Lush Family Dental and their beautiful space. The specific detailing with the beams and reception desk are definite showstoppers!!


Molly, pick your character!


Molly is the first face you see when you walk into Lush Family Dental. Without her regular routine and outfit (scrubs) she seems to be struggling to figure out which outfit her character should be wearing throughout the day, LOL!

We always knew she was creative but this might be the funniest video we’ve seen in a while 🤣.

‼️3D printed masks for healthcare workers‼️

Trying to do our part to help! This is our version of a fun Friday night 😂.

This was way too fun! Trying to 3D print some masks for our team and other healthcare workers that are in need. For this model you would just insert a Roomba filter and have much better protection than the N-95 masks everyone is talking about. Still some kinks to work out but not bad for our first try!

Check out some photos in the comments section!

Full Arch Friday

This patient was to the point where they wanted all of their top teeth replaced. Dr. Mike placed 6 implants in the top arch and his lab helped him to fabricate this beautiful new set of teeth. These are attached to the dental implants and serve as a replacement for his missing teeth— they are screwed into the implants and do not come in and out like a traditional denture would.

Take a look at how happy the patient was with the smile makeover he got!

We are going to mix it up for today's gift card give away. We have a $20 card to 1908 Draught House. To win, we need some help from you first!

Dr. Blake and Dr. Mike are hoping to team up with 3 local businesses. We want to partner with local businesses to use their services/offerings as a thank you to our amazing patients that tell their friends/family to join Lush Family Dental.

Comment below your favorite Waukee businesses you think we should consider! We will draw from the people who comment to give away the gift card this evening!

[03/31/20]   We are still open and available to help all patients, whether or not you were with our practice in the past, during the COVID-19 crisis! Tooth pain can be debilitating so we want to do our part to keep these issues out of the ER so our healthcare system can keep chugging! Give us a call at 515-303-0909 if you have any sort of dental emergency!


"I messaged them about a bad tooth and severe pain, Dr. Blake took time out of his day to contact me directly and get me in the next day (today) I think I found my new dentist that I will be going to from now on!! Thanks so much Dr. Blake and team!"

The 8th WINNER of a $20 gift card to Rusty Taco is Allycia Orr! Dr. Mike tried to convince me to hold onto this one so he could use it, lol! Send us a private message with the address you'd like the card sent to.

Rusty Taco has been pulling out all the stops to make enjoying their menu a breeze:
-order ahead on their app
-free delivery
-family packs

Stay safe and stay sane, everyone!

The 7th winner of a $20 gift card, this time to Dunn Brothers Coffee, is Mindy Abendroth! Mindy, send us a private message with the address you'd like the card sent to.

Dunn Brothers has made the decision to temporarily close for drive-thru and dine-in service as their number one priority remains the health and well-being of their employees and guests. We will make sure to help them get back up to speed when this is all over!

With the social distancing guidelines extending to the end of April, we all need to do our part to help these small businesses. Help where you can so we can have these amazing businesses after all is said and done!

Now it’s Dr. Mike’s turn to show a BEFORE and AFTER case!

This patient was upset with her smile. She didn’t like how small and short her teeth looked. Dr. Mike knew he could give her a final result she’d be happy with. First, to make the teeth look longer he used a laser 💥 to reshape her gum tissues. You can see her immediate post-op pic below. Don’t worry! It only feels like a pizza burn for a day. He then teamed up with Elite Dental Studio and placed veneers on two of her front teeth.


Follow us on Instagram for more before and after cases! @lushfamilydental

Long post but a fun BEFORE and AFTER Dr. Blake completed all in-house!

This patient came in unhappy with their smile and had no idea what direction to head. He even asked at one point if he should just have all of his teeth extracted! Dr. Blake saw potential. Follow his workflow through this series!

1. Before photos
2. Before 3D scan of the bite
3. Before 3D scan of lower teeth
4. Digital smile design of what Blake thought he could finish with. After seeing this proposal the patient was all-in for trying to save his teeth!
5. Try-in of the smile proposal with temporary material
6. In-office fabrication of the bridge
7. Final bridge after 8 hours in the oven
8. After photos
9. After photos
This was a fun one. Imagine the difference this makes in someone’s life!

The 6th WINNER of a $20 gift card to Mickey's Irish Pub - Waukee is Sarah Bosen! Congrats Sarah!!!

You bet they are still open for to go’s!!

☎️ 515-987-9604
📍Lunch Everyday: 11am-1pm
📍Sun-Thurs: 5-8pm
📍Fri and Sat: 5-9pm

🍺 Buy one Beer = Get one FREE! (to go)
🍺 For every $20 spent in Gift Cards get a FREE Drink for when we are back to our normal Pub Hours!

🍔 What’s your favorite thing on their menu?

The fifth WINNER of a $20 gift card to The Coffeesmith is Jenna de Souza!! Jenna you should feel very lucky because this is one a lot of people were hoping for! (Don’t worry everyone— we have PLENTY more to give away)

The Coffeesmith is open Monday-Saturday 7a-5p with their full menu still available for takeout! We are going to take some advice from their FB page with this hashtag #faithnotfear.

Winner, winner Kue'd Smokehouse dinner!!! Our fourth $20 gift card winner is Allison Kuennen! This one was hard for Dr. Blake not to use before giving it away 😋.

Kue'd is currently open 11:00-7:30 for call-ahead, walk-in and curb side orders. They are offering their normal menu and still doing daily features PLUS they are also featuring bulk meats that you can vacuum seal to enjoy at a later time. You can find the current menu on FB or their website at:

Our third WINNER of a $25 gift card is Amy Hayes from VizyPay! The small business we are supporting today is Barn Town Brewing.

Barn Town Brewing is open today from 11:00-8:00 and are taking pick-up orders over the phone and through their page. What a great idea!

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We miss seeing our patients and look forward to returning to normalcy-- hopefully soon 😜.

[03/23/20]   Help find Dr. Blake’s sanity!

Our second winner is Madison Brown! You have won a gift certificate to Fresh Mediterranean Express. Thank you to Fresh Mediterranean Express for donating to help extend this effort another day.

Fresh Mediterranean Express is open for drive thru:
Tuesday 11:00-8:00 and Sunday 11:00-2:00

They are also delivering within a 10 minute radius! Great idea!

Our first winner in the free gift card giveaway is Kayla Boots! Kayla you’ve won a $20 gift card to Central Standard! Just shoot us a message with your address and we will send it your way.

Central Standard-Craft Beer & Burgers-Waukee is still serving their awesome menu with curbside pick-up. Do your part, support small businesses, and order your favorite dinner from Central Standard tonight!

What a crazy few weeks! In an attempt to support local small businesses who need our help we have decided to purchase and give away $20 gift cards to our local favorites!

How to win:
1. Like our page
2. Tag someone in the comments
3. Share the post (turn the settings to PUBLIC so we can see)

We will announce a winner daily for the next 3 weeks!

Help keep Waukee up and running during this stretch so we still have local businesses when this is said and done!

Where else should we get cards to?
Barn Town Brewing
Kue'd Smokehouse
Central Standard-Craft Beer & Burgers-Waukee
The Coffeesmith
Gastro Grub & Pub
Dunn Brothers Coffee
Mickey's Irish Pub - Waukee
1908 Draught House
Los Tres Amigos

[03/17/20]   ***Attention Patients of Lush Family Dental***

Effective immediately, Lush Family Dental is closing our office for all elective and non-urgent dental care until further notice due the Covid-19 (Corona virus) situation. This action comes at the recommendation of the Surgeon General, the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the American Dental Association and the Iowa Dental Association.

The safety of our patients, our team, our families, our friends, and our community is of the upmost importance to us. We are in an unprecedented time in our history and we want to ensure that we are doing our part for this time to pass quickly keeping our communities as safe as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

We will continue to be available to provide emergency dental care to patients who need it. If you have a dental emergency, please call us at 515-303-0909 and leave a voicemail. A member of our team will respond to you as soon as we can.

Once we have been given a date that it is acceptable to resume normal business our office will reach out to reschedule any patient visits that have been affected due to this interruption.

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2505 SE Encompass Drive
Waukee, IA

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 19:00
Thursday 07:00 - 19:00
Friday 07:00 - 19:00
Saturday 08:00 - 12:00
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