Canyon Creek Dental
Our team believes that visiting the dentist doesn’t need to be a stressful experience. From the moment you step into our warm and inviting waiting room, we’ll work hard to make sure that each detail of your experience with us is perfect.
If something is important to you, it’s important to us too. We take your concerns seriously, and we’re always happy to answer your questions until you get the information you need. We are committed to providing you with compassionate, stress-free treatments to help you and your family achieve optimal oral health. We'd love to meet you in person, but until then, please take a moment to meet our awesome team.
Meet Our Team
Dr. James R. Luderitz
Dr. Luderitz graduated from Montana State University, Billings, where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry. While he was at MSU, he was a recipient of academic scholarships two years in a row. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2001 from the University of Minnesota. He also completed a two-year program in advanced clinical training in temporomandibular disorder and orofacial pain. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Ninth District Dental Society, and the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.
“I went into dentistry because of a long-time love of science and working with my hands. I have taken many art classes from high school through college and have found that dentistry is a great way to express art. Every one of my patients has unique stories and interests, and I enjoy getting to know them and helping improve their oral and physical health.”
Dr. Luderitz grew up in Baker, MT, where he pursued his love of science, cars, and the outdoors. While attending MSU, he enjoyed rock climbing in Montana and Wyoming, working as a weight trainer, and playing lots of tennis.
Dr. Luderitz has four wonderful children – Tyler, Mikayla, Zach, and Sydney. They share their busy home with Missy, a golden retriever, and Misha, a Siberian husky. When time permits, Dr. Luderitz enjoys martial arts, playing guitar, and rebuilding muscle cars. He indulges his love of the outdoors with golf, rock climbing, cycling, and backpacking.
Debbie Pentinga - Dental Assistant
Debbie has been assisting for 25 years and loves fixing people's smiles with her master skills and chairside humor.
Debbie is also a certified massage therapist so if you’re lucky you may get to enjoy a massage with your dental appointment! On the side she also loves to cook and shares her delicious recipes with the office and patients from time to time. She spends her free time outside hiking, walking her dogs, Tango and Tessa and staying active.
Her nickname is "Rockstar" because she rocks at everything she does and is full of life!