Family Dental Group, serving the Missoula community, is a dental clinic distinguished by its commitment to patient-centered care and advanced dental technologies. The clinic’s dentists are passionate about their profession and emphasize the importance of patients being well-informed and in control of their dental care. They prioritize offering comfortable dental services, employing high-tech equipment and sedation options for anxious patients. A key focus of the group is restoring the full functionality and appearance of patients’ smiles. Understanding the financial concerns associated with dental care, Family Dental Group assists patients in finding financial solutions that fit their budgets, accepting various forms of payment to facilitate this process
Annette is a native of Berne, Indiana and received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at Indiana University. She spent 13 years in the Army as a dentist. Her military assignments include: Bamberg, Germany; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is also a Veteran of the First Gulf War. Annette received an additional 2 years of post-doctoral training (Residency in Advanced Education in General Dentistry) while she was in the Army.
While on active duty Annette was selected as a Department of Defense candidate for the space program—Army Astronaut. Unfortunately, N.A.S.A. did not fund mission specialists that year so she was unable to advance to Astronaut training.
Annette is also a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), a Diplomat of the American Board of General Dentistry (ABGD), a Fellow in the American College of Dentists (FACD), a Fellow in the International College of Dentists (FICD) and a member of the American Dental Association.
Annette loves Montana!!! Her hobbies and interests include downhill skiing, scuba diving, hiking and camping. Her philanthropic and volunteer interests include supporting active duty Special Forces Soldiers and their families through the Montana Special Forces Association sfa28.org, Montana Public Radio (phone volunteer and toothbrush challenge sponsor) and serving as Secretary/Treasurer of the Montana Academy of General Dentistry to help Montana dentists get world class hands on training without leaving the state. Annette provides dental comprehensive exams to Peace Corps candidates at no cost. She supports the Peace Corps as grass roots ambassadors for our country.
Jason T. Knable, DDS FAGD is happy to join the team at Family Dental Group. He brings his experience of owning and running a successful practice in Great Falls for the last 15 years.
He graduated from an academy in Bozeman and soon received his associates degree in Dental Laboratory Technology from Portland which trained him how to make crowns and other restorations for dentists. He worked as a lab tech while he completed his undergraduate studies at Portland State University.
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry accepted him a year before he completed his bachelor’s degree from Portland. He was happy to accept this early placement and moved to sunny Southern California. While he was in dental school, he was able to test out of most of the hands-on laboratory classes because of his background in laboratory technology.
Graduating with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2006, Dr. Knable moved back to Montana where he began working in private practice. He continued his studies while running a practice and graduated with his Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry in 2022.
Dr. Knable has used his time to always learn more. He has expanded his training to include more surgical abilities including, wisdom teeth extractions, implants, full mouth rehabilitation, and sedation. The ability to provide those services for his patients has led him to be the main care provider for the patients who he has built a relationship with.
Dr. Knable continued developing and using his laboratory skills throughout private practice by bringing CAD/CAM digital dentistry into his workflow. He has been making his own crowns, bridges, veneers, and implant crowns using these systems since 2008. Not only does this allow him to deliver the highest quality and precision, but also allows him to complete the process in the same day. Two things he doesn’t like are waiting and temporary crowns. With this system, he can avoid making his patients endure a temporary crown and waiting two weeks to get the crown back from the lab.
In 2015, he built a surgical training course for other dentists who wanted to expand their skill and increase their confidence with surgeries. He has taught dentists from across the US including, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and California to name a few. Some of these courses required him to obtain a full license in those states, while other courses were held in his practice in Montana.
Dr. Knable has always wanted to be a dentist. He has always felt that if he could use his abilities and training to help one person, then all the work was worth it. This has been the core of what drives him everyday and his compassion and lightheartedness leaves a lasting impression.
Kalene Colwell was born and raised in Missoula MT. She attended high-school at Hellgate and graduated from the University of Montana in 2016 with a double major in Biochemistry and Human Biology. From there she completed her dental degree in 2020 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Go Utes! Straight out of school she helped the underserved population of Northwest Montana and practiced dentistry at the community health center in Libby.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children whether it be hunting, rafting, skiing, hiking, backpacking or taking the dog and cat for walks, yes, the cat comes too. She even brought her daughter on her first backpacking trip when she was 8 weeks old. Her most memorable trips so far were a 4 day rafting trip in Southern Utah and taking the kids to Disney World.