Our Team

Welcome to Fort Des Moines Dental. We are a family-centered dental practice that welcomes patients of all ages. Our office has provided comprehensive dentistry in Des Moines for over 40 years. Our experienced dentist and friendly staff look forward to providing you with a comfortable and pleasant dental experience.

Doctors

Dr. Michael Howes Learn More
Dr. Michael Howes

Dr. Howes is from DeWitt, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He then went on to graduate from the University of Iowa Dental School in 1996 when he began practicing in the Des Moines area.

Dr. Howes is an active member of the Des Moines Dental Society, the Iowa Dental Association as well as the American Dental Association. He was also involved for many years in the Clive Jaycees. Dr. Howes has been in private practice since 2000 with Fort Des Moines Dental.

Dr. Howes enjoys following Iowa Hawkeye sports, golf and running.

Dr. Richard Lyman Learn More
Dr. Richard Lyman

Dr. Lyman is from Charles City, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994. He served three years in the United States Navy as a Dental Officer. He has been in private practice since 1997 as a Des Moines Dentist at the Fort Des Moines Dental Clinic. Dr. Lyman is a member of the Des Moines Dental Association, Iowa Dental Society and American Dental Association.

Dr Lyman enjoys sports, gaming and is busy throughout the year with his children’s extra curricular activities. He and his wife Amy have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Jack.

Dr. Lauren A. Patrick Learn More
Dr. Lauren A. Patrick

Dr. Patrick graduated from Drake University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology in 2012 and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Creighton University in 2016. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Iowa Dental Association. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Patrick and her husband are excited to call Des Moines their home.

Outside of the office, she enjoys exercise, cooking and quality time with family and friends.

RDH

Crystal Learn More
Crystal

Position: Registered Dental Hygienist

Education: AAS Degree in Dental Hygiene

Hometown: Altoona, Iowa

Interests: Staying current with evidence-based dentistry, exceeding patient expectations, spending time with family and anything outdoors

Hillary Learn More
Hillary

Position: Registered Dental Hygienist

Education: B.A. in business from Simpson College, graduate of the dental hygiene

program at D.M.A.C.C.

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: The outdoors, sports (Hawkeyes and Cubs), traveling, family and friends

Linda Learn More
Linda

Position: Registered Dental Hygienist

Education: Graduate of the dental hygiene program at D.M.A.C.C.

Interests: Gardening, reading, trying out new recipes

Marcy Learn More
Marcy

Position: Registered Dental Hygienist

Education: Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from the University of Iowa

Associations: American Dental Hygiene Association

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Kayaking, biking, family, friends, continuing education

RDA

Anna Learn More
Anna

Position: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Hometown: Altoona, Iowa

Interests: Camping, hiking and fishing with her dog, Tucker

Ashley Learn More
Ashley

Position: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Hometown: Runnells, Iowa

Interests: Two children Gaven and Bridgit, kickboxing, lifting weights, traveling with family

Karyn Learn More
Karyn

Position: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Hometown: Winterset, Iowa

Interests: Husband Mike and two children Breana and Phoebe

Kim Learn More
Kim

Position: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Hometown: Knoxville, Iowa

Interests: Watching her kids play sports and camping

Rylea Learn More
Rylea

Position: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Education: Graduate of the dental assisting program at Vatterott College

Hometown: Polk City, Iowa

Interests: Outdoor activities, daughter Baylea

Shawn Learn More
Shawn

Position: Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Education: Dean’s List for dental assisting at Heritage College

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Gymnastics and dance, martial arts like Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thia, wrestling, snowboarding

Office Management

Angie Learn More
Angie

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Spending time with her three beautiful children and supporting their activities, boating with family

Carol Learn More
Carol

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Taking care of her patients, coworkers

Administrators

Cathie Learn More
Cathie

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Trying new restaurants and thrift store shopping with daughter Abby, Dave Matthews Band, cooking, crocheting, movies

Rhonda Learn More
Rhonda

Education: Graduate of the dental assisting program at D.M.A.C.C.

Hometown: Indianola, Iowa

Interests: Travel, extreme activities like tandem skydiving, shopping, puzzles, reading, movies and watching TV

Shannon Learn More
Shannon

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Husband L.C. and children Trey and Jenica Raine, basketball, sports, photography

Tracy Learn More
Tracy

Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Interests: Husband Joey and daughters Natalie and Olivia, family gatherings with six nieces and nephews, reading

Appointments + Insurance

515.287.5400

M 8 AM – 5 PM
T 8 AM – 5 PM
W 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
TH 8 AM – 5 PM
F 7 AM – 12 PM

Closed Saturday & Sunday

We file to all insurance companies but, we participate with the following: Delta Dental (Premier), Blue Dental, Cigna, Humana, United Concordia, Ameritas, Guardian, Principal, and Dentamax.

Got questions?

Stop on by, give us a call or send us a message and we’ll gladly attend to your needs.