Dr. Ross L. Crist

Ross Crist & Wenande Orthodontics in Sioux Falls & Yankton SD

As a Board Certified Orthodontic Specialist and Diplomate in the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Ross L. Crist thoroughly loves his career choice. “I feel the joy of creating beautiful smiles is reflected by the wonderful relationships developed with patients of all ages”

Originally from western Nebraska, Dr Crist attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry (UNMC-COD) where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree.

After practicing general dentistry for over nine years in Wyoming, Dr. Crist returned to UNMC-COD as the Post-Graduate Residency Director Of Advanced Education in General Dentistry. He served UNMC-COD as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnosis, Pathology and Radiology for three years. Concomitantly he was able to complete his Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Business and Organizational Management at Bellevue University in Omaha. He then completed three years of specialty training in Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopedics at West Virginia University receiving his specialty certificate and Masters of Science (MS) Degree.

As a visiting lecturer in practice management at UNMC-COD (General Dental and Orthodontic Residency curriculums) and at Creighton University (General Dental curriculum), Dr. Crist continues his commitment to education.

Dr. Crist has received numerous awards for professional service and academic distinction. He has authored research publications, textbook chapters and has presented research at state, national and international meetings. He has also served and continues to serve on national and regional professional boards, most recently as the President of the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Ross Crist and his wife Lisa enjoy meeting new friends, golfing, traveling, “Husker” football, and of course spending time with their sons, daughter-in-law’s, three grand-daughters and one grand-son.

Dr. Crist has been providing specialty care in the Sioux Empire as an orthodontic specialist since 1996. He and his partner, Dr. Scott Wenande have four convenient locations to serve all of Sioux Falls and Yankton, SD.


  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics
  • World Federation of Orthodontists
  • Midwestern Society of Orthodontists
  • South Dakota Society of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • South Dakota Dental Association