Dr. Jeff Olson follows his father, grandfather and great-grandfather by receiving his D.D.S degree and practicing in South Dakota. He attended the University of Minnesota for undergraduate and was awarded his D.D.S. degree from Creighton in Omaha, Nebraska in 1988. He has lived in Rapid City his whole life and has dedicated a large portion of his time to giving back to the community.
Dr. Jeff has been married to his wife, Lanette, for twenty years. He has two children, Avery and Jack. Avery is starting medical school in Summer 2017 and Jack attends the University of Nebraska. Dr. Jeff and his daughter, Avery, work together on a project they founded, Care for Zumbo, in Mozambique, Africa. They provide secluded villages with dental and health care and travel to Mozambique to work with the mobile clinic when at all possible.
Philanthropy and Community Involvement
Dr. Jeff is a member of the Donated Dental Program and also treats others that are underserved in the community through the Title 19 program. Additionally, he spends time on the Care Mobile Dental Bus caring for low income children and volunteers at the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Dr. Jeff is a retired Game, Fish and Parks Commissioner and a past president of Rushmore Rotary Club, Black Hills Sportsmen's Club and the Black Hills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Safari Club International. Dr. Jeff founded and continues to chair the South Dakota Sportsmen Against Hunger Program which donates 400,000 meal annually to needy families across the state. He is active at the Outdoor Campus where he teaches people of all ages about the outdoors and shares his passion for hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.
Dr. Jeff is a supporter of Young Life, Cornerstone Rescue Mission and Youth and Family Services, Pony League baseball, Rushmore Hockey, The South Dakota Wildlife Federation, Black Hills Flyfishers, Safari Club International, The Crisis Intervention Center in Sturgis, Rapid City School Foundation and the Midwest Chapter of the Wild Sheep Foundation. Dr. Jeff received the Humanitarian of the year award from the South Dakota Dental Association in 2013, the Hero of Conservation Award from Field and Stream in 2006 and the Wildlife Conservationist of the year award from the South Dakota Wildlife Federation in 2002.