Dr. Derek Mettenbrink (Dr. M) - Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Derek Mettenbrink (Dr. M)

Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Derek Mettenbrink (Dr. M)
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

My name is Derek Mettenbrink, and I am a board-certified pediatric dentist. I was born and raised in central Nebraska surrounded by agriculture and wide-open spaces. Growing up many of my greatest passions involved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and spending summers at my family’s lake cabin. I was also an avid track athlete, a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and an elected representative for Youth Leadership Tomorrow. After high school, I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where I was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity and served as a Senator for the student government. I earned my bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology with an emphasis in wildlife disease. Initially, I desired to pursue a career as a veterinarian. That all changed when I began shadowing a general dentist during my junior year. I immediately knew dentistry was my true calling.

I attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center for dental school, where I discovered my passion
for treating children. I graduated from dental school in 2019, and immediately began a two-year
pediatric dental residency program at Omaha Children’s Hospital, located in Omaha, Nebraska where I
served as Chief Resident. Throughout my pediatric dental training, I gained experience in treating
children with special healthcare needs, cleft lip & cleft palate, as well as orthodontic intervention.
Upon graduation from residency in 2021, my wife and I decided to follow our dreams of living in the
mountains! I joined an office in Missoula, where I practiced for two and a half years before moving to
Bozeman. I look forward to treating the children of Gallatin Valley and beyond alongside the incredible
team at Bridger Children’s Dentistry.

Some things that make me smile:

  • Laughter in the dental office
  • Outdoor adventures with my wife and our yellow lab
  • Fresh powder days on the mountain
  • Elk bugles in September

I am an active Board-Certified member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Montana Dental Association.