Dr. James Byrne
James Byrne is a native of Spring Valley, Minnesota, the oldest of five children. He attended St. John’s University on a National Merit Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Science before attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where he was president of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity in his senior year. After graduation in 1984, Dr. Byrne took his first position at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Pine Ridge. He moved to Rapid City in 1987, working with another dentist before starting his solo practice in 1993. Having “fallen in love with the Black Hills” on vacation, Dr. Byrne decided Rapid City was the ideal place to raise his family and build his dental practice.
Dr. Byrne is a member of several dental organizations, including the American Dental Association, the South Dakota Dental Association and the Black Hills District Dental Society, in which he is active on the Peer Review Committee. In addition, Dr. Byrne is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an international society promoting community service within the dental profession.
Dr. Byrne served on the board of directors of the Rapid City Community Health Center 2001-2006. He is active in the Scottish and Irish Society of the Black Hills and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Dr. Byrne enjoys exploring the Black Hills with his son Brian, as well as attending the sports activities in which Brian is involved.