Meet Our Doctor


Rik Vande Riet, DDS

Dr. Vande Riet graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City's six year combined B.A./D.D.S. program with a degree in biology. His interest in dentistry originated in his desire for a career that would allow him to use art and science, improve the health and appearance of others, and yet still have time to spend with his family. After graduating from UMKC, he purchased the practice of Dr. John Stanesic and has been helping the Junction City community to smile ever since.

 • American Dental Association
 • Kansas Dental Association
 • Academy of General Dentistry
 • Kansas Academy of General Dentistry

Dedicated to learning, Dr. Vande Riet regularly attends continuing education courses to add to his expertise. Most recently, he has completed several courses focusing on resin restorations.

Dr. Vande Riet and his wife, Vanessa, got married in 2000. They have three kids, Madeline, Owen, and Annabel. When away from the office, he enjoys hunting, running, and exercise.

Our Dental Philosophy

Excellent Customer Service

We want to be known for being the best, and we know that reputation can only be earned as we work to the absolute best of our abilities each day. If you're looking for an exceptional dental experience, you won't be disappointed here. We genuinely care about our patients and value our relationship with you. We will treat you like family and promise to keep your best interests in mind. At Prairie Family Dental, you will experience excellence in every aspect of your care.

Welcoming Environment

We know how much the environment of an office can add to your overall experience with us. Whether it's a friendly smile when you walk through our doors or attentive care throughout your visit, we work hard to make your visit enjoyable. We always strive to be friendly, warm and welcoming so you can feel at ease.

Comfortable Care

We understand that sitting in the treatment chair can be difficult for some. We can assure you that our caring team has a great chairside manner that will put you at ease. Beyond that, we are skilled at delivering painless injections and always work with a gentle touch. We are focused on your comfort during every procedure.

Open Communication

The best way we can show how much we care is through clear communication. We communicate with our patients so we can better understand your concerns, questions and desires for your care. We then take the time to educate you regarding your oral health condition, treatment options and procedure details. We will offer our honest recommendations and tell you everything you need to know to make informed, confident decisions regarding your care.

Quality Dentistry

Dr. Vande Riet has over 24 years of experience in the dental field and will never settle for less than his very best when it comes to your oral health care. He works hard each day to deliver the absolute highest quality treatments and the best results. His experienced team is just as skilled and caring as he is. At Prairie Family Dental, you will always know that you are receiving quality care.

Advanced Technology

We understand that technology helps with accurate diagnosis, gentle treatment and fast recovery. Because of this, we keep up-to-date with the newest dental technologies. Some of our current technologies include digital x-rays and charting, a soft tissue laser, email and text communication for appointments, and the Wand for comfortable anesthetic — to name a few. We are always improving and advancing with you in mind.

If you value these qualities in a dentist, call us today! We’re passionate about your smile and passionate about helping you achieve optimal health!

Our team is skilled, knowledgeable and detailed.