About Park Center Dental Care

Sioux Falls, SD’s Premier Dental Office

Sioux Falls, SD’s Premier Dental Office

Our dental practice was founded in 1930 when Dr. Howard C. Peterson, Sr. opened his dental office in Arlington, SD, after graduating from Northwestern University School of Dentistry. Dr. Peterson practiced dentistry in Arlington until 1942 when he entered the U.S. Army as a Dental Surgeon.

Family Dentist by Park Center Dental Care in Sioux Falls, SD.

Dr. Peterson returned to South Dakota in the fall of 1945, following his discharge from the Army, and opened a dental practice in Sioux Falls. He was in solo practice until 1974 when he was joined by his son, Dr. Howard (Tom) Peterson, Jr., who also graduated from Northwestern University Dental School, and had served on active duty in the U.S. Navy for 2 years as a Dental Officer.

Dr. Peterson, Jr. retired from our practice in May, 2011. Dr. Lori Melemseter, the granddaughter of Dr. Peterson, Sr. and the niece of Dr. Peterson, Jr., joined Dr. Peterson, Jr. in practice in August 1999. She is a graduate of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.

In October 2010, Dr. Jason Ehlers joined the practice. He graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2001 and practiced in Dell Rapids and Flandreau, SD until joining Drs. Peterson and Melemseter.

Even after all these years, the mission at Park Center Dental Care has remained the same. To provide patients with the highest quality of family and cosmetic dental care possible and assist them in achieving a healthy smile they can be proud to show off. For more information about any of our services or to schedule an appointment with one of our great dentists, or call us at 605-338-3577 today!


***We will take reasonable steps to provide free-of-charge language assistance services to people who speak languages we are likely to hear in our practice and who don’t speak English well enough to talk to us about the dental care we are providing. Click here to learn more