Dr. Travis Bjordahl began his dental career June 13, at Bierschbach Dental in Milbank. “I am excited to have Dr. Travis join our team,” said Dr. Mark Bierschbach, owner. “Adding him to the practice gives us the opportunity to treat patients more effectively and efficiently with expanded services possible. I look forward to working alongside him.”
Dr. Travis is the son of Dr. Kevin and Mary Bjordahl of Milbank. He grew up in Webster and Milbank and graduated from MHS in 2003. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
While at NDSU, he worked as a lab researcher in two chemistry labs. Those experiences sparked his interest in dentistry. Travis earned his master’s degree in biology from the University of South Dakota and graduated from dental school at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry May 13, 2016.
“Someday I hope to own my own practice, but I am excited to work with Dr. Mark as my mentor as I start my career and get valuable experience under my belt,” said Dr. Travis. “This opportunity came along at a good time and is a good fit.”
Dr. Travis is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, a member of the American Dental Association, a member of the American Student Dental Association, and a student member of the South Dakota Dental Association.
He and his wife, Emily (Adelman), are the proud parents of Jonathan, who was born in December 2015. Emily is the daughter of Joe and Betsy Adelman of Milbank and is also an MHS graduate. During his leisure time, Dr. Travis enjoys playing guitar, hunting, golfing, water and snow skiing, and running. He will participate in his second half marathon in September in Sioux Falls.
“Emily and I knew we always wanted to move back to South Dakota and be closer to family and friends,” Dr. Travis said. “We wanted to live in a small town and enjoy the benefits of a great school system along with hobbies such as hunting and fishing. Milbank has that feeling of community you cannot get from a big city.”
Dr. Bierschbach began his dental career in 1977. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota. and spent six years as a dentist in his hometown of Mobridge. He opened his practice in Milbank in September 1984.
“Mark is looking forward to many more years serving the Milbank community,” stated his wife, Jan. “He hopes to provide a quality mentorship to Dr. Travis and looks forward to the new clientele Dr. Travis will bring to the practice.”
Dr. Mark’s long list of professional achievements was highlighted by his induction into the International College of Dentists in October 2010. The International College of Dentists is an honorary organization for the recognition of outstanding and meritorious service to the profession and community.
Dr. Mark’s additional professional achievements and membership activities include: past president of the South Dakota Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the Northern District Dental Society, SDDA Northern District trustee, SDDA Northern District peer review committee, Pierre Fauchard Academy, SDDA Forensic Dental, SDDA Grassroots action team, and So-Dak-D-PAC.
Throughout the years, Dr. Mark has been actively involved in the Milbank community. His involvement includes: past president of the Milbank Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Milltones Barbershop Chorus, St. Lawrence Catholic Church finance council, board member of the Milbank Community Foundation, Unity Square leadership committee, and past president of the Milbank Area Lions Swim Team.