Our Staff

Meet Our Dentists

Dr. Julie


Dr. Julie Raaf grew up in Fargo, North Dakota.  She attended the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.  Dr. Raaf then received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry.  In  2002, she and her husband, Jeff, moved to Bozeman and established Cottonwood Creek Dental.  During her first years in Bozeman, she completed courses at the prestigious Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Currently she is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and “Blue Ribbon Study Club.” She and her husband Jeff have been practicing dentistry for the past ten years in the Gallatin Valley, and they recently added two young daughters to their family.  She and Jeff live near Belgrade with their two young daughters.  In her spare time she enjoys taking care of her “menagerie of animals,” swimming with the Bozeman Masters swim team, gardening, hiking, crafting, and reading.

Dr. Jeff


Dr. Jeff Stutts completed his undergraduate degree in 1996 at the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor degree in Environmental Biology.  He then moved to Denver where he completed his Dental Doctorate work at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.  After graduation, Dr. Stutts worked for two years in a private practice in Denver.  He eventually fled the crowds and traffic of the city to enjoy life in Bozeman.  Dr. Stutts and Dr. Julie Raaf founded Cottonwood Creek Dental in 2002 and have been treating the Gallatin valley for the past decade.   From 2003 to 2006, Dr. Stutts attended the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida.  At the Dawson Academy, he received specialized training in Dental Occlusion, TMJ, Esthetics, and complex restorative cases.  His personal interests include traditional bow hunting, fly fishing (at home and abroad), and chasing upland birds behind the lead of his beloved pointing dogs.

Dr. Adam


Dr. Adam Stutts was born and raised in the Midwest near St. Louis Missouri.  In college he was offered a chance to play tennis at Montana State University, and, thus, he began his journey to the west.  After completing his undergraduate studies in biomedical science at MSU (and earning a Big Sky Championship his senior year), he went on to complete a master’s program in Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Adam was then accepted to study dentistry at the University of Colorado in Denver.  During his senior year, he spent two weeks in Uganda treating the dental needs of Ugandan orphans.  Following four years of dental training, he was then accepted into the general practice residency program at the University of Colorado.  He received specialized training in the areas of implant, sedation, and hospital dentistry, and it was during this residency that he developed a love for the surgical aspects of dentistry.  In his free time, Adam enjoys spending time with his family and in the outdoors.  Fly-fishing, hunting, camping and backpacking are some of his favorite activities, and he especially enjoys sharing them with his wife, Jessica, their twin girls Ella and Lily, and their dogs Layla and Poppy.  Adam is now a cherished part of the Cottonwood Creek Dental team, treating patients alongside his brother Jeff and his sister-in-law Julie.

Meet Our Hygienists

Jill


Jill was born on a military base in Oklahoma.  This was just one of many places (overseas and in the United States) that she lived throughout her father’s Army career.  As a result of her extensive travels, her educational background became diversified with each new location.  Her high school years were divided between Virginia and California, as the Presidio of San Francisco, CA was her father’s last military assignment.  It was in high school, at an after-school job in a private dental practice in downtown San Francisco, that Jill first discovered her interest in Dental Hygiene.   As a result of this new-found interest, Jill attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo as a Biological Science major in order to complete pre-requisites for a Dental Hygiene Program.  She then completed the Dental Hygiene Program at Cypress College in Cypress, CA.  Upon completion of the program, Jill practiced Dental Hygiene full time in both Southern and on the Central Coast of California for many years before relocating to Montana (where both she and her husband, Dale, have family roots).  She has been employed with Cottonwood Creek Dental since 2004.  In her free time, Jill enjoys Jazzercise classes, cooking, hiking, bike riding, and RV camping by lakes and streams with her husband. 

Gina


Gina was born and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from West Liberty State College in West Liberty, WV in 1998.  In 2003, Gina enrolled in a two-year missionary program which led her to Montana to work in a campus ministry at Montana State University.   While in this program, she met her husband, Shane, a native of Montana.  As a result, she decided to make the Big Sky State her home.  In the dental office, Gina is passionate about educating patients in the care of their oral health.  Also, she loves to encourage and empower patients to make healthy choices that will help them keep their teeth for a lifetime.  In her free time, Gina enjoys being active with her husband in their church’s children’s ministry.  She also likes spending time in the kitchen trying new recipes, reading, and being active in the great outdoors.

Meet Our Support Staff

Billie


Billie moved to the Gallatin Valley in 2001 to attend Montana State University.  During this time, she met her wonderful husband Blake and together they had two beautiful children.  Billie enjoys spending time with her family and especially enjoys camping and fishing at the lake in the summertime!  Billie has been an employee of Cottonwood Creek Dental since July 2006.  In addition to chairside assisting, front desk duties, and product ordering, she is also responsible for overseeing the other dental assistants.

  Katie


Katie, a native to Bozeman, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from Montana State University in 2011.  She is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time skiing, camping and hiking with her daughter and husband.  Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she discovered her passion for smiles.  Her curiosity about dentistry has led her to become a member of the Cottonwood Creek Dental team.

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Erica


Erica was born and raised in Pocatello Idaho. She graduated from the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Dental Assisting.  After assisting for many years she decided to further her career in the dental profession and attended Carrington College in Boise, Idaho and received an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2009. As a hygienist, Erica loves meeting new people and educating them about the importance of good oral health. She is very passionate about volunteer work and has had the opportunity to help with many programs such as Homeless Connect, and the Special Olympics. Erica had the great opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in Africa to help those in need of dental care. She loves living in Montana for all the outdoor opportunities that it has to offer.  She enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, and really enjoys spending quality time with her Boston Terrier Oliver. 

Dawn


Dawn was born and raised in East Texas just West of Lufkin.  She graduated from Hudson High School and soon started a career working in the Corporate offices of Brookshire Bros. Grocery Corp.  Her husband’s job transfer brought the family from Texas to Bozeman in 2002.  She went to work in the front office for Cottonwood Creek Dental in 2009.  Another job transfer by her husband took the family to St. Louis for 3 years.  Her husband’s company moved the family back to Bozeman in August of 2014 where they plan to retire.  Dawn is thrilled to go back to work for her other family, Cottonwood Creek Dental. She’s so happy to be home!


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Kathy


Kathy is a proud Montana native born and raised in Bozeman. She has relocated several times to other states throughout the years but has always called Bozeman home. She is a mother to five amazing children and two furry children as well. She enjoys traveling, camping, country music/dancing and spending time with friends and family. Kathy has been in the dental field for over twenty years and is proud to be back working at Cottonwood Creek Dental. 



 

Chelsea   


Chelsea is a proud Montana native from Turner, Montana. She graduated from Dawson Community college with an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education in 2011.  Chelsea enjoys being outside fishing, hunting, camping, floating the river and working with cattle. She also loves cooking and baking. Chelsea is very excited for her career as a dental assistant at Cottonwood Creek Dental.


Joy


Joy Cunningham is a Registered Dental Hygienist who attended the University of Oklahoma.  Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene she assisted chairside as a Dental Assistant.  Joy has lived in several states and is excited to be back in Montana.  She loves the outdoors and activities that Montana has to offer which include hiking, biking, skiing, and camping.