Our Team

Dr. Tyler & Dr. emma

Dr. Tyler Villiard was born and raised in a small town in northern Wisconsin. Once he graduated high school, he attended Lakeland College in Sheboygan, WI, and the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Midwestern University – College of Dental Medicine in Illinois, earning a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. While at Midwestern University, Dr. Villiard met his wife Emma, who is also a Dentist in the Des Moines area. Dr. Emma Villiard will be seeing patients on Thursday mornings, bringing a gentle touch to the doctor’s chair. In 2019, they welcomed their first child, Ruth, into the world. Then in 2020, they welcomed Birdie a black lab to the family. Their second child, Bea, was born in 2021. Then in 2024, their family grew by one more with the addition of their son Abe.

Dr. Villiard’s philosophy of dentistry begins and ends with the patient. His job is first to examine, and then recommend what the best treatment is for the patient. The most ideal option is not always a realistic one for every individual. Dr. Villiard makes sure that each patient knows all of the available treatment options. His goal has been, and will always be, to treat each and every patient as an individual person that walks through his doors, and not just a mouth. He does this through patient education, explaining industry misperceptions about products and procedures, including preventative treatments. Dr. Villiard only uses vetted and reliable materials and techniques. This led to Dr. Tyler Villiard starting Des Moines River Dental Care in 2017.

In addition to dentistry, he has been a Carlisle Chamber Commerce member since 2017, as well as a board member since 2019, in 2020 he served as the Board Vice President, and is currently serving as Board President. Dr. Villiard is also an avid sports fan, having played baseball and coaching beyond his high school days. He enjoys cheering on the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers. His other hobbies include being outside hunting, camping, hiking, or golfing.

Dr. Villiard’s Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Iowa Dental Association (IDA)
  • Des Moines District Dental Society
  • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
  • Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce
  • St Elizabeth Seton – Knights of Columbus


Becky grew up on Des Moines south side, where she attended Lincoln High School. She worked in the mortgage industry for thirty years as a loan processor. In 2013, Becky became a receptionist at the same location, which Des Moines River Dental Care resides today. More recently, she has moved to Carlisle to be closer to her work, children, and grandchildren. She loves to spend time at any sporting events her grandchildren are actively involved in, and to cheer on the Iowa Hawkeyes!

Jeni-Dental Assistant

Jeni grew up in the “then small town” of Indianola. After high school she attended the DMACC human services program and received her Associates Degree. She worked part time while raising three children. Jeni attended the Dental Assisting program, earning her degree in 2008. Jeni enjoys the career path that she chose. She is an animal lover, and enjoys taking her pot bellied pig (Hamlet) and dog (Oliver) for walks. They are quite the pair! Most of all, her favorite thing is spending time with kids and her three wonderful grandchildren (My Little People).


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Paula grew up in a small town in Northwest Iowa. After high school she attended Minnesota State University where she graduated with a degree in Dental Hygiene in 2014. Paula moved to the Des Moines area in 2015 and now lives in Ankeny. While finishing dental hygiene school she met her husband Ross and they have been married almost 5 years. In February, they welcomed their first baby named Colter. She loves spending time with her family, golfing and taking hikes with her two dogs Quinn and Remi.


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