About Our Practice

Welcome to Fort Union Family Dental, where we help you feel right at home. We love getting to know our patients and building long-lasting relationships. Doctors Blackhurst, Larsen, Sorge, and our warm, welcoming team members seek to treat your family like our own.

We have provided excellent general dentistry, family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Sandy Utah and the surrounding cities and towns of Midvale, Murray, Salt Lake City, West Jordan, Draper, South Jordan, Taylorsville, and Cottonwood Heights, for over 40 years. If you would like to gain a healthier smile at our relaxing, comfortable office, then call our dentist today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Why Choose Us?

We strive to provide the best possible care to our “family” of patients. Doctors Blackhurst, Larsen, and Sorge's small town roots show through in the way they treat each patient like family, from babies to adults, wanting nothing but what is best for each patient’s situation.

Our staff all stay up-to-date with the newest and latest in technology, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. The oral systemic connection is important, and to help our patients achieve the best health possible is always our goal. We are all excited to meet you and hope you will be happy with the service you receive at our office!

Dr Larsen (dentist) and staff took a lot of time to make sure my kids had a great experience getting their cavities filled. The dentist and staff were friendly and patient too. Probably the best experience so far for my kids. Will definitely be going back to him. Thanks again!

Katie L.

Dr. Todd S. Larsen, DMD

Dr. Todd Larsen was born and raised in the Eastern part of the rural Utah Uintah Basin, namely, Roosevelt, Utah. He grew up at the base of the Uinta Mountains hiking, camping, and fishing with his dad. Dr. Larsen attended Brigham Young University where he met and married the love of his life, Christy Arrowood from Roswell, Georgia. They moved to Atlanta after graduation and lived there for four years. At that time, he rekindled his desire to follow in his dad’s footsteps to be a dentist. He then attended Southern Illinois University, School of Dental Medicine, in Alton, Illinois. (Just across the river from St. Louis, MO), and graduated in June of 1998, ranking 4th in his class and receiving numerous awards as an outstanding dental student.

Career & Memberships

Dr. Larsen has been practicing dentistry since his graduation in Roosevelt, Metro Atlanta, and now in Sandy, Utah, at Fort Union Family Dental. He has gone above and beyond the required continuing education hours needed to maintain his licensure. Dr. Larsen has traveled all over the United States for the best dental education in order to offer better care for his patients. He is an alumnus of the Dawson Academy, one of the premiere dental education centers in America. He also is a member of the education-centered group, the Academy of General Dentistry. This, along with membership in the American Dental Association and Academy of LDS Dentists, gives him ample opportunities to continue his lifelong education in learning the best way to care for patients and give service to others.

Practice Philosophy

At the heart of Dr. Larsen’s practice is the desire to provide the best possible care to his “family” of patients. His small town roots show through in the way he treats each patient like family, from babies to adults, wanting nothing but what is best for each patient’s situation. His education and experience allows Dr. Larsen to provide comprehensive dentistry, including cosmetic procedures such as crowns and veneers. Some other procedures that he provides are implants, extractions, dentures, root canals, and teeth whitening. He is also trained in TMJ pain management. Dr. Larsen loves working with children and helping them also see the importance of dental health.

Personal

In his spare time, Dr. Larsen loves to spend time with his wife and four children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. He also enjoys sports (mostly football), cooking and eating good food, traveling, and an occasional fishing trip with his father back to the Uinta Mountains!

 
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Dr. Blackhurst

Dr. Ronald J. Blackhurst, DDS

Dr. Ronald J. Blackhurst is recognized throughout the Salt Lake City area an experienced expert in Gentle Family, Implant, and Cosmetic Dentistry. His quality care literally attracts patients from as far away as California! He combines several years of experience with today’s latest technology to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Education

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Utah, Dr. Blackhurst studied at the Washington University School of Dentistry in St. Louis. Upon completing dental school he gained valuable insight while working for the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Blackhurst is consistently enrolled in continuing education courses for all facets of dentistry and is certified with The WhiteCap Institute for Dental Implants. He is especially passionate about cosmetic dentistry, and enjoys participating in smile makeovers.

Family & Fun

When he’s not busy at work Dr. Blackhurst enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife Shawna have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Dr. Blackhurst is most happy when he’s active. Hiking, boating, skiing, and golf are some of his favorite pastimes.

 

Dr. Jenny Sorge DDS

Education

Dr. Jennifer Sorge grew up in an Air Force family and moved often growing up. She claims Texas, Nevada, Illinois, California, Wisconsin, and Utah all as her home.  She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in exercise science. There she developed an appreciation for the human body and decided to pursue a fulfilling career in dentistry.
 
She later completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. During her dental education she participated in research focused on oral disease prevention through effective patient education. Her proudest accomplishment in dental school was helping found a humanitarian organization that provides dental services to underprivileged children throughout Mexico.

Family & Fun

Outside of dentistry, Jennifer enjoys hiking, biking, running, and anything that involves being outdoors when the weather is warm.  She also appreciates the arts, either on the stage or in a gallery. Coming from an artistic home, she started painting at a young age and still enjoys picking up a paintbrush. More than anything, however, Jennifer enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures and landscapes. She has been to sixteen countries and hopes to travel much more in the future. Within the United States, she loves to visit new cities and explore our many national parks.

Dr. Jenny Sorge
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Dr. Ronald Bowen DDS

After years of providing the utmost care and service to his patients, Dr. Bowen is now teaching full time at the University of Utah. Fort Union Family Dental is grateful for Dr. Bowen's service, and will continue to provide the same level of care and attention to all his patients. If you are a patient of Dr. Bowen's, and have any questions about the transition, please give us a call and one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you.

Our Team

Courtney
RDH, BSDH

Cassidy
RDH, BSDH

Sam
RDH, BSDH

Amy
Dental Assistant

Des
Dental Assistant

Shelby
Dental Assistant

Chandra
Dental Assistant

Jackie
Dental Assistant

Heidi
Front Office

Julia
Front Office

Lee-Ann
Operations Manager

Courtney decided her junior year of high school that this was the career path she wanted to take. A church youth leader was a hygienist and told her what she loved about it. It’s a blessing to Courtney to be able to help people. She loves to bring out others self confidence and enjoy their own smile. Helping patients and friends see the connection between their overall health and the health of their mouth is always an accomplishment. She went to school at Utah Valley University and then transferred to the Utah College of Dental Hygiene to get her bachelors in dental hygiene in 2014. After graduating she moved to California and worked in Irvine and Huntington Beach. She enjoyed going to Disneyland and the beach and making new friends there.

She came back to Utah and started working here in February 2017. She enjoys working alongside Dr. Larsen and the other staff members in helping treat our patients with the best care possible.
Courtney grew up in Chandler, Arizona. She has tried many sports from ballet, soccer, dance, cheerleading and figure skating. There were lots of lakes around so she also did water skiing and pretty much anything behind a boat. Growing up with three brothers she has grown to love watching sports as well. She loves being around friends and family and enjoying their company. To her it’s less about what you’re doing and more about who you are with.

Cassidy has been a dental hygienist with Fort Union Family Dental since November 2019 and she loves the family environment in the office.  She has been working in the dental field since 2014 and loves the relationships she builds with patients and their families. She attended Brigham Young University Idaho and then transferred to the Utah College of Dental Hygiene where she completed her Bachelors of Dental Hygiene degree in 2018. 

Having grown up in Oregon, Cassidy loves the outdoors and spends most of her free time hiking, camping, running, and traveling. She loves southern Utah and exploring national parks throughout the country. If she’s not outdoors enjoying nature, she’s spending time with family, friends, and loved ones. 

Sam was born in Camas, Washington. She decided to become a dental hygienist when she was 18 and she got a job working in a dental practice and soon realized that being a hygienist was the correct career path for her! She graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho and then went on to the Utah College of Dental Hygiene and graduated in 2017. She has been a hygienist for 2.5 years and started with Fort Union Family Dental in December of 2019. 

Sam loves educating patients about oral health and helping them overcome periodontal disease. It is very fulfilling for her to treat patients and see the difference oral health has made in their lives. 

When Sam is not helping patients she enjoys spending time with her husband, playing tennis, being outdoors, and traveling to new places. 

Shelby has grown up here in Sandy. She went to Jordan High School and then Salt Lake Community College. 

Shelby has been a dental assistant for 7 years, she has been with Dr. Bowen for years. She started at Fort Union Family Dental in November 2019 when we joined our practices. Her favorite thing about being an assistant is helping patients get a mouth of full functioning teeth in addition to that a confident smile.  

When she is not at work you can find her reading, cooking, watching TV and movies, hiking, going to the gym, and playing games with friends. She likes to travel and has been to Germany. Shelby is a clean freak and has had a passion for dentistry since elementary school. 

Rae has been working in the dental field since 2014, where she joined Dr. Blackhurst’s practice as an assistant, discovering her passion for dental hygiene and ultimately decided to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. Rae graduated with honors from Fortis College of Dental Hygiene in 2016 and has worked full time in the Cottonwood Heights/Sandy/Draper area since. Rae joined the team at Fort Union Family Dental in October 2020; where she was excited to get the chance to work with Dr. Blackhurst again. Her favorite part of being a hygienist is helping her patients be more confident in their healthy smiles! She enjoys getting to know her patients on a personal basis, and helping educate them on the importance of oral health and how it relates to systemic health.

Rae is originally from San Diego, CA but spent her childhood growing up in England. Since moving back to the U.S. 20 years ago, she has lived in the Salt Lake City, Houston, and Los Angeles areas. Having lived in many different places, Rae has a nomadic heart and loves traveling the world, with anywhere in Europe being her favorite destination. She loves learning about world history and architecture, and when she isn’t traveling, she enjoys reading, yoga, and taking her golden retriever on adventures in the Utah mountains.

Amy was born in Provo, Utah. She went to the American Institute of Medical and Dental Tech. Amy moved out to Taylorsville, Utah and met her husband and they have been married for 25 years. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She loves being in the dental field because she gets to help take care of and get to know our patients. 

When Amy is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and does hand-stamped jewelry. 

Des grew up in West Jordan, Utah. She has been a dental assistant for 4 years now. She went to school at Premier Dental Assisting. Des joined our team in March 2019. She loves that her job is hands on and that it has many rewarding moments. Helping people love their own smile is one of her favorites.

 Her time outside of work is spent with family and enjoying the outdoors while camping.

Lee-Ann was born in Suva, Fiji Islands. She lived in New Zealand, and Fiji before migrating to Los Angeles, CA in January, 2007. She moved to Salt Lake City, UT in April, 2010 after she met her husband, Darrin online. They married in 2011 and she moved to Roosevelt, Utah where she switched careers from the Aquarium industry and got her start in the dental field working for Dr. Todd Larsen as Office Manager in October, 2011. After Dr. Larsen sold his practice in Roosevelt, she continued to work for him on a part time basis until he purchased Fort Union Family Dental. Lee-Ann continues to work for Dr. Larsen on a remote basis and is now the Operations Manager.

Her favorite part of the job is the diversity of her responsibilities and finding more efficient ways to improve the practice. Lee-Ann has many creative pursuits she enjoys; these include sewing, painting, knitting, music, cooking and traveling; and tending to her chickens and her entitled cat in Roosevelt. (Something you don’t know about her: she used to sing part time in different bands in New Zealand and Fiji, and did jingles, and voice overs in Fiji).

Patti has lived in the Salt Lake Valley for 36 years. She has been married for 37 years. Patti has 2 daughters and she loves to spend time with her grandchildren. 

Patti has been in the dental field for 42 years. 35 of those years she has been working alongside Dr. Bowen. She started out assisting for him and now works in the front office. She joined Fort Union Family Dental when our practices joined in November 2019. In her free time Patti enjoys scrapbooking and going on tropical vacations. 

Jackie was born in Mexico and grew up in Utah. She has been a dental assistant since December 2019. She started in September of 2020 at Fort Union Family Dental. Her favorite part of being a dental assistant is being able to meet new people and help them get out of pain. She loves it because she gets to learn new things about the mouth that she didn’t know before. Every time she comes into work she learns something new. Outside of work she loves watching her nieces and nephews and having family over on the weekends.

Heidi was born in Utah and raised in Idaho. She moved to Maine after getting married and lived there for 25 years. They raised their four daughters there.  

Heidi has been an office manager for 6 years and has worked with our office since May 2020. She loves helping patients feel comfortable coming to the dentist. She has had a dental phobia in the past and knows that it is common, but loves to help people over come that fear. Her goal is to make every patient feel like part of our dental family.

Heidi loves to craft – sewing, vinyl, paper crafts, anything really. Most of her spare time is divided between spending time with her grandchildren and family and making peppered jam.

Bio coming soon!