Dr. Tuft is a friendly dentist who truly cares about his patients. He provides high-quality dental care while forming lasting relationships with his patients. He has practiced dentistry in the Treasure Valley for over seven years, and plans to continue his service. Dr. Tuft spends more than 50 hours a year learning new-and-improved dental techniques to ensure his service is fast and efficient. He is a member of the Southwest Idaho Dental Association, the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, and the ADA. To provide the best dental care possible, Dr. Tuft received training on the latest advancements, such as dermal fillers, oral sedation, BOTOX® and sleep apnea treatment. In addition, he furthered his education through the White Cap Institute Implant Residency Program, earning him his certification to install dental implants. Tuft graduated from Creighton School of Dentistry in 2007.
When he’s not at the office, Dr. Tuft enjoys spending time with his family, engaging in outdoor activities, and playing the trombone.
Dr. Ken Baranco
Having been raised in Caldwell, I have enjoyed living in our beautiful state for many years. I graduated from the University of Utah and the Univeristy of Washington Dental School, and then served in the Public Health Service in Galveston Texas. My wife Wendy and I have been blessed with 9 children, and 17 grandchildren.
When I’m not with my family, or at Copperstone Dental, I’m often found at Gold’s Gym.
Linh Dao – Registered Dental Hygienist
Linh has been with our practice for over 4 years. If asked what her favorite part of her job is, she would say “Seeing the smile on the patients’ faces”. Linh is thankful for the opportunity to assist her patients and work alongside her skilled co-workers. She is grateful for the many relationships she has formed with her caring co-workers and feels lucky to work for a dentist who truly cares about his patients.
Linh graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science degree in dental hygiene. Since her graduation, she has kept up to date with advancing dental technologies and current methods. Alongside her husband, Mike, she tries to keep up with her two active sons, while enjoying some fun in the sun herself. On rainy days, she loves settling in with a good book and reading all day.
Sophia Neal – Dental Assistant
Sophia first joined our practice in October of 2014. She has over 7 years of dental experience and loves being a part of the Copperstone team. Since her start, she has been played multiple roles in the dental field, including team lead. She enjoys working with the staff and being a part of the growth of the practice.
Sophia graduated from Apollo College. In her spare time, in addition to raising her two sons and one daughter, she enjoys repurposing furniture.
Wendi – Dental Assistant
Wendi joined our practice in 2014. She enjoys caring for our patients and strives to make them feel comfortable and welcome. She is thankful to work with the doctor and team who truly care about their patients and each other.
Wendi graduated from American Institute of Health Technology in 1988.
She and her husband are blessed with a daughter, son in law, and grandson who live in Spain. Children, animals, nature, and photography are some of her favorite things. A favorite hobby is making flower arrangements for family and friends.
Melissa – Office Manger
Melissa joined Copperstone Dental as office manger in 2018. She has been in the dental field for 12 years, and worked as a dental assistant for the last 8 years. Her goal is to make every patient feel at home and part of our dental family.
In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities, water sports, and camping with her family.
Karen – Dental Hygienist
Karen joined out team in the summer of 2018 and could not be happier. She misses her patients of many years in Southwest Idaho, but is finding wonderful new friendships here with our amazing patient family. She grew up in a dental home and worked for her father until he retired in 2015. She loves working with people. It is rewarding for her to see patients make positive changes for a healthier smile.
She also finds continuing education, in regards to ever changing dental technology, exciting. She thoroughly enjoys working with Dr. Tuft and the girls at Copperstone, who truly are like family.
Karen graduated first from Ricks College and Idaho State University in 2002. She and her husband have five crazy kids. In any spare time, you will find her playing the piano, or designing home trim projects for her husband to complete. Never a dull moment in the home with an ongoing honey do list!
Fabi – Dental Hygienist
Fabi received her Associates of Science from Boise State, and Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene from Idaho State University in 2015. She has been a hygienist since graduating and truly enjoys her profession.
Fabi and her husband have a beautiful baby girl, and love this new chapter in their life. In her free time Fabi enjoys spending time with family, hiking, camping, and just being outdoors.
Courtney – Dental Assistant
Courtney has been a dental assistant since 2009. She joined the Copperstone Dental team in 2018.
Courtney loves establishing friendships with patients, and making them feel comfortable in the office. In her spare time she enjoys doing art and spending time with her family and friends.