Meet Dr. Riley Santin

Riley Santin, DDS


There’s something to be said about a smile. They are contagious. They are a welcome sign. They are a peace offering and a sign of trust. They are an unspoken hello.

Humans seek happiness. Sometimes it seems happiness can be hard to find; however I believe it starts with a smile. We all look for the best in people and a smile is the beacon of happiness. Surround yourself with smiles. Surround yourself with happiness. I believe that everyone deserves a healthy, happy smile that they can be proud of. I am very fortunate that with my education and experience I can transform and create lasting, healthy smiles.

I grew up north of Grand Island, on a farm near Palmer, Nebraska. After I graduated from Palmer Public School, I attended Wayne State College where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Following undergrad, I was accepted into the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Dentistry where I was awarded my Doctor of Dental Surgeries degree. Being a Central Nebraska native, I am more than blessed to be able to serve the loyal community of Grand Island and surrounding towns.

My wife and I live in Giltner, Nebraska where she is a first grade teacher. This year we were blessed with a baby boy, Hudson.  Our busy boy and our loving dog Winnie, keep us busy. When I’m not at the office, I enjoy helping at the family farm, hunting, fishing, and being with family. We attend and are active members of  St. Libory Catholic Church. I also enjoy volunteering at Third City Clinic in G.I. and serve on the St. Francis Hospital Foundation Board. 

Dentistry allows a bond between the patient and a dentist that is second to none. Beginning in fifth grade, I knew I wanted to be a dentist and help people. I enjoy getting to know each and every person that sits in my chair. I believe that forming a relationship with patients is very important and a critical step in providing care. I strive to listen and address each person’s expectations, goals, and dental needs. Understanding not only teeth, but also the overall health of the patient is also of utmost importance. Open communication between doctor and patient will result in a pleasing end product and lasting relationships.

I enjoy every aspect of dentistry. Helping eliminate pain, restoring function, and preventing disease are the foundation of dentistry. Every day, new technologies and techniques are discovered and I vow to never stop learning in order to provide my patients with the most comprehensive care possible.

I have always been very interested and invested in CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) dentistry. Providing patients with the same day crowns and other services encompassed by CAD/CAM allows for quicker, more comfortable appointments while providing the patient with the best restorations and materials available.

  • 2020 Grand Island Independent Runner Up Best Dentist Award
  • 2021 Grand Island Independent Best Dentist Award 
  • 2022 Grand Island Independent Runner Up Best Dentist Award 

Dr Santin and family