Dr. Debra Johnston
I attended the University of Iowa, College of Medicine in Iowa City and went through the Sioux Falls Family Medicine Residency Program. I am on the American Board of Family Medicine.
Greetings! I am happy to share a little about myself. I was born in Minnesota and raised in the Midwest, but moved around a great deal because my father was a Baptist preacher. I am the oldest of five daughters and my family lives in Sioux Falls. I am a military Veteran who served our great country in the Air Force after high school and during Operation Desert Storm. I was stationed in the United States as well as the county of Panama and Germany. After my time in the military, I graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, with a degree in Nursing and Psychology, and have continued my Master's Degree in Nurse Education.
Travel is my favorite pastime, and I have been all around the world. My favorite places include Paris, Hawaii, Australia, and Barbados. I have five daughters, ages 25, 21, 17, 11, and 9 plus a standard poodle "Paris", who all keep me busy outside of work. I am honored to be your Director of Nursing and I pray that my experience and leadership skills will effectively serve the United Living Community and Brookings families for years to come.
Direct Line: 605.696.7516
I graduated from Presentation College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and minors in biology and psychology. I started at United Living Community in January 2009. I have been in various nursing positions since then with current position as Clinical Nurse Manager.
Direct Line: 605.696.7527
I went to Brookings High School, and I went to college at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn. At ULC, I oversee all housekeeping, laundry and maintenance on campus.
I currently live in Brookings with my wife and four sons.
Direct Line: 605.696.7508
I was born and raised in Brookings, S.D. I attended St. Cloud State University and earned my bachelor’s degree.
I moved back to Brookings after starting a family. My husband, Graham, is a Sioux Falls firefighter and we have two daughters.
Direct Line: 605.696.7519
I was born and raised in Bloomington, MN. I graduated with an Associate’s degree in Accounting. I moved to Brookings with my husband and we have 2 little girls and a black lab who keep us very busy.
Direct Line: 605.696.7506
Direct Line: 605.696.7532
I was born and raised in Sioux Falls and obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from SDSU. I spent three years working in healthcare with adults with severe and persistent mental illness before relocating to Yokosuka, Japan, with my husband. We lived in Japan for 4 years where I served as Vice President for the USS George Washington Family Readiness Group. We returned to South Dakota in April 2014. We stay busy chasing after our 2 sons!
Direct Line: 605.696.7502
Direct Line: 605.696.7514
Prior to nursing school I worked as a certified nursing assistant for approximately 8 years. I graduated from the USD Nursing program. After graduating I worked at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls SD for approximately 4.5yrs. I started my career with ULC in 2014. Prior to taking the Director of Education position, I was an Operations nurse and also worked as a Charge Nurse here at ULC. I love working with our residents and hearing their stories.
Direct Line: 605.696.7550
Pastor Dorthy Tufte
I grew up in Brookings, SD and went to Brookings High School. I graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, in Mass Communications and completed my Ordination Studies through Berean University in Springfield, MO. I received a Masters of Divinity at Sioux Falls Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD, where I have lived for almost 30 years. I have three adult children and three grandchildren. I am very happy to be here!
Direct Line: 605.696.7505
I graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. I reside in Brookings with my husband, Marc and my son, Mason. I have worked in long term care for more than twenty years in various roles including rehabilitation assistant, activity assistant and as a certified nursing assistant. I began working in Social Services in long term care in 2009. Please let me know how I can assist you!
Direct Line: 605.696.7509
I attended the University of South Dakota in 1987 and pursued an English / Political Science degree. I had planned to attend Law School after my undergraduate work at USD, but I came back to Brookings to help my family. I was a training coordinator at Larson Manufacturing for 13 years before my wife and I decided to open a daycare center. We ran the daycare out of our home for three years and switched to the daycare center setting for two years. I have also worked as a CNA for several other facilities in the area before coming to ULC.
I started working at ULC as a part-time overnight CNA two years ago. I later switched to PRN status before I accepted a full time job as an activity assistant. I served as an activity assistant for six months before accepting my current position as Activity Coordinator.
Direct Line: 605.696.7513
I grew up on a farm outside of Madison and graduated from Chester High School in 2001. I then attended Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in business management in 2005. I also studied respiratory therapy while I was at DSU, and I am currently taking my EMT courses.
Direct Line: 605.696.7518
I’m from the area of Ivanhoe, MN and great up on a dairy farm. I still go back home and help out with the cow chores and field work when not working. I graduated high school in 2014 then went straight to college at Lake Area Tech for Cosmetology and graduated there in December 2015. Worked at Great Clips here in Brookings before starting at ULC. I now just do the hair on the side. I moved to Clear Lake SD with my boyfriend and his daughter and sure do love it. I have amazing parents, an older brother and sister who are both married and each have 2 boys. I absolutely love my 4 nephews, they always keep me going.
I was born and raised in Watertown, SD . I graduated from South Dakota State University with my bachelor’s degree then continued on to Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK where I obtained an Associate’s Degree. I have one daughter, Landree age 11, twin boys Breck and Bryer age 8, and step son Aspen age 13. We thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and taking in all our children’s activities. I have been a part of the ULC therapy team for almost 5 years and can honestly say, I love what I do!
Direct Line: 605.696.7512
Tina Tietjen joined the ULC therapy team in January of 2014 with 11 years of experience as a physical therapist. She is a SDSU Athletic Training graduate and received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota. She has worked in long-term care for over 5 years and enjoys assisting ULC residents with skills she has gained in continuing education in dementia training, complex disease management, and balance and falls prevention. Tina has 2 boys who go to school in Brookings.