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1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Kristin

We hope you enjoyed our last 1-on-1 with Aspen Dental Q&A article highlighting our newest hygienist, Jamie. We hope that it helped you understand her journey, her passion for dentistry, and her personality. Next, I’d like to introduce you to another one of our hygienists, Kristin. Kristin has been with us at Aspen Dental since July of this year and enjoys providing her patients with a comprehensive approach to dentistry, where education, communication, and patient comfort are paramount. I asked her a few questions. Here’s what she had to share:

Q: Kristin, let’s jump right into it. How did you decide to pursue a career in dental hygiene?
A:
It was my dream to pursue a life-long career of helping people. I grew up around a dental office and saw firsthand the difference a good Dental Hygienist could make – one that can encourage good habits, educate, and help patients achieve optimal oral health.

Q: How did you get your start as a Hygienist?
A:
After seeing my family excel in the dental field, I opted to apply for my first job as a Dental Assistant when I was 14. I really enjoyed what I was doing so I decided to apply to Hygiene school 10 years later.

Q: Wow, dental assistant at age 14! Impressive. You’ve been in the dental field for some time now. What keeps you motivated at work? What are you able to take pride in?
A:
Prevention is key. I enjoy delivering quality care and seeing my patients become healthier at every visit. It’s rewarding to watch my patients’ progress and achieve their oral health goals.

Q: Awesome! How long have you been with us here at Aspen Dental and why do you enjoy working here? What makes us different than some of the other offices in the Denver area?
A:
I started here at Aspen Dental in July 2016 and I love working with a team that takes pride in their work. No matter who you see in our office, your care won’t be compromised. We’re all working toward a common goal, founded on collective core values. We really have a great team here.

Q: I couldn’t agree more. So, what kinds of things do you do in your free time outside of the office?
A:
Outside of the office I am a full-time Mom. I also love cooking and baking and spending time with my friends and family.

Please feel free to stop in and meet Kristin before your appointment if you have any questions or concerns. She’d be happy to answer any of your questions! If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning with Kristin, give us a call at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website at www.cherry-creekdentist.com. And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook or read some of our amazing patients reviews on Yelp and Google!

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1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Jamie

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 1-on-1 with Aspen Dental series thus far. Through this series, we hope you’ll get a better understanding of our core values and learn a little more about the people who you see during your appointments.

This week we’d like to introduce one of the newest members of our Hygiene team, Jamie. Jamie recently moved to Denver from California and is excited about getting to utilize Colorado to its full potential. We’re thrilled to have her on board here at Aspen Dental and we’re excited to introduce her to you! I asked her a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:

Q: Hey, Jamie! Tell me why you decided on dental hygiene? Did you always want to become a dental hygienist, or how did you fall into this career path?
A:
Dental hygiene was always in the back on my mind. My family talked me out of it early on to pursue my passion with art instead. Before I started hygiene, I went to Art School where I concentrated in graphic design.

Q: Very interesting. So, how did you get your start as a Hygienist?
A:
When I graduated Art School the economy was is really rough shape, so I decided to go to Hygiene school. I had always had an interest in dental hygiene so I was able to quickly embrace the change. I immediately knew that I had made the right choice.

Q: Mutli-dimensional, we like that here. What keeps you motivated at work? What do you pride yourself on?
A:
Being a Hygienist requires me to constantly be on my toes. I like staying busy at work. It helps me stay focused and benefits the patients when I can do same day treatment. I like when our team works together in order to give our patients the best treatment in the most comfortable setting possible. At the end of the day it’s really rewarding when you can give your patients an optimal experience.

Q: How long have you been here at Aspen Dental and why do you enjoy working here? In your opinion, what differentiates us from other offices in Denver?
A:
I started working at Aspen Dental in mid-September. I love this office because there is commotion, it’s not static. There’s always something going on, always something new to learn, or a teammate to help out. We always have good discussion with our patients and we work together to help make the day run as smoothly as possible. Office flow and atmosphere is something that patients can pick up on almost immediately as they walk in the door. We’ve put together some really great systems to help optimize efficiency and patient comfort.

Q: I definitely agree. Now for the fun stuff. You’ve only been in Denver for a short time, but what are some of your hobbies outside of the office?
A:
I’m artistic and creative so I like to roll up my sleeves and do things that allow me to use those skills. I also love hosting parties over the holidays or for football games, getting together with friends and family, and cooking.

If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning with Jamie, give us a call today at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website and www.cherry-creekdentist.com. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or check out some of our awesome patient reviews on Yelp!

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1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Nichole

Cherry Creek Dentist, Denver Dentist, Dental Hygiene,

Last week we highlighted Cathy, one of our hygienists here at Aspen Dental who has been with us for nearly 8 years. If you haven’t read Cathy’s Q&A you can click here! Next up on our list to introduce is our hygienist, Nichole. Nichole has been with us for 4 years in August, where she’s worked as a receptionist, hygiene coordinator, and now as a hygienist. She’s far from one dimensional. Her thorough knowledge of dentistry, both front office and back office, hardly compare to the level of care and commitment she provides to her patients. Let’s go!

Q: Nichole, why did you decide to pursue a career in dental hygiene? Was it something you always knew you wanted to do?
A:
After I graduated high school, I got a summer job at a dental office helping out at the front desk. This is when I fell in love with dentistry and realized that I wanted to pursue a career in the field. Before that, my goal was to become a teacher but I switched gears and decided to go the dental hygiene route.

Q: How did you get your start as a hygienist?
A:
I worked at Aspen Dental for a few years while attending dental hygiene school, where I was a receptionist, insurance coordinator, and hygiene coordinator. It really helped me to understand the administrative side of dentistry, which makes it easier for me to communicate to my patients now that I’m a hygienist.

Q: Nice! Hardly a one trick pony. So, what motivates you at work? What do you take pride in?
A:
I get motivation from my patients and my co-workers. I absolutely love my job and am committed to my patients and to what I do. It’s an incredible feeling to see improvements in my patients and to help them live healthier lives. That’s what really keeps me motivated.

Q: Great team, great patients! You’ve mentioned that you’ve been with Aspen Dental for almost 4 years. Why do you enjoy working at Aspen Dental? What makes Aspen Dental unique or different than many of the other Denver dental offices?
A:
That’s right, it’ll be 4 years in August! I thoroughly enjoy the work environment and culture here at Aspen Dental. I also enjoy meeting new people and building long-lasting relationships with my patients – something that we pride ourselves on here. In my opinion, Aspen Dental is different because we truly care about our patients on a personal level and we are committed to providing the best treatment possible. You’re not just a number here.

Q: Very true. Last question. What sorts of hobbies do you have? What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?
A:
I’m an avid snowboarder in the winter and love going on hikes or camping in the mountains in the summertime. Honestly anything outdoors, I’m there!

If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning, give us a call today at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website at www.cherry-creekdentist.com. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or check out some of our reviews on Yelp.

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1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Cathy

Denver Dentist, Cherry Creek Dentist, Oral Tips, Teeth Cleaning, Top Dentist, Hygiene,

We’re about half-way through our 1-on-1 profiles for our hygiene team! Yes, it’s a very big team. We’ve enjoyed putting this series together and we hope that you’ve enjoyed taking a more profound look into the backgrounds, styles and personalities of our hygienists. But enough of that, let’s move on to our next hygienist, Cathy. Cathy will have been with the Aspen Dental team for 8 years in August! Her inviting spirit and patient-centered approach to dentistry has made her a valuable asset to our team and to our family of patients. Here’s how she answered some of my questions:

Q: Cathy! I’m going to jump right into it. Tell me how you decided to pursue a career in dental hygiene? Did you always know you wanted to be a hygienist?
A:
I’ve always loved smiles, making people smile and encouraging people to feel good about their smiles. Being able to help people obtain their optimal oral health and their most vibrant smile is what drove me to become a hygienist.

Q: So you knew early on that you wanted to be a hygienist. How did you get your start?
A:
I graduated from Hygiene school at Marquette University in Wisconsin. I was part of an amazing 4 year program where I was able to get my Bachelor’s degree as well. I really felt like my hands-on training and education properly prepared me, both clinically and mentally, for becoming a full-time dental hygienist.

Q: So, what motivates you at work? What do you take pride in at work?
A:
I love to educate people on ways they can easily tweak their homecare techniques. Many times, these patients come back at their next routine cleaning appointment and these tips have produced huge improvements in their overall dental health. I really enjoy communicating with our patients and my hope is to have a positive impact on their oral health for years to come.

Q: That’s great! You’ve been with Aspen Dental for 8 years. Why have you stuck around for so long? What makes Aspen Dental different than all the other Denver dental offices out there?
A:
Yes, it’ll be 8 years this August. Crazy! But I love that we have created a culture here where continuing education is crucial in staying up to date with the most effective practices and technologies. I also love the team atmosphere here at our practice. Teamwork is key and we’re lucky to have that here.

Q: We certainly do. And it’s important to have a life outside of the office as well. What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies?
A:
Well, I have 2 boys, a 5-year old and a 3 year old, and we love to be outside together, whether we’re going hiking, biking, checking out the Denver Zoo, or just enjoying the fun that Colorado has to offer. I also picked snowboarding back up this winter and crushed it!

If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning, give us a call today at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website at www.cherry-creekdentist.com. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or check out some of our reviews on Yelp.


1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Sarah

We hope that you enjoyed reading our last 1-on-1 with Aspen Dental article which highlighted our hygienist, Jackie. The goal of this series is to help our patients better understand our staff, on both a professional and personal level. We are incredibly lucky to have such a well-rounded, accomplished, and amiable team of hygienists. Next up on the list is our lead hygienist, Sarah. Sarah has been with Aspen Dental for almost 8 years and has been leading our hygiene team for 5 years. Sarah takes pride in her work and has a deep passion for providing our patients with optimal care. I sat down with her and asked a few questions:

Q: Alright Sarah, let’s jump right into it. How did you decide to pursue a career in dental hygiene?
A: I decided on dental hygiene for a number of reasons. Growing up, my father was a dentist in Minnesota and I spent a lot of time around dentistry. I knew hygiene would be a great fit for me because I’ve always been a people person; I love building relationships with people and getting to know people better. I guess the appeal came from that and being around dentistry for so long and growing up gaining clinical skills as an assistant in my father’s office.

Q: It seems like you had an idea of the track you were on from a very early start, that’s pretty neat. What motivates you while you’re at work?
A: I love to help people. I love that I get to develop a rapport with patients and help them to stay healthy. I also get a lot of motivation from our team. It’s nice being able to come to work knowing I get to work alongside some of the best dentists, hygienists and assistants in Denver. We have solidified a platform that makes every patient feel comfortable and we pride ourselves not only on our clinical skills, but on educating every patient and helping them to understand the importance of good oral health.

Q: You couldn’t be more correct. We really do have one of the best dental practices in Denver and I’m glad that our patients take notice. So, how long have you been with Aspen Dental and why do you enjoy working here? What makes our office different than all the other Denver dental offices?
A: I’ve been with Aspen Dental for nearly 8 years and I’ve always enjoyed working here because we are such an organized, high-end office where patients are of top priority. There are countless offices that run patients in and out without much of a personal touch and I think that’s unfair to the patient. Here at Aspen Dental, we’re created an environment where patient care and comfort is the most important part of the practice. I strongly believe in our doctors, our team and our culture.

Q: That’s awesome! Well, I’ll finish with the entertaining stuff. What do you like to do in your free time? What are some of your hobbies outside of the office?
A: I’m a big traveler and have been on several dental volunteer trips across the globe where I’ve helped to educate and provide dental treatment to children and adults in impoverished countries. I also love hanging out with my friends and family and spending time at some great Colorado concerts and festivals. And anything in the outdoors, from snowboarding and snowshoeing, to biking, running, and yoga.

If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning, give us a call today at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website at www.cherry-creekdentist.com. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or check out some of our reviews on Yelp.

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1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Jackie

1-on-1 with Aspen Dental, Private Practice of Cherry Creek, Denver, CO Dentist - Meet Jackie

We hope you enjoyed our 1-on-1 with Aspen Dental article highlighting our hygienist, Danielle. We hope that it helped you understand her journey, her passion for dentistry, and her personality. Next, I’d like to introduce you to another one of our hygienists, Jackie. Jackie has been with us at Aspen Dental for 5 years and places emphasis on comprehensive patient education, communication, and overall patient satisfaction. I sat down with her and asked her a few questions. This is what she had to say.

Q: Jackie, let’s get right to it. How did you decide to pursue a career in dental hygiene?
A: I decided to choose dental hygiene as a career because it fit my vocational interests and lifestyle needs perfectly! I have always wanted to help others. I also have a passion for science, learning, and teaching.

Q: Awesome! Seems like you found a perfect fit. Tell me how you got your start as a hygienist?
A: I actually learned about dental hygiene through the mother of one of my high school friends. She overheard me discussing career interests and offered me a sterilization technician job at her office. This was a great way to get my feet wet. And after seeing the hygienists there, I knew it was the right path for me.

Q: Sometimes a good connection is all it takes. What motivates you at work? What do you take pride in at work?
A: My motivation comes from knowing that the education and services I provide to my patients gives them the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and functional lives.

Q: So, how have you enjoyed working at Aspen Dental? In your opinion, what makes Aspen Dental different than the rest?
A: I have worked with Aspen Dental since May of 2011, so nearly 5 years now. What really makes Aspen Dental out shine other offices for me is that the staff has become a family away from home. This helps me to do my best at my job. In fact, the whole staff brings this attitude with them, and it strengthens the ability of the office as a whole to function at peak performance because we all strive to do our best for our family of patients.

Q: You’re totally right. Got to love to family culture here at Aspen Dental. I’ll close with the fun stuff. What do you like to do in your free time? What are some of your hobbies outside of the office?
A: I love Barnes and Noble, walks and hiking in beautiful Colorado, relaxing with my Chihuahuas and husband, and catching the occasional movie.

If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning, give us a call today at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website at www.cherry-creekdentist.com. And don’t forget to check us out on Facebook or check out some of our reviews on Yelp.

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1-on-1 with Aspen Dental – Meet Danielle

1-on-1 with Aspen Dental Private Practice of Cherry Creek - Denver Dentist - Meet Danielle

Starting today, we will be highlighting one team member from our office each week in a series we’d like to call “1-on-1 with Aspen Dental.” We hope that this will help to introduce or re-introduce our staff to our patients and to help tell the stories of our team, why they pursued a career in the dental field and why they’ve decided to call Aspen Dental home.

Without further ado, meet Danielle, one of our hygienists here at Aspen Dental. Danielle has been with our practice for about 4 years and prides herself on optimal patient care, comfort, and communication. This is how she answered some of my most arduous questions:

Q: Danielle, tell me why you decided on dental hygiene? Did you always want to become a dental hygienist, or how did you fall into this career path?
A: I love working with people, our patients. I’ve always enjoyed educating people on good oral health practices. Being a hygienist means being a role-model to our patients and to friends and family. That includes helping everyone with their oral health, but from a personal perspective, where I can give instructions based on my own personal experiences.

Q: Did you have any family in the dental field?

A: I did. My mom was a dental assistant for 20+ years and growing up around patients in her office, I’ve always been drawn to the hands-on aspects of the dental field. She would always base her patient relationships on education and I believe that rubbed off on me in how I work. I guess I’ve always been hooked on dental hygiene!

Q: So you have a thirst for helping and educating, that’s cool. When did you realize that you were so captivated by patient care?
A: I would say it came towards the beginning of hygiene school. Dental hygiene has truly become my passion and if I’m able to help prevent invasive treatment and avoid disease in the future, then that’s when I’m doing my job.

Q: Awesome. So why do you enjoy working for Aspen Dental in particular? Is there anything that you feel makes this practice unique and different from all the others?
A: Absolutely. We have an incredible team here – amazing dentists, smart hygienists and assistants, and an overall caring environment. I really benefit from our bi-weekly meetings with our individual teams. It helps to relay information and bounce ideas off each other. Good communication is key in our industry. Our office is also very organized – the systems we’ve set up help patients feel at ease and help to make our jobs feel much less hectic. Many dental offices are in disarray and unorganized and I believe those types of places bring unnecessary anxiety to patients.

Q: I totally agree. There have probably been a lot of options for you in the Denver area. Why have you stuck around at Aspen Dental for so long?
A: I’ve been at Aspen Dental for 4 years because I believe we have one of the best and most efficient hygiene programs and I just get a good vibe being here, interacting with our patients, staff, and doctors. We have an amazing team, where patient care is paramount.

Q: Ok, I’ll get to the fun stuff. We’re in Denver, so there are endless opportunities for recreation. What do you like to do in your free time when you’re away from the office?
A: I like to hike, snowshoe, snowboard. In the summer, my husband and I enjoy riding our bikes around the city, going to picnics in the park, gardening, checking out local breweries, and sitting down with a good book. Denver is a great city and Colorado is a fabulous state to be able to do all of these incredible things. I’m a very outgoing and adventurous person and Colorado seems to suit me well!

If you’d like to schedule your next cleaning, give us a call today at (303) 399-0400 or visit our website at www.cherry-creekdentist.com

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Welcome Dr. Chris Barrett, DDS

Dr. Chris W. Barrett DDS, Aspen Dental, Private Practice of Cherry Creek, Denver, CO Dentist, Cherry Creek Dentist

Hello from everyone at Aspen Dental!

We hope this letter finds all of you, our patient family, doing well and ready for a change from our snowy weather to a beautiful spring.

Spring is definitely bringing some exciting changes to our group. As many of you are already aware, Dr. Rossow joined the Aspen Dental Team last year and took ownership of the practice in July of 2015. For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to meet Dr. Rossow, we are confident that you will find him to be professional, honest, caring and fully capable of exceeding your dental needs.

Dr. Rossow is from Okoboji, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2004 and received an Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. After his practice residency, Dr. Rossow served in the United States Navy. He is a Director of the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society, Chairman of the Wartburg College West Advisory Board and serves on the Wartburg College Presidents National Advisory Council. We were certainly lucky to find such a fine doctor and a genuinely kind person.

Since July of last year, Dr. Rossow has been conducting an extensive search to find another doctor to join the Aspen Dental Team. After nearly a year of interviewing for a perfect match in dental experience, education and knowledge, he found Dr. Chris Barrett. Dr. Barrett graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2011. He gained post-graduate experience through the General Practice Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and the Iowa City VA Hospital. He transitioned into private practice in Iowa and Colorado, before joining Dr. Rossow, Dr. Nishimura and the entire Aspen Dental Team. Dr. Barrett has an amazing chairside manner and focuses not only on exceptional dentistry, but creating heartfelt relationships with his patients. We are so fortunate to have him on our team.

With the addition of Dr. Rossow and Dr. Barrett, Dr. Nishimura now feels the timing is right to move into the next chapter of his life. After 35 years of dedicated service to the field of dentistry and to you, his patient family, he is now looking forward to retirement. Dr. Nishimura will always be part of the Aspen Dental Team in spirit, but please join us in wishing him a beautiful and well-earned retirement.

Dr. Nishimura was careful to create a plan that gave him an opportunity to begin a new journey, but a plan that also ensured that all of his patients would be able to continue to call Aspen Dental their home for dental care. Dr. Rossow, Dr. Barrett and their combined skill-set and advanced education ensure that the highest quality of dental care will be offered to each and every patient. All existing patient records are maintained at our office, we will continue to offer patient friendly hours that include evenings and Saturdays and of course, we know you will be thrilled to see the same smiling faces of our incredible staff during your next visit.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Aspen Dental Team


Dr. Nishimura’s Retirement Letter

Greetings,

I have finally decided to put down the drill and move into my next chapter of life: retirement. As a graduate of the University of Colorado Dental School thirty-four years ago, my parents had such pride in my achievements; achievements that had alluded them long ago. My parents have provided a guiding pinnacle for my life journey. Now I’m sure they are with me as I begin my life of retirement.

Some of you I have known for a long time and others for a short period of time. I have seen marriages. I’ve watched babies born. I’ve experienced children becoming adults, and now babies born from those that I had once known as children. My career has been rewarding and you have enriched my life through your life experiences. I remember one of my patients saying; he always stayed with the same barber and with the same dentist. (He also told me he was on his 3rd marriage.) Trust is the resounding message I so appreciate.

While it is difficult to change health care providers, I am happy to say that Dr. Eric Rossow will continue to take care of your dental needs.

Dr. Rossow has been with the practice for the past year, and will be succeeding me in the practice. I am confident that you will find him to be professional, honest and fully capable of exceeding your dental needs. Dr. Rossow is from Okoboji, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2004 and received an Advanced Education in General Dentistry from the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in 2005. He has been practicing in Denver Metro since he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2007. He is a Director of the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society and Chairman of the Wartburg College West Advisory Board.

My confidence in Dr. Rossow gives me great consolation in this transition. I know that you are in good hands and will be treated well. It is important to me that a quality, ethical dentist continues the important effort of helping you maintain your dental health at an optimal level.

I have a heart of gratitude to you and the times we shared. The relationships and friendships have made this part of my life complete.

Thank you,

Roger D. Nishimura D.D.S.


Time is Running Out

Thanksgiving is in the past, lights and decorations are up, and the holiday cheer is already in the air – although it doesn’t feel like December here in Denver, CO. Time during the end of the year moves quickly – we’re almost a third of the way through December – and for most of us, dental insurance benefits are the last of our worries. These last few weeks of December are precious, not just because of the time we’ll spend with family and friends, but also because it’s your hard-earned money falling through the cracks we’re talking about!

Many of you have probably left some necessary dental work until now. It’s more important than ever to finish your treatment before the end of the year. There are no more “I might need to save it for an emergency” excuses and if you care about maximizing your hard-earned dollars, it’s crucial to complete your pending treatment plan now. If you don’t, you are essentially throwing your own money away. You’ve already paid for much of your dental treatment through insurance premiums or through a flex spending account. If you wait until January 1st, that money is long gone. Poof.

If you have insurance benefits remaining and treatment that’s been diagnosed then it’s time to move! It’s time to use up ALL of those benefits that you’ve already paid for. Do not wait. Time is ticking. Before you know it, the holidays are here and you’re left with incomplete dental work and unused dollars.

Call today to finish your incomplete treatment. And if you have any questions about your insurance coverage or to check if you have any insurance benefits left, don’t hesitate to call today. We’re always happy to help! (303) 399-0400

If you’re looking for a dentist in the Denver and/or Cherry Creek area, we’re always accepting new patients. You can request an appointment online or call us at (303) 399-0400. And don’t forget to ask about our New Patient Specials!

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