Meet our Staff

The Dental Center at Thornton Plaza has been serving the Thornton community for 30 years. Our family of well-established, highly qualified dental professionals have helped us earn our exceptional reputation as leaders in the highest quality dental care. Our staff takes a great deal of pride in our office and views colleagues as family members. This level of support and respect is carried over to our patients, as they also care for each of our patients with respect and kindness. As a team, we do our very best to reduce the level of anxiety which is sometimes associated with dental care.

Dental Hygienists

Jan

Hi. I’m your ‘Resident’ Mom here in our office……….

I graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry (now it is the University of Texas Health Care Sciences) with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in Dental Hygiene.

After 39 years of co-owning a dental practice in New Mexico, I moved to
Colorado. I have 2 amazing, wonderful sons. One son is currently living in Denver. The other and his
family, along with my “beautiful” Ethiopian granddaughter, live in Asia at the present time.

Soon, I will be moving to Tucson, Arizona to be a “reverse” Snow Bird!!! I plan to return to Thornton twice/year to
continue being a part of this FABULOUS dental family…… working vacations and days off for the girls!

WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO BE!!!

Machelle

I  am a native of Colorado. I completed my Bachelors Degree at the University of Colorado of Denver in 1993, with a Degree in Dental Hygiene, and a Bachelors of Science.

I am married and have 3 children and two grandchildren. My husband and I live on a small farm and raise chickens and bees. We also have two dogs and three cats. I enjoy the outdoors and love traveling, also spending time with my family and friends.

Joan

My name is Joan. I have been with The Dental Center for 20+ years. My co-workers are my extended family and friends. I can’t say enough how lucky I am to work here. I graduated from St. Louis Community College Dental Hygiene program in 1976. I still take classes to stay current. I just finished 8 hours to be certified in laser therapy. What an exciting tool to add to our treatment. I live on the eastern plains on some small acreage. I like to garden both flowers and vegetables.

Rachel

Rachel is our newest and youngest, full-time Registered Dental Hygienist. She has been with
the practice for a little over two years. Rachel began her career in dentistry over fifteen years ago as a
dental assistant and has been an RDH for over six years. Rachel loved working so much within the field
she returned to college in the Fall of 2008 to obtain her Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene. She went to school
at Penn State University’s, Pennsylvania College of Technology, minoring in Business Management and
Psychology.

Rachel’s main goals as a dental professional are to educate her patients about maintaining lifelong
oral and systemic health goals, and restoring their confidence in themselves by helping to save
their smiles daily! She enjoys taking continuing education courses of which she has acquired over 100
postgraduate hours, keeping abreast of current dental advancements and trends, including her
Periodontal Laser Therapy Certification which she was able to obtain in January of 2015, by relocating to
Colorado.

Rachel was raised outside of our nation’s capital in Maryland, attended college in Pennsylvania,
and moved to Colorado in the Fall of 2014. In her free time, Rachel enjoys the extended outdoor season
she’s able to take advantage of here in Colorado by hiking, camping, and simply enjoying activities in
the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Rachel has a ten-year-old Shih-Tzu, a four-year-old Snapping Turtle, and
a two-year-old Mexican Pastel Ball Python. She and her husband will soon be welcoming home their first
human child!! She loves traveling, teaching esoterically about Reiki, Yoga/Pilates, reading, crafting, and
practicing her cooking and baking skills.

Wendy

My name is Wendy.  I studied dental hygiene at Baker College in Michigan and graduated in 2000.

I am married and have two adult children, one grandchild, a big fat cat, and a mini doxie. I moved to Colorado in 2014 seeking opportunities and a better quality of life. So far, Colorado has not failed me.

I love the beauty of the mountains and enjoy hiking them or taking a leisurely drive through all the different passes.  I like to call it my mountain therapy. I started working at The Dental Center in January 2015.  I love working with a great team of knowledgeable, experienced and caring professionals.  I look forward to what future endeavors the office will bring.

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is a smile”.

Kristi

Kristi has been practicing dental hygiene for 24 years. She studied health and sciences at Brigham Young University Idaho and at Utah Valley University before finishing her dental hygiene degree at Laramie County Community College in Wyoming. Kristi loves building a rapport and relationship with her patients. She enjoys continuing education as it assists her in educating her patients how to keep their teeth and bodies healthy and the connection between those two.

Kristi is from Littleton, Colorado and attended Arapahoe High School. Her family lives in the Denver area and her 10 nieces and nephews are the light of her life. She likes to spend her spare time attending the performing arts, art events, galleries, markets, and festivals in the city and the mountains. Kristi mostly enjoys Denver’s restaurant scene, it’s music venue’s, and especially summer concerts at Red Rocks.

Dental Assistants

Ann

Chastity

Chastity has been with The Dental Center since February 2018. She has been an EDDA for over 8 years. She has 2 fur babies that are her life. She is always doing activities outdoors with her dogs or cycling.

Rest assured that if you need anything done at The Dental Center, Chas will take great care of you!

Cherise

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado. In 2008, she received her dental assisting certification from Pima Medical Institution. Over the years of assisting has cross-trained to the front desk and become an EDDA. Cherise joined the team in 2015. Cherise is married to her wife Nicole and they have two children, Ezmerael and Michael. Along with spending time with her family she enjoys staying active by playing sports with her children, painting, camping, and fishing.

China

Hello! My name is China. I happily joined the Dental Center Team in 2016. I’m attending Colorado University to receive my major in dentistry. In my free time I track bigfoot with my three spoiled dogs, you’ll find me airsofting, panning for gold, and making salsa in my spare time when I’m not studying to become a dentist.

Paige

Hi, I’m Paige.
I have worked as a dental assistant for 28 years.
I’ve been at the Dental Center for 3 years and love working in the dental field.
I have lived in Colorado most of my life and I love it here.
I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
I love musicals, especially Hamilton and Les Miserables!
In my spare time, I love to play Volleyball with my friends, go to concerts, and spend time with my kids and 2 grandsons.

Rita

Colorado native. I am married to Julian. We have two amazing/crazy teenage boys and 4 dogs. We spend our free time with family and friends. I’ve been working in the dental field since 2002, which I absolutely love. I started working at The Dental Center in July 2018. Happy to have found a home away from home to continue to do what I am passionate about. My main goal is to make sure patients feel comfortable and happy as much as possible and receive the best dental care!

Office Staff

Jennifer (Office Manager)

Jennifer has recently joined the Dental Center in February 2018. She has been in the dental field for over 20 years. She loves that the dental field is a challenge and you learn new things all the time. She has been an office manager in the field for the past 15 years. Joining the Dental Center has helped her grow in the field and she plans on a lifelong adventure with the team.

Jennifer is a native of Colorado growing up in a small town up north, Ft. Lupton. She is the youngest of two children. She has 3 children (Mariah, Ferdinando and Modesto III), two stepchildren (Esperanza and Adrian), and 6 grandchildren soon to be 7. She will be getting married to her fiancé Jose in September 2018. She loves dancing, sports, camping, fishing, and spending time with her family.

Alyssa

Alyssa has been working as an Insurance Coordinator at The Dental Center since October of 2015. Born and raised in Thornton, CO, The Dental Center has always been her local dentist. She enjoys not only being a lifelong patient, but also an employee to a dental practice that believes in aiding the community as well as promoting career growth and continuous support and education.

Alyssa has two small children, Anabel & Cesar and loves exploring the mountains with them in her free time.

Cathy

Hi my name is Cathy. I’ve been with the Dental Center for over 20 years. I have two children. I love the mountains and all the fun things that go along with them.

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