We’ve assembled an amazing team of caring, friendly dental professionals at our Highlands Ranch, CO office! All of them are committed to putting you and your family first.
“Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life”
Jessica was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Dentistry, where she served as vice president of her dental hygiene class. She also volunteered at the Kansas City Zoo, where she cleaned the teeth of exotic animals, including a cheetah, a wallaby, an African wild dog, and meerkats!
Jessica has been a part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles team since moving to Castle Rock in 2011. She and her husband, Matt, love the Colorado outdoors with their adopted dog, Buck. They enjoy hiking, snowboarding, and shed hunting. When Jessica is not working or hiking, she likes crafting, taking photographs, and trying new recipes.
Her favorite thing about being a dental hygienist is seeing patients’ inner smiles shine when they have beautiful, healthy teeth. She is proud to be a part of our team because we have caring, talented dentists, and our team maintains the perfect balance of professionalism, excellence, and fun!
“Today is the Day”
Lindsay was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, living most recently in the Seattle area. She graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University, where she trained extensively in periodontal instrumentation, restorative procedures, and local anesthesia. Since then, she has made continuing education a priority.
Lindsay is passionate about the mouth-body connection and helping patients achieve wellness through their oral health. She feels fortunate to have found the Highlands Ranch Smiles team and appreciates the collaboration and effective communication. She enjoys seeing the vibrancy in the office every day!
Lindsay moved to Colorado from Seattle in October 2014. She and her husband have a son and two cats. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her son, Oscar, writing a personal blog, and crafting of all types. She also sews baby gifts for her sister-in-law’s Etsy shop and boutiques around Denver.
“Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” — John Muir
Courtney has been a dental hygienist here at Highlands Ranch Smiles since June 2016. She is excited to be apart of such an amazing, caring, patient-centered, and fun dental team! She is originally from the midwest. Courtney has lived in Iowa, Illinois, and most recently, Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where she competed as a swimmer for four years. She is happy she returned to school to complete her dental hygiene degree. Courtney loves seeing patients have happy and healthy smiles.
Courtney and her husband, Zach, moved to Colorado in early 2016. They have taken advantage of all the wonderful things the Centennial State has to offer! On weekends, you may find them hiking (their favorite spot is RMNP), kayaking, or hitting the slopes. When they are back in the midwest, they love spending time with family including their six nieces and nephews. In her free time, you can find Courtney at a yoga class, reading a book, or catching a Chicago sports team (GO CUBS!) on TV. She looks forward to seeing you and your family soon!
Semper Fidelis “Always Faithful”
Colorado native Nina has been part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles team since 2014. She enjoys working side-by-side with the strong, passionate, and professional women in our Highlands Ranch, CO dentist office. She also likes making sure our patients are comfortable, satisfied, and informed.
Prior to being a dental assistant, Nina served in United States Marine Corps with the 3rd Marine Division and 9th Communication Battalion.
She is blessed to have four athletic, smart, and handsome sons. Away from the office, she enjoys watching them play football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling. She is on the road with her sons traveling constantly to practices, games, and sport camps. In their downtime, she and her family enjoy watching professional and college sports.
“Per aspera ad astra (through the thorns to the stars).”
Tanya has been working as a dental assistant at Highlands Ranch Smiles since April of 2017, although, her first experience here was as a patient. We had her at “Hello”, and Tanya couldn’t help wondering what it would be like to be a part of such a tight knit team that goes above and beyond for their patients.
If you notice Tanya’s accent, then you should know that she was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine and moved to the United States as an exchange student in 2004. That is when she met her husband. Being a military family, Tanya and her family have traveled around for a while and landed in colorful Colorado. She and her husband have three wonderful children (Kai, Trey, and Evelyn) who keep her on her toes. They like skiing, hiking, camping, and enjoying good times with family and friends (that usually revolve around great food).
Tanya looks forward to seeing you at our practice! She wants you to remember that a smile is happiness you can find right under your nose.
“Watch a sunrise at least once a day.” — Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
Katie was born and raised in Double Oak, Texas. Before moving to Denver in 2016, she attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and played on the volleyball team. As a student-athlete, she learned the importance of hard work and time management (and even how to sleep on a bumpy eight-hour bus ride).
Katie still enjoys playing volleyball whenever she can, whether it’s on the sand, the grass, or the court. She loves snowboarding, hiking, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer with her sister, who is also her roommate, and their two dogs, Carter and Indie. She has been part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles family since July 2016 and is excited to continue to grow personally and professionally with the team!
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
Jackie (AKA Jack) was born in Wisconsin and grew up in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. After graduating from Arizona State University, where she majored in health & wellness, she worked as the practice manager for one of Phoenix’s most reputable skin clinics. Jackie moved to Colorado in late 2012 to find and explore new avenues for herself.
She has been with Highlands Ranch Smiles since December 2013. When asked what continues to attract her to Highlands Ranch Smiles, Jackie said, “The women who work here have the unified strength, professionalism, and compassion that I strive to embody within myself.” When Jackie isn’t working as your treatment coordinator, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending quality time with her husband, Pete, and her son, Grey.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou
Laura has been with our practice since moving to Colorado in the summer of 2017. Helping to bring joy into every patient’s day is an exciting new career for her after more than 20 years teaching high school students the joys of mathematics.
Laura grew up in Texas and graduated with a bachelor of science in mathematics from Stephen F. Austin State University. She then moved into a career in instructional technology and secondary mathematics in Florida and Georgia. She is happy to now call Colorado home.
Sharing positivity with our patients and interacting with enthusiastic and collaborative coworkers makes every day a grand adventure at Highlands Ranch Smiles. When she is not welcoming patients, Laura loves spending time with her husband, Gary. You will most likely find them on the mountain bike trails, hiking with daughters Zoe and Emily, and simply enjoying the beautiful vistas around every corner.
“She believed she could, so she did.” — R.S. Grey
Cydney grew up all over the country, but she considers New Orleans home. That was until she packed up everything she owned and headed to the great state of Colorado in 2016, determined to make a significant change in life. Having previously worked as a licensed esthetician and makeup artist, helping people feel like their best selves has always been one of her driving passions, in addition to her dedication to excellence and providing exemplary customer service.
In summer 2017, Cydney joined Highlands Ranch Smiles as a devoted member of our front office staff. She has thoroughly enjoyed working and collaborating with such a talented group of like-minded women. She is committed to continuing to grow and evolve with the team.
Away from work, Cydney spends as much time as possible exploring the beauty of Colorado, whether she is hiking, taking a scenic drive, or trying a new cuisine. Embracing the magic of the mountainous landscape has been a highlight of her Colorado journey.
“Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose.”
Sarah joined our team in 2017 and has loved every minute of it! She was born and raised right here in Colorado and earned her BS in forensic chemistry at UNC. She worked as a chemist for eight years, but after her son was born, she wanted a career that offered a better work-life balance.
It was true serendipity for her to find this unique position at such a gem of a practice! It’s so energetic, skillful, compassionate, and on-the-rise! With a strong background in math and problem-solving, she thrives on the challenges of dental insurance, and she loves going to bat for our patients behind-the-scenes.
Now, it’s her, her husband, James, and her son, Luke, taking on the world and smiling every day! They love keeping things simple: swimming, playing at the park, watching movies, and making art. She couldn’t ask for more!