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.
“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!
Morgan is originally from Pueblo, Colorado and has lived in many places over the years. She holds a B. A. from Western Colorado University, an M. A. from the University of Alabama, and is currently working on her Juris Doctor through Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Morgan is passionate about health across the board from her academic endeavors to hobbies and personal goals. She loves to spend time outdoors running, hiking, skiing, and adventuring.
Mariah is a native of Colorado who is new to the dental industry but has experience in customer service. She loves assisting our patients and making sure they are taken care of!
Mariah also coaches a dance team and has been a dancer nearly her whole life. She also loves doing anything crafty and creating things. She is extremely close with her family and loves spending her free time enjoying Colorado with them.
“Fall in love with becoming the best version of yourself but with patience, compassion, and respect for your journey.”
Ricci was born in Jackson, Wyoming and moved to Colorado in 2012. She attended Colorado Mesa University and is going back to school this spring to continue on in the surgical tech field. She has a huge heart for animals and loves to be out in nature. In the summer, you could find her in the water or at a comedy show.
“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
Samantha is a Colorado native. She joined our team in 2019 and is new to the dental industry but loving every second of it! Samantha loves interacting with patients and helping her team as much as she can. She is very grateful to be a part of such a wonderful loving team at Highlands Ranch Smiles. You can find her watching Disney movies, doing puzzles, or reading a good book!
“It takes less time to do a thing right than explain why you did it wrong.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Courtney grew up in Woodland Park, CO and has lived in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and most recently Englewood.
She graduated with magna cum laude from Pueblo Community College’s Dental Hygiene program in 2019.
You can frequently find her hanging out with her large family or trying local food joints or breweries with her friends. (Top Golf is a favorite, too!)
Courtney’s favorite part of her job is educating her patients on simple tips and tricks to improve oral hygiene and loves working alongside her incredible team here at HRS!
“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.
“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”
Lisa grew up in Orange County, California. She went to the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene.
She moved to Colorado in 2019 and has been a part of our hygiene team ever since. She loves her work as part of the healthcare field and really enjoys educating her patients on the mouth-body connections.
In her free time, Lisa loves to hike with her pup Clover and enjoys spending time with friends.
Ashley grew up in southern CA and spent ten years in NH. She lives with her twin sister and their two cats. She played volleyball in college but now she’s in more of a kickboxing routine. Ashley spends her off days hanging with friends and camping when she is able. In winter, Ashley enjoys snowboarding and skiing. She is not married so most of her free time is spent with her sister and friends.
~Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle~
Claire was born in Santa Fe, NM but was raised in Aurora, Colorado. She is now living in Denver. She graduated in 2011 from Colorado School of Dental Assisting and has loved being a dental assistant ever since. Claire enjoys getting to know her patients and giving them a really wonderful dental experience and knowledge. She has been with Highlands Ranch Smiles since 2018 and feels so lucky to work with such an amazing team and office. She truly loves being a dental assistant.
In her free time, Claire enjoys exploring Colorado, going to concerts, especially at red rocks, camping, driving in the mountains, and relaxing by a lake or river. Hanging out with her friends, family, and cats. Also, a nice lazy day at home with movies is great.
“No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.”
Isabelle is a Colorado Native- born and raised in Highlands Ranch. She attended Colorado State University where she received a BS in Health and Exercise Science. Throughout her time in Fort Collins, she most enjoyed serving as president of the CSU figure skating team and working in a lab focusing on neuromuscular research.
Isabelle loves Colorado and participates in all of the different activities this state has to offer! She loves hiking with her two furry babies and going to every game possible at Ball Arena (go Nuggets!). She has been a part of this team since 2019 and is looking forward to continuing to grow in this profession.
“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!
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss
Kristie was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and considers herself a southern girl. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University. She grew up surfing and then discovered her love for skiing. She relocated to Colorado where a lot of her family lives today. On the weekends she can be found in the mountains with friends and family! Kristie feels so grateful to be a part of the Highlands Ranch Smiles team and has felt so welcomed by the girls since day one. With her past experience in customer service, she loves getting to chat with patients on a daily basis while helping them with their dental needs.
She frequently goes back to Florida where her parents spend half of the year and loves going to see her two family dogs, Stevie and Bridget. She is also a member of Muses, a Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans and looks forward to riding in the parade every year with her family!
“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.