Dr. Erin McLaughlin-Harkin learned the importance of dental care at an early age, so it's fitting that she has opened a practice so close to where she was raised. The native Iowan has practiced dentistry in the Des Moines metropolitan area since she graduated from dental school, and her years of experience translates to pristine rows of pearly whites for her clients. Aside from general checkups and preventive services, Dr. McLaughlin-Harkin specializes in cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening and veneers. She can also outfit mouths with a custom night guard that protects against grinding and hard-up tooth fairies.
Dr. Karen Besler and Dr. Laura Ross team up to helm Dental Associates of Cedar Rapids, where they improve smiles with Invisalign and veneers and ensure improved oral hygiene with general checkups for patients of all ages. They attend to patients during convenient early morning and evening hours, as well as one Saturday a month, and keep a staff member on call for dental emergencies, such as when a patient cracks a tooth or grows baleen. Additionally, Dr. Besler promotes dentistry worldwide, helping to raise funds to equip a dental clinic in Kipkaren, Kenya.
Even down to its decor, Sacred Stone Massage and Bodywork exudes comfort. The space’s airy feel and soothing color palette take guests in with slate-gray walls, soft lighting, and plush blankets and pillows that adorn the furniture. The spa’s licensed massage therapists embrace and complement the mellow ambiance with a host of massage services. They stretch and soothe aching muscles during relaxing Swedish and deep-tissue sessions and give expectant mothers a break from the tension that comes with carrying an infant and constantly fighting off flocks of storks with prenatal treatments. Hot stones and paraffin wax augment some sessions, whereas others include peppermint- and lavender-infused scrubs.
Dr. Joe Solinger doesn’t like to see his patients suffer. That’s why, as head of Jordan Creek Family Dentistry, PC, he focuses on setting them at ease with relaxation dentistry techniques. Using a combination of aromatherapy, nitrous oxide, and attention-diverting CDs and DVDs, he strives to make visits to the dentist as relaxing as tea time with one’s favorite stuffed animals. As patients relax in comfort, Dr. Solinger performs restorative and cosmetic procedures that range from filling cavities to whitening teeth stained by trying to eat still-life paintings of apples. Dr. Solinger also offers orthodontics and aligner orthodontics, including the orthodontic system Clear Correct.
When not tending to mouths at his practice, Dr. Solinger contributes to the community through organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic.
Dr. Dennis Yossi approaches dentistry with an innovatively non-terrifying philosophy focused on minimizing pain and eliminating the onus of oral shame. After the initial exam for the Whitening for Life program, an incisor scourer will make a mold of your mashers and supply two weeks' worth of bicuspid bleach, which sparkles up mouth bones without the need for diamond-dust toothpaste. These oral artistes will provide fresh coats of bleach as long as their canine canvases return biannually (every six months). The office's guilt-free policy means that if patients are lectured or made to feel guilty about their use of floss for games of cat's cradle, the exam and x-rays are free. New patients may request their first appointment online.
Dr. John McGrane does it all, from general dental checkups to Invisalign orthodontics. With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Dr. McGrane is comfortable with most every type of dental treatment. Among his specialties, he expedites tooth-restoration procedures with advanced CEREC technology. This piece of equipment allows him to digitally map a patient's mouth, create a porcelain restoration, and attach the replacement without the need for multiple visits or having to chip a tooth off the statue of David. Along with his dental team, Dr. McGrane makes a concerted effort not only to provide quality dental care but also to truly connect with his patients.