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.
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.
After getting their undergraduate degrees at the University of Iowa and attending dental school, Dr. Brad Erickson and Jacob Krehbiel formed Erickson Krehbiel Dental Group. Here they perform everything from dental implants to whitening while patients watch TV in the treatment rooms. The dental group is recognized as an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider, which means the doctors have extensive Invisalign experience.
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.
The dentists at Plaza Dental Group work hard to make every single tooth shine that passes through their care. They whiten dull teeth using special gel and straighten crooked smiles with clear Invisalign retainers, in addition to performing check-ups to prevent health problems like gum disease. They also cover up chipped or broken chompers with porcelain veneers, which are carefully crafted to look like the rest of the teeth in your mouth or the whitest Chiclets in somebody else’s mouth.