Giving back to the community is something board-certified dentist Dr. Thomas Allen has been doing for decades. From the four years he spent with the US military in Vietnam to the numerous charities––including Halloween Candy Buy Back and Operation Gratitude––he supports through his dental office, All Family Dentistry, his service is apparent. He even gives his time as a professor at the University of Colorado, teaching soon-to-be dentists the techniques of modern dentistry and the tricks to changing a tire using only rubber bands meant for braces.
At All Family Dentistry, Dr. Allen and his skilled team enhance smiles with general and cosmetic dentistry, including crowns and bridges, Invisalign, and porcelain veneers. Advanced laser technology from Diagnodent helps promote safer dental procedures along with intraoral cameras, ultrasonic cleanings, and nitrous-oxide sedation. Each private treatment room comes affixed with a TV to help entertain and calm patients. Those experiencing high levels of anxiety can further be soothed with any of the office's anxiety-free options, including Dr. Allen singing songs in a choice voice.
For Dr. Bruce R. Clark, prevention is key. One missed cavity or undiagnosed gum condition can mean the difference between simple, straightforward treatments and expensive, painful procedures down the road. Relying on his more than 16 years of experience and a friendly, professional staff, Dr. Clark forges enduring patient-doctor relationships that he hopes will lead to lifelong dental health. To do this, Dr. Clark follows the guiding principle of patient communication and education, taking time to thoroughly explain treatment options and expectations before administering any procedure. Dr. Bruce often orchestrates treatments with specialists in dental implants, orthodontics, and restorative procedures so that patients can ensure they are getting the best possible care, whether getting a bridge repaired or tattooing their incisors with reminders to floss.
Though she hails from southern Wisconsin, Dr. Seanna Mattison moved to Colorado about four years ago and has been improving the smiles of state residents ever since. Along with her team of dental hygienists, the doctor offers a full spectrum of dental services at her cozy private practice—from preventative care to cosmetic dentistry to oral surgery. On top of her dedication to serving residents of the Fort Collins community, Dr. Mattison volunteers her dental skills and makes regular trips to underserved areas of the world such as the Dominican Republic, Belize, and Candyland.
Photographer Patti Watkins believes that everyone has a story to tell, and strives to elegantly and artfully capture their essence in timeless photographs. Her sessions' low-key vibes put subjects at ease and draw out their personalities, yielding natural-looking individual or group portraits. Patti also snaps images to commemorate significant milestones, such as senior year of high school, baby bumps, and jury-duty reunions. To add pizzazz to prints, she can create stylistic effects. Photos can also be emblazoned across the pages of coffee table books, printed on metal, or crafted into custom invitations and announcements. In addition to photographing families all over Colorado, Patti has captured professional portraits of 2012 Olympic gold medalists Jaime Gray and Kim Rhode, along with portraits of political supporters with 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
After graduating from Northwestern University Dental School and serving a stint as a dentist in the Navy, Dr. Richard S. Ligon returned to his native Colorado to open his eponymous practice. There, he and his staff schedule an array of general and family dentistry services, including dentures, implants, and crowns, which Dr. Ligon can set in one visit instead of two. To entertain patients during their appointments, the office has installed TVs in the ceiling.
With more than two decades’ experience detecting decay, Dr. Pinkner runs a state-of-the-art clinic specializing in enhancing the health, straightness, and pearliness of patients’ teeth and gums. A smile specialist will begin each visit with a round of four bite-wing digital x-rays to weed out cunning cavities from lower bicuspids and malignant cases of molar mischief. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital photography reduces patients’ exposure to harmful radiation, ensuring a thorough mouth inspection without pesky side effects, such as spontaneous uvula growth or glow-in-the-dark tonsils. Dr. Pinkner will follow up fang photography with an extensive oral exam. The doctor’s dexterous digits will treat teeth to a head-to-toe cleaning, complete with plaque-scraping, gap-flossing, and tongue-depressing, after which newly pristine palates will be paroled from their dental chairs and released into the general population.