Meet the Elk Avenue Dental Team
Dr. Michael Faktor • D.M.D., PC
Dr. Michael Faktor D.M.D. graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997 with a BA in Environmental Biology. From there, he attended Temple University and graduated in 2003 with a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D). After finishing at Temple, Dr. Faktor moved back to Colorado and practiced in Aspen and Crested Butte.
In 2007, Dr. Faktor started a two year residency at New York University where he earned his fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantology. After completing the Implantology course, Dr. Faktor moved home to Crested Butte and bought Elk Avenue Dental Center in December, 2008.
Kalee • Dental Hygienist, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist
Kalee Olmstead was born and raised on the Western Slope of Colorado, in 1998 she chose to make Crested Butte, home. After working and living in Crested Butte for several years, she was determined to pursue her goal of becoming a dental hygienist. She attended Western State College to obtain her prerequisite requirements, and then enrolled in the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Kalee graduated Cum Laude with her BS in Dental Hygiene in May of 2004 and immediately returned home. Since then, she has been working in Crested Butte and loving every minute of it!
It is crucial to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to practicing dental hygiene. Kalee is always striving to advance her clinical skills by pursuing continuing education in laser therapy, periodontal therapy, preventive and pediatric care.
Kalee is also a certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. Myofunctional Therapy is the neuromuscular re-education or re-pattering of the oral and facial muscles. The therapy includes facial and tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing and swallowing.
It's no secret that Kalee is passionate about Dental Hygiene and Myofunctional Therapy. She is continually seeking the latest research and best approach for each individual patient she sees. Kalee, and her husband, Adam, enjoy all that Crested Butte has to offer and appreciate that they are able to raise their two children, Delaney and Luka, in such a magical place.
Mandy • Dental Hygienist
Mandy Thompson moved here to Crested Butte, Colorado in 1997 from beautiful northern California. Her passion for the mountains and outdoor activities is what attracted her to Colorado, nearly 20 years ago. In 2005, Mandy received her BA in Business Administration and Psychology from Western State Colorado University.
Since receiving her dental assisting certification in 1996, Mandy has always aspired to become a dental hygienist. In 2011, she fulfilled her dream and graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College of Colorado, with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Mandy is always eager to learn the latest and greatest. She continues her ongoing education in order to provide the best oral care to her patients. She is passionate about helping others and is thrilled to be working and providing oral healthcare in the community she calls her home.
Katie • Dental Assistant
Katie was born and raised in Anchorage, AK where she developed her love of ice hockey. She played Division I women's hockey at St. Cloud State University and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology. She helps coach the Gunnison Blades U19 girls' team and has been a part of the Elk Avenue Dental Team since 2012.
As a dental assistant, she strives to make patients feel comfortable and informed about their oral healthcare. Katie loves being a part of a dental practice that demonstrates passion in pursuit of the highest quality in functional and aesthetic dental care.
Katie and her husband Scott are excited to raise their son, Beau in this glorious mountain town and to work for a dental team that she considers family.
Asia • Dental Assistant
Asia was born and raised in Wroclaw, a beautiful and historic city in southwest Poland. In June 2000, she graduated from Wroclaw University of Technology with a Master's degree in Biotechnology. After graduation, Asia and a few close friends arrived in the United States with plans of traveling. On their journey across the county she was introduced to Crested Butte. She fell in love with its majestic landscapes and friends, creative and supportive community. Quickly and unexpectedly she began to call Crested Butte home. After having worked at Ice Mountain Jewelry for twelve years, she was given the opportunity to join the team here at Elk Avenue Dental Center, as a dental assistant. She is thrilled to be a part of our team and aims to provide great care and attention to all our patients.
Amy • Office Manager
After graduating from University of Kansas with a degree in Psychology, Amy moved to Crested Butte in 1995. Soon after her arrival, she met her husband, Joe, while teaching at Children's Ski School. Over the past 17 years, Amy has taught at Little People's Learning Center preschool, substitute teaches at Crested Butte Community School and owns her own business, Mommy and Me. Amy enjoys everything Crested Butte has to offer and loves being able to raise her two boys, Sam and Max, in such an incredible place. Amy is excited to be a part of the Elk Avenue Dentistry team.