I decided I was going to be a dentist when I was 7 years old because I had amazing experiences both at my dentist’s and my orthodontist’s offices and I wanted to be like them!
As I got a little older, I realized it wasn’t all rainbow rubber bands and treasure chests that made the dentists in my life so great; it was that they were passionate about helping people. After attending the University of Southern California for college I went east to Boston University School of Dental Medicine where I graduated Cum Laude (and met Dave). Once I was in dental school it became clear being a general dentist was what I was meant to do. Connecting with patients is the best part of my job. I’m fortunate that helping a phobic patient work through their fears or giving someone the smile they have dreamed of or simply getting someone out of pain is my job! That does not get old.
Continuing education is extremely important to all of us at Crested Butte Family Dental. We spend hundreds of hours each year individually or as a team learning as much as we can to best serve our patients. Dental school does a decent job of giving you the basics, but continuing education is where you learn the treatments and technology that you can become passionate about. We have the leading technology and have spent numerous hours learning how best to use it to our patients' advantage. Since joining the Crested Butte Community I have become more passionate about creating an exceptional experience for a special part of our community...the kids! This is why I have pursued an education in orthodontics, learned a ton about sleep disordered breathing in children and learned what makes for a great experience at the dentist for kids! Of course, I will always love serving and connecting with my adult patients as well!
Constantly learning and growing are a huge part of my values and I’m fortunate that dentistry is an ever-evolving profession. I was lucky to have a progressive mentor through dental school and was able to begin my career at his practice in Boulder. That is where I was first introduced to Cerec (same-day crown) technology as well as laser dentistry. I immediately learned as much as I could about Cerec and was asked to join the CerecDoctors.com Mentor group in 2012 and Visiting Faculty in 2016. I also completed the rigorous Arun Garg implant training and have enjoyed bringing a high-tech, digital workflow for implant placement to the office.
My primary goal has always been to improve the patient experience and for me that means listening to patient concerns, educating them on prevention and treatment, and creating an efficient and comfortable appointment. With the Cerec, 3D Xrays, and Laser technology, I am able to make your appointment personalized, comfortable and easy.
More recently, I have become passionate about breathing and sleep and understanding how it is the underlying issue for many health problems. I suffer from moderate sleep apnea and through the Spencer Study Club and ASAP pathways have studied how best to help myself and also my patients.
I am excited to have down roots in the Gunnison Valley community. My first visit to Crested Butte was when I was 15 years old and visiting a friend at Western State College. I immediately felt how special this place is and almost cannot believe that the dream of living here has become a reality. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and attended University of Wisconsin Madison for undergrad. Afterward, I went to Boston University where I graduated Cum Laude from dental school (and met Chelsea). Chelsea and I are so fortunate to raise our children here and serve such a wonderful community of people.
My true passion in both my personal and professional life is helping others. My career of being a Dental Hygienist allows me to fulfill this passion in many ways. I’m dedicated, caring and devoted to helping my patients feel at ease while providing the highest quality dental care possible.
I’m always eager to learn the latest and greatest and new advancements in the dental world. I love learning and am excited to work in an office where we provide conservative and comprehensive dental care using the best technology dentistry offers. Being a complete health provider is important to me, which is why I became an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. Myofunctional Therapy promotes neuromuscular reeducation of the oral and facial muscles. I am trained to work with muscles of the face, jaw, lips and tongue to establish proper rest posture and patterns, eliminating negative oral habits which impact growth and development of facial structures. I also assess and treat improper lip, tongue and jaw postures, which, if left untreated can lead to a number of dysfunctional disorders and parafunctional habits.
I’m extremely honored to be working with Drs. Dave and Chelsea Stangl and I’m excited to be able to continue evolving my skills as they will be introducing many new and exciting procedures and technologies to Crested Butte Family Dental.
Cracker Barrel and Dollar Tree are my guilty pleasures, our dog Finn is the most entertaining monster, I have a large birthmark on my leg that my parents lovingly named "Freddy Krueger" when I was a small child, and I truly think my body could take in an infinite amount of pizza and brownies.
One of the favorite parts of my job as a dental hygienist is to become acquainted with patients beyond the mouth and I am really looking forward to meeting all of my new CB Dental patients!
Like most, I came to this beautiful valley to ski and revel in the outdoors and to work with the great people at Crested Butte Family Dental!
I've been a part of this rockstar team since 2017 and have learned so much about dentistry and the impact it has on our overall health. I love being an advocate for our patients and helping to ease any financial burdens so they can receive the best care.
I started working with Drs. Dave and Chelsea in 2018. My passion for dentistry and our patients has grown so much! I love creating relationships with each of them. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this amazing team and community.
Originally I’m from Anchorage, Alaska, where I spent my childhood on the ice. I played Division I Women’s Hockey at St. Cloud State University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. I’ve lived in Crested Butte since 2010 with my husband Scott, our son Beau, and two dogs. We are stoked to be raising our son in this glorious place.