Dr. Karen Urnise D.D.S.

 
 
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Why am I passionate about your teeth?

It may seem kind of crazy, but honestly I love teeth. My daughter often asks me when I leave for work, why am I fixing people’s teeth? I’ve told her, in a 4-year-old simplicity, that I do this to make people feel better and have happy teeth. In a very simple way this is what I hope to do each day practicing dentistry, help people. Dentistry is a unique outlet for me, it allows me to blend science and artistry to improve people’s lives. 

Teeth can make or break someone’s self-confidence; you can see it in the way someone smiles. I’ve seen teenagers with cavities so significant they would never smile. After receiving care to improve their oral health, I have seen a transformation in them. I’ve seen tears of joy when they look at their smile; a smile they own and are confident to share. This is why I am a dentist, because I love people. My hope is that patients who come to see us at Urnise Dentistry, feel this in our practice. It is important to me that our patients feel comfortable and empowered about their treatment decisions and are able to ask questions. I want you to find not just a dentist, but a dental team who cares about you and keep you smiling.

 

Our Team


 
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Dr. Karen Urnise D.D.S.

Dr. Karen Urnise is from Kansas City, Missouri. Before dental school, Karen's love for the outdoors inspired her to study and receive an Environmental Science degree. She went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2010 receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Karen and her husband Joe, a structural engineer for CDOT, are grateful to call Glenwood Springs home.

Dr. Urnise is devoted to providing her patients with the highest quality of service, making use of the most up-to-date science and techniques. Dr. Urnise approaches dentistry with full body wellness in mind, addressing not only the condition of your teeth but medical issues, behaviors and other factors that impact your oral health. Karen and Joe have two children, Hazel and Patrick. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and in the great outdoors. You may find her mountain biking, hiking or cooking up a gourmet meal at home.

Dr. Urnise currently is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA.org), Colorado State Dental Association, and a past President for (2016-2017) of the Western Colorado Dental Association.


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Dr. Garry Millard D.D.S.
Periodontist

Dr. Millard is a specialist in Periodontics, treating gum problems and placing dental implants for patients. A native of Montana, Dr. Millard graduated summa cum laude from Montana State University with a degree in Biology. He then went on to dental school, and received Periodontal specialty training at the National Naval Dental Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Millard achieved Board Certification in 1995 and practiced as a periodontist in Chico, California for 15 years (1995—2010). In 2011, he and his family relocated to Colorado, where he joined the Mountain Family Health Centers, a local non-profit, as the Dental Director. Dr. Millard was nominated for the Garfield County Humanitarian of the Year award in 2017 for his work to increase access to dental care for low-income Garfield County students.

In 2018, Dr. Millard retired from Mountain Family Health Centers and joined Urnise Dentistry. He will be working 1-2 days per week at Urnise Dentistry. He and Dr. Urnise are excited to combine their skills to provide advanced implant services locally in Glenwood, rather than relying on providers outside of our area.

Dr. Millard and his wife Stacey have been married for over 30 years. They have have 3 daughters, a son and one grandchild— Alisha Riddile a local realtor with Sotheby’s, Justin who works for Microsoft in the Seattle area, Jorja, Jayla, and Emmy Rae Riddile their granddaughter. Dr. Millard enjoys hiking, golfing and skiing.


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Lauren Heinz
Front Office Manager & Certified Dental Assistant

Lauren joined our team in 2012. She is originally from Michigan and moved to the area 5 years ago. She attended Thompson M-Tec in 2009 with training in dental assisting and made the move to Glenwood Springs shortly thereafter. Lauren is our office expert for questions about insurance, billing and just about anything. She brings a friendly and helpful smile to our office. Outside of the dental office you may find Lauren golfing, traveling or doing craft projects. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


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Sarah Housley
Front Office Staff

Sarah, a Texas native, has enjoyed working in the medical industry for the past 25 years in the Roaring Fork Valley. Sarah joined Urnise Dentistry in February 2018. Sarah provides our patients with exceptional customer service, bringing upbeat attitude and friendly smile to work each day. She enjoys gardening and spending time with her husband and two teenagers.


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Fabiola Leyva-Black
Dental Assistant

Fabiola joined Urnise Dentistry in January 2017. She is a Certified Dental Assistant; she graduated from Vail Valley Dental School in 2016. Fabiola is fluent in both English and Spanish which helps her provide service to Spanish speaking patients and in her family business running two Subway restaurants. Fabiola and her husband have two adorable little boys ages four and two. When not working, Fabi enjoys spending time on the lake, hiking and traveling with her family.