Meet the Team

Our Family Welcomes Yours!

Kari Office Manager

Kari began her dental career over two decades ago as a dental assistant and has excelled in many roles in the dental profession working as a front office team member, Office Manager, and Practice Administrator. After returning to school and earning a degree in Business Management, she reached her career goal of helping practices as a Dental Consultant. However, she realized she missed the personal interactions with parents and patients of working in an office. Kari is very excited to be part of the outstanding, quality focused team at Canyon Ridge Pediatric Dentistry. In her spare time, Kari is enjoys riding her horse and camping in the mountains as well as competing in Cowboy Mounted Shooting events all over Colorado and neighboring states.

Missy Front Office Coordinator

Missy joined our practice in 2014 and has since become an invaluable part of the team. She brings many years of customer service to her position and always has a welcoming smile! Our patients appreciate the time Missy takes coordinating their appointments and explaining insurance benefits. Missy grew up in Rupert, Idaho, where she met her husband of 17 years, Jeremy. They recently moved to Colorado, now calling Elbert home. As a family they enjoy the outdoors: hunting, fishing, 4-wheeling, wake boarding and attending her sons’ sporting events.


Clinical Team

Celia Dental Hygienist

As a dental hygienist Celia strives to make kids (and parents!) feel at ease while cleaning teeth and counseling each child on good oral health habits. Celia has always enjoyed working with children and recognizes that many children come to the dentist with innate or experiential fears. Celia’s most rewarding experiences come from helping children overcome these fears and enjoy the confidence good oral health can bring. Celia has been a registered dental hygienist for 14 years and has received numerous awards for her high standard of care including Proctor & Gamble’s award for Patient Care and Preventative Dentistry in 2003. When not at work Celia can be found outside playing baseball with her husband and 2 children.

Julie Dental Assistant

With an upbeat personality and optimistic outlook Julie is a wonderful asset to our office! As a Certified Dental Assistant she performs a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. Julie often works chair-side with Dr. Thomas to examine and treat patients. Julie’s primary goal is to make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair while providing the best treatment. A native of California, Julie recently moved to Colorado in December 2016 and shortly after joined Dr. Thomas and his team. Julie loves the friendly atmosphere and dedication that Dr. Thomas provides to the patients and staff. As a mother, Julie enjoys the laughter and playfulness of children, which has made this job a perfect fit! When she isn’t at the dental office she spends time with her family, son, and fiancé. She loves to go shopping, travel, explore the great outdoors, and attend car races and shows.