Thomas J. Chapman, DDS,
Hello! I am the founder and owner of Highlands Ranch Periodontics & Implant Dentisty. Dentistry is a second career for me. After twelve years in retail management, I decided that a career change was needed to fulfill my life. Opening and managing stores for Kids R Us was just not what I wanted to do for the rest of my career.
After returning to undergraduate school to take courses needed to apply to dental school, I began to search for the right dental school for me. The University of Maryland Dental School was at the top of the list. It is consistently ranked as one of the very top dental schools in the country. It is also the very first dental school in the country! By the end of my first year, I had fallen in love with periodontics and the idea of saving teeth. Specializing became my goal.
I completed my residency in periodontics and implants at the University of Maryland. My family and I moved to Denver in 1996 and I began practicing periodontics! I founded my own practice in Highlands Ranch in 2002 after working for a very busy office for five years. My goal was to own a periodontal and implant practice where each patient is treated as a person, not just a "case". Our foundation core values at Highlands Ranch Periodontics & Implant Dentistry include excellent clinical care, effective two-way communication, strong ethics, and shared decision making in a comfortable and enjoyable environment for everyone. With the help of my staff, I am quite proud to say that we have achieved this goal! Owning my own practice allows me the time to spend with each of my patients so that I can get to know them, their goals and concerns. I enjoy acting as an advisor for my patients dental health and assisting them in achieving their long term health goals.
On the personal side, I am the very proud father of twins, Ashley and Ryan, who make Denver their home. It's hard to believe that they started first grade at the same time that I started dental school! Harper, our granddaughter, has enriched our lives beyond belief! In my spare time, I love racing my Formula Ford race car with Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing, traveling, cooking and exploring Denver's many fine restaurants. My wife, Stephanie, and I live in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver.
Angela - Receptionist/Insurance Coordinator: Angela was born in San Antonio Texas, and has lived in many places because her Dad is a retired Air Force Colonel. She been married for eleven years and has a eight year old daughter, Alyssa. Also keeping her busy are her 2 dogs, Liz and Lilly. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, camping & boating.
Angela has been in the dental field for fourteen years. She was a dental/periodontal assistant for six years. She has been a valuable member of Dr. Chapman's team for eleven years! Prior to becomming the receptionist/ insurance coordinator, she was Dr. Chapman's periodontal assistant.
Karen - Periodontal Assistant: Karen is from Sacramento California. She has been married for 30 years, has two children and three grandchildren. As the wife of a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Karen likes to travel. She has lived in England and Italy. Karen has been a Periodontal Assistant for ten years and has been Dr. Chapman's assistant for nearly six years. Karen truly excells at making our patients comfortable and very well cared for!
Ken - Registered Dental Hygienist: Ken grew up in Aurora, Colorado. He has been married for 18 years and has two children, Connor and Kira. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Northern Colorado and his master's degree at the University of Denver. He began his dental career as a dental assistant for 3 years before receiving dental hygiene degree from Laramie County Community College in 2007. Ken enjoys getting to know our patients and helping them achieve their dental goals, and ultimately, long term dental health! Just as people have personal preferences when it comes to the amount of pressure that a massage therapist uses, the same is true when it comes to a hygienist. Let Ken know about any preferences that you may have and he will accomadate your wishes. In his free time, Ken enjoys spending time with his family, drawing and aviation.
All our professionals at Highlands Ranch Periodontics & Implant Dentistry maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest techniques and trends in periodontics and implantology. So that you may get to know us a bit, here is some biographical information on us: