Valley native opens dental business with husband |

Valley native opens dental business with husband

Meet Your Merchant
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Contributed PhotoFrom left, Hosanna Metzger, Erica Brucker Coon, Dr. Benjamin Coon, Katherine Harvey and Margie Skorich.

How did your business start?

The Coons purchased Glenwood Meadows Dental in April 2010, after Dr. Coon finished his service as general dentist and dental officer for the United States Air Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Erica Brucker Coon was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and graduated from Basalt High School before attending college at Montana State University in Bozeman, where the couple met. Dr. Coon is a Wyoming native, and when his time in the Air Force concluded and the opportunity arose to acquire Glenwood Meadows Dental, the couple quickly decided to set their roots in Glenwood Springs with a permanent practice. The Coons now have three young children and reside in New Castle.

What do you sell?

Glenwood Meadows Dental offers general, restorative, preventive and cosmetic dentistry for children, adults and seniors at its Glenwood Meadows shopping center location. With new technology and continuous training, Dr. Coon stays on the leading edge of dentistry and advancements in the field.

Glenwood Meadows Dental recently invested in Picasso lasers for certain surgeries and fast and effective teeth whitening. Patients can benefit from this technology for less invasive soft tissue surgeries and procedures that are more comfortable and heal more quickly than previous traditional surgical methods. The tool is used for smile enhancements, frenectomies and periodontal treatment.

Glenwood Meadows Dental also uses tooth-colored composite filling material for restorations. The fillings are more aesthetically pleasing to today’s patients than the old metal, or amalgam fillings, and they actually bond to the tooth, eliminating the very small gap that can occur between a tooth and an amalgam filling.

Dr. Coon has completed advanced training with Nobel Biocare for dental implants. Implants are appropriate for patients of all ages and are ideal for people missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They are a great alternative to bridgework and endodontic treatment.

Katherine Harvey, one of the Roaring Fork Valley’s favorite dental hygienists, is also on staff at Glenwood Meadows Dental. Her gentle and thorough cleanings and her education to young patients on proper brushing and daily care have contributed to a large local patient base for preventive care.

Hosanna Metzger, dental assistant, is a native of Peru and has a master’s degree in microbiology. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?

Good health is always a priority, and Glenwood Meadows patients are particularly inclined to staying current with their preventive care to maintain good dental health and save on health care expense. The practice is dedicated to patient education on the availability of preventive care that is usually no-cost or low cost through most dental health insurance plans.

A complimentary consultation to assess needed treatment plans, analyze insurance benefits, and give patients comprehensive costs on treatments for budgeting purposes has also been successful for Glenwood Meadows Dental.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?

Glenwood Meadows Dental will continue to do what we do best: focus on personalized, comfortable care for our patients. We believe patient-centered care and a holistic understanding of family and individual health is essential. This is the overarching philosophy at Glenwood Meadows Dental and the foundation for an enduring patient-provider relationship. We continue to grow thanks to patient referrals and word of mouth, and we appreciate the trust that our patients place in us as we celebrate our two-year anniversary of our practice in April 2012.

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