Castle Peak Dental

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At Castle Peak Dental, we strive to provide the greatest experience for you and your family. We want our patients to feel at ease when visiting our clinic and know that they will receive the highest quality care from us. From general to cosmetic dentistry, our team of dentists offers a wide range of dental services. We welcome you to come and visit our mountain oasis.

Meet Our Doctors

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Dr. Summer Kassmel

Dr. Kassmel is committed to treating each patient as an individual and helping people achieve their goals for a healthy and beautiful smile. She is the state’s only GP Platinum Plus Level Invisalign® Provider and has over 500 hours of continuing education hours. She has practiced in Eagle, Colorado since 2004 and enjoys the small-town atmosphere and community.

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Dr. Melanie Albers

Dr. Albers has extensive training in pediatric dentistry and nitrous sedation. She has attended over 400 hours of continuing education courses, including endodontics and the restoration of implants. Dr. Albers always enjoys seeing her patients and giving them back the form and function they may have lost due to wear, broken, or missing teeth.

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Dr. Melina Bjornson

Dr. Bjornson is passionate about helping people and their families in the community become a healthier and happier version of themselves. She is looking forward to seeing your smiling faces out and about as well as in Castle Peak Dental!

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Dr. David Drescher

Dr. Drescher enjoys every element of general dentistry and is excellent at ensuring that his patients are at ease, comfortable, and informed. He works tediously to make sure that every member of your family has a fantastic experience.

Dr. Mallory Mayeda

Dr. Mayeda’s favorite part of dentistry is developing quality relationships with her patients and collaborating with them to create their best treatment plans and oral health goals.

Dr. Shawn Custer

As Dr. Custer believes in the importance of patient experience in clinical dentistry, he feels that pain control and comfort is a must and strives to treat patients like family.

Meet The Team

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Debbie Dodson

Practice Director

Debbie has been in the dental field for 25 years. She was a Registered Dental Hygienist for 10 years, before moving to the administrative side of the dental team. She has taken extensive courses in dental insurance utilization and customized treatment planning. She has received certification in Dentrix and SoftDent. Her knowledge of dental insurance and her true desire to help each patient maximize their benefits make Debbie an invaluable member of Castle Peak Dental’s team.

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Amy Meryhew

Registered Dental Hygienist

Amy is exceptional at educating patients on whole health and wellness, which includes customized plans for each patient’s oral health. She has extensive training in periodontal disease and utilizing diode lasers to improve healing. Amy maintains her continuing education by attending over 30 hours of coursework every year. She has been in hygiene for over 20 years and maintains her passion for helping people attain oral health and the beautiful smile they deserve!

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Lessa Kovacik

Registered Dental Hygienist

Lessa Kovacik has been a dental hygienist in the valley for over 20 years and has extensive training in all aspects of dentistry. She is a member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and continues her education yearly with numerous hours of coursework. She is committed to building relationships with her patients by putting them at ease with compassion and education. She was beyond excited that an opportunity became available to work at Castle Peak Dental with what she says "is the greatest work environment with the most glorious coworkers"

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Brittany Lopez

Dental Assistant, Invisalign Lead Assistant

Brittany is a local to the Vail Valley and has been a team member with Castle Peak Dental since 2014. She graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 2008 and from Intellitec Medical Institute in Colorado Springs, as a certified dental assistant in 2010. She has extensive training in Invisalign clear aligner therapy, Trios scanning, as well as many continuing education hours to further her expertise in the field of dentistry. Brittany enjoys building relationships with the team and patients at Castle Peak Dental and is exceptional at assisting in pediatric procedures.

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Racheal Richards

Dental Assistant, Lead Lab Technician

Racheal has lived in the Vail Valley most of her life. She graduated from the Vail Valley Dental Assisting School in 2015 and since then has received extensive training in Invisalign® aligner therapy and Trios scanning technology. She has taken numerous hours of continuing education hours in order to better serve patients. Racheal is an exceptional assistant in multiple procedures, and truly enjoys making patients feel comfortable during their visit.

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Kylee Montoya

Registered Dental Hygienist

Kylee was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. She obtained her bachelor's degree in health and exercise science at Colorado State University which is where she also met her husband Ben. She then got her license in Dental hygiene at Community College of Denver and moved back to the valley to begin practicing. She has been working in the dental field since 2013 and has gone through extensive training in periodontal disease and utilizing diode lasers to improve healing.

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Julie Parker

Treatment Coordinator, Universal Trainer

Julie moved to the Eagle area in July of 2018 from Massachusetts. She followed her dreams and shot for the stars to end up in beautiful Eagle, Colorado. Julie loves to fly fish and in her spare time, can be seen on the river with her sidekick, Drake. Drake is a black Labrador retriever.

Julie started her career as a dental assistant. She then graduated with her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. She moved to the administrative side of the field where she can shine to the patients without being in their mouths. Julie enjoys seeing her patients and hopes to bring a smile to each individual who comes into the office.

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Sarah Love

Insurance and Billing Coordinator

Sarah has been with Castle Peak Dental since 2015. She moved here from Texas with her husband, Cagan to be closer to her family. They have two boys, Lincoln and Griffin. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. Some of her hobbies include arts and crafts, camping and floating the river with her family.

She began her career in dentistry several years before as a dental assistant, and since has moved to the administrative side of the field. She has received countless hours of continuing education training in improving the customer service experience as well as extensive training in dental insurance and utilization. Sarah is excited to be part of the team at Castle Peak, and is looking forwarding to meeting all of the patients!

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Delsey Lopez

Scheduling and Treatment Coordinator

Delsey has lived in Colorado for 19 years and absolutely loves it here. Delsey graduated from Eagle Valley High School and attended Colorado Mountain College where she received her certificate as a CNA. When Delsey began working for Dr.David she realized how much she really enjoyed her job. She’s a really friendly individual and loves people over all. She enjoys working with others just as much as she enjoys her job. She has two beautiful children, Jordan and Sophia with her high school sweet heart who she has been married to for 2 years. Family means everything to her! When she is not at work, she’s out exploring the world with her beautiful family.

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Nicole Hustad

Scheduling Coordinator

Nicole is a fifth-generation farm girl from rural Nebraska who earned a BA in Voice at Nebraska Wesleyan University before living abroad in Beijing, China for several years with her husband. They moved to the valley in 2014 with their three young children when Andrew was recruited to start the Chinese Language program at Vail Mountain School. They fell hard for living in the mountains and love biking in summer, being on the mountain in the winter and camping together in their popup every chance they get. Nicole owns a small business here in Eagle and is excited to join the Castle Peak Dental team part-time as well!

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Krista Butters

Scheduling and Treatment Coordinator

Krista grew up in Eagle, CO after her family moved to the area from Albuquerque, NM, where she was born. From there she moved to Colorado Springs to attend UCCS, where she graduated with a B.S. in Communications. After college, she found herself back in the mountains pursuing a career in management.

Krista and her husband Jason have 3 children, Teagan, Kinsley, and Cooper, as well as their Aussiedoodle, Tucker. As a family they enjoy camping, skiing, snowboarding, fishing and spending time with family and friends. Krista, though new to the dental field, has a passion for helping our patients feel comfortable and at ease to ensure they have the best dental experience. She is excited to be a part of our team and looks forward to serving our patients.

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Allison Puppe

Insurance Coordinator

Allison grew up on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska and enjoyed a childhood of fishing, boating, hiking and camping with her family. She attended the University of Alaska Anchorage to complete her general credits then headed to Fargo, North Dakota with her sisters, to attend North Dakota State University. She graduated with a BS Degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Human Resources and after graduation headed back to the Mountains but in Colorado this time! After a couple of years in Colorado Springs she moved to the Vail Valley in 2004 and her and her husband Brian have made Eagle their home. They have two boys, August and Benjamin and as a family enjoy all of the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. Allison is new to the Dental Field but is excited to be able to offer her Insurance knowledge to Castle Peak!

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Andrea Owens

Executive Assistant

Andrea has been an Executive Assistant for Dr. Kassmel since 2018. She helps facilitate business operations for Castle Peak Dental, Avon Dental, Vail Valley Dental Assisting School, and DA Schools Delivered.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of North Texas. Andrea moved from Texas to the Vail Valley in 2007. She and her husband, Jeff, have two young children, Ella and Easton. Andrea enjoys hiking, camping, days at the lake, and going on adventures with her family.

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Melissa Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Melissa Rodriquez has been a local of the Eagle Valley since 1994. She graduated from Eagle Valley High School in 2010. Melissa has worked as a Front Office Supervisor at the Best Western Eagle Lodge & Suites and now use that skill set to facilitate business operations for Vail Valley Dental Assisting School, DA Schools Delivered, Castle Peak Dental, and Avon Dental.

Melissa and her husband, Juan, love spending their summers being adventurous with their two kids, Austin who is five, and Laylah who is one. One of their favorite things to do at the lake is pack a picnic and jump on the paddleboards. Melissa is excited to be a part of the team and grow within the company.

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Jillian Jugert

Administrative Assistant

Jillian has been in the dentistry field for over 5 years where she has a successful track record with marketing and administrative work. She is excited to be on the team and make an impact with Vail Valley Dental Assisting School, DA Schools Delivered, Avon Dental, and Castle Peak Dental.

Jillian is from Colorado and enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, tap dancing, singing, traveling, and trying out new restaurants.

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Amanda Heersink

Administrative Assistant

Amanda is a Colorado native and enjoys helping people in any capacity that they need. She attended the University of Colorado and received a BA in Communications, with a focus on Public Relations. She enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews as well as taking care of her 15-year-old miniature Dachshund, Roxy. She is new to the dental field and is excited to bring her more than 10 years of customer support experience to the team.

Katie Stockdale

Administrative Assistant

Katie has worked in Healthcare Administration with the U.S. Air Force Reserves for over 10 years and now helps facilitate business operations as an administrative assistant for Castle Peak Dental, Avon Dental, Vail Valley Dental Assisting School, and DA Schools Delivered. She has an MBA from the University of Denver and moved to Eagle County in 2017.

Katie and her husband, Dean, live in Eagle, Colorado with their daughter, Georgia, and they love hiking, traveling, and spending time with family. Katie is an avid reader whose favorite authors include Wally Lamb, Emily Giffin, Kristin Hannah, and Ann Patchett. On warm days she can be found outside running on the Eagle Valley Trail or walking her 10-year-old dachshund.

Castle Peak Dental

56 Market Street
Suite 5
Eagle, CO 81631
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Hours

Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Phone

970-328-1116

Email Address

[email protected]

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New Technology With a Gentle Touch

We utilize leading-edge dental technology as part of our commitment to providing an exceptional level of dentistry. These tools allow us to detect issues earlier, diagnose, and treat more dental issues faster while keeping your comfort priority one at all times. You can trust you’re getting only the latest dental technology and treatments when you visit our office.

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Digital X-Rays

Our digital X-rays emit less radiation, take images faster without any need for processing, and allow us to optimize the images so we can provide a more precise diagnosis.

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Intraoral Camera

This innovative handheld camera allows us to examine your mouth in greater detail. We use this diagnostic tool to zoom in closely on specific teeth, providing a high-quality image of your teeth. The images are displayed on a screen for you and our dentist to review, giving you a better understanding of your diagnosis and treatment.

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CEREC

The CEREC system takes the normal, multi-visit traditional dental crown procedure and cuts it down. You’ll receive your permanent, natural-looking restoration faster than ever!

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iTero Digital Scanner

Our office uses digital scanners to create a highly detailed 3D model of your teeth. The resulting 3D surface model is the virtual, time-efficient, and safe alternative to traditional plaster models.

iTero Digital Scanner
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Cone Beam Computed Tomography

Known as CBCT, this advanced imaging technique uses a cone-shaped X-ray beam. The cone beam rotates around your head to create a highly detailed 3D image of your mouth to help us accurately design your treatment plan.

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