The Articulate Dentist - A Blog by the Metro Denver Dental Society

Denver A Love Story: Why Dentists Love the Mile High City

By: Jack Nguyen, MS, DDS

Living in Colorado offers a unique blend of benefits, making it an attractive place to call home. There’s a variety of reasons dentists move to Colorado so what’s yours? We wanted to learn why dentists chose the Denver metro area to move and practice. You might be surprised why some doctors made the leap to put down roots here.

One of the biggest draws is the unbeatable climate. Denver experiences all four seasons, with tolerable winters and pleasant summers. Winters are relatively mild compared to other parts of the country. Dr. Melanie Chu remembers her east coast weather experience, while attending Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, as polarizing extremes with constant gloominess. Now practicing in Westminster, Dr. Chu contends she has no plans to return to Boston, MA, or her hometown, Indianapolis, IN. Averaging 300 days of sunshine a year, Denver’s summer days highlight cooling aquatic recreations including leisurely floating down Clear Creek or paddle boarding at one of several nearby lakes and reservoirs.

One cannot forget to mention the year-round outdoor lifestyle Denverites obsess over. Nestled near the Rocky Mountains, the city has easy access to skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking, fishing, hiking and camping excursions. If a milder adventure is desired, dentists can escape the clinic by taking a day trip to the Royal Gorge Route Railroad or observing the annual elk migration at Rocky Mountain National Park. Having personally experienced all the above, I prefer scenic walks with my dog Zealand, in the many off-leash, open space parks. However, if you’re new to the dental community or just looking to explore the outdoors, reach out, I’ll personally guide you on one of our MDDS-organized scenic hikes (our next one is Saturday, July 28 at North Table Mountain).

Would you guess that an essential aspect of life in Denver is family culture? The city places a strong emphasis on family-friendly activities and amenities. Thanks to five-term former mayor, Robert W. Speer, a concerted effort was placed on city beautification so we could delight in numerous parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities designed to cater to residents of all ages. Spend a few hours picnicking at City Park, visit the Denver Zoo (MDDS has a family and friends event there this June) or explore the Denver Botanical Gardens. These are among the very reasons why Dr. Hunter Weber, originally from Little Rock, AR, and his wife Mary, decided on Denver to start a family. More impressive is how Dr. Blake Weber, Hunter’s father, reinvigorated his thirty-year dental career by moving to Denver to work alongside his son at Dental Solutions of Central Park. An abundance of neighborhood variety blended with quality schools makes Denver a desirable choice for those starting their family journey. Not to brag but in 2024, Colorado ranks fourth in the nation for higher education, according to US News and World Report.

Adding to the amazing reasons outlined above, Colorado’s thriving economic development attracts young dentists from all over world. Dr. Vinicius Lima, originally from Brazil, and his wife Dr. Maria Petroche, from Ecuador, both attended dental school in Florida and decided to start their practice in Lakewood. Surprisingly Dr. Lima had no prior history or relationship to Colorado, yet he and his wife were certain this was the place to begin their dental careers. It only adds motivation to know that in 2024, US News and World Report ranked Denver third for the best-growing economy. If one looks around at all the high-rise cranes and booming residential developments, there should be no doubt that growth opportunities in our dental profession continue to be within reach.

There you have it, it’s not just the incredible weather and exciting outdoor lifestyle that draw dentists to Denver, Colorado. Diverse family culture, vibrant economic opportunities and many more brilliant qualities make the Denver metro area an ideal hotspot to call home. If you have other inspiring reasons why you moved here, please share. Your stories help connect our growing MDDS community and sharing certainly adds to the diversity of our profession.

Jack Nguyen, MS, DDS, is an entrepreneur, researcher and patent recipient for the invention of the Microtray. He earned his doctorate from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA, and continues to provide clinical care part-time. Now in his 15th year of practice, Dr. Nguyen enjoys engaging with leadership roles to accelerate healthcare innovation.

The Articulate Dentist is a blog by the Metro Denver Dental Society, providing members with insight into the dental industry, practice management tips, tech trends and best practices as well as Society news and updates.