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Meet the Doctors

Dr. Kenneth J. Versman

Dr. Versman grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and has wanted to be a dentist since he was in 5th Grade. While pursuing the dream in dental school Dr. Versman decided to specialize in Periodontics. Dr. Versman is a periodontist in the Denver Metro Area who is dedicated to treating gum disease, gingivitis, and replacing missing teeth with dental implants. He has dedicated a great portion of his professional life to serving his profession and trying to continually help dentistry to advance. He and his wife Linda have two daughters, Rebecca and Allison as well as 2 golden retrievers, Kirby and Teddy. Both Linda and he love to fly fish (catch and release) and have enjoyed numerous traveling experiences. His number one passion, after love for his family, is his interaction with his patients.

Education

  • B.S. from University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 1968
  • D.D.S. from University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 1970
  • M.S. of Periodontology University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 1972
  • Certificate of Periodontology from University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Osseointegration.

Leadership with the American Dental Association

  • Vice President of the American dental association 2011-2013
  • 14th District Trustee to the American dental association representing Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada & Hawaii
  • President of the Colorado Dental Association
  • Member of Colorado State Board of Examiners

Dr. Douglas A. Heller

Dr. Heller is a native of Denver and has practiced periodontics in the Denver Aurora community since 1991. He has taught periodontics and dental implants at the University Of Colorado School Of Dentistry in the department of periodontics for over 25 years to both the graduate program and dental students. Dr. Heller has been and currently is chairman of the peer review committee for the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society. He has received numerous awards for his leadership and commitment to Dentistry both nationally and locally. Dr. Heller has been recognized by 5280 and his peers as a top periodontist/ dentist for each year the recognition has been published (Currently the 10th year). He was recognized by The Denver Post as the only recipient of the Denver Post “Strength in Health Leadership Award for Dental Specialists”. He remains active in many dental organizations throughout the country including, but not limited to the American Academy of Periodontology, The Academy of Osseointegration, The International College of Dentistry, The American College of Dentistry, and Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is one of the past presidents of the North American Society of Periodontists as well as the Denver Academy of Clinical Dentistry. Dr. Heller has lectured nationally along with his partner Dr. Versman. Additionally, they have hosted the popular radio show “Tooth Talk”. All of this is a nice summary of Dr. Heller’s professional life, but what really energizes him is his passion for his family; Amy and his 2 kids, Rigley & Teagan. In his spare time, Dr. Heller likes to stay active by running, playing hockey, and whenever possible a little fly fishing and skiing. Currently he is trying to perfect the art of bike riding with his children.

Education

  • Tufts University D.M.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania Certificate in the specialty of Periodontology

Dr. Eric M. Beckman

Dr. Beckman is a native to St. Paul, Minnesota. He was inspired to pursue a career in healthcare at an early age as his father is a pediatric dentist and mother is a neonatal physician. Dr. Beckman prides himself on being a conscientious and caring periodontist. He became a periodontist to offer assistance for patients who have been affected by gum recession, losing bone support, or losing teeth. Dr. Beckman also became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontics in May 2013. Completing the rigorous examinations before a panel of internationally respected peers demonstrates Dr. Beckman’s competence in his specialty. This accomplishment is held by only a fraction of the active periodontists worldwide.

Education

  • University of Minnesota Dental School D.D.S.
  • University of Minnesota Dental School M.S. with focus on biochemical engineering of titanium surfaces
  • University of Minnesota Certificate of Advanced Education in Periodontology

Dr. Daniel Thousand

Born overseas, Dr. Thousand has always been an avid traveler, but has called Colorado home since 1997. He attended undergrad at the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated with a degree in Integrative Physiology in 2010. While attending undergrad his love for health and sciences fully developed. After his graduation, he spent a year studying the molecular concentrations of powder on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains while assisting in dentistry to fund his outdoor science project. Dan’s family has long been involved in healthcare, so at an early age he knew that he wanted to serve in the healthcare field. His father has been a general dentist for thirty-five years and has served the greater Denver area for over twenty. Additionally, both his uncle and brother are practicing periodontists in St. Augustine, Florida. Dan graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2015. After graduation, he continued his education for an additional three years at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine to receive his post-doctoral certification in advanced periodontal, implant and surgical dentistry.Besides dentistry, although it is often part of his trips, Dan enjoys enriching himself in cultural diversity. He has been to six of the seven continents and has visited over twenty-five different countries. In his free time Dan enjoys skydiving, paragliding, rock climbing, paddle boarding and recently he has picked up mountain biking.

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine D.D.S
  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine M.S.D.
  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Postdoctoral Certificate in Advanced Periodontics

Dr. Jenna Hyer

Originally from Canada, Dr. Jenna Hyer grew up in Whitefish, Montana. She graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience in 2012. Her love of art and science drew her to dentistry, and Jenna graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2017. Her passion for surgery led her to continue her education at the University of Texas Health San Antonio Periodontics residency for the past three years, where she is specializing in implant, surgical, and sedation dentistry. She is excited to receive her post-doctorate certificate in Advanced Periodontics in May of 2020. After three years of Texas heat, she can’t wait to return to the mountains in Colorado, where she considers to be her second home and can take part in her love of outdoor activities. Jenna also enjoys traveling abroad and experiencing different cultures, and has been to over thirty countries. Her favorite experiences include trekking through the jungles in Colombia, living in Costa Rica for six months, and a recent road trip in Iceland. While closer to home, she enjoys painting, hiking, skiing, and spending time with friends. Jenna is passionate about providing the best individualized care for patients and looks forward to beginning her career as a periodontist in the Denver area. She is very excited to meet with you and take care of all your periodontal needs!

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine D.D.S.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences M.S.
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio certificate in Periodontic

  • Jessica WearpJessica Wearp

    Dr. Heller and team were recommended to me by my orthodontist for a gum graft and they were FANTASTIC! On my first visit Dr. Heller explained the procedure and answered my questions thoroughly. He was personable and had a great sense of humor, which put me at ease. The office staff worked with my insurance and communicated the financial arrangements so there were no surprises. During the procedure I felt only minimal discomfort at one point, but otherwise I was completely numb. The recovery was bearable but I did take pain medication for a few weeks as needed. I didn't feel comfortable speaking for several days, which probably varies based on the extent of surgery (I canceled Zoom meetings and calls the week after). While no one wants a gum graft, after having it done I wish I would've scheduled it earlier -- don't wait if you need one! Had I gone in earlier, I could have avoided some bone loss. Just make sure to stock up on smoothie and soup ingredients before the procedure. Dr. Heller made me feel comfortable throughout the whole process and now, 6 weeks later, I have a much healthier and attractive smile.

  • A Google UserA Google User

    Dr. Jenna Hyre is an exceptional Periodontist. I was introduced to her when she was in her last few months of residency at the University of Texas San Antonio Periodontics. My first visit with Dr. Hyre was warm and welcoming. Dr. Hyre conducted a thorough examination of the issues I had. She explained in great detail the processes and procedures that were required to fix the years of bone loss and receding gums. More importantly she listened to me and answered all of my questions. I had many visits with Dr. Hyre, each one of them better than the last. Dr. Hyre performed extractions, bone graphs, pocket reconstruction and guided tissue regeneration. Her attention to detail and the work she performed is beyond amazing. I personally thank her for the wonderful experience and her professionalism throughout all of my visits. I highly recommend Dr. Hyre and wish her all the best as she furthers her career.

  • Brigitte AdesBrigitte Ades

    Love the teamwork here! Talk about having fun while going to the dentist, yes it is true. You can have fun and get great work done. Whenever I need anything done the team from Periodontal Associates is there. I am thrilled to leave a review for this group of dentist. They are simply amazing

  • Valerie FarrarValerie Farrar

    I've had the best experience with this office. I have had some terrible experiences in the pass with different places. They made me feel comfortable and I couldn't have a better team to tend to all my dental needs. They take the time to really care by reaching out to check on you, and getting your emergency taken care asap even during a pandemic.

  • Laurie KincerLaurie Kincer

    Dr. Hyer was patient and professional when she did my implant. I was apprehensive and she put me at ease immediately. I can’t recommend her highly enough. You will be happy to work with her and you’ll be smiling even brighter under her professional care.

  • Melissa H.Melissa H.

    Let's be honest here - there is nothing fun about having gum surgery. However, the staff and Dr. Heller were as good as it gets with regard to my treatment....

  • Bridget B.Bridget B.

    Wow, from the moment I walked in I felt welcome. Super nice people and caring. I am a chicken and do not like dentist anything. Doctor Heller explained...

  • Paul BeauchampPaul Beauchamp

    Dr. Dan Thousand and staff were amazing. Having gum grafting done is not a pleasant experience by any means, but I was very impressed with Dan Thousand and his staff through this whole process. Several things Dan Thousand and I discussed really resinated with me, such as how damaging smoking cigarettes is to the tissue inside my mouth, ect. Long story short, I took everything Dan Thousand said to heart and I was able to quit smoking as result of this surgery, and for me this is a very huge accomplishment. Dan and I actually celebrated 46 days of no smoking on my final follow up today. I was very pleased at the results of the surgery as I no longer have any negative areas of gum recession in my mouth. The day of the surgery was a very difficult day due to the pain, but it was very nice to receive a call from their office checking up on me to see how I was doing. The follow up phone call was very comforting. I would highly recommend Dr. Dan Thousand and his staff to anyone who ever needs to have gum grafting done. 😃

  • Sara KluhsmanSara Kluhsman

    Dr. Thousand is pure genius! He fixed a failing implant & placed a new 1 as well. I will never go anywhere else. That man preforms miracles!

  • Karen Pelling LevineKaren Pelling Levine

    Dr. Doug Heller is one of three of the doctors that make up the driving force in my efforts to save my teeth and my overall health. What started out as one broken tooth led to the possibility of my losing all of my teeth to gum disease. Panicked, I reached for a second opinion and found Dr. Heller, along with my regular Dentist & Orthodontist. I am now the proud owner of only 5 implants, as opposed to full upper and lower implants OR full dentures. Though dental procedures are hardly fun, Dr. Heller and his staff have made it a smooth process, from financial to face-changing....I couldn't be happier. 😁 You be the judge. My profile pic, there on the left, is a fine example of their handiwork.
    Double Bonus: Doorbell just rang. Beautiful plant has just arrived to cheer me in my recovery....Thank you, Dr. Heller and your wonderful Staff!

  • Jerome GilmerJerome Gilmer

    I was sent to Dr. Beckman on a referral from my dentist because of a slightly loose tooth. Dr. Beckman evaluated the situation and recommended a gum graft and bite adjustment. It is now six weeks since the procedure, and while the recovery was not painless, it was pretty much exactly as he said it would be. Upon evaluation earlier this week it was clear that the procedure was successful.

    Dr. Beckman and the staff were very nice, supportive and professional and I would highly recommend this practice to anyone needing this kind of help.

  • Tori Horton HamillTori Horton Hamill

    Dr Beckman performed a gum graft. I was nervous, but he explained everything clearly and thoroughly. The staff were very accommodating when I had to reschedule and they keep the schedule flowing on time so I was not sitting and waiting beyond the appointment time. The only downside was having to ask multiple times about the cost and what my calculated out of pocket would be. Would definitely recommend.

  • Ashley SingletaryAshley Singletary

    5 stars! Dr. Beckman and the entire office staff provide superior customer service and care. I recently had a gum graft performed and from the very first meeting I felt at ease. Dr. Beckman took his time explaining the procedure and patiently answered any questions I had. On the day of the procedure they go the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable- they use top of the line medical treatment for an effective procedure and speedy recovery. The team was very supportive and available through the entire process and even calls to check on you post procedure. I highly recommend Dr. Beckman and his team!

  • Doris BinderDoris Binder

    I needed to get some implants and Dr. Heller was recommended. Thankfully, he was absolutely wonderful. I wasn't sure what to expect, but he explained everything that needed be done and the procedure began. Now it's not an over night process, but the weeks after each step was a piece of cake. I am so happy with my implants. I had to have a tooth pulled a few weeks ago, and I don't know how he does it, but I had zero pain, no complications and I needed no pain Meds. The staff is so friendly and I highly recommend them.

  • Kenneth McCallKenneth McCall
  • Jan BernsteinJan Bernstein

    Dr. Beckman and the staff couldn't have been nicer or more professional. I highly recommend the practice to anyone in need of a periodontist.

  • Chelsy LaForceChelsy LaForce

    Dr. Heller and the rest of the team is absolutely amazing. They are super helpful through the entire process and I knew I was in great hands. Thank you so much!

  • Terry Lavitt SeiverTerry Lavitt Seiver
  • Aprille Tripler MooreAprille Tripler Moore

    Dr. Beckman and the entire staff at Periodontal Associates are amazing! Dr. Beckman performed a gum graft procedure on me and to my surprise and relief I felt no pain. Not during the procedure or post op. The entire experience from consult through my last follow up appointment was topnotch.

  • Terry SandahlTerry Sandahl

    I have been a patient of first Dr. Versman and then Dr. Heller for over 20 years. This is an amazing periodontal group! I feel so comfortable having them take care of my needs~and there have been many! Dr. Heller is so easy going and I never feel like whatever he does will fail. They have a great support staff too! All their assistants are competent and friendly, and my hygienist Michelle is the best! Love these guys and wouldn't think of going anywhere else!

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