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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 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 1972owa City, IA 1972

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, but his favorite travel experiences usually involve rock climbing. His most recent trip took him to Southeast Asia where he traveled to Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore for climbing, surfing and scuba diving. In his free time Dan enjoys skydiving, paragliding, rock climbing, paddle boarding and recently he has picked up mountain biking. He also enjoys skiing and snowboarding in the winter as well as camping and fishing in the summer, making Colorado an ideal place for him to reside. He is passionate about providing the best patient care possible and is excited to begin his new career serving doctors and their patients as a periodontist in the Denver area. Dan would love the opportunity to meet and discuss how he can serve your office and your patients.

  • Barbara SalesBarbara Sales

    I highly recommend Dr. Heller and everyone associated with Periodontal Associates. From the moment I walked in, through the entire several month process of receiving a dental implant, I was made to feel totally comfortable. As a somewhat nervous patient, this was so important to me! Every step of the process was explained to me and my questions were welcomed and answered. Dr. Heller is very personable, extremely competent, and thoughtful. I’m so grateful that I was referred to him, and I’m very happy with my implant.

  • Tracye WilhelmTracye Wilhelm

    Highly recommend!! Had the best experience with my gum graft here! They provide you with a retainer to help protect the upper incisions, and after a small blood draw, inject your own white blood cells to help speed up the healing of the grafts. Job well done, great staff, doctors, and assistants!

  • E. W.E. W.

    I needed to have a couple of gum grafts to fix receding gums in two areas and Dr. Heller came highly recommended by my dentist. I was dreading it, but it wasn’t really that bad - and now I’m glad I had it done. I experienced discomfort, as you might imagine, but I didn’t really have any pain - and it healed pretty quickly. The staff is really friendly and professional and they checked with my insurance before the procedure so I would know the cost ahead of time. This is the second time I’ve had a procedure there, and I honestly don’t think I would trust anyone else.

  • 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.

  • Sean HakesSean Hakes

    The team at Periodontal and Associates are unmatched when it comes to dental implants and general oral health. I've had the pleasure of knowing the team for prob 6 - 7 years as well as have been an on-going patient there as wall. Highly recommended!

  • 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....

  • Lynne K.Lynne K.

    I've been seen by Dr Beckmann since he joined the practice. I know he and his staff truly care about their patients and their dental health. Very...

  • 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 AndersonAshley Anderson

    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!

  • Holly DeLuise BodineHolly DeLuise Bodine

    I have some complicated dental issues but Dr. Heller and his team have handled them very well, and as painlessly as is possible. Dr. Heller explains things very thoroughly!

  • Scott A MiddlemistScott A Middlemist

    I had a great experience with Dr Helller and his staff. The procedure was fairly quick and painless with a great outcome. I fully recommend him and his office.

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