Meet the Staff
Dr. Rippe has assembled a dedicated dental staff, each of whom encompasses the principles and values of quality care. The team is small, allowing them to work one-on-one with patients and the doctor. Each individual has a well-defined role and is highly skilled in oral health and dental care. Dr. Rippe spends a considerable amount of time and resources training, developing, and coaching team members.
The team in our Centennial dentist office is eager to learn and patients appreciate and greatly benefit from their knowledge and ability. Additionally, you will find that our team is exceptionally friendly and genuinely concerned for their patients' well-being.
Rippe Dental Associates has some of the most experienced dental professionals in Denver, CO. We specialize in cosmetic and general dentistry including porcelain veneers, dental implants, sedation dentistry and teeth whitening. Nothing is too complicated for our team. Call to see how we can help you.
Mary, our Office Manager, brings over 20 years experience in human resources management and organizational and leadership development to her position with Rippe Dental Associates.
In her role as Office Manager and Patient Advocate, she loves the opportunity to give back to the community by taking the time to get to know each patient, striving to exceed their expectations and creating a memorable and pleasant experience each time they visit our office.
Mary enjoys spending time with her husband of 34 years; and their son and his family. One of her greatest blessings is being an intricate part of her three grandchildren’s lives which brings laughter and joy to her heart on a daily basis.
Leah, one of our dental hygienists, has been in the dental field since 2010. She loves being a hygienist and working for Dr. Rippe.
“As my patient, you can expect a gentle yet thorough appointment that is tailored to your specific dental needs. My hope is to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient so that together we can achieve the healthy smile you deserve.”
Leah is originally from Minnesota but Colorado has proven to be a great fit for her favorite outdoor activities: hiking, mountain biking, tennis and snowboarding.
Audrey, one of our dental hygienists, graduated from Miami Dade College with her A.S. in Dental Hygiene. She is continuing her education in Dental Public Health through Denver Community College. Audrey is passionate about educating patients regarding the importance of good oral hygiene; and she is dedicated to helping patients feel comfortable in our office.
Audrey loves spending time with her husband, son, daughter and boxer. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, watching movies and finding new places to eat yummy foods.
Caitlin, our Front Office Scheduling Coordinator, recently started at Rippe Dental Associates. She has been in customer service for three years and enjoys working with the staff and patients.
Caitlin comes into the office everyday ready to greet patients with a warm and welcoming smile. She makes our patients feel like home, and caters to their scheduling needs.
In her free time, Caitlin loves to hike, fish and camp. Her favorite hike was at Hanging Lake and she strongly recommends it for anyone who loves the outdoors. She is also a dedicated big sister and loves spending time with her younger siblings.
Kathy, Financial Coordinator, has been with Rippe Dental Associates since November 2016. She brings over two decades of customer service experience where she started in her father’s hobby shop.
Kathy is the smiling face as you finalize your visit. She strives to add a touch of warmth and caring to each and every patient.
During her spare time, she enjoys having fun with her 3 children and family, cuddling up with her 2 dogs, and reading.
Joanne, our Patient Advocate, graduated from the University of Colorado in 1997 with a Liberal Arts Degree in Mathematics.
She has been working in the dental field for over 20 years and is proficient in appointment scheduling, insurance coordination of benefits and financial arrangements. She assists patients in keeping within their dental budget and is an excellent resource to help obtain outside financing when necessary. Outside of the office, Joanne enjoys spending time with her husband and their three boys, keeping up with friends, going to church, traveling, and skiing.
Tamara is a certified Expanded Duties Dental Assistant (EDDA), and has worked in the dental field for over four years. The combination of arts, science and personal care drew her to dentistry. Tamara strives to provide the highest level of patient care with a personal touch. She is a Colorado native who chooses to live her life with spirit of gratitude. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, two children and her family. She enjoys hiking and the great outdoors.
Kaydee, one of our dental assistants, has been in the dental field for over five years. She believes in being kind to everyone she meets; and has a genuine passion for helping others.
She grew up in Mexico and moved to Colorado over 20 years ago. Katie is fluent in both English and Spanish. She loves the outdoors and in her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and knitting.