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Provider ProfileDr. Michael Pharris

Location: Colorado Springs, CO Favorite Superhero: Superman

Dr. Michael Pharris is Optometric Clinical Director for Hero Practice Services.  He defines, trains and monitors the optometric standards of care across all practices, and he fills in wherever needed with patient care.  “My passion is making sure children’s eyes and their visual systems are set up to learn and develop properly.  I coined the term, ‘Don’t Forget the Eye in Child,’ because it’s my goal to increase the awareness of the importance of visual acuity in childhood development and learning.”

Provider ProfileDr. Brian Leypoldt

Location: Denver, CO Favorite Superhero: The Hulk

When Dr. Leypoldt sees a kid who needs braces, he wants to do something about it.  A lot of lower-income parents assume that orthodontics are out of reach for their kids, a luxury that they just can’t afford.  “Not so fast,” says Dr. Brian, “Medicaid and other insurers know that aligning kids mouths early, saves a lot in the long run. It’s my job to submit the requests, so my kids can get the treatment they need.  After that, I’m the smile maker.”

Provider ProfileDr. Shelia Brown

Location: Wichita, KS Favorite Superhero: Spiderman

Dr. Shelia loves kids.  She has a few of her own and has been taking care of kids’ teeth for over five years. Dr. Shelia instantly puts kids at ease with her sweet smile and and uncanny knack for taking their minds off their mouths during each dental visit.  “I have so much fun with these kids.  Seeing them year after year and helping them do what it takes to have a great smile. I get it that most kids are scared of the dentist, and I go overboard to make them feel comfortable – that way I know they’ll keep coming back and getting the care they need.”

Provider ProfileDr. Rebecca Misner

Location: Denver, CO Favorite Superhero: Wonder Woman

Meet Dr. Becky the incredible flying dentist.  Dr. Rebecca Misner is the Hero Practice Services Western Region Dental Manager.  She travels across the West supporting our dentists with mentorship and training. Plus she fills in with the kids when other dentists are away.  She’s got a big heart and little hands – the perfect combo for treating children from Spokane to Wichita. “I love this job.  I get to learn from our veteran dentists and teach the newest members of the team right out of dental school. And the parents I meet are so grateful to have a welcoming dental home for their kids. Every day, I feel like I’m able to make a difference.”

 

Provider ProfileDr. John DuRussel

Location: Longmont, CO Favorite Superhero: Green Hornet

Dr. DuRussel shapes amazing smiles. As Orthodontic Program Director for Hero Practice Services, he helps all our orthodontists stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and trains staff on everything from the best way to explain treatment plans to dealing with broken brackets.  But the best part is, he transforms smiles and lives every day as a practicing orthodontist in our Longmont, CO practice. “Nothing is more fun than unveiling a new smile – when kids and parents can look at the before and after photos and think, ‘Wow, I look amazing!’, that’s the best part of the job.”