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Meet The Team

Rosalinda Gomez

Front Desk

If you have any questions about raising boys, or dental insurance, Rosalinda is the one to ask. As the longest Arapahoe Dental employee, with over 20 years of experience, there isn't a question that she can't answer. Rosalinda is fluent in Spanish and is always ready to translate. She is a pleasure to work with, since you can always count on her for a friendly smile and help. Along with her great work here, she owns a farm in Fort Lupton, complete with over forty animals and a garden. She has also raised five boys (including two sets of twins!) and now has one grandson. 

"Having been here this long, I have really enjoyed knowing all the families over the years. Working with Dr. Harwood. Dr. Paylor, and the rest of the team keeps me laughing, and I enjoy being able to help the office run smoothly."


Cheryl Thompson

Front Desk

Cheryl is one of our newest team members. She grew up in Boulder, moved away, and then moved back back twenty-six years later. She always knew that she would end up in Colorado, which she calls “God’s Country!” She has a Short-haired German Pointer and two children: an 11-year-old daughter named Loren and a 27-year-old son named Michael. She also enjoys puzzles and working on projects around the house.

"I love the team and especially love all the patients. I could not be happier to be working at such a great dental practice."


Dana Engel

Dental Hygienist

Dana has been a dental hygienist for over 30 years. She settled in Colorado after many years in the Bay Area and is happily raising her teenage daughter, Alexis. Together they enjoy traveling, which frequently takes them to her hometown of Las Vegas to visit family. Her goal is to visit as many countries as possible because of she is passionate about meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Dana uses her M.A. in Counseling Psychology to volunteer as a Community Mediator in Boulder as well.   
 
 "I strive to provide the most up-to–date and thorough dental care to my patients in a manner that feels gentle and supportive. I enjoy getting to know my patients and hearing their stories because I believe there is always something to learn. I also love the engaging and friendly atmosphere in our office. All of our fun and laughter makes it feel like one big family."


Heather Manley

Dental Hygienist

Heather grew up in the Boulder area, graduated from Niwot High School, and is a die-hard Broncos fan. She enjoys hiking and fishing in the mountains with her family and dogs as often as she can. Heather has been a patient of Dr. Harwood since she was a child, and years later, followed his advice to pursue a career as a hygienist. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Creighton University and graduated from Dental Hygiene school at Colorado Northwestern Community College. After working as a hygienist for a few years, she joined the Arapahoe Dental team.


Hanna Le

Dental Assistant

Hanna is a Colorado native and a recent CU Boulder grad, who was accepted to dental school and is excited to start in the fall of 2017. She received her B.F.A. in Ceramics and her B.A. in Art History and in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is excited by the opportunity to learn more about oral health while working with patients. She loves living down the street from her favorite coffee shop and spending time with her cat, Jasper.

"I love working here! The patients, doctors and staff make every day at Arapahoe Dental special."


Whitney Hopperstad

Dental Assistant

Whitney was born in Chicago and adopted into a wonderful Colorado family. She has a passion for dentistry--especially endodontics--and exploring the world any chance she gets. When she isn't working, playing videogames and traveling are two of her favorite pastimes. 


Krysta Culkin

Dental Assistant

Krysta has just started her journey into dentistry as a dental assistant. She hopes to continue her education to become a hygienist. As a Colorado native, she loves the outdoors and spends her free time hiking and exploring the mountains. She also loves arts and crafts, along with hanging out with her three cats and tortoise.

"I enjoy getting to know all of our awesome patients!"