Melanie Smith

This is Melanie’s first dental field experience. She worked for Skanska (a local construction company) before they closed their local office down and now she’s been working here, at our front office, for a year. She was born and raised here in Cortez, CO. She just got married to Gene Smith. They now live in Mancos, CO. where her husband was born and raised and where he can stay closer to work and stay active as a volunteer firefighter. They love to camp, hunt, fish, and spend time with their close family and friends.

Howard H. Pack, DMD

Howard was born in Los Alamos, NM and is a child of the southwest. He received a business degree from Brigham Young University in 2005 before attending dental school in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in 2009, after which he did an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University Hospital of Cleveland. He strongly believes in continuing education and is constantly striving to improve himself as a dentist. While in Cleveland, he met his wife, Whitney, who was also in school training to become a pediatrician. She also was from the west and both were eager to move back after finishing their professional training.

Following residency in 2010, he and his wife Whitney moved to Durango and began their respective practices. Howard quickly began looking for something in Cortez, and purchased this office in 2011. They moved to Cortez after a year in Mancos. Whitney is a pediatrician and has opened her own clinic here in Cortez. They have two children with a 3rd on the way. Trent is a busy 5 year old and Lexi is a sweet 3 year old. They love the area and are happy to live in such a beautiful place.

Cerissa Darling | Cortez Dental

Cerissa Darling-RDH

Cerissa received a degree from Colorado Northwestern Community College in 2003. She has been with the practice as a full time hygienist for 14 years. Cerissa was born and raised in Pleasant View, Colorado and loves the people and outdoor activities the area has to offer. While at work, Cerissa stays up on the most current practices and procedures, and prides herself on customer care and customer service. Her favorite part of her job is building customer relationships.

Sarah | Cortez Dental

Sarah Williams-RDH

Sarah, RDH, graduated with a bachelors in Dental Hygiene in 1990 and has been working in private practice for over 25 years. She previously worked for Dr. Haspels here in Cortez prior to joining our practice in 2006. Her patients say she has a gentle touch and a wonderful ability to help them relax in the chair. You may find her at the local children’s health fair where she provides dental screening and education. When she is not busy with dentistry, she is having fun with her daughters and friends.

Patty | Cortez Dental

Patty Lien

Patty has been working as an assistant with the practice for over 21 years. She is extremely talented and knowledgeable in her field. She helps things move quickly and smoothly. Patty is trained in scanning and creating dental crowns with the new E4D in our office and does a wonderful job completing lab work, including dental repair. Patty enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Cheryl Sheek | Cortez Dental

Cheryl Sheek

Cheryl joined our practice 4 years ago. She has 22 previous years of experience assisting and managing the dental office. Cheryl and her husband are 5th generation cattle ranchers in the Mancos Valley. There, they raised five boys, and are still active in the ranching business. Twice a year, she travels into southern India to work at a mission home, providing dental and medical care to children from poverty situations. In our office, Cheryl will be staying on top of insurance claims, helping you understand your benefits, and working out financial plans for your treatment options.