Meet the Team

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Danielle

Danielle, RDH

HYGIENIST

Danielle has been an active Registered Dental Hygienist since 1997.  After graduating with honors and earning her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene from Pensacola State College, she immediately headed West.  She fell in love with the state of Colorado while visiting during her college years and in 1997 moved out west.  Danielle has been in Durango since the summer of 2012.  Her life has been graced by her two extraordinary daughters and one incredible man.  Together, they enjoy everything outdoors including climbing, biking, skiing, hiking, and river trips.  Danielle has truly enjoyed caring for our awesome Durango community here at Durango Family Dentistry.

Annah

Annah, RDH

HYGIENIST

Annah moved to Durango with her wonderful husband, Andrew in 2003 from the North West. She graduated from San Juan College, and received her license as a Dental Hygienist in 2006. The 4 corners has offered her and her husband endless opportunities for adventure. Her love of all things with 2 wheels is apparent by her collection of mountain bikes and motorcycles. During the winter she is an active volunteer with Adaptive Sports, where she can apply her love of snowboarding and skiing to help individuals gain independence, as well as putting a smile on their faces. Other interests that occupy her time are playing piano, reading, and tending to her floral design business.

Jessie

Jessie, RDH

HYGIENIST

Jessie grew up in Bayfield helping her family run their ranch and rodeoing. She went to college in Oklahoma on a rodeo scholarship where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She then attended San Juan College and graduated in 2016 with Honors in Dental Hygiene. She enjoys being active outdoors. General hobbies include: rodeoing, snowboarding, hiking and sightseeing. Jessie loves her career at Durango Family Dentistry and helping people maintain a healthy smile!

Erika

Red/Erika, RDA/CDA

Lead Assistant

Erika, a/k/a “Red”, was born and raised in Southern California.  She attended Chaffey College Dental Trade school and graduated in 1983 with her degree as both a Registered and a Certified Dental Assistant.  Erika moved to Durango in 1992.  She’s an active single mom of 4 and grandma to 3 beautiful grandchildren.  The summer of 2014 will mark season 40 of Red’s softball “career”.  When she’s able to find some spare time, Red loves nothing more than hanging out with her children and grandchildren.

Rhea

Rhea

Assistant

Rhea was born in Littleton, CO and moved to Durango in 1993. She played sports most of her life with her favorites being basketball, volleyball, and soccer. She attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction then went to the Colorado School of Dental Assisting and received her Dental Assistant Certification in 2010 and has been in the field ever since. Rhea loves the outdoors and tries to attend as many Zumba classes as she can. She also likes spending time with her 3 dogs, Scooter, Dutchess, and Kloe and even though they’re a handful, they bring her so much joy. Rhea is very excited to be a member of the Durango Family Dentistry team!

Cheryl

Cheryl

Office Manager

Cheryl was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV where she met and married her best friend Shawn. Together they raised four wonderful children. After their children had grown, they decided to change their lifestyle and moved to beautiful Durango in 2010. Cheryl and Shawn are proud grandparents of Dylan. Cheryl enjoys road cycling, hiking, and jogging with her little chihuahua the infamous Jessie James. Since her move to Colorado, she has taken up cross country skiing and snow shoeing – fine dining and traveling are always on her radar. Cheryl has a great desire to serve people and looks forward to continuing and growing with Durango Family Dentistry.

Meghan

Meghan

Insurance Coordinator

Meghan is a small town girl; born and raised in Oklahoma. Meghan has been working in the dental field since 2007 as insurance coordinator and office manager. She worked for Dr. Whitman at his Henryetta location for 5 1/2 years and continued working in the Henryetta office after his relocation to Durango. In February 2016, the stars aligned and Meghan was able to join Dr. Whitman’s team once again. Meghan and her husband, Kyle, are the proud parents of August Creed and his K9 sister, Piper Anne. Meghan is very active in the music and the college ministry departments of her church. On her day off, you might find Meghan at the zoo, a children’s museum, or maybe just playing outside in the back yard with her favorite little boy. Time spent with her family is time well spent!

Ruby

Ruby

Assistant

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Ruby escaped the desert heat and moved to Durango in 2009. She became a mother in 2011 when her son, Matthew, was born. Ruby has a passion for nature photography, and spends time exploring back country mountain roads and hiking trails. She also enjoys baking for birthdays and special occasions. Ruby has a green thumb and takes excellent care of her cactus and succulent “family.”