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Meet Your Dental Team
Our Mission:
To be the friendliest and most ethical office you will ever find to bring your children for dental care.
 
Our Vision: 
To make Shining Stars Kids Dentistry a dental home that provides the most outstanding dental care and one that children enjoy visiting.

 

Dr. Lawrence Musanje

 
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Born and raised in Uganda, Dr. Lawrence Musanje is truly an international academic, dentist, and citizen. Following his studies at the Wuhan University in China where he received his first Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS), Dr. Musanje continued his education earning a PhD in dental filling materials from the University of Hong Kong. He engaged in 5 years of research and teaching as a post-doctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University. His education continued at The University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine where he was awarded another DDS degree. Dr. Lawrence, as his young patients call him, has been well prepared to care for children here in Colorado. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children (Angelica, age 6 and Judith, age 10) and together they enjoy tennis, jogging and hiking.

Dr. Musanje's gentle nature and years of dental training create a welcoming environment for first time patients as well as regular visitors here in the office. He knows that each child is unique and takes the time working with them to overcome dental anxiety or dental fear.

Affiliations

  • Member of the American Dental Association
  • Member of the Colorado Dental Association
  • Member of the Metro Denver Dental Society
  • Affiliate Member the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Volunteer Researcher University of Colorado, School of Dentistry
 

DR. MICHAEL HOLMBERG

 
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Dr. Michael Holmberg grew up in Minnesota and was drawn to Colorado during his national and international competitions in the Colorado Mountains. He completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in Chemical Engineering. After graduating, Michael worked on improving science education at CU and coached and mentored young athletes.

Dr. Michael likes to see people’s big smiles and decided to pursue dentistry. He earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University Of Colorado School Of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Michael’s connection with kids is unmistakable. He found immediate satisfaction working with kids and fostering fun dental experiences at any age

Outside of the office, Dr. Michael got married in 2016. He and his wife Rebecca enjoy skiing, cooking, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. JEAN LINK

 
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Dr. Jean has been practicing clinical dentistry since graduating from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1989. At the U of I, she received the unusual designation of being the youngest graduate from the College of Dentistry.

After 17 years of dental practice in Illinois, Dr. Jean moved to Denver with her family where she has practiced ever since.

Dr. Jean has been recognized by her professional peers as a 5280 Top Doc. She has also received recognition from the International Association of Dentists and by Leading Physicians of the World as a Top Dentist.

Patients with spinal cord injuries are a particular passion for Dr. Jean. She has privileges at Craig Hospital where she treats the dental needs of these patients pro bono. Dr. Jean gratefully accepted the Cramer award for leadership from Craig Hospital in 2015.

Dr. Jean is committed to being a perpetual student. She has lectured to dentists locally for the Seattle Study Club. Since 2012, Dr. Jean’s continuing education has been focused on the dental needs of children.

Dr. Jean’s greatest pride and joy remains her family; husband Mark, daughter Colleen (24) and sons Devin (23) and Sean (19). She enjoys skiing, playing the harp, and spending time with her family.

PAT ROSENZWEIG - GENERAL MANAGER

 
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Pat has worked in every area of dentistry from assisting to consulting. She has a genuine passion for her work and fell in love with dentistry from her first job in an endodontic office. Pat’s originally from Massachusetts and still maintains just a tiny bit of her East Coast accent. She has a background in education with a liberal arts degree, and dual minors in math and secondary education, as well as a theater background that extends from acting to stage managing.

Pat’s passion for dentistry encompasses a belief that every office is unique, with its own special dynamic and its own personality. She is committed to supporting our doctors’ vision of great dentistry and extra special care for every patient and parent.

Jennifer Luling - Financial Coordinator

 
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Although Jennifer has only been in the dental field for two years, she has extensive customer service experience from her work as a tax preparer and bank teller. Jennifer loves working at Shining Stars Kids Dentistry because the kids remind her of her own childhood experience in China. She was very frightened of the dentist as a child, and thus has a desire to make all children comfortable and relaxed when they come to visit our clinic. She wants kids to see that going to the dentist can be fun too!

Jennifer has a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters and a golden retriever named Jonas. In her spare time she enjoys swimming and playing tennis and she is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.

NAOMI SOUSA – OFFICE MANAGER

 
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Naomi has been in dentistry for nine years. She has extensive knowledge and experience with insurances and finances and is always willing to help with any and all questions you may have. She loves working with children and making sure they leave as happy and goofy after their visit as they were before coming to our office. Naomi’s love of children is one of the many reasons she joined our team.

Naomi is a Colorado native and lives here with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and her goofy little boy. Her family also includes a dog, two cats, a turtle, and a chinchilla. In Naomi’s spare time she loves spending time with her family, curling up with a good book, gardening, or baking cakes to decorate.

 

Kendra Martin - Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

 
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Kendra loves her profession and feels the best part of her job is giving her patients the most relaxing and comfortable experience with great dental care. Kendra always looks forward to coming to work and wears her friendly face alongside with her co-workers. She believes that is the feeling we should accord our patients as well. One of the things Kendra enjoys most about her job, apart from the variety of duties assigned, is helping kids have a great experience during their dental visits.

The more she learned about the dental field, the more she realized that she wasn’t alone in her childhood fears of the dentist and wanted to help patients, especially children, to overcome their fear of the dentist. In her free time, Kendra enjoys scrapbooking, knitting hats and scarves and is an avid soccer player. She loves spending time with her beloved dog Francesca. Favorite Food: All of it, but if it was good for her she would live on Pizza. Pets: Fish keeper and dog lover Kendra would have many more pets if she had more time.

Maria Piedrasanta- Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

 
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Since starting here, Maria has enjoyed being involved with all the new technologies as they have developed and become available, and especially working with the laser to allow small babies to be able to nurse. She is the lead surgical assistant for general anesthesia and is thankful to help facilitate young ones being able to restore their shining smile. She enjoys meeting new patients and the ones we have seen for years have become like family to her.

Maria’s interests outside of the practice include working as a certified Zumba instructor, climbing on big rocks, camping and dressing up and having High Tea with her friends. Maria even finds time to work in some volunteer time with rescuing lost cats. . Maria’s favorite part about assisting is seeing how happy the patients are when they leave here with a new smile. It really makes the day exciting!

 

MELANIE FARELLA-EXPANDED DUTIES DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Melanie comes to us from both ends of the east coast, born in Manchester NH and raised in Daytona Beach FL. She moved to Colorado in 2010 to pursue her career in dentistry….graduating from Everest College in 2010, completing training in nitrous oxide administration and Nomad Pro operation in 2013, and completing Pediatric Medical Emergencies and sedation training in 2014.

Mel’s main focus in dentistry is to make her patients feel comfortable with their dental treatment. She is dedicated to providing quality work and to teaching her patients the importance of good oral health. In her free time, Mel enjoys spending time with her beautiful daughter, watching her favorite team, (the New England Patriots) and cooking. She has such a passion for cooking that the kitchen is where you usually find her on weekends!

 

AMBER APPELHANZ - DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Amber Marie Appelhanz (“but most people call me Hanz”) is a Colorado native born and raised in Wheat Ridge, and has no plans to leave this beautiful place she calls home. She has been a dental assistant since 2015 and loves working in pediatrics because of the fun and upbeat atmosphere she gets to be in every day. She is passionate about teaching the younger generations that the dentist office can be a fun place, as well as teaching them good oral hygiene habits.

When she's not at work you will most likely find her on a hiking trail, at her favorite fishing spot or at the mall shopping for a new outfit. She's a huge Broncos and Rockies fan, but will also watch any sport that is put in front of her. If you'd like to know anything more, just ask her! One of the things she may well tell you "Life is short, smile while you still have teeth."

 

 

MARLENA MAREZ - DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Marlenna was born and raised in Colorado, attended Pima Medical Institute, and has been working in dentistry since 2012. Working with kids is a passion of hers because she enjoys being able to help make their dental visits fun, and seeing them leave with a smile on their face.

In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, playing with her dog (Teddy) and baking. We all love her sweet, gentle personality as she makes our young patients comfortable in our office.

 

BRITTANY NORRIS - DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Brittany is a native of Colorado and the youngest of her family, with two brothers and one sister. The greatest accomplishment and joy in her life are Brittany’s wonderful children. When not working, you can find Brittany either fishing in Wyoming or cheering at one of her kids’ activities.

Brittany has been a dental assistant since 2005. She has enjoyed her experiences as a dental assistant because of the personal relationships that she gets to build with patients. She especially loves working with kids because they make her work day so enjoyable with their energy! She wants our patients to feel like they are a part of our family, and she is proud that she is a part of this team.

 

ZULEMMA CREVANTES - DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Zulemma absolutely loves working with kids especially at Shining Stars. She believes each visit to the dentist should be full of smiles and giggles. She says the doctors in the office are super fun and kid friendly and that’s what brings a positive vibe to each dental visit. Her goal as an assistant is to teach the little ones the appropriate oral hygiene skills, and to make sure they have an awesome experience.

Outside of work she loves being outdoors and enjoying activities such as hiking, swimming, and playing soccer. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 

TANYA JAUREQUI CRUZ - DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Tanya is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Denver. She’s a very ambitious young lady and she works with us in the office part time, while pursuing her goal to one day be a dentist herself. She’s a very happy, creative person, enjoying painting and drawing…and also playing with her fluffy little Shih Tzu.

Tanya is also both a sports fan...Nuggets and Rockies, of course...and a volleyball player. She’s enjoying her work here with children because she loves seeing each littler personality blossom as she gets to know them. We expect to see great things from Tanya in the future!

 

 
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