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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.

Dr. KARLA ZINKANN - ORTHODONTIST

 
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Dr Z is an orthodontic specialist who received her dental degree, orthodontic certificate and master's degree from University of Illinois, Medical Center in Chicago.

She has been working with children and adults to create fabulous smiles in the Denver metro area for 25+ years.

She is married and has 3 adult children. In her leisure time she enjoys hiking, biking and rooting on the local sports teams.

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.

 

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!

 

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."

 

 

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 who works with us here in the office while pursuing her goal to one day be a dentist herself. She's a very happy, creative person who enjoys 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 little personality blossom as she gets to know them. We expect to see great things from Tanya in her future her with us!

Katie Mitchell - Dental Assistant

 
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Katie was born and raised in Colorado and feels that this is the best place to live and raise a family. Katie has worked in pediatric field of dentistry since 2013 and has always loved working with kids! Katie is a great addition to our team with all her knowledge in pediatric dentistry and motherhood.

Katie has a busy life outside of our practice raising her two beautiful daughters who are very involved with gymnastics and dance. When Katie isn't running to and from gymnastics or dance rehearsals she loves showing her artistic side by painting.

Maria Reyes - Dental Assistant

 
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Maria Reyes was born and raised here in Colorado! She attended Pima Medical Institute and has been assisting since 2014. She loves working with kids, and has always thought about starting a career that involved kids which is one of the many reasons she makes a great addition to our team. Maria believes we can learn a lot from them and their genuine personalities. Maria always strives to make every patients visit a pleasant experience.

Outside of work Maria likes spending time with her family, friends, and her two sweet dogs. She enjoys hiking and travelling when she has the chance to get away!

 

Jacky Munguia - DENTAL ASSISTANT

 
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Jacky Munguia has been in the dental field for two years. She has found her passion for dentistry by helping all of our little friends find the fun in coming to see us here at Shining Stars! She loves being able to work with kids in a fun and cheerful environment.

She has two pets, a dog and a fish. During her free time Jacky likes to hang out with her friends and paint. "I really enjoy working at Shining Stars. The doctors and staff are amazing, and the patients make it worth coming to work every day!"

 

 
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