40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

  • CHRISTOPHER BAER

CHRISTOPHER BAER

  • Aurora, Colorado
  • Baer Dental Designs

Age:

33

Name of Practice:

Baer Dental Designs

Specialty:

General and cosmetic dentistry

Education:

DDM, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry


Why He Was Nominated

In addition to running a thriving practice, Dr. Baer is committed to community education. He gives lectures to fellow dentists and works with dental manufacturers to develop new products. He also volunteers his time to local high-school students with a budding interest in dentistry.

Inspiration

Dentistry runs in Dr. Baer’s blood. His grandfather and second cousin were dentists, and he entertained himself as a child with Play-Doh’s Doctor Drill ’n Fill. “I knew from the moment I started drilling teeth that it was for me,” he says. “Giving patients their smile back is the most rewarding thing I do.”

Practice Philosophy

Treat people, not teeth. “My patients are an extension of my family,” he says. “Some of them come from the mountains outside of Denver; they drive an hour and a half or two hours to see me.”

Something People Don't Know

“I love to cook. If I hadn’t become a dentist, I would have become a chef. At home, there’s always something on the smoker. Cooking is my passion, second to dentistry and family.”