40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

HEATHER STAMM

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Stamm Dental

Age:

38

Name of Practice:

Stamm Dental

Specialty:

General dentistry

Education:

DDS, Creighton University School of Dentistry


Why She Was Nominated

Dr. Stamm has established a high-end cosmetic practice with top-of- the-line technology and a focus on patient education. “I like to give patients a tour of their mouth so they can see what I see,” she says.

Inspiration

Her own childhood dentist. “I used to be really shy before I had braces — I wasn’t confident and didn’t like to smile,” Dr. Stamm says, joking that her teeth were a little “funky” when she was younger. Life after braces was a different story, though, and she wants to give that gift to others. “I love the possibility of changing people’s lives.”

Exciting New Trend

Dr. Stamm is a passionate advocate for hard-tissue laser technology. For the last five years, she has treated patients with her Waterlase device. Not long ago, a 5-year- old boy and his mother drove six hours from Wyoming to visit Dr. Stamm’s practice because the child, who needed five cavities filled, was deathly afraid of needles, and the hard-tissue laser provided a workable
alternative that didn’t subject him to injections.

Advice to Aspiring Dentists

Pursue as much continuing education as you can, Dr. Stamm advises, both clinical and behavioral.