Leadville Dental Center: “Open Wide” in New Location
For many, packing up the toothbrush and dental floss means a fantastic vacation is on the horizon. However, for the Leadville Dental Center, making the move from their old location on W. 6th Street to their new office at 733 South US Hwy 24 was no vacation, and the suitcases were a lot bigger!
But the hard work paid off, and the new facility is not only state-of-the-art, but the views from the new dentist chairs are sure to ease the pain.Leadville Dental Center Staff (Left to Right, Top to Bottom): Francella Martinez, Dr. Lance Schamberger, Trina Morris, Melissa Villarreal, and Amber Ousback.
Dr. Lance Schamberger made the transition into the new facility several months ago, the last day of 2012, in fact. The new office is roughly twice the size than the previous location. The Leadville Dental Center’s new facility has additional exam rooms, all with state-of-the-art equipment. And Schamberger’s staff of four, including one dental hygienist, two doctor’s assistants and a receptionist are the same smiling faces you’ve been seeing for years!
However, it was ten years ago this month, when Schamberger was orchestrating a different kind of move – one to Leadville. Like many who choose Lake County as home, it was the mountains and small community that proved most appealing. So in May 2003 Dr. Lance, as he’s known locally, bought the dental practice from long-time local Dr. John Giardino.
Schamberger graduated from dental school in 1994 from Kansas City, MO., the place he grew up. But when it was time to start his own practice, Dr. Lance took some time deciding where to settle.
In fact, he had traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountain West in search of the best place to start the next chapter. Eventually he and wife, Michelle set their sights on Leadville. They bought the business in May and by August 2003 the Schambergers had officially arrived in Leadville.
“We’ve been very happy with that decision,” said Dr. Schamberger reflecting on the quality of life for his family, which also includes daughter, Nina who will be turning 8 years old soon.
Expansion was always part of the Leadville Dental Center plan. Within a few years of buying the business, Schamberger purchased the land that now houses the new dental facility.The new Leadville Dental Center offers state-of-the-art exam rooms and equipment.
“I had really thought that I would move five years after buying, but things change,” explained Dr. Lance. In fact, initially the plans to build new were looking more and more cost prohibitive and Schamberger investigated other options, possibly wanting to make use of one of Leadville’s older buildings. Ultimately, things came full circle and the decision was made to build the ultra-modern (by Leadville’s standards) facility which also has office space available for lease (p.s. the views are incredible!).
In addition, to sustaining and expanding his business, Dr. Schamberger is also tuned in to meeting the growing needs of his patients, by partnering with specialists, including a pediatric (kids’) dentist and orthodontist.Their new location at 733 South US Hwy 24.
“There’s a huge need for early care (in Leadville),” said Dr. Schamberger. “To see specialists in those fields before, families were having to travel down to Summit County and even on to Denver.” With these added services available at the Leadville Dental Center, there’s no need for families to make the trek over any hill, getting kids on the path to good oral health early.
The specialists come up at least once a month, so call the office at 719-486-2060 to schedule an appointment.The interior of the new facility, including the reception area, is framed with beetle-kill wood – beautiful!
Another area of service that is growing for Leadville Dental Center is dental implants. An increasingly popular option for patients with tooth loss, the Leadville Dental Center invested in state-of-the-art equipment for these procedures and Dr. Lance says he’s “very competitive when it comes price”. So, if you’ve been putting off filling in the smile, it’s time to make an appointment.
The Leadville Dental Center is located at 733 South US Hwy 24 and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday thru Thursday. For an appointment call 719-486-2060 or visit them online at LeadvilleDental.