Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Welcome to Carpenter Pediatric Dentistry! Choosing a pediatric dentist and setting your child on the path to a lifetime of excellent oral health is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent, and our team and I are excited to share my passion for children’s dental care with you and your child. As a mother myself, I understand the importance of trust between you, your child, and your caregiver. With that in mind, know that my goal as a pediatric dentist is to build and sustain the health of your child. I treat my patients as I would my own children, and I look forward to building a trusting, positive relationship with you and your family.
I grew up in Kansas and knew during my own experience with braces and visiting our family’s pediatric dentist that I would pursue dentistry as a career. I received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and stayed on at Carolina for my post-graduate education at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with Honors in 2001 and continued to build on my education through the experience of a one-year General Practice Residency (GPR) at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Sands House Clinic, in Denver.
During my GPR, I received training and significant experience in intravenous conscious sedation, dental trauma, and hospital dentistry. After earning my GPR certificate, I went on to complete a two-year pediatric dental residency at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver. During this residency, I continued to gain in-depth experience in oral conscious sedation, trauma and treatment of special needs children.
Since completing my residencies, I’ve worked exclusively (and happily!) as a pediatric dentist, earned my Certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, gained and maintained certifications in Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support, regularly attend courses and seminars and stay actively engaged with colleagues and peers in an ongoing pursuit of education and the cutting edge of pediatric dental health. I also married a fellow Carolina alumnus, Chris, and 3 wonderful very energetic boys Jacob , Charlie and Henry. Chris and I enjoy cooking, running long distance relay races, dancing, attending Broadway shows, going on family adventures, and most importantly – Carolina basketball. GO HEELS!
I’m joined by my wonderful staff in our commitment to making your child’s visit special, fun, and safe! We pride ourselves in building positive and enduring relationships with our patients and their families and promoting a lifetime of good oral health with our team. We can’t wait to share our experience and excitement for your child’s healthy smile!
Associate Pediatric Dentist
I am a Colorado native and my passion of pediatric dentistry began at a young age. Shadowing my own awesome pediatric dentists inspired me to follow in their footsteps. I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I studied Psychology. Thereafter, I received a Bachelor of Science and completed dental school at The University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. While completing my pediatric dentistry residency at Children’s Hospital, I earned the nickname “Spanish speaking Elsa” and was also appointed as Chief resident. I enjoy teaching future pediatric dentists serving as adjunct faculty at Children’s Hospital dental residency program.
When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and son. We also have two adorable golden-doodles named Molly and Stella.
I believe that my profession has the unique ability to positively shape your child’s future outlook on oral health so they become non-fearful as adults. I use humor and empathy to engage with your child to create the best experience possible with our team.
Daiana was born in Mexico, but has been living in Colorado since she was ten years old. She started as a dental assistant in 2017 and has always worked with kids. She switched positions from assistant to front office and is really loving it. In her free time, Daiana really enjoys traveling and spending time with her loved ones.
Samantha is a Colorado Native but was raised back and fourth between Colorado and New Jersey. While starting her dental career in general dentistry, she is now very passionate about pediatric dentistry. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and three dogs. She enjoys shopping and doing hair with her cosmetology license she received long before she started her career in dental.
Andricia has been on our team as a dental assistant for 2 years and counting. She enjoys getting to know each and every patient as well as educating them about their dental hygiene. Andricia aspires to be an EDDA and further her knowledge and education. When she’s not working she and her husband love to be outside in nature and play games together with their 3 children.
Yesenia Gomez was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Her husband and her family moved to Colorado 18 years ago. Yesenia been a dental assistant for over 10 years, she attended Concord Career College and is currently furthering her education to be an EDDA. Yesenia has 3 beautiful kids, and when she isn’t working she loves to spend time with her family and explore the outdoors.
Annette was born in North Carolina and raised in California. She has always enjoyed learning as much as she could. She has been working in the dental field for a year and a half, and has learned so many new things just working in the front. In her free time she likes spending time with her family and watching movies at home.
Yesi has been a dental assistant since 2017. She went back to school for her Expanded Duty Dental Assistant certificate in 2019 and now, back in school to become a dental hygienist. Yesi’s favorite things to do outside of work is spending time with her family, having brunch with her friends and shopping.
Yessi was born in Mexico but has lived in Colorado most of her life. Around age 16 she developed an interest in dentistry, and went to dental assisting school in 2008. Yessi assisted focusing in pediatric dentistry for some years then took a break. She is happy to be back exploring the administrative side of dentistry and loving it! In her spare time, Yesso enjoys creating intricate nail art for friends and family, eating, watching movies but most importantly spending time and seeing her two little boys grow.
Jada was born in Seattle Washington as a military kid, but moved here to Colorado 3 years ago. She attended LSU for engineering. On her free time, she likes to read and go for hikes.