Meet the Doctors at Smiles 4 Kids

General Dentists for Children in Durango

Dr. J Ryan Mickelson, DDS

Dr. Mickelson was born in Logan, Utah and received his bachelor’s degree from BYU. He then went to dental school at Case Western University School of Dental Medicine. He got into dentistry because he loves helping people and the model for delivery of care in dentistry versus medicine. Dr. Mickelson loves working with kids and he considers himself a big kid. Outside of work, his hobbies include fly fishing, mountain biking, archery hunting, skiing, cooking his favorite meal and reading.

Dr. Jeffrey Wursten

Dr. Jeffrey Wursten was born in Omaha, Nebraska and went to school at Case Western School of Dentistry. He got into children’s dentistry because he always had a good dental experience as a child with his childhood dentist and wanted to share that same experience with others. Dr. Wursten strives to provide an exceptional experience for the kiddos that come into his office. Outside of work, Dr. Jeffrey hobbies include spending time with his 5 children, hiking, running and fishing. He also enjoys doing construction and remodeling his home.

Dr. Scott Arter

Dr. Scott Arter was born in Albuquerque, NM and received his dentistry license from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He has been practicing dentistry for 2 years and loves his Smiles 4 Kids family.

Dr. Arter chose to be a dentist because he has a mind for engineering, hands for art and a heart for helping people. He especially enjoys working with children because of their genuine honesty. “Children have not been jaded by the world – that restores my faith and hope for humanity.” When Dr. Arter is not working he enjoys cycling, mountaineering and fishing.

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