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Hakala Family Dentistry

Meet the Team at Hakala Family Dentistry

Dr. Kate and her team all have many years of experience in the dental field. Dr. Kate has chosen team members who have integrity and are dedicated, reliable, and professional. Regular training sessions in CPR, infection control, HIPAA, and dental materials are held so that everyone on the team is up to date and informed. 

Dr. Kate and other team members volunteer at the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM), providing free dental care, and have participated in medical/dental missions in Guatemala. Because Hakala Family Dentistry was started in 1962, patients from several generations of families have been coming in for their dental care. We are happy to have you join our dental patient family.

Dr. Kate Hakala

Dr. Kate Hakala graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, cum laude, in 1989. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1982 and worked for several dentists before returning to dental school. Her father, Joe Hakala, started Hakala Family Dentistry in 1962, and it was an easy decision for Dr. Kate to join him in his busy general dental practice. Dr. Joe is now retired, but he stops by the office periodically to say hello. You can see his wood carvings in our hall display case. 

We are proud to announce that Dr. Kate has been named a “Top Dentist” by 5280 Magazine for 12 years in a row!

Dr. Hakala and her family

Dr. Kate supervises students in the dental clinic at her alma mater, CU, one morning a week. She served for six years on the Colorado State Dental Board, after being appointed to the Board by Governor Owens. She also volunteers for Dental Lifeline and the Colorado Mission of Mercy. Dr. Kate has done volunteer dentistry in Mexico, Colombia, and twice in Guatemala. In March of 2020, our office manager, Jaime, and hygienist, Suzi joined Dr. Kate on a large medical-dental team seeing indigenous people in Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala. It was a fabulous experience, and they hope to return in the future.

Dr. Kate and her husband will celebrate 40 years of marriage in 2022. They have two grown children, Colin and Maura. They also have a rescue husky, Indiana, and a cat named Bibi. When she is not in the office, Dr. Kate likes to ski, hike, and travel. She is an avid reader and is studying Spanish to help with future dental mission trips.

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Dee Dee

Front Office Receptionist

I moved here from Utah in 2020. Originally from Arizona. I started in the dental field reception/assisting in 2013. I love sports and racing. Spending time with my friends and family. I have one daughter, all grown up and lives in Ogden Utah still. I have a cat, he’s my fur baby Enzo! 

Susan

Saturday Receptionist

Susan's dog, Stella

Susan moved here from Ohio in 2001 and has been working in the dental field since the mid-1990s. 

She loves living close to City Park, where she walks her puppy, Stella.

Jaime

Office Manager

Jaime and her grand kids

After working in early childhood education, Jaime decided to go to dental assistant school in 1993. She graduated from Heritage Dental College and was on the Dean’s list in 1994. She started her dental career working in a very busy pediatric dental office, polishing teeth, taking x-rays, and helping the dentist. During her experience in the pediatric dental office, Jaime went to different schools to help promote healthy dental habits for the children and to visit their dentist regularly. She also learned a lot about orthodontics and the management of young patients. Her experience in childhood education was a real asset for this.

Jaime decided to give the front office a try and worked at an office in Arvada for five years. She has been with Hakala Family Dentistry since 2008. Jaime loves helping patients with their insurance, scheduling, and financial needs. Jaime’s highlight of the day is when she gets to chat with the patients, who she also calls her friends. The family-feel of the office is one of her favorite things about Hakala Family Dentistry.
 
Jaime has a grown son, Daniel. He, and his wife Shantel, have four children whom Jaime eagerly spends as much time as possible with! They enjoy going on adventures together. They have traveled to the balloon festival in New Mexico, the Four Corners Area, and the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

When not working, Jaime can be heard rooting for her Kansas City Chiefs (SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS!!), and she finds time to garden, scrapbook, and travel. Jaime, Suzi, and Dr. Kate had an amazing experience in Guatemala, providing free dental care to people in rural areas. They hope to go again.

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DJ

Dental Assistant

I am a Colorado native; raised in the Highlands Ranch/ Littleton area. I completed my dental assistant/ dental radiology, and EDDA certificates here in town, and completed my dental hygiene prerequisites at ACC and CCD. I am awaiting to begin dental hygiene as that is my career goal and dream! I such as Dr. Kate and Jaime give my service to programs like: CMOM, TeamSmile and the food bank) to people in need while practicing my beloved craft. My moto is “work hard and play hard”! I am a newly wed, my husband and I are always adventuring and traveling. Some hobbies I enjoy are hiking, rock climbing, yoga, running, cooking and skiing. Princess Gema is my baby cat that I love to snuggle and hangout with while I play videos games, read, or study. It is a true pleasure to have the privilege of helping every patient that crosses my path while developing on a personal level. 

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Laurie

Sterilization Technician

A healthy smile is just a click away.
The entire team was fantastic

Thank you for the wonderful care you gave me from the time I made the appointment through walking out. The entire team was fantastic. 

Dr. Hakala, you were so kind, caring, skilled and thoughtful. I can't express how much I appreciate you. You are amazing!

Thank you so much!

- Shari

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