Dr. Karlin, Dr. Petracek, and our dental team are thrilled to provide dental care for the whole family. At Dakota Ridge Dental, we are committed to providing you with the care you need to reach a healthy, radiant smile. Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more about us and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Littleton, Colorado.
Meet Our Doctors
JUSTIN S. PETRACEK, DDS
Dr. Justin Petracek is a Colorado native who grew up in Littleton. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, and he was selected to attend a post doctorate program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Petracek’s advanced training provides patients with the best care in implant dentistry, advanced cosmetic and restorative techniques, and sedation options. Dr. Petracek can provide a variety of procedures in one location.
Dr. Petracek focuses on comprehensive treatment for each patient. He will take time to discuss treatment options prior to starting treatment. He will phase your treatment to match your timeframe and will ensure a beautiful result.
His experience and dedication to continuing education sets him apart from other doctors. He has over 10 years of experience in private practice. Dr. Petracek is dedicated to providing a great patient experience every time you visit.
Outside this office, Justin enjoys time with his three daughters and his wife Leanne. He likes to hike, camp, fish, mountain bike and ski when time allows.
Dr. Petracek advanced his doctorate training at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, General Practice Residency Program, where he gained advanced skills including; oral surgery, surgical implant placement/restoration, sedation dentistry, and advanced techniques for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. His passion for patient care has driven him to acquire the most up-to-date skills in order to provide his patients with the most comprehensive approach, reducing the need to go to specialists.
Justin enjoys working with patients of all ages. Like Stephanie, he values good patient communication and gentle dental care. He strives to provide each patient with a custom treatment plan, achieving your long-term goals and assuring a lasting result. Dr. Petracek is excellent match for our practice and he will provide our patients with great care.
When Justin is not working, he loves spending quality time with his wife, Leanne, and their three daughters. His favorite recreational activities are hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking, and skiing.
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Dental Association
- Colorado Prosthodontic Society
- Metro Denver Dental Society
- Academy of General Dentistry
- International Partnership for Study of Occlusion
- Dawson Academy
- Denver Implant Study Club
- Spear Study Club
STEPHANIE S. KARLIN, DDS
Having grown up in Arizona, Dr. Karlin is loving the four seasons of Colorado. She is married with one beautiful daughter, Sarah. Dr. Karlin earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado in 2004 and continued her education at the University of Texas, Houston where she completed a residency in Advanced General Dentistry. She returned to Colorado and has been in private practice for the last 10 years. Her love for dentistry is evident in her calm, friendly nature, and excellent skill. Dr. Karlin is highly qualified to provide you with the best most up-to-date technology in dental care.
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Dental Association
- Metro Denver Dental Society
- Colorado Prosthodontic Society
Meet Our Staff
Kelsie – Office Manager
Kelsie graduated with a master’s degree in health care management from Metropolitan State University in May 2019. Prior to working with Dakota Ridge Dental, she worked in healthcare for seven years. She knew she wanted to work with others to make a difference in their overall health. She recently made the switch from healthcare to dentistry and enjoys working in the field because the focus is entirely on the patient. She is delighted to work at Dakota Ridge Dental because she feels that the office genuinely cares about their patients and the team is passionate about what they do.
When not working or studying, she enjoys outside activities. As a Colorado native, she loves being outside every chance she can. Some of her favorite outdoor activities are camping with her husband, toddler and three dogs; hiking; snowshoeing; dirt biking; and fishing. Outside of Colorado, she enjoys traveling to other countries and states, where she likes scuba diving and exploring the different cultures.
Kristen – Insurance Coordinator
Kristen is originally from Oklahoma and has happily called Colorado home for over 10 years. Kristen has been in the dental field off and on for many years. She brings a friendly smile and enthusiasm to our office every day. She holds a strong belief that the people we serve give her life more meaning. Kristen loves working with the best dental team in Colorado at Dakota Ridge Dental. Kristen’s hobbies include yoga, reading and walks with her new pup.
Janna is one of the newest members of Dakota Ridge Dental since January 2019. She moved here from Orlando, Florida in December 2018 after she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. While in college she volunteered for the Pre-Dental Student Association and is currently working towards applying to dental school. Janna is passionate about helping patients and is thrilled to be part of the amazing team at Dakota Ridge Dental!
Deb – Dental Hygienist
Deb is one of our state of Colorado registered dental hygienists, receiving her certification in 2011. She has lived in our state for over 30 years, originally from midwest St. Louis, Missouri. Deb received her Bachelor of Science degree at Metropolitan State University and her associate degree at the Community College of Denver. She began her dental career in 2005 as an orthodontic assistant. She also has experience in pediatric dental care.
Deb is married and is a proud mom of two teens. She enjoys dog walking on her days off. Her family continues to enjoy every aspect of the outdoors in our state. You might see her skiing, hiking or lake fishing with the family. Deb is very excited to be a part of the wonderful team at Dakota Ridge Dental.
Jen – Dental Hygienist
Jen is originally from Nebraska and has been a registered dental hygienist for over eighteen years. After graduating from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with her Bachelor of Arts degree and receiving her Associates degree in dental hygiene, she decided to move to Denver. She is thrilled to be part of such an amazing team here at Dakota Ridge Dental. She looks forward to making appointments comfortable and stress free and ultimately providing exceptional care and service to all her patients.
Jen enjoys skiing, running, yoga, reading and anything involving music and dance. She loves to travel as well as spend quality time with friends and family.
Karen – Dental Hygienist
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene from the University of Colorado and has been a registered dental hygienist for over 18 years. Her patient care skills and experience include providing dental hygiene care and education within general dentistry and periodontal (gum, implant, and surgical) specialty offices. She recently completed her certification in the field of orofacial myology, which includes helping child and adult patients with everything from airway, snoring and sleep apnea issues to stroke recovery. She’s excited to be an important contributor to the amazing team and patients here at Dakota Ridge Dental!
Originally from the small town of Ririe, Idaho, Karen moved to Colorado to pursue her education at the University of Colorado and has been here ever since. Outside of work, you can find Karen enjoying time in the mountains with family and friends hiking, skiing, biking and snowshoeing, as well as in town attending the theater or curled up at home with a good book and her English Bulldog, Maggie. Be sure to ask Karen about Maggie’s skateboarding and sledding skills!
Olivia – Dental Hygienist
Olivia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in 2002 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She has worked in many offices throughout the Denver Area but joined the team here at Dakota Ridge Dental in 2017. Olivia enjoys getting to know her patients individually to provide high quality care. She likes to take the time to educate and encourage her patients to maintain good oral hygiene and health.
In her spare time Olivia enjoys spending time with family, two dogs and friends, going to orange theory, reading, and crafting.
Yee – Dental Hygienist
Yee has been in Colorado for 30 years. She obtained her Dental Hygiene degree in Panama City, Fl and then moved back to Colorado shortly after graduation. She is a very energetic person and enjoys staying busy. She finds it difficult to sit still. She also enjoys being outdoors. Some of her favorite outdoor activities included going to the gym, hot yoga, hiking, snowshoeing and just being outdoors.
Yee has been a Dental Hygienist since 2005, she enjoys taking care of her patients! She takes pride in her work and loves her job. She loves having the opportunity to educate patients about the importance of oral health and giving them the opportunity to feel confident and happy with their smile!
Amy — Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Amy is originally from Dublin, Ireland, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1994. She married her husband Daniel in 2006 and has a beautiful 8-year-old daughter and two dogs. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, being active outdoors and anything else that allows her to enjoy the beauty Colorado has to offer!
Mariah – Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Mariah is originally from Salina, Kansas. In 2013, she graduated from Salina Technical College for dental assisting. She received her expanded duties dental assisting certificate in 2014. After moving to Colorado in 2015 she soon joined the Dakota Ridge Dental team. Mariah enjoys interacting with patients and making a difference with their smiles. She is inspired when patients leave our office knowing they’ve had an amazing experience.
Mariah is proud to be the mom of two little ones, her son Declan and daughter Isabella. Outside of work she enjoys doing arts and crafts, and spending quality time with her children and friends, especially in the outdoors. Mariah also describes herself as a true foodie and loves trying new dishes.
Sheba – Expanded Duties Dental Assistant
Sheba was drawn to dentistry seventeen years ago because of its blend of medicine and artistry. As an experienced EDDA she takes pride in providing an exceptional dental experience and high-quality services. She is particularly fond of cosmetic dentistry and enjoys being involved in the process from case presentation to the final appointment. She finds it gratifying to help people achieve a smile they will truly love.
Sheba grew up in Gunnison, CO, and has a great appreciation for the beauty found in the mountains. She enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking. Her greatest joy, however, comes from spending time with her husband, daughter, friends, and family.
Jazmyn – Dental Assistant
Jazmyn is one of the newest members of Dakota Ridge Dental. Jazmyn started her internship in March and graduated in May of 2019 with her dental assisting certificate. She is now going to school to become a dental hygienist while gaining experience as a dental assistant.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Rachel – Dental Assistant
Rachel is one of the newest members of the Dakota Ridge Dental team. She joined the team in March of 2018, and absolutely loves working in the office. Even though she is new to the field, she is currently majoring in dental hygiene. She is grateful to be able to learn firsthand from the caring and wonderful doctors, hygienists, and assistants.
Rachel grew up here in Littleton, Colorado. She comes from a very big family and spends most of her time outside of work with both family and friends. She loves being outdoors, whether hiking, camping, spending the day at the lake or cheering on the Broncos at Mile High Stadium.
“A smile is the best accessory one can wear.”