Meet Our Dentists
Dr. Derren E. Tippets
Love for kids and a passion for dentistry have led to Dr. Tippets’ lifelong commitment to pediatric dental care. After training for four years to earn his DMD in general dentistry at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, he went through two extra years of specialized training at Temple Hospital in Philadelphia, PA to become a pediatric dentist. The extra two years of training were worth it to be able to serve kids and help them achieve lifelong dental health!
Dr. Tippets has supported youth for many years, including serving as a Boy Scouts leader, a nursery leader, and a home healthcare provider for those with special needs. Making a tangible difference for people is a way of life for him, and he’s excited to help every patient who comes through the doors of My Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Michele Lacy
Dr. Michele Lacy received her DMD from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and completed her specialization residency in Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital Colorado, one of the nation’s top 5 hospitals for children. Dr. Lacy also completed a three-year residency in geriatric dentistry at Harvard University. She has a love for caring for children and an unwavering commitment to quality, pediatric care.
Dr. Lacy is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. As a Diplomate, Dr. Lacy is Board Certified and has successfully completed additional voluntary examinations, and demonstrated specialized knowledge and skill in her field. She has extensive pediatric training in oral sedation, general anesthesia and emergency care. Dr. Lacy is also experienced in caring for children with special medical needs. She has had several articles published in professional and academic journals and has received awards for her research, including from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She is a contributing author to The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Handbook for Pediatric Global Health, one of the world’s leading publications on quality care for kids.
Dr. Lacy is originally from Fortaleza, Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She is married to her loving husband Colin, who grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado. They are the blessed parents of their two sons Liam and Noah. They have a beagle named Bagel and like to spend their time playing in the outdoors. As a result of her husband’s persistence, Dr. Lacy has become a major Broncos fan, and she also enjoys skiing, hiking and whenever she can find a little time, reading a good book. Dr. Lacy is proud and excited to raise her family in such a special community here in Western Colorado.
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