As a dentist, I understand that it can be very daunting for people to find a dental care provider they feel comfortable with. Having been there myself, I understand the need to feel confident in your dentist.
I’m here to show all my patients that it’s possible to have a dentist who is understanding, compassionate, and trustworthy. I genuinely try to get to know each person, understand their priorities, and work with them to establish a treatment plan that fits them as an individual.
Dr. Wallin Achieves His Dream of Private Practice: The Path to Silver Leaf Dentistry
Although I was born in Littleton, Colorado (and have been a Broncos fan from birth), I grew up on the other side of the Rockies in Salt Lake City. After graduating from high school, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in medical biology from the University of Utah in 2008. I then went on to Glendale, AZ, where I received a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Midwestern University’s College of Dental Medicine in 2012.
From there, I worked in corporate and private dental practices as an associate for three years. Then, in April 2015, I realized my dream of opening my private practice, Silver Leaf Dentistry, right here in Longmont, CO.
As part of my commitment to improve and extend my skills, I complete about 100 hours of continuing education each year. I have received extensive training in several aspects of dentistry, including dental implant placement and CEREC CAD/CAM dentistry.
Dr. Wallin Stays Active Away From the OfficeDoctor Kory Wallin on why he became a doctor and his continuing education Read Transcript
Yeah, you know, I don't know that when I was a child, dentistry was in my sights. I think I probably wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid, and when that didn't turn out, I set my sights to health care. Dentistry was a natural fit for me to be able to use my hands. I always had a creative, artistic side to me. It fits right in with dentistry.
I'm a family guy, and for me dentistry is a great way to go to work, work hard, close up shop, and head home to my family and my kids. So there's a nice balance there, but perhaps the most rewarding part of being a dentist is seeing a patient that gets to have their life changed because of what we do for them, doing what we do. Whether it's something as simple as a patient who has a busy career, they didn't get any sleep the night before of a toothache, and you know, they come in holding their face, and by the time they leave, we're able to see a smile on their face, get them out of pain. Help them get on with their life.
Or the patient that is missing teeth, because of it they're not eating the foods they want, their favorite foods anymore. To see a transformation in a patient's mouth is to see a transformation in the patient themselves. It's really a nice thing to watch our patients. Next time we see them, their demeanor, their whole demeanor even changes. They're a new person because of what we did for them. Boy, that allows me to go home feeling really good.
One of the most exciting things for me about being a general dentist is that you can pick your craft, really. I realize that a lot of patients, they're looking for a dentist they can trust to deliver as many of the services as they can. So what I've tried to do is cater my training, my postgraduate training and continuing education, toward meeting the needs and desires of my patients. I found that a lot of patients, a lot of my adult patients, are interested in maybe straightening the teeth that have kind of relapsed after they had braces as a kid. So we've learned and offer Invisalign in our practice. Dental implants are a cutting way to restore a missing tooth.
So I've made sure to take plenty of training along the lines of dental implants and invest in equipment that allows us to offer that right here in our office. So I would say I try to take continuing education to meet the growing demands that I see right here in our office so that we can always make sure that we're giving our patients the services that they're looking for.
My wife, Stephanie, and I decided that we wanted to raise our four children back here in Colorado. There’s truly no better blessing than having my family back here in my native state!
Our children keep us very busy. In our free time, we are very active with our church, and I also enjoy playing volleyball and golf. My patients know that I’m a huge Broncos fan, but most of them don’t know that I actually have a Broncos tooth! Before becoming a dentist, I worked in a dental lab, where I designed the crown myself.