Von's Vision

Dr. Crespi attended Von Miller’s event Von’s Western Round-Up on November 5th. This event raised over $400,000 to benefit Von’s Vision. Von Miller’s foundation provides low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life. The funds raised from this event will go towards Von’s Vision program and the newly unveiled Von’s Vision Center.

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Staff Spotlight: Sarah


Have you had the pleasure of meeting our amazing dental assistant Sarah?! She is originally from Charleston, SC and moved to Denver a few years ago. Sarah loves spending time outdoors with her boyfriend Matt and their sweet golden retrievers named Kaia and Chloe. On the weekends you can find her camping, hiking, and going skiing. It’s no wonder she loves Colorado! Make sure to say hi to her at your next appointment!


Von's Vision

Von's Vision Celebrity Steak-Out

"My mission is to give the gift of sight to children who don’t have access to eye care," said Miller. “Funds raised tonight will change kids’ lives—sometimes the problem in school isn’t an intelligence problem, it’s just vision. Von’s Vision provides opportunities for kids to succeed in the classroom and in life.”

This past week Dr. Crespi had the privilege of attending the fifth annual Celebrity Steak-Out benefit for Von Miller's charitable foundation, Von's Vision. Von’s Vision provides low-income Denver children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life. Proceeds from the evening are used to provide free screenings, eye exams and corrective eye wear to those in need. Specifically, funds raised will go toward programs like Von’s Vision Day, Von’s Back to School Vision Day and Von’s All Year Long program which provides Denver Public School students with access to corrective eye wear all year long.


Did you know?!


1. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in your body. In fact, one of the best ways to keep it healthy is right in your kitchen - fluoridated tap water helps strengthen weak areas of the enamel on your teeth.

2. Your pearly whites are your own, unique set of teeth. Even identical twins don't have identical teeth.

3. A baby's teeth start forming before they are even born.

4. Like an iceberg, 1/3 of your tooth is below the gum line. In addition to preventing cavities, flossing helps keep gums healthy by reaching food that tooth brushing alone can't reach. As soon as your child has two teeth touching, start flossing!

5. Kids have 20 baby teeth and adults have 32 permanent teeth. In comparison, cats have 30 teeth, dogs have 42 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth and an armadillo have 104 teeth!

Peaches has an Emergency Dental Visit

Peaches getting her Carnassial Tooth bonded!

Peaches getting her Carnassial Tooth bonded!

Peaches came to the office today! Dr. Crespi placed a composite (white filling material) over the fracture to repair the tooth. She was a great patient! We learned that the Carnassial tooth is the primary tooth dogs use to crush hard material in their diet such as bones and hard pieces of meat. Peaches' vet has advised us that dogs should not chew hard toys and bones (like Nylabones) as it can cause fractures like these. So please give your canine friends soft toys only and brush their teeth daily to keep them clean!

Happy Mother's Day

Dr. Crespi just welcomed her son Bennett Russell on April 20th and is over the moon to celebrate her first Mother's Day! Here's to all our patient moms on this special day. We know how much you do for you kids and all the love you have for them! Please enjoy the precious moments celebrating love this weekend! #makingsmilesbrighter #smileatsunrise #celebratelove 

Gail's Pay it Forward Event!

Sunrise was honored to be part of Gail's "Pay it Forward" Event for the second year in a row! To honor her very own cancer free anniversary, our friend Gail created this yearly event to bring smiles to children and their families who are battling disease. We made special Build-A-Bears for each child and their siblings whom are currently staying at Brent's Place and St. Jude's. We look forward to participating again next year and raising awareness for pediatric cancer and immunodeficiency disorders. Thank you Gail for all your hard work - you inspire us!

Meet Dr. Craig and Dr. D!

In preparation for Dr. Crespi's maternity leave, we have arranged office coverage with some AWESOME pediatric dentists from the Denver Metro area – and get this – they are brothers! Please read their bios below to learn more about Dr. D and Dr. Craig. They have both completed specialty in pediatric dentistry, just like Dr. Crespi, and have an office in Lone Tree. Dr. Crespi is hopeful she will be back seeing patients by mid-June. Thanks for being patient with us during this special time for Dr. Crespi!

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Dr. Derek Owens

Dr. Derek Owens, Dr. D, was born and raised in Colorado.  He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. D attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Biology. After his four years at Georgetown, he attended The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. D became interested in pediatric dentistry while working as a dental assistant in pediatric dental offices in the Lone Tree area.  After dental school, Dr. D was selected as one of four dentists out of hundreds of applicants to complete a 2 year residency program at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

During residency, Dr. D gained specialized clinical, emergency, and hospital training to work with kids.  In addition to employing the techniques he learned in residency, Dr. D loves using his sense of humor and gentle touch to make every visit fun for your child. In his free time, Dr. D enjoys playing ice hockey, skiing, snowboarding, golfing, and cooking. He also loves sports and is a huge fan of all Colorado Sports teams and the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team.


Dr. Craig Owens

Dr. Craig Owens, Dr. Craig, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and was born and raised in Colorado. He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He completed his advanced training in pediatric dentistry through NYU-Lutheran Medical Center where he gained specialized skills to treat and manage children, including sedation and hospital training.

Dr. Craig became interested in working with children when he volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of Denver during his summers in high school. This interest was further developed when Dr. Craig worked as a pediatric dental assistant on his educational breaks throughout his undergraduate and post-graduate training. He grew up playing ice hockey and still plays and coaches in his spare time. Dr. Craig and his wife, Marissa, live in Denver where they enjoy skiing, snowboarding, golfing, getting involved with various charitable organizations and, are avid fans of all professional Denver sports teams.

Dr. Craig is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, the Metro Denver Dental Society, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.