Proud to be Grand Junction’s Dentist Since 1989
Dr. Gillis has practiced restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Grand Junction, Colorado since 1989. During this time, she earned the reputation as a dentist who can provide beautiful and lasting results for her patients whether they have a simple problem with one tooth, or very complex concerns involving all of the teeth and the function of their bite.
Dr. Gillis followed an unconventional path to dentistry. Initially, she studied at the University of Colorado in Boulder to receive a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and Architecture in 1983. For the next two years, she worked as an entry-level architect and illustrator for firms in the Denver area. In 1985, Dr. Gillis was accepted at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry and received her doctor of dental surgery (DDS) in 1989.
After completing advanced clinical training in 1989, Dr. Gillis accepted an associate position in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1992, she opened her private practice. Moving into a solo office allowed the practice to grow and evolve around Dr. Gillis’s philosophy of providing aesthetic, comprehensive dental care in a clean and comfortable setting.
In addition to her membership in local, state, and national dental organizations, Dr. Gillis is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the world’s largest association for cosmetic dentists.* She was the first and is currently one of only four dentists from Colorado to have achieved this honor.
Accreditation is earned by the demonstration of excellent skills in advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry before an international panel of accredited dentists. In response to her stunning artistic results and obvious attention to detail during her own accreditation in 1997, Dr. Gillis was asked by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry to join the Accreditation Review Board as an Examiner. Dr. Gillis is currently the Chair of the Written Examination Committee for the AACD and a member of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. Since her accreditation, Dr. Gillis has also served as a mentor for other dentists undergoing the accreditation process.
To maintain the highest quality of patient care, Dr. Gillis attends over 100 hours of continuing education each year. This enables her practice to grow with evolving dental techniques and products. Her extensive training and experience in the expanding field of cosmetic dentistry allows her to use both science and artistry to create beautiful smiles for each patient.
Her hobbies include painting, cooking, and exercising. Dr. Gillis enjoys spending free time with her husband, Russ, and their two wonderful children, Jessica and Lewis.
*The AACD program is not an accredited program put on by the ADA’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.