All it took was a sweet tooth for the Colorado mountains to bring one new pair of dentists to town.
Bryan Hilton and Corry Marcincin, who are married, bought the Summit Dental Group practice in Dillon in July after completing an extra year of residency in Denver.
The two met at dental school in Philadelphia. Hilton — originally from Oklahoma City — grew up coming to the mountains at his parents’ home in Salida. He said returning to Colorado to start his practice was a dream come true.
“I’ve been coming up here on vacation for ever and ever,” he said. “I always wanted to come up to the mountains.”
The couple purchased the dental practice from the previous owners; Summit Dental Group is the oldest ongoing dental practice in Summit County, Hilton said.
“The transition’s been going really well,” Marcincin said. “Our staff is amazing; they do a really great job.”
The old staff stayed on the job — some hygienists have worked for the practice for more than 30 years.
Cathy Stoldt handles insurance and billing for the group and said the transition has been going great.
“Their philosophy is the same as the previous doctors,” she said. “Everyone here wanted to give them a chance, see what they could bring.”
Both Hilton and Marcincin have fathers who are dentists, too, so they grew up working in the industry. Hilton said they purchased a practice, instead of trying to find work in someone else’s offices, because they wanted to be their own bosses.
“We really wanted to work together,” he said. “It would have been tough to find two open positions at the same place in the mountains. So we made the plunge.”
The pair has kept all of the old patients and is accepting new ones as well. Currently they are both working full days, five days a week.
“It gets pretty busy — I’ve been working through lunch a lot lately,” Hilton said.
They are the only two dentists at Summit Dental Group, and treat patients of all ages under the scope of general dentistry. They also try to keep work such as root canals in-house as much as possible.
Hilton and Marcincin got married just one month after graduating from school, then immediately moved to Colorado. Working together hasn’t been a problem so far, since they are both busy during the day.
“We work off each other pretty well,” Marcincin said. “We have similar philosophies, too, which is nice, as far as business and patient care.”
The dentists see themselves living in Summit County for a long time, and are glad to be settled in such a beautiful place.
“If we’re not working, we’re playing — hiking, skiing, rafting,” Marcincin said.
After a hectic summer of moving and buying the business only a month after finishing residency, the two said they felt lucky to find such a great location and space.
“There’s a fair share of difficult situations,” Hilton said. “Being a young boss, the staff all being twice your age, it’s a big transition to get used to that. Before we didn’t have to manage anybody and now we’re in charge of six or seven people.”
“We’re excited to be part of the community and are really passionate about treating our patients and educating them,” Marcincin said.
Summit Dental Group will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 119 Main St. in Dillon.