Our Office Philosophy
Every child should grow up with a great smile, free of pain, and without fear of going to the dentist.
Your child deserves a great smile now and in the future! We understand and stress the importance of early dental visits and the establishment of good preventive habits early in life. While it is usually easy to fix your child’s cavity, it is very difficult to prevent the cavity in the first place. Our office focuses on providing the education patients and parents need for proper dental habits and preventive care. We encourage parents to take an active role in the daily oral health care of their children. With the tools and knowledge we provide as well as good early dental habits, we can work together to provide your child with the confidence and happiness that comes with a beautiful smile.
No child should have to experience pain or discomfort from their teeth. Whether the pain is caused by an infection, a cavity, or an accident that breaks a tooth, every child has the right to be out of discomfort as soon as possible. Our office takes the issue of relieving pain in children very seriously. We provide attention, time, and compassionate care during this time of need to help your child smile again.
We believe that every child has the ability to be a great dental patient even if they (or their parents) have had dental experiences that were negative in the past. We understand that negative dental experiences for patients and their parents can create a fear that is very real. Dr. Cox relies on his specialty training in children’s behavior, his personal experience, and his compassion for his patients to help eliminate those fears. We focus on having fun and easy appointments with positive praise for our patients to reinforce their good experiences. Our goal is to have your child overcome any dental fear and actually enjoy visiting the dentist.
Dr. Jeremy Cox, D.M.D.
Dr. Jeremy Cox is an AAPD board-certified pediatric dentist living in Grand Junction Colorado. He is originally from Mesquite Nevada where after high school he served a two-year mission for his church in Rochester New York. Upon returning home, Dr. Cox attended college gaining a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University. He attended dental school at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine in Las Vegas where he served as dental Student Body President and received his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree. Dr. Cox then attended the University Of Nebraska Medical Center’s Pediatric Dental Residency program at Children’s Hospital in Omaha Nebraska for two years.
Dr. Cox then moved to Grand Junction in 2012 and founded Pediatric Dental Specialists of Western Colorado. Dr. Cox is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a board-certified pediatric dentist which is the highest credentials in the field of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Cox enjoys teaching and educating other dentists, pediatricians, and other medical professionals on pediatric dentistry. Dr. Cox enjoys medical mission trips providing dental care to children in need. He has provided dental care to children in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and others. He donates his time and serves on the Quest Cleft Palate Team of Grand Junction. Dr. Cox strives to create an office where the staff are cared for and respected, and our patients receive the highest level of dental care while learning to love the dentist.
Dr. Cox and his wife Kari have four children, Ethan, Hailey, Addison, and Brooklyn. Kari is a Registered Dental Hygienist and serves as the Office Manager at PDS. Dr. Cox enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and being outdoors including mountain biking, hunting, fishing, skiing, and camping.
Dr. Daniel Beck, D.D.S.
Dr. Daniel Beck, DDS is an AAPD board-certified pediatric dentist who resides in Fruita Colorado with his family. Dr. Beck attended Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Following dental school he completed a general practice residency at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Beck then completed his advanced training in pediatric dentistry at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center at Children’s Hospital in Omaha Nebraska specializing in providing quality dental care and treatment to children.
Dr. Beck is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Board Certified Pediatric dentist. This represents the highest credentials within the field of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Beck is also a member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Colorado Dental Association. Dr. Beck joined the PDS team in June of 2016. Dr. Beck loves interacting with children and doing all he can to create a good experience and fun atmosphere for his patients.
Dr. Beck and his lovely wife Mary have four boys: Jack, Fred, Zeke, and George. These lads keep the Becks very busy with extracurricular activities including music and sports (and just about everything else that doesn’t involve holding still). When spare time does occur they love to spend it hiking, camping, and riding dirt bikes. The Becks absolutely love life in the Grand Valley!
Dr. Kristina Rogers, D.D.S.
Dr. Kristina Rogers is an AAPD board-certified pediatric dentist who resides in Grand Junction, Colorado, with her family. Dr. Rogers grew up in Provo, Utah. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University and her dental degree from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Dr. Rogers completed dental school as valedictorian and culminated her advanced training in pediatric dentistry with a residency at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Rogers is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a member of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Colorado Dental Association. Dr. Rogers practiced pediatric dentistry for nearly a decade in Salt Lake City, Utah, prior to joining Pediatric Dental Specialists. From a very young age, Dr. Rogers has always wanted to help others, especially children. Because she believes every child is special and unique, she treats them as the important person that they are. She strives to make every child feel comfortable and empowered about his or her dental care.
In her spare time, Dr. Rogers and her husband, Jeff, love spending time outdoors, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, and visiting family. More recently, she enjoys painting with watercolor as a creative outlet.
Dr. Michele Lacy, D.M.D.
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. 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 dental care.
Dr. Lacy has practiced on the Western Slope of Colorado for almost a decade, seeing patients from across the region. She has extensive experience in conscious oral sedation as well as general anesthesia and emergency care.
Dr. Lacy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. 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.
She 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 husband’s persistence, Dr. Lacy has become both an avid Broncos fan and skier. Dr. Lacy is proud and excited to join the PDS Team.