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KIDS DENTAL, VISION &
ORTHODONTIC CARE ALL IN ONE PLACE

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Kid's Dentist & Vision Care

Welcome North Colorado Springs Families!

At Academy Kids Dental, Vision & Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care for the children in our community. Our team of dentists, orthodontists, and optometrists offer a comprehensive range of services to help ensure your child's good health.

MULTIPLE SERVICES FOR

ALL YOUR KIDS IN ONE VISIT!



DENTAL

VISION

ORTHODONTICS

OFFICE INFO

3630 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-304-5400

  • Monday - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday - 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday - Closed
  • Sunday - Closed
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We welcome Children's Medicaid and most insurance plans. Our mission is to expand care access so that every child has a chance to thrive.

Our Featured Providers

Dr. Maryhen Arrieta

Dental

Dr. Maryhen Arrieta

Dental

Education
  • Graduated as a Dentist - Universidad Central de Venezuela
  • Practiced dentistry in Venezuela for almost 4 years
  • Doctor of Science - Colorado University
Why did you become a dentist?
I became a dentist because I love helping people have a healthy smile and I love to work with children. I wanted to be a dentist since I was a little child. I always enjoyed my dental visits and used to tell my dentist that I would one day be like her, and now it's for real!
Interesting Facts

I was born in Florida, but raised in Venezuela. I have been married for almost 20 years and have seven children, six boys and one girl. We have very little quiet time, but we thoroughly enjoy our active family.

Dr. Dylan Dinn

Dental

Dr. Dylan Dinn

Dental

Education

Undergraduate: Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi with a BS in Chemistry

Dental: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery

Why did you become a dentist?
I came into the dental field originally as an assistant, and was impressed with the positive environment of dentistry. I was really great at working with patients and my hands, and knew I could do more. I decided to start making my way through undergraduate school, while still working as an assistant. I love being able to help people and put them at ease. I feel like dentistry is a mixture of science, socializing, and art. These are things I love, and growing up I was always doing things with my hands such as drawing, painting, cooking, and various sports. Working as a dentist allows me to continue working with my hands while applying science, physiology, and compassion towards people.
Interesting Facts

2 dogs: Lily and Bear, they are very precious to me and I have had them 10 years

1 cat: Fitzwilliam, found as a stray during dental school

Likes baking cookies/cakes

Played co-ed softball during dental school, and full contact women's football during undergrad

Grew up in south Texas, with heavy hispanic culture upbringing, and my grandmother is from Mexico

Have had to eat gluten free past 6 years, so am well versed in food allergy frustrations

Dr. Awais Mufti

Dental

Dr. Awais Mufti

Dental

Education

Indiana University Bloomington - B.S. degree in Neuroscience

Indiana University School of Dentistry - DDS

Why did you become a dentist?
I wanted to tie together my desire to help people and find a job that kept me on my feet all into one field; that is when I began exploring dentistry. Dentistry is an art form that can positively impact peoples lives. I wanted to be an artist that could make a difference in the world.
Interesting Facts

I grew up in Wilkes Barre, PA, a small town but a very active community. I grew up playing card games like pokemon and yugioh as well as any sport I could get my hands on from diving to soccer. My favorite sports team is the Chicago Bulls because I grew up watching Derrick Rose. I have a cat named Astro who is an orange ball of energy.

Dr. Neha Jivan

Dental

Dr. Neha Jivan

Dental

Education

I went to UCCS where I got my Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Chemistry. After that, I got my DDS degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Why did you become a dentist?
I always knew I wanted to go into healthcare and did a lot of volunteering in different fields. Dentistry was something that resonated with me after seeing how happy a patient became after she could smile again. Since then, I knew I wanted to keep helping people.
Interesting Facts

I was born and raised in Colorado Springs. I grew up dancing and performed at half time at a Denver Nuggets game. I have 4 dogs and recently just got married.

Dr. Michael Pharris

Vision

Dr. Michael Pharris

Vision

Education
  • Bachelor of Science - Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med - Colorado State University
  • Doctorate - Pacific University College of Optometry
Why did you become a optometrist?
I became an optometrist because I've always had an interest in helping others. I also did not have any form of eye care as a child. My first eye exam was at the age of 14, thinking that blurry distance vision was normal for a teenager. I then understood what a difference an eye doctor can make in one's life. My vision became worse every year and I needed access to eye care, glasses, and contact lenses. There were not many answers for a struggling teen and college kid who could not afford the care I needed. I was driven to finish school and become an eye doctor so I can help those in need, like myself.
Interesting Facts

I've been married for 25 years to Roxann, we have 4 children, 3 boys, one girl. We own a dog, Winston. I was born in Southern California and I have two younger sisters. We all live in Colorado Springs, along with my mom. I enjoy all things music and all sports. Tennis & Guitar are my favorite.

Dr. Grace Shaw

Vision

Dr. Grace Shaw

Vision

Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry - University of California San Diego
  • Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology - University of California San Diego
  • Minor in English Literature - University of California San Diego
  • Doctor of Optometry - Southern California College of Optometry
  • Dental Residency in Ocular Disease with Indian Health Services at the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Arizona
Why did you become a optometrist?
When I was in junior high school I started to play tennis more competitively, but I was noticing I started to lose a lot of games because I couldn't tell if the ball was in or out of the court. That's when I got my first pair of glasses and having the ability to see clearer again, along with the wonderful experience with my eye doctor, got me curious about the field. I went on to be a vision tech at a family practice where my friends dad worked and really enjoyed working with others and patients. Eventually I went on to become an optometrist myself and have really enjoyed working with children.
Interesting Facts

I have 2 children. My accomplished kids are now off to college and graduate school. I look forward to travel and life's adventures.

Dr. Corina Martinez

Vision

Dr. Corina Martinez

Vision

Education

I went to the University of the Incarnate Word for a BS in Vision Science and then I went to the Rosenberg school of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word for my Doctor of Optometry degree.

Why did you become a optometrist?
Growing up I had always wanted to be a doctor, I just didn’t know which kind. When I got to high school I started exploring more about different careers in the medical field and I found optometry. I decided to shadow an optometrist for a little while to see what they do on a daily basis and what the job entails. I began to take a large interest in the world of Optometry after that experience and enjoyed the patient interactions.
Interesting Facts

I grew up in a really small border town named Zapata, Texas. Although, I use to play volleyball, run track and cross country growing up I currently do weightlifting as a hobby. I also enjoy hiking, watching Netflix or any other streaming service for hours on end and playing with my two dogs, Siggy and Isla.

Dr. Ted Struhs

Orthodontics

Dr. Ted Struhs

Orthodontics

Education

I went to college in Fort Collins at Colorado State University. There I earned a BS in Biology and a minor in Anatomy and Neurobiology.

For dental school, I attended the Medical College of Virginia campus at Virginia Commonwealth University. I completed my dental degree (DDS) there and was grateful to stay there for my residency training in Orthodontics.

Why did you become a orthodontist?
My first thoughts of going to dental school started when I was growing up. I enjoyed going to the dentist. The doctor would often take time to get to know me, and the staff members were always welcoming and fun. As I grew, my interest in the health sciences made it the natural choice. I had braces as a teenager, and the experiences in that office were very similar. It was in dental school, however, that I really gravitated towards orthodontics. I enjoyed learning about how the jaw and teeth grow and develop. I liked how we could use a lot of different branches of science to come up with solutions to some pretty hard situations. But most of all, I loved giving people the healthy and beautiful smile they wanted and deserved.
Interesting Facts

I'm a Colorado native, so I grew up outside and the outdoors is where most of my free time is spent. I hike, camp, fish, and ski - usually the activity is dictated by the weather (which we all know can not always be what's expected). If I'm inside I like doing stuff with my hands - I build plastic models as a hobby, I like radio control hobbies, and like building stuff with wood. I've also played guitar since I was 14 and still practice at least 3-4 time a week. I love all sorts of music, but I mostly like playing rock songs from today all the way back to ones that came out before I was born.

I have been married for 26 years and have three kids whose ages range from 17 to 22. Our life centers around our dog, Bailey.

My son had an abscess tooth and they were fantastic with him being only 7 and this his first real cavity and infection. He left loving going to the dentist and looks forward to all his cleanings. There were a lot of laughs and smiles from everyone who helped. I cannot thank ya'll enough for being so patient and explaining everything and understanding with all my questions and concerns. Thank you!

Melissa S.

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