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Kids Dental, Vision and Orthodontics in Colorado Springs.

Academy Colorado Springs on the Corner of N. Academy & Austin Bluffs

3630 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA 719-304-5400

Kid's Dentist & Vision Care

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Thursday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Friday - 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

  • Saturday - Closed

  • Sunday - Closed

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Our Featured Providers

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

Dr. Michael Pharris

(Dr. Michael)

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. 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

Dr. Maryhen Arrieta

(Dr. Mary)

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. Grace Shaw

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

Dr. Grace Shaw

(Dr. Shaw)

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
How did you start your carrer
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. Sarah Shin

Orthodontics

Education
  • Undergraduate - Smith College in Northampton
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine - Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Master of Science in Orthodontic Specialty - University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Sarah Shin

(Dr. Shin)

Orthodontics

Education
  • Undergraduate - Smith College in Northampton
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine - Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • Master of Science in Orthodontic Specialty - University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Why did you become a orthodontist?
I wanted to be in the medical field and felt drawn into the dental field for the fact that I could focus on a specific part of the body. After getting into dental school and learning more about teeth, I wanted to specialize in straightening teeth, which was orthodontics. The transformation that patients go through is amazing, and it's rewarding to see patients happy after spending a long time and effort into it.
Interesting Facts

My husband is a general dentist and we have a soon-to-be 4 year old daughter who loves to do everything.

Dr. Carolina Chappelin

Dental

Education
  • Dental Degree - Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas Venezuela
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Carolina Chappelin

(Dr. Carolina)

Dental

Education
  • Dental Degree - Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas Venezuela
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - University of California Los Angeles
Why did you become a dentist?
I had the nicest dentist when I was a kid. I remember going with my mom and while she was getting work done, my dentist would let me play with her instruments. To me it was the best job in the world. I was about 8 years old but since then I told myself I wanted to become a dentist, and that's exactly what I did.
Interesting Facts

I am from Caracas, Venezuela. I am married to my husband, Gabriel, and have 2 boys, Daniel and Gabriel. We moved to Colorado Springs in 2018 and we love it here! We enjoy snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer!

Dr. DeAnna Drake

Dental

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Union College
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - Loma Linda University
  • General Practice Residency - University of Minnesota

Dr. DeAnna Drake

(Dr. Drake)

Dental

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Union College
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery - Loma Linda University
  • General Practice Residency - University of Minnesota
Why did you become a dentist?
It's a versatile career that allows me to make a difference in the health of those in my community.
Interesting Facts

I love all things Disney and even studied for the dental boards at the parks. I enjoy planning celebrations and I just recently picked up kayaking.

MEDICAID ACCEPTED

Insurance, we've got you covered.

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.

Dental Plans Accepted

  • Colorado Medicaid
  • Health First Colorado
  • CHP+
  • Tri-Care
  • United Concordia
  • Delta
  • Aetna
  • Metlife
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Connection Dental GEHA
  • UHC
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Principal
  • Dentegra
  • TDA
  • Dentemax
  • Sun Life Financial

Vision Plans Accepted

  • Colorado Medicaid
  • Denver Health
  • CHP+
  • EyeMed
  • Spectera
  • TriCare
  • UHC (Medical)

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.

Thankful Mom

High Quality, Compassionate Care

It's What We Do Best!

It's our mission to ensure that every child and family has access to affordable high-quality, compassionate care. Our kid-friendly offices, high-quality staff, flexible scheduling, and a variety of insurance options make us the perfect fit for your family.

Learn about our Dental Services Learn about our Vision Services Learn about our Orthodontic Services

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Kid's Dentist Services

Providing high-quality, affordable dental care for kids in Colorado Springs is what we do best! A child’s first dentist visit should occur after their first tooth emerges or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Getting an early start on oral care habits puts your child on the healthiest path.

Dental Cleanings

Sometimes brushing just isn’t enough, and kids need professional dental cleanings. During dental cleanings, we use special tools and skills to remove plaque from hard-to-reach spots. We also check for early signs of tooth decay so that we can treat any issues that arise before they become a more serious problem. For children who are more susceptible to tooth decay, fluoride treatments and sealants are necessary to protect and maintain the strength of their teeth.

Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays are tools that allow dentists to monitor oral development and check for any potential diseases or decay that can impact your child’s dental health. Dental x-rays are special because they reveal areas of the teeth that are invisible during dental cleanings.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride gives your teeth the nutrients they need to stay healthy! Fluoride is a natural mineral that protects teeth from decay and maintains tooth strength. During regular dental visits, we paint a concentrated fluoride varnish directly onto tooth/teeth surfaces that need protection. Fluoride is beneficial throughout a child’s life, and it is an important part of healthy dental hygiene.

Cavities & Fillings

The most basic form of tooth decay is cavities, especially for toddlers and children. A cavity develops plaque builds up and eats at the tooth enamel. This creates a hole in the tooth called a cavity. Sometimes cavities are hard to prevent, but proper dental hygiene, a healthy diet, and biannual dental cleanings are the best defense. When a cavity is found, the dentist removes the decay and fills in the hole with a filling.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants protect teeth against harmful bacteria and tooth decay. Even with excellent oral hygiene, the grooves on the surfaces of molars are vulnerable to collections of food and bacteria that can potentially lead to decay. Dental sealants give teeth an extra layer of protection, and they are an important part of preventative oral care.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth that need to be restored to their correct size and shape. Sometimes a filling is not enough to restore a tooth that is decayed or compromised. In this circumstance, dental crowns are needed! A dental crown is applied in one appointment using some form of anesthetic.

Tooth Extraction

There are times when a tooth needs to be extracted. These cases include when a tooth is extensively damaged or decayed, when a baby tooth needs help coming out, and when additional room is needed in the mouth in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

Dental Sedation Options

In every dental procedure and at every visit, we want to minimize potential distress to keep kids calm and comfortable. Dental sedation makes a child’s procedure as easy as possible. Select locations provide dental sedation options, and a referral is required.

Chipped Tooth Care

Teeth can accidentally chip or break during play. Thankfully, we have ways to fix chips and breaks! Contact your dentist immediately if your child has a broken tooth. During the emergency visit, the dentist will examine the child’s mouth. Sometimes, the tooth fragment can be reattached. If you are able to locate the chipped tooth fragment, put it in a bag with water or saline and bring it to the dentist's office. If the tooth fragment can’t be found, there are additional ways to repair the tooth.

Insurance

Good news families! Medicaid and most dental insurance plans cover two dental cleanings and checkups per year. Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining oral health. Book an appointment with us for your child today!

We look forward to being your kid's dentist!

Vision Services

With a kid’s eye doctor, your child’s future is clear!

Regular eye exams are an important way to keep babies, kids, and teens on track for educational, social, and developmental success. Vision issues can impact a child’s experiences with school, sports, peers, and daily activities. A vision check-up is an important way to make sure your child is developing healthily and prepared for success.

Nearsightedness

If it’s hard for your child to see far far away, they may have Myopia. Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive disorder that makes it difficult to see distant objects. In contrast, with nearsightedness, it is easy to see things up close. The symptoms can include:


  • Blurred vision when looking at objects at a distance

  • Squinting

  • Eyestrain

  • Eye fatigue when looking at objects far away


In addition to causing physical issues, nearsightedness can also impact a child’s performance in school and safety. Nearsightedness can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery. Routine eye exams can detect potential issues and help kids stay healthy.

Farsightedness

Are things too close for comfort? If so, then your child may have Hyperopia, or farsightedness. Hyperopia is a common condition that allows you to see objects far away better than objects that are up close. With farsightedness, the light rays in the eyes focus behind the surface of the retina instead of directly on the retina. This makes close-up objects blurry. The symptoms may include:


  • Blurred vision

  • Trouble focusing on things close by

  • Eyestrain

  • Eye fatigue

  • Headaches when performing tasks close-up


Farsightedness can impact self-esteem and educational capabilities, but it is easy to correct with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Take your kid for a vision check-up to make sure they are set up for success!

Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a common condition that blurs objects both near and far. With astigmatism, your eye isn’t completely round so it is not able to focus. Astigmatism can be difficult to diagnose in kids because they perceive the blurriness as normal. The symptoms include:


  • Blurred Vision

  • Distorted Vision

  • Eyestrain

  • Headaches


When left unaddressed, astigmatism can impact school performance and safety. Like other common eye issues, astigmatism can be treated with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Make an appointment for an eye exam to make sure your child’s eyes are healthy and ready for success!

Lazy Eye

A wandering eye is also known as Amblyopia. Amblyopia is a vision condition in which one eye underperforms because it does not properly reflect light. When a child has a lazy eye, their body follows the direction of the normally performing eye. This impacts their ability to perceive depth. Symptoms include;


  • Issues with depth perception

  • Frequently squinting or shutting one eye

  • Tilting head to focus


For the most effective and simple treatment and management, it is important to detect a lazy eye early. Routine eye exams are an important way to take care of your children.

Cross Eyes

Strabismus, or cross-eyes, is a common eye condition in which the eyes are not always aligned. With strabismus, the eye muscles are out of sync which causes the eyes to look different ways. Strabismus can lead to a lazy eye or cause other types of vision problems. There are a few different treatment options, depending on the specific nature of the condition.

Fashionable Frames

It can be a struggle to get your child to wear eyeglasses. We carry over 350 Medicaid-approved frames to ensure your child can find the perfect pair to suit their age, size, fashion, and lifestyle. We want every child to feel confident and comfortable when wearing glasses!

Insurance Options

We don’t want any child to struggle with learning challenges caused by undetected vision problems. If your child is experiencing vision issues, we can help. We accept Medicaid and most insurance plans so that your child can have regular vision check-ups and glasses at little or no cost.

Orthodontic Services

Orthodontic Braces

Orthodontic braces effectively correct jaw alignment and teeth spacing. Braces offer many benefits. They can boost your child or teen’s confidence and self-esteem, and they improve many aspects of dental health, including:

  • Improve ability to chew food

  • Alleviate speech impairment

  • Make brushing, cleaning, and flossing teeth easier

  • Reduce the risk of cavities and periodontal disease

  • Reduce the occurrence of grinding and chipping teeth

  • Reduce the risk of injury from protruding teeth

In addition to helping you and your kids or teens look their best, braces can create a foundation for a lifetime of improved oral health!

Finding the Right Braces

The first step in the journey of creating a perfect smile is to find the right braces. We can help you choose the right type of braces based on your treatment plan, cost, and desired appearance. There are several different types of braces that are commonly used today.


  • Traditional Metal Braces are the most common type of braces because they are the most affordable and effective option. Metal braces are easy for orthodontists to accurately adjust during monthly visits. A fun bonus with metal braces is that kids and teens get to choose fun elastic band colors to achieve a look they love!


  • Ceramic or Porcelain Braces function similarly to metal braces, but the brackets and wires are designed to blend in with the teeth. These braces are less noticeable and more expensive than metal braces. In order to prevent discoloration, they require dedicated, regular cleaning. If you want your braces to be less noticeable in appearance, ceramic or porcelain braces are a great option.


  • Removable Aligners are a popular option for many families. They consist of removable, transparent trays that rest on top of teeth and can be removed for meal times and other activities. In comparison to traditional metal braces, removable aligners are more expensive. Removable aligners can correct alignment issues, but they are not suitable for correcting significant bite problems. Also, they are not usually recommended for children because they require an additional level of personal responsibility. If you are looking for a less noticeable way to correct alignment issues and you are able to follow through with the required care, this solution may be the right treatment option for you.

Affordable Braces

Medicaid and many other insurance plans understand the importance of braces for oral health and can potentially cover the entire cost of orthodontic treatment. If you are insured by Medicaid, an orthodontic evaluation is needed to determine whether or not the treatment is covered. If you have private insurance, your insurance provider can detail your orthodontic coverage options.

For families who do not have insurance coverage, we offer multiple affordable payment plans. Our orthodontic care coordinators work with you to review the options and determine a plan that works for you.

Orthodontic Evaluations

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child is screened before their seventh birthday. By the time your child turns seven, it will be clear if they have any jaw alignment problems, overcrowding, overbite or underbite, crossbite, or other orthodontic issues that may impact their mouth. Early orthodontic evaluations are important to quickly determine if braces are needed and choose the best treatment plan.


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