Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Dr. Kate Hakala, DDS

Dr. Kate Hakala is the oldest of 6 children. She graduated from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene in 1982. After 3 years in private practice as a hygienist, she returned to CU and graduated with her D.D.S., cum laude, in 1989.

She now teaches at the dental school 1 morning a week, in addition to 4 days a week in private practice. She was appointed to the Colorado State Dental Board by Governor Owens and served on the board for 6 years.  She and her husband, Dirk, have been married for over 30 years and have 2 children. Dr. Kate is a member of the American Dental Association and American Association of Women Dentists.

Dr. Kate was named one of Colorado’s Top Dentists by 5280 Magazine 9 years in a row!

Our Dental Staff:

Our Dental Assistants:

Tommasina- originally from Denver, Tommasina lived many years in Omaha Nebraska and currently has a daughter at UNO. She has three children total and enjoys to spend time with them outdoors. She graduated from Vatterott College in 2006 in Omaha and loves to take care of people making her a perfect fit! Welcome to the team, Tommasina!


kikaKika– is one of our experienced dental assistants. Originally from Kosovo, she now lives in Denver with her husband and 2 college-age children. Her daughter is a business student at UCD and her son is attending UCCS on a basketball scholarship.



susanSusan– is one of our dental assistants on Saturdays. She has many years in the dental field. Originally from Ohio, Susan enjoys living in central Denver with her 2 cats.



  Our Hygienists:

Sandy– graduated from dental hygiene school in Rangely, Colorado. Sandy has been practicing dental hygiene for over 30 years. She has a daughter and two dogs. She loves to travel and read good books.




Olga- is also one of our Saturday hygienists. She is originally from Russia and is enjoying her new home in Denver. She loves to travel and has visited several different countries. Welcome Olga!




Our Front Office:

Jaime– is our Office Manager and has been in the dental field since 1993. She graduated from Heritage Dental College in 1994. Jaime worked as a dental assistant for two years before moving to the front office.

Jaime has one son who completed a tour of duty with the Army in Kuwait.  He and his wife have 4 children and Jaime loves spending “Grandma time” with them.  She also has 5 nieces and 4 nephews and is even a great aunt to 4!

She enjoys spending her free time with family, at the ocean, scrap-booking, and watching her favorite team–the Kansas City Chiefs!

Simon- is our front office assistant, but you may see him in the back office as well! He is applying to dental school this year and has been shadowing/assisting Dr. Hakala and the doctors at Dental 911. He loves to play soccer in his free time and rides his bike to work every day! Welcome, Simon!