Colorado Springs (719) 310-3315, Pueblo (719) 400-2320
Michelle Vacha, RDH, BS, Founder and Executive Director
A native of Arizona, Michelle received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in 1989. She brings over 30 years of experience of dental care to CDH. Prior to her career in dental hygiene, she was a dental assistant for 6 years. Her years in dentistry brought to her attention the difficulties the elderly face in receiving professional dental/dental hygiene care, and the resulting disease and neglect. This prompted her in founding Senior Mobile Dental in 2006, and her journey into independent practice and the nonprofit sector.
Michelle holds memberships in the American Dental Hygiene Association, CDHA, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Latino Chamber of Commerce in Pueblo and the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. She presents to various organizations about the issues elderly face in the lack of oral health care and subsequent ramifications, and the national expansion of the Community Dental Health (formerly Senior Mobile Dental).
Mike Vacha, Co-Founder
Mike Vacha is from Kearney, NE and grew up on Colorado Springs. He founded Senior Mobile Dental with his wife Michelle in order to address the difficulties and disparities older adults faced in receiving dental care.
Dr. Al Ochoa
Dr. Al Ochoa is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and has been practicing for eight years. His early career included six years with Indian Health Service where he finished his commitment there as Clinic Supervisor. While at the same time with the Indian Health Service, Dr. Ochoa held a teaching position with Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and continues today as one of their Adjunct Professor of Restorative Dentistry.
Dr. Ochoa moved to Colorado two years ago to be close to his sweetheart, and is excited to be part of such a wonderful community here in Castle Rock. Come see how Dr. Ochoa’s compassionate care can help you reach your best oral health ever.
Dr. Dulcimeire Schulmeyer, DDS
Dr. Dulci, DDS is originally from Brazil, She is passionate in providing quality dental care. Her ethics align with ours and she believes passionately in what we do, so much that she recently moved here with her husband and children from Texas to join us.
Dr. Tomas Duran, DDS
Dr. Duran’s experience includes comprehensive dental examinations, restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, fixed and removable prosthodontics.
His experience includes 35 years in private practice, 3 years at Pueblo Community College-Dental Assisting Dental Clinic and he fills in at Complete Mobile Dentistry and at Dr. Tina Skinner’s practice. He obtained his DDS from University of Missouri School of Dentistry and a BS in Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico. He served as Co-Chairperson at the Colorado Mission of Mercy in 2017.
In addition to spending time with friends and family, he enjoys being outdoors biking and running. Dr. Duran has a true passion of caring for people.
Russell Rohlfing, Dental Lab Technician
Russell brings over 32 years of experience in the fabrication of both fixed and removable dental appliances. He has been making dental prosthetics of all types since being trained and certified as a dental lab technician by the United States Air Force in 1986. In 1990 he received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Lab Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. In 2006 Russell received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration.
Kristi Hartwick, RDH, Nursing Home Coordinator
Kristi received her Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2011. Kristi is an active member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and continually strives to be on the cutting edge of education and new technologies.
Kristi joined our practice in 2014 providing dental therapy to our patients both at our clinic locations as well as our nursing home facilities. Kristi provides comprehensive dental hygiene care to all our patients, taking into consideration overall health issues and its effects on our patient’s oral health.
She loves spending time with her husband of 10 years and her beautiful newborn baby boy.
Jessica Pfeifer, Dental Assistant
Jessica is originally from Peru. She moved to the United States in 2000 for a job opportunity transfer to Washington DC. She was working in business administration for a travel agency. During that time, she met her husband, and then moved to North Carolina. Because of the declining travel agency business, she pursued a different career. Jessica received her Dental Assistant Certification at a Dental College in 2009. She worked at a private practice office for 3 years before she took time off to start her family. Jessica is the proud wife of US Army MSGT Pfeifer. In 2016, her husband was transferred to Colorado Springs.
Jessica joined the Community Dental Health team in 2018. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 children and their dog.
Pam Izboinikov, Office Manager
Graduated Dental Assisting school in 1990 and began her 25-year dental assisting career. She worked in California for 15 years before moving to Colorado where she worked as a dental assistant for another 10 years.
Pam joined Senior Mobile Dental in July 2015 as our Office Manager. Her 25 years of dental office experience, attention to detail and her compassion towards senior citizens have helped in the growth of our program. As our office manager, she works with our Dental Team to ensure that all our patients receive the highest levels of customer service when it comes to appointment scheduling, financial arrangements, and other dental related issues.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years and her 2 kids who are in college.
Amy Cutler, Community Liaison & Administrative Assistant
Amy has worked in the non-profit sector for over 7 years. Her experience includes most recently, being the Program Director at The Home Front Cares, and many years of client and customer care, office management and special event planning and execution, including 16 years in the hospitality industry and 8 years as a Community Center Coordinator.
Amy’s dedication to the nonprofit world includes being a volunteer for United Way and The Big Sister League in San Diego. She’s passionate about helping individuals get the help they need.
She enjoys spending time time with her two teenagers, and outdoors bike riding and hiking.
Dannielle LaRocca, Receptionist
Dannielle joined Community Dental Health in December 2017. She was born in England and lived there until she was 9 years old. Along with her great customer service, she brings the following experience: Hope Montessori Classroom Assistant for 3 years, Pera on a D-49 Special Needs School Bus for 1 year, Nanny for 1 year, D-11 Preschool Teaching Assistant for 2 years and 2 years in the food service industry.
She’s married and has a beautiful daughter and 2 cats. They love spending time together bowling, miniature golfing, going to the Penny Arcade and playing video games together.
Dannielle also manages most of Community Dental Health’s social media.
Rosie, Dental Assistant & Denture Technician
Rosie has been a Dental Assistant/Denture Technician for 18 years dental assisting and working in a denture laboratory.
Darrel E. Kneupper, DDS - Board of Directors, President
1969 grad, U. of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, USAF service '69-'71 at Ent AFB, Colorado Springs; private family practice '71-78 in Colorado Springs; grad school in Prosthodontics at U. Washington in Seattle '79-'81; private solo practice limited to prosthodontics in Austin, TX '81-'99 when I retired to live in Hawaii for 3 years. Relocated to Colorado Springs n 2003 and started my outreach nursing home resident care limited to denture services only in 2006 which I continue at the present time on a limited basis. I also serve area dentists as a denture mentor coach when called on, and am pleased to offer my volunteer services to a local Children's clinic as well an adult focused free clinic, where I provide denture services for those in need who have no other care options. I am pleased to have served on the CDH board of directors for about 10 years as we share the same focus of care and I'm pleased to collaborate with the CDH staff when my patients are in need, as I do not provide general dental service any more. I'm now 75 years old and am pleased to offer my sage advice and guidance.
Brandon D. LaValley, MPAS - Board Member
Lieutenant Colonel Brandon LaValley graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management in 2003. He served 12 years as an active duty Air Force officer and F-16 pilot and continues to serve as an instructor pilot in the Air Force Reserves. Brandon lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Corinne, and two young children.
Brandon received a Master of Science degree in Financial Planning in 2014 and holds the Master Planner Advanced Studies (MPAS®) professional certification. He co-founded Targeted Wealth Solutions, a Registered Investment Advisor firm that specializes in working with medical professionals, veterans, and business owners.
Brandon has served on the Community Dental Health Board since 2018.
“The opportunity to serve Community Dental Health is amazing. I believe strongly in the importance of dental care and am a champion for the work this team provides to our community.”