I have always been impressed that so many of my patients, and parents of my patients, take the time to read my bio before starting treatment at my practice. I believe it shows that people really are interested in what type of person will be providing their orthodontic care. I understand that orthodontics is an important investment and that you will be seeing a lot of me when treatment gets started. I hope this short bio is helpful in getting to know a bit more about me, both professionally and personally.
I was raised on a large dairy farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. My grandfather started our farm during the Great Depression, my father continued its growth, and my two brothers currently run the farm along with my Dad. Throughout most of my childhood we raised about 500 -1200 cows (which has since grown to about 4500!), and it was an amazing way to be raised. Caring for animals every day is difficult but rewarding, and it certainly taught me the value of hard work and empathy.
I loved many things about the way I grew up, but as anyone who was raised on a farm will tell you, you just know if it is your calling or not. Although I returned to our farm after graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1992, I wanted to pursue a career that involved my interest in science, and my skills in art and design. Ever since I can remember I was drawing and creating in my free time. Along with the sciences, I studied studio art extensively at Hobart, which helped develop my sense of composition, design and color theory. I applied to Parson’s School of Design in New York City, was accepted, and continued to study art and design. It was at this time that I discovered the career that uses both science and art…Dentistry! I worked as a dental assistant as my wife and I finished our time in New York City (she was getting her Masters in social work at Columbia), and was accepted into the School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Michigan was an amazing experience, and I became fascinated with the specialty of orthodontics (see Dr Rejman’s academic accomplishments). I graduated in 2003, and earned my Doctor of Dental Surgery. I then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI for my residency in orthodontics. I graduated and earned my Masters in Orthodontics 2007, and have been a practicing orthodontic specialist since. I have been Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics since 2007, and recently was re-examined and re- certified in the spring of 2013. I am a strong advocate of maintaining board certification both for my own development, and for the level of detail and quality that it demands of me to pass on to my patients. I am currently the only Board Certified orthodontist in Castle Rock and Castle Pines.
Since opening my practice in Castle Rock, I have made it a goal to offer an orthodontic practice where local families can get a refreshing, open and honest opinion regarding their children’s (and their own) orthodontic needs. They are often surprised to hear me say that orthodontic care often is not needed- especially at young ages. I am zealous about finishing my patients with the most amazing and healthy smile possible, but only when the time is right in their development- not for my practice, but for the patient. This saves time in treatment, is healthier for their teeth, and often offers substantial savings for families.
Personally, I am married to my high school sweetheart, Julie. She is also from rural upstate New York, and we chose to live in Castle Rock for its small town feel and sense of community that we love. We have three children: Caroline, Peter and Nina, who all attend school here in Castle Rock. We adopted Peter and Nina from Russia and China, and the adoption experience and travel to these two countries has positively transformed our lives, and made us aware of just how lucky we are!
I remain heavily involved in the arts, oil painting whenever I can (especially local and agricultural landscapes). We encourage our patients to be creative, and we love displaying their artwork on our walls. I am an avid mountain biker, skier, and like to golf whenever I can. I also love cooking- I read cookbooks like novels and am a total foodie (the scale says a bit too much of one!). Most importantly, I get to use my skills and passions to do something I love. Orthodontics is an art, and I am lucky to be practicing and serving our community here in Castle Rock!
Julie – Office Manager
Julie is Dr. Rejman’s wife and the Office Manager of Meadows Orthodontics. She prides herself on providing excellent customer service and greeting patients with a warm smile at each appointment. “It is the absolute priority of our family business to provide old-fashioned customer care.” Julie obtained her Masters degree from Columbia University and has spent the last 20 years of her professional career working as a private school administrator, teacher and counselor. She and Dr. Dan have four children and have lived in The Meadows in Castle Rock since 2009. “It is our dream come true to work and live the community where we live and where our children go to school.” The two things Julie enjoys the most at the office is meeting our new families and seeing the incredible changes in our patients’ smiles. She loves photography, traveling, singing and is passionate about adoption (three of their children are adopted).
Samantha – Treatment Coordinator
Samantha has worked in dentistry for many years as well, and is very excited to work in both the front and back of Meadows Orthodontics. Doing both requires unique skill, but you’ll be able to tell from Sam’s warm southern accent , patient-focused approach, and incredible work ethic that she is very good at whatever she tries! Sam has two boys and lives in Castle Rock.
Alissa – Front Office
Alissa has the laugh you’ll hear from the moment she greets you as you enter until the moment you walk out! Alissa came to us after working as a medical front office staff member, and we could not be more thrilled! Alissa will help schedule your appointments or give you guidance about emergencies or appointment types. Alissa is married and has a son, and like most of our staff members, lives in Castle Rock!
Kati – Front Office
Kati has worked in orthodontics prior to coming to Meadows Orthodontics and now brings her warmth and knowledge to us!
Chantel- Orthodontic Technician, Lab Technician
Chantel has many years of experience working in the mouth as an orthodontic technician. A Castle Rock resident, Chantel is a Mom and has a quiet warmth that our patients love. Chantel was a boxer for many years – so ask her about her boxing belts the next time you’re in!
Jena– Orthodontic Technician
Jena is a long time resident of Castle Rock and “loves living and working in the same town!” Jena has worked in orthodontics for several years and is very experienced working with children, teens and adults. She is married and has five children.
Whitney – Orthodontic Technician
Whitney’s face may be the first your child sees when they come to our office! Whitney takes our records and has perfected the art of facial and oral photographs. Whitney is relatively new to the dental field but is passionate about learning all that she can.
Steph H. – Financial Coordinator
Stephanie joined our team in 2015 and has extensive experience in financials. Stephanie loves her job so much that she commutes from Conifer to do it! Stephanie oversees our patient and insurance ledgers. She is married and has two beautiful girls!
Stephanie R. – Insurance Assistant, Front Office, Orthodontic Technician
Stephanie R. has worked in dentistry and orthodontics for over 20 years. She has enjoyed transitioning from the back treatment area to our front office and spends most of her time working with orthodontic insurance companies for our patients. She is married, has two children and resides is Elizabeth, Colorado.
Marla S. – Front Office
Marla joined our team in 2016 and keeps our “quiet” office open so that our families can drop by, make appointments, make payments and schedule initial examinations. Marla has worked in customer service most of her life and lives in Castle Rock. Her grandchildren recently finished their treatment at Meadows Orthodontics!