Our Team

Dr. Willard

We all lost a great friend when Dr. Willard passed away, but we are truly honored to get to carry on the legacy that he established in this community and beyond. None of us would be on the journey that we are on in life if it weren’t for his support and motivation. We will miss him dearly and strive to carry on the legacy that he built and honor him through lots of laughter and hard work.

Dr. Willard began his start-up dental practice in 1986 and since grew a warm and
welcoming practice where patients are considered friends and are treated like guests in his home. He and his staff have always strived to serve patients in the Denver/Boulder, Colorado area with the utmost care, respect, honest, integrity, and value. They have worked each day to make the dental healthcare experience one their patients can look forward to.

His personalized service and professionalism are what made him a rare gem in the
dental industry, and was the reason so many people chose him as their dentist because
of the care he brought to his work and his dental family.

Dr. Thomas Spellman

I grew up in Westminster and found an interest in dentistry when I was a young
kid watching my dentist, Dr Willard. I would spend hours every summer shadowing him
and his staff, the same staff that I now get to work with today. This office always
seemed like they were having so much fun that it never seemed like “work” when I was
here. At the age of 13 I decided this was the job for me. I attended Creighton
University in Omaha, Nebraska for my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and returned to the Creighton University School of Dentistry for my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. After graduation my wife and I moved to Fargo, ND where we practiced for three years.

I enjoy an energetic environment and engaging with our patients. I also believe it is important to be part of the community that we will be serving. I have worked at a volunteer dental clinic in dental school and in North Dakota. While in school, I had the opportunity to spend six weeks in the Dominican Republic working in villages treating patients and teaching good oral hygiene.

Professional Affiliations:
American Dental Association
Colorado Dental Association
Metro Denver Dental Society.

When not practicing dentistry, I enjoy talking about dentistry with my wife, Stacey. I also play a lot of golf, and love supporting anything that is related to my beloved Creighton Bluejays

Dr. Stacey Nygaard Spellman

I grew up in Edmore, North Dakota a small rural town in the Northeast part of the
state. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Jamestown in
Jamestown, North Dakota, with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry in 2011.
While there, I had the opportunity to shadow and work in dental offices and enjoyed the
fun and challenging environment. I attended dental school at Creighton University School of Dentistry, where I earned my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. I was recognized for the American Student Dental Association Award of Excellence during my final year there and graduated in May of 2016.

I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families while also getting to take care of their oral health. I have had the opportunity to take care of patients of all ages and patient’s with anxieties and fears. Dentistry is such a fun career and I look forward to sharing my passion for dentistry with my new Colorado community.

Professional Affiliations:
American Dental Association
Colorado Dental Association
Metro Denver Dental Society
Spear Education Study Club

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending as much time as I can with friends and family and my husband Tom. We love watching and playing sports and enjoy cheering on the Creighton Bluejays.

Kathy (Dental Assistant)

I was born and raised in Colorado, and grew up only a few miles away from where we
practice today. I have been a dental assistant for 39 years, 25 of those years
I worked beside Dr. Chris Willard, he was my best friend. I love my work, my patients
and my coworkers, I truly believe we are one big happy family.

I married my husband Dave 38 years ago, and we have a daughter Kelli. I am a farmer’s daughter, I love dirt, gardening, flowers and veggies.

Julie (Dental Hygienist)

I grew up in Kansas but have lived in Colorado for 23 years. I attended University
of Missouri Kansas City Dental Hygiene School and have been a Registered Dental
Hygienist for 26 years. I have worked in Westminster with Dr. Willard for 23 years.
Many people in life go to work, I consider this my playground with my friends and
patients. We have a very fun environment here.

I love the mountains and spending as much time out in the beautiful weather as possible. I have been married to my husband Ron for 24 years and we have a son named Sam.

Tara (Dental Hygienist)

I grew up in a small town outside of Alamosa, CO called La Jara. I went to
hygiene school at the University of New Mexico and I have been a dental hygienist for
24 years. I have worked in Westminster with Dr. Willard for 11 years and look forward to
working many years with Dr. Thomas and Dr. Stacey.

I have been married to my husband Adam for 20 years and have one son, Connor, and one daughter, Emily. I love being outside and enjoy all aspects of Colorado, in the summer my favorite activity is playing sand volleyball with my friends.

Christine (Office Manager)

I grew up in Lakewood, and have called Colorado my home my entire life. I have
been in dentistry for 15 years and have a little bit of knowledge in all aspects of the
field. The first 12 years I was an assistant, that is what brought me to the Fresh Start office part time. When our office manager retired, I was asked if I would want to take over her role in the practice. I loved working here and wanted to be able to come here everyday so I said yes to this new opportunity. I have been office manager for the last three years and I am so lucky to be able to work with people I see as my family.

In June of 2017 I married my husband Steve. I have a son named Aidan who loves to keep
me busy. We love music and the outdoors. I live ten minutes from Red Rocks and love to go there to run the stairs.

what Our patients say

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I Love This Dental Office!!
"So happy I found Fresh Start and staff years ago, I simply love their office. Who can say they look forward to the dentist? Well I do! Always pleasurable and nice staff, plus they are great at what they do!"
Kelly W.
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Always A Great Place To Be - Even When Having Work Done!
"The team and Fresh Start are always welcoming and friendly. They go out of their way to make sure each patient is comfortable. Whether it's a routine cleaning or a filling, you are seen promptly and have fun during your visit!
M G.
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High Quality Service
"I mean it when I say that this is the best Dentist's office staff that I've ever experienced. They are completely professional and skilled. The hygienists are warm and friendly and explain everything they're doing. The best thing about them is that they don't make you feel judged that you didn't floss enough!! The whole office has a sense of humor and lightness. The receptionist is very organized and detailed. They have a wonderful email reminder service that is very helpful. I have been going here for almost 20 years. They all are very calm and very personable. He has a great "chair side manner". I have always felt relaxed because I know I'm in good hands. I think it matters when people are good at communicating and have pleasant interactions and communicate a dedication to personal care. That is what happens with the entire staff. Obviously, I can't say enough good things!"
Jayne D.
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Gentle and High Quality Dental Care
"I really enjoy going to the dentist now that I come to chris willard’s to Dentistry!"
Kurt C.