Get to know the Office and Doctors
that will be taking care of your smile.
At Hilltop Dental Care, you’ll find gentle, understanding dentists and hygienists committed to helping you look and feel better. And we’re working hard to make it easy to keep your family healthy. To clean your teeth. Straighten your smiles. And do it in a way that fits best with your schedule and life.
We’re the dentist you can trust for the life of your smiles. Because whether you know it or not, we already consider your family, part of ours.
4243 E. 136th Ave, Suite 348
Thornton, CO 80602
Phone Number: (720) 274-1380
Fax Number: (216) 584-1358
Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 6pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
We are located in the King Soopers plaza, next to Magic Nails
Dental care is available for patients of all ages, including pediatric services and care for senior patients as well as adults.
For teeth that are out of alignment, metal braces can effectively shift the teeth to a proper position.
A dental implant involves placing a replacement tooth root in the jawbone, which provides the foundation for temporary or permanent tooth options.
Multiple types of oral conditions, such as disease, might negatively affect a patient's overall wellness. Stemming from damaging oral bacteria, gum disease is considered a main source of loose or missing teeth among patients aged 35 and up...
There are many types of oral surgery, including surgical procedures such as a tooth removal or a root canal.
Dentures are used to replace all of a patient’s teeth (complete dentures) or several teeth (partial dentures) to restore your smile.
DentalWorks cosmetic dentistry procedures will rejuvenate your smile.
In addition to preventative care, repairing your smile, and all of our standard services, we have even more that can help you and your family stay healthy.
From checkup and cleanings, to transforming your smile, our dental family is here for yours. But don’t take our word for it. See what our patients are saying about us.
I had minimum waiting time, and everyone was very friendly and professional. The doctor kept me informed during the procedure and is just awesome. Thank youH.S.
Made an appointment with the doctor after a friend highly recommended her. It was easy to check in despite current covid rules, the staff was super friendly, and the doctor thoroughly explained my xrays with me. The staff as a whole seem to really care about their patients. Would definitely recommend!K.J.
John Justus, D.D.S., is a General Dentist.
Dr. John M. Justus received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1979. He completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery internship at St. John’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1981. Dr. Justus has limited his practice to providing basic oral surgery procedures for the Colorado area DentalWorks practices.
Cindy Ding, D.D.S., is an Orthodontist.
Dr. Cindy Ding has always been interested in biological sciences and learning about how the human body works. She pursued her Bachelor of Science in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Maryland. She continued her education and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2013 from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. She chose to focus her career in orthodontics because of how rewarding it is to see the physical results of her hard work. She loves a mental challenge and because each tooth needs to fit into a precise location in the mouth, it is a very fulfilling career. Helping a patient achieve the perfect smile that will impact his or her life positively is a privilege and honor to her.
Dr. Ding keeps her skillset sharp by taking several continuing education courses, such as Invisalign and Incognito. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Elevate Dental Study Club and the Invisalign Women’s Study Club. She was also selected to be a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society, which accepts only the top 10 percent of each dental class.
When she is not creating beautiful smiles for her patients, Dr. Ding enjoys volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and staying active through yoga and volleyball. Dr. Ding is an avid hiker, and has completed many “fourteeners,” including Quandary, Sherman, Grays, Torreys and Bierstadt!
Dr. Ding lives by the quotes: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” She looks forward to making a positive impact in your personal and professional life!
Scott Lowry, D.D.S., is an Endodontist.
Dr. Scott Lowry grew up in Arvada, Colorado. He attended Colorado State University and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry with a dental degree in 1999. After a one-year internship where he provided dental care to veterans at the Long Beach VA Hospital, Dr. Lowry returned to the University of Southern California School of Dentistry to participate in its two-year endodontic residency program. In 2002, he received his certificate from USC and returned to northern Colorado where he has been practicing endodontics ever since.
Dr. Lowry is an active member of the American Academy of Endodontics (AAE) and the Colorado Dental Association.
Dr. Lowry and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Firestone, Colorado. They have three young boys: Nathan, Matthew and Blake, and an adorable Chesapeake Bay retriever named Kita. Dr. Lowry enjoys snowmobiling, spending time on Lake Powell and being with family and friends.
Caroline Stern, D.D.S., is a General Dentist.
Dr. Caroline Stern believes in providing dental care that meets the individual needs of each of her patients.
Dr. Stern earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and minors in chemistry, biological sciences and leadership at the University of Denver in 2013. She then earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2018.
“I love the combination of artistry and science that goes into being a dentist. I love being able to work with my hands and think creatively on my feet, while applying my love for medicine,” Dr. Stern said when asked why she chose dentistry as her profession. She continued, “Another reason I love dentistry is the immediacy with which problems can be solved and patients can find relief. Lastly, I love that dentistry allows me to prioritize my family and friends who I love.
Dr. Stern takes continuing education courses that keep her up to date on the latest techniques and technology. She is a member of many organizations including American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, CDA’s New Dentist Committee, Metro Denver Dental Society, Hispanic Dental Association, American Academy of Public Health Dentistry and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
In her free time, Dr. Stern enjoys trying new foods, volunteering, yoga, Pilates and hiking with her dog named Millie. It’s important to her to stay involved in a variety of volunteer experiences; she currently volunteers with the Denver Rescue Mission as a meal server. In past, she’s volunteered her time and efforts on mission trips and with multiple dental groups, serving the community any way she can. Most of all, she enjoys volunteer work that focuses on getting underserved community members access to health care and translating for Spanish-speaking patients.
Dr. Stern’s favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Life the life you’ve imagined.”
Leanne M. Nichols, D.D.S., is a General Dentist.
Leanne Nichols, DDS earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Colorado – Boulder in 2006. She went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2013 at the University of Colorado, School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Nichols enjoys providing comprehensive dental care to her patients to help them achieve optimal dental health. Dr. Nichols is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Metropolitan of Denver Dental Society. Dr. Nichols has received awards from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Nichols in her free time enjoys hiking, skiing, stand up paddle boarding and cooking healthy foods for her family.
The Hilltop Dental Care facility is conveniently located in Thornton, CO. Warm and inviting, we invite all patients to our facility. Updated with the most innovative dental equipment, each room was configured with the patient at the forefront. Our patients first experience starts with a warm smile from our receptionist, where patients are greeted and made to feel comfortable. Our facility has several examination rooms, as well as a private meeting area to discuss treatment. Our procedure space is prepared with the greatest level of dental equipment to guarantee that every individual has a pain-free and seamless appointment. Our team invites you to visit our spacious dental practice, Hilltop Dental Care in Thornton, so that we can offer you the treatment you need.
In light of the COVID pandemic, we are taking extra vigilance to ensure the health of you and our team. Please see the additional steps we are taking in our practices to ensure your safety.
We have reinforced our already comprehensive Infection Control procedures with our team members, which include:
In addition we are also taking the following additional steps:
If you develop any cold symptoms prior to your appointment, please consider rescheduling or utilizing our TeleDentistry website to be seen virtually.
We understand the longer dental practices remain closed to preventive care and treatment for early forms of dental disease, the more likely that patients’ untreated disease will progress, increasing the complexity and cost of treatment. It is recommended by the CDC that you minimize the number of visits by completing as much of your recommended treatment during your appointment.