Dr. Brett Kessler distinctly remembers standing at the mailbox ready to drop in his application to medical school. This isn’t really what I want to do, he thought for the first time. He had studied biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois with the intent of going to medical school, but at this moment he suddenly wanted to bolt from the mailbox.
While studying at Illinois, a guest lecturer from dental school had showed pictures of dentures and implants. “I got to see the change in smile from someone going from having no teeth to having teeth,” he says, remembering that lecture that first sparked his dental interest. Plus, his friend told him he would do well with an engineering background and there were cute girls in dental school.
Both played out true. In his first year of dental school, Kessler met his wife, Gina, and they married four years later. They moved to Denver and for 10 years have owned Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Stapleton 29th Ave. Town Center, with Brett the dentist and Gina the orthodontist.
In May, Kessler became president of the Colorado Dental Association (CDA), a state network of dentists striving to advance dentistry and oral health in Colorado.
“It’s a huge honor,” he says. “What I love about the CDA is we represent the voice of dentistry in Colorado.”
Along with other dental entities like the hygiene association, the CDA advocates at the Colorado Capitol to review laws surrounding dentistry. Kessler was a part of an effort to provide a dental benefit through Medicaid. “We are really getting to help the communities who need it the most,” he says.
As CDA president he plans to improve the leadership of dentists in the association, boost the number of dental providers who accept Medicaid, and make sure the CDA is fiscally sound.
Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics uses a comprehensive approach to dentistry that focuses on health of the teeth and gums, function of the jaw and muscles, and aesthetics of the smile. Kessler also specializes in oral recovery after damage from methamphetamine.
Besides being a dentist, Kessler is an endurance athlete, ultra-marathon runner and father of four ages 14, 12, 8 and 4. “Stapleton has allowed me to live a dream. I want to be in a neighborhood where I practice and work, and it allows me to have choices of I can do things with my kids and I can schedule my dental life around my Stapleton life. I am really grateful it’s turned out the way it has.”