Meet Our Team
When you walk through our doors, you will be greeted by a friendly, caring team that quickly helps you feel relaxed and at ease. Our knowledgeable team members are genuinely committed to ensuring that your visits are comfortable and pleasant. Understanding your dental needs and desires is the first of many steps we take to provide treatment that is as personal and customized as you are.
Dr. Chris Poe
Owner & DDS
Dr. Chris Poe was born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon. He attained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in biology/chemistry from Western Oregon University. Having practiced dentistry in Montrose, Colorado since 2011, he saw a need for expanded dental services and advanced care from his large mountain community patient base in Ouray and San Miguel counties. Dr. Poe is excited to provide modern dentistry in Ridgway!
Misti was born and raised in the Great Northwest—Washington State to be exact. As our office manager, she will welcome you into the practice with a warm smile and can assist you with all of your dental needs. Misti loves spending time with her husband of 10 years, Dr. Chris Poe, and their chocolate lab Kenya. Colorado has been the perfect place for her to live out an outdoor lifestyle of skiing, hiking in the mountains, and paddleboarding on the rivers. Misti also has a passion for interior design, which is evident from the moment you walk into our office!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Ahren grew up in Parker, Colorado. With her knack for making the people around her feel calm and comfortable and her passion for helping others, she always knew that she wanted to be in health care. A year into her college career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she found dentistry, and dental hygiene sounded like the perfect fit. After attending dental hygiene school in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she began to miss the mountains. She remembered visiting the Western Slope as a child and knew exactly where she wanted to be! You can often find Ahren outside hiking with her dog, camping, checking out local breweries, and listening to music with friends and family. She loves adventure and is always looking for new and exciting things to do. If you have any suggestions for her, you can chat about them with her at your next dental visit!
Registered Dental Hygienist
Claire grew up in Durango, Colorado and graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico in 2011. She worked for a private practice in Moab for 6 years and started working with TCHN Skippy Dental Program upon moving to. Telluride in 2017. Claire is currently working on international dental non-profits in Haiti, Ecuador and Nicaragua and is an avid outdoorsman, who enjoys kayaking and rock-climbing!
Lori has been expanded duty dental assistant for 20 years and counting! She is driven by providing the best patient care possible, as well as the friendships that she forms with her patients during their dental visits. Lori can be counted on to welcome each and every patient with a warm greeting and the feeling of knowing each other for a long time. She takes pride in her personal knowledge of dentistry and helping Dr. Poe create treatment plans for each an every individual case. Lori and her husband, Byrd IV, have a daughter who is studying dental hygiene at Colorado Mesa University and a son who is attending Ridgway Secondary School.
Bailey is a very eager hygienist-in-training! She’s learning as much as she can before leaving for hygiene school in Iowa, the winter of 2019. She is always willing to lend a hand when someone needs it. She really enjoys traveling and going on spontaneous trips with her friends. She loves working at River Peak Dental getting as much experience as she possibly can before entering the dental world herself!
Shelby has been in the dental field for 8 years and joined our team as Treatment Coordinator in July 2019. Prior to joining us at River Peak Dental, she was living in Nevada and moved to Montrose to be closer to family. Shelby is originally from Oklahoma, where she attended Copan High School in 2011, after which she became a dental assistant at Masons Smile Shoppe for 5 years. This is where her love for dentistry started! Shelby transitioned as a Dental Assistant to Office Manager in 2016, overseeing the day to day functions of the business office as well as providing treatment consultations. She kept the office atmosphere light and fun and works closely with staff and patients to provide the ultimate care. When she’s not at the office, Shelby loves spending time watching sports and playing coed softball with her boyfriend, Quentin. She’s a fan of Houston Rockets basketball and Denver Broncos football. She is also the mother of her two children, Carson and Blakleigh.