Our Team

Appletree Dental Office

Appletree Dental is located in Thornton, Colorado and offers all general, cosmetic and implant dentistry services. Comprehensive dental care is provided to all and patient comfort comes first.

  • Now welcoming new patients!
  • Options for patients without insurance.
  • Hablamos Español, ¡Ahora Aceptando Neuvos Pacientes!
  • Mówimy po polsku – proszę pytać o Magdę
  • Deaf, hard of hearing, and use American Sign Language- Ask for Hannah

Our Mission

The trust our patients give us is a gift we appreciate and value. We strive daily to earn and keep that trust. We faithfully provide exceptional care and respect to all of our patients. Appletree Dental’s goal is to make each visit to our office a pleasant, comfortable, and comprehensive experience.

Our doctors and hygienists recommend visiting every six months for preventative care. For our patients with specialized treatment requirements, we often recommend a more frequent visit for preventative care. You can expect great communication with your doctor and hygienist – we will discuss all options available for treatment as well as discuss a written treatment plan that you can take home with you. We do our best to ensure you have as much information as possible about your insurance policy that your employer chose for you.

  • Dr. Carrie W. Mauterer, D.D.S.

    dr. mauterer

    2011-2018 Top Dentist

    Awarded Top Dentist from 2011-2108

    A self proclaimed “enamel hugger”, Dr. Carrie is honored to help her patients attain a high level of health, beauty and well-being. She states, “My goal for all of my patients is to help them understand all of their options. I talk with every one of my patients about their health, their needs, their busy lives and their financial concerns and we find solutions together that suit each individual patient”.

    If you hear singing, it is no doubt Dr. Carrie serenading the children who grace her chair. It not only calms our kiddos but in many cases you will hear the children humming along as they are coached through their appointments. Her repertoire ranges from Sesame Street songs to Star Wars’s Imperial March depending on the song requests of her patient.

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    Magda – EDDA

    Magda Bakula

    Veronica – EDDA

    Veronica Schubert

    Rhonda – Hygienist

    Rhonda Derby

    Lindsay – Hygienist

    Lindsay Moser

    Genisee – Dental Assistant

    Genisee Mcwilliams

    Verenice – Patient Coordinator


  • Dr. Erica A. Derby, D.D.S.

    Erica Derby

    2011-2019 Top Dentist

    Awarded Top Dentist from 2011-2019

    A critical thinker, Dr. Erica Derby prides herself in spending time with each of her patients, thoroughly explaining upcoming procedures and recommendations while making sure to answer and explain any dental questions they have.

    Says Dr. Derby, “I strive to give my patients a quick, easy, and comfortable experience.  I want to finish treating them before they even know I’ve started!”

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    Dr. Tho Alexis Nguyen, DDS

    Dr Alexis NguyenDr. Nguyen values genuine interactions that build trust and transparency to enhance the patient experience. She strives to communicate clearly and provide high-quality care. She is committed to caring for her patient’s oral health and smiles with compassion and understanding.

    Dr. Nguyen has lived in Colorado since her family immigrated to the US at a young age. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Denver and went on to complete her dental education at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Her professional associations include American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Metro Denver Dental Society, and Alpha Omega International Dental Society. Dr. Nguyen is passionate about giving back and volunteers with Global Dental Relief on mission trips to Asia and the Colorado Mission of Mercy.

    In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, photography, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

    Dr. Chetan Patodia – Periodontist

    Dr Chetan Patodia

    Chetan Patodia attended Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospitals where he received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. He then went on to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. Following completion of his DDS, he pursued a fellowship in the CU Department of Periodontics where he worked on complex implant rehabilitation cases. This early exposure to the field of periodontics led him to pursue a Master of Science in Dentistry in Periodontics also at the University of Colorado.

    Currently, he is working as a periodontist/implant specialist at multiple practices in the Denver metro. Dr. Patodia also serves as a part-time assistant clinical professor at CU Dental because he truly believes in giving back by sharing his knowledge and experience with the emerging dental community.

    As a Periodontist, Dr. Patodia loves discussing evidence-based knowledge such as the importance of maintaining dental and periodontal health. He is determined to help his patients save their teeth from gum disease and/or replace teeth with dental implants, when necessary. Dr. Patodia believes nothing is more satisfying than meeting a happy patient whose oral health and smile is restored by the services he can provide. For this reason, he stays up-to-date with the general dentist community as he wants to ensure patients are treated comprehensively.

    Outside of the office, Dr. Patodia enjoys traveling with his wife, Punam, and their daughter, Aria. He and his wife have covered twenty-five states since their ’08 marriage. He is also a passionate skier, previously visited nineteen national parks, and has hiked sixteen 14ers in Colorado.

    Nicole – Hygienist

    nicoleNicole is a Colorado native.  She graduated from CCD’s dental hygiene program and also has a degree in Psychology from CU. As a hygienist she enjoys getting to know her patients and passionate about providing the best standard of care by educating them on their personal dental needs. She believes each patients needs are different and unique to maintaining good dental health.  Outside the office she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and dogs.  She enjoys the Colorado adventures of being outdoors in the summer, and snowboarding in the winters.

    Alisha – Hygienist

    alishaAlisha has been providing care as a dental hygienist at Appletree since 2007. Her goal with each patient is to educate, motivate and to promote optimum oral health. She is a busy mom of three and enjoys spending time outdoors camping, riding ATVs and gardening.

    Hannah – Hygienist

    hannahHannah is a 2005 Graduate from University of Colorado Health Science Center with bachelors in dental hygiene. She’s been with Appletree since 2007 and absolutely LOVES this office. Hannah is a native of Colorado and literally grew up down the street!  As a hygienist, she thoroughly enjoys getting to know my patients and strive to make everyone feel comfortable and cared for. Her motto is: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you! She use American Sign Language and can interpret for our deaf patients.  When Hannah’s not in the office you can find her in her kitchen whipping up tasty meals for her husband and 3 kids.

    Lisa – HygienistLisa Morris-hygienist