About Us

Our Staff

We have handpicked a staff that is passionate about your child’s comfort and care. Our dentists have been educated at premier pediatric dental establishments and have committed their careers to the treatment of children.

Dr. Derren E. Tippets

Dr. Derren E. Tippets committed to two years of specialized training above the four years of required general dental training to become a Pediatric Dentist, because of his love for children and his love of dentistry. Being able to work with both made all the extra effort worth it!

Dr. Tippets graduated with a DMD from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL; and received two extra years of specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry from Temple Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Tippets’ experience with youth has been extensive. In addition to his residency at Temple Hospital, Dr. Tippets has served as a nursery leader (ages 18 months-3 years) for 3 years, a leader of the boy scouts for several years, and was a home health-care provider for special needs persons for one year.

On a personal note, Dr. Tippets enjoys watching football, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, playing his guitar, continuing to study science, and spending time with his four children.

Dr. Tippets is a native of Colorado and feels very blessed to be in Montrose. He is convinced it is one of the best places Colorado has to offer!

Tera Van Houten, D.D.S.

dr. van houten.PNGDr. Tera was born and raised in Oregon. She completed her schooling in Southern California, receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Deigo. She completed her doctorate degree from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and her post doctorate pediatric dentistry training at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Dr. Tea completed her board certification and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. As a Denver Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Tera loves to see children from 12 months old through adolescence and is completely trained and experienced in treating patients with special healthcare needs.

Dr. Tera’s goal is to provide a warm, welcoming and kid friendly environment. She emphasizes prevention and education and her goal is to create a dental home and team approach to providing care for her patients by involving the patient, parent and pediatrician. She encourages parents to ask questions so that they are comfortable and involved in the treatment of their child.

Dr. Tera has a strong passion for getting involved in her community and volunteering with worthy organizations. She has participated in many community health fairs, volunteered with the Best Buddy program and completed mission dentistry in Belize, Africa and Mexico. Outside of dentistry she enjoys running, hiking, animals, traveling, music and art.

Our mission is to be the best pediatric dental practice in the country. At Treasured Teeth we are committed to being an enthusiastic team, excited about caring for our patients and promoting their lifelong dental health. We will always treat our patients and parents with the utmost respect. We strive to be clear in our communications with them regarding treatment, finances, and education. We will continue to enhance our own personal development through continuing education and team building to better serve the cause of quality dentistry.

Our Standards of Service

  1. We seek to develop a partnership with our parents and children in creating a higher level of health.
  2. We are dedicated to maintaining our education and our professionalism at the highest level.
  3. We understand that the achievements of our organization are the result of building teamwork with those we serve and among ourselves.
  4. We will share information with our parents and children so they can make educated and comfortable decisions about their oral health care and treatment modalities.