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Dentist,     Carolyn Kupka, DMD    


Boulder cosmetic dentist Dr. Carolyn Kupka has successfully practiced the art of dentistry, serving Boulder, Denver-area patients, for over 30 years. She established her dental practice in Boulder following graduation from the University of Kentucky Dental School, Lexington, KY, in 1977. In keeping with her commitment to excellence, Dr. Kupka is a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) -- a premier postgraduate training facility for Neuromuscular and Cosmetic Dentistry. LVI’s state-of-the-art clinical courses include hands-on patient treatment, not just observation.

Dr. Kupka continues to stay current in dental innovations through ongoing coursework at LVI, ICCMO, IACA, AACD, AGD, DOCS and local dental courses. Dr. Kupka adamantly believes the future of health and dentistry can only be found through extensive research, study and experience; she is extremely committed to ongoing education for both herself and the Team. “You don’t know what you don’t know” as Dr. Bill Dickerson, founder and CEO of LVI, often quips. So learn what you don’t know!! And implement it for the well-being of our patients. Dr. Kupka lives near the foothills of Boulder where she raises and enjoys American Quarter Horses, bred for performance in reining and working cow horse. Although she has no cows, for several years you could find bison in the front pasture. Dr. Kupka shares the household with felines Arnie and Frankie, adopted from the Boulder County Humane Society. Like many residents of Colorado, Dr. Kupka is an outdoor enthusiast, often combining her love of the outdoors, horses and friends while riding in the beauty of the Colorado mountains. She has shown performance horses in reining with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) as well as the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Her "career" in working cow horse (NRCHA) was shortlived but exciting. With a breeding program, many of her foals have become national champions. Other interests include travel, reading, photography, scuba diving, movies and music.

Over the years, community service has played an ongoing role with time spent volunteering at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center and the Boulder County Dental Aid Association where she also served on the Board. She has consistently supported the auctions and activities of such groups as the Boulder County Humane Society, Boulder County Safehouse and Community Action Program, church programs for Guatemalan Dental Aid and Russian Aid Society, Zonta, the YWCA, the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO, as well as donations of riding horses to a local children’s home.

Dr. Kupka has mentored many dental interns in the office, several of whom went on to CU Dental School, Hygiene and Dental Assisting Schools. Dr. Kupka participated in the Daily Camera Care Givers Makeover, treating the dental needs of the featured women  with great results and appreciative winners.

Professional Association Memberships Dental Associations: American Dental Association (ADA) Colorado Dental Association Boulder County Dental Association (BCDA) Las Vegas Institute (LVI) Alumni International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) International Association of Comprehensive Aesthetics (IACA) Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) DOCS Education and Sedation (DOCS)

Community Associations:

Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Various Professional Women’s Groups Sporting Groups: American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Lifetime Member, National Reining Horse Association(NRHA), National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), Scuba Diving Association (D.A.N.)

 Dentist , Michael Garaffa, DDS

Dr. Michael Garaffa was born and raised in southern Connecticut, where he attended the University of Connecticut to study Biological sciences. Following his undergraduate degree he then attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2012.  Following graduation, he completed a year of advanced dental training at the University of Colorado Hospital General Practice Residency. During his residency he received additional training in advanced prosthodontics, surgery and implantology. Dr. Garaffa is licensed by the Dental Board of Colorado and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association and the Metropolitan Denver Dental Association and is committed to continuing his education. In 2011, he participated in a five-day dental service trip and provided oral health care to indigent children and adults in Tobati, Paraguay. In his free time he enjoys taking advantage of everything that the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer including snowboarding, fly fishing and golf. 







Heath  /   Registered Dental Hygenist

 Heath graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication in 2006 and worked in customer service.  After having an inspirational conversation with his aunt, a Hygienist, he applied to the Dental Hygiene program at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He is very excited to be working with Dr. Kupka and Dr. Garaffa and continuing to grow his knowledge base.Heath was born and raised in Boulder. As a kid he participated in high school sports and the Boulder County 4-H program where he was President of the Cloverleaf Riders and Captain of the Drill Team.  He continues to enjoy the Colorado back country where he trail rides, ski’s, hikes, and camps. 




Miriah /  Office Manager


Miriah has been in the dental field since 2003. Miriah is a certified dental assistant and has worked as a surgical assistant as well. Miriah loves her role as office manager and truly enjoys ensuring patients have a great experience at the office. Miriah was born and raised in Hygiene, Colorado. Her interests include 4-wheeling, camping and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Nick, step-son Robbie and two Yorkshire Terriers Dudley and Cooper.



Carey  /  Expanded Function Dental Assistant                    


I have been working with Dr. Kupka since 1990 and feel fortunate to be part of such an excellent team. I became a certified dental assistant in 1989 and attended CU Health and Science Center for my expanded duties dental assisting training in 1990. I also have received extensive training and education at Las Vegas Institute along side Dr. Kupka. My favorite aspect of my job is helping create beautiful, healthy smiles and the confidence and happiness it brings to peoples lives.

I was born in Boulder and have lived in Colorado all my life. My interests include boating, water and snow skiing, hiking and snowmobiling. I enjoy spending time with my two children, Zach and Taylor.






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