About The Doctors

Timothy J. Wachuta, D.D.S.

Dr.Timothy Wachuta is a licensed dentist and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baylor College of Dentistry after gaining his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Wachuta is originally from Wisconsin, but has made Colorado his home. Dr. Wachuta has accomplished all aspects of General Dentistry, including preventative, restorative, surgical techniques, implant crowns and is certified in orthodontics. He has been practicing dentistry in the Denver area for over 18 years. In this capacity, Dr. Wachuta has built a reputation of quality care, with a positive, caring attitude for his patients and staff.

Dr. Wachuta is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Metro Denver Dental society and the Clinical Foundation of Orthopedics and Orthodontics. He has volunteered and contributed to the KIND Association serving Coloradoís children in need of dentistry and makes several donations to Project Cure.

Dr. Wachuta enjoys skiing, fishing, canoeing and spending time with his wife, Carolyn, his son, Christopher, and his twin daughters, Sabrina and Brooke. He recently raced in Maui Hawaii, at the World Championship Xterra off Road Triathlon and in 2000 he was part of a world champion team in Ultimate Frisbee.

Dr. Melissa Hinze, D.D.S.

Dr. Melissa Hinze is a licensed dentist in the State of Colorado and received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University of Omaham, NE. She also received her Bachelor of Science degreee in Zoology from Michigan StateUniversity.

Dr. Hinze is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and Metroploitan Denver Dental Society.

In her free time, Dr. Hinze enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and visiting her family in Wyoming.

Dr. Jessica Klein, D.D.S.

Dr. Klein is a native New Yorker who relocated with her family to Colorado in 2011. She has worked in private practice since graduating dental school and is excited to now be joining Dr. Wachuta and his team at Gentle Smiles of Colorado. Dr. Klein strive to achieve clinical excellence in restoative and family dentistry. She has been praised by her patients for her gentle touch and a pleasant disposition. Dr. Klein believes that it is important to take the time to listen to her patients and ensure that they feel comfortable and relaxed in the dental chair

Dr. Klein earned her doctorate in dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed a general practice residency at the NJ Veterans Hospital in Lyons, NJ where she had the opportunity to learn from a variety of specialists and be involved in both challenging and complex cases. Dr. Klein graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Klein is a member of the American Dental Association , the Colorado Dental Association, and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Klein is committed to staying current on the latest techniques and procedures in dentistry. She believes that continuing education is important for both her and her patients

In her free time, Dr. Klein enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her husband, three sons and daughter. Dr. Klein and her husband are also involved in many community projects and activities.

Dr. Nathaniel Leedy, D.M.D.

Dr. Leedy was raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia in 2008. After graduation, he was commissioned into the US Navy and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia and went on to serve four additional years overseas as a Navy Dental Officer in Japan. He and his family moved to Colorado after he was honorably discharged in 2013. He and his wife have a little boy, and enjoys scuba diving and traveling.

Dr. Kelsey Appleby, D.D.S.

Dr. Appleby is a licensed dentist in the state of Colorado. After getting a bachelors degree in molecular biology from University of Colorado at Boulder Dr. Appleby earned her DDS from New York University. She completed a residency at New York Hospital Queens where she had the opportunity to hone her clinical skills and learn from many specialists. Dr. Appleby is committed to evidence based dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association as well as the Colorado and Metro Denver Dental Associations. In her free time Dr. Appleby likes to enjoy the Colorado sunshine, spend time with friends and family and do arts and crafts.

Our Staff

We are especially interested in making all our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our staff is trained and skilled, and we strive to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. Our team is comprised of not only the doctors but a front Office staff that has the knowledge in working with many different types of insurance plans and fee for service plans. We also have Expanded Duties Dental Assistants and Certified Dental Assistants. Along with Licensed Hygienists who have x-ray, CPR and Anesthetic certification.

We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars. This equips us to be able to deliver the "ultimate" dental treatment available today. We also participate in a number of team building programs motivating us to continue working as a team striving for one common goal – to help our patients achieve and maintain beautiful healthy smiles in a warm and comfortable environment.