I want it to be a dentist when I was back in high school and I visited with my dentist several times there to try and get into it. However, at the time I was living in Switzerland and with the American international school trying to get into the Swiss dental school program, it didn't quite work out. So I left it all be, went to college and got a business degree and came to the states eventually. Was working here for a while and eventually decided, yeah, this is not what I want to do. I do want to become a dentist. So let me just get after it.
So I got into dental school in Texas where I was living at the time and went to Baylor College of Dentistry. When I got out of that, move here to Colorado, because that's where we wanted to be and said, "That's it. We're here."
I take a ton of CE, I'm always going to classes over the weekends. There's days we're not here because we're all in class. I take the entire team to classes, I go by myself. It just depends on what's available. The number one reason I go is because I always want to provide the best for the patient and again it goes back to that simple solution. If there's a solution to fixing a tooth, then let's focus on making that the best one. So whether it's different products that we learn about, whether it's different techniques, something to keep the patient more comfortable, something to make it faster. Whatever we can do to make it better for the patient, that's what we look for.
I think it benefits the patient in knowing that we are at the forefront of what's available. So we're not going to be here doing a restoration and using techniques from 30 years ago. Heck, we don't even use the ones from 10 years ago anymore. Equipment that we have is top of the line because we learn about it and then we evaluate whether or not it's something that we can bring into the practice such as lasers, such as, the CRX single-day crowns, all that kind of stuff. It's all based on making it better for the patient.
Dr. Erik Hekkert was born in the Netherlands. He grew up in Switzerland and then earned his undergraduate degree at European University in Antwerp, Belgium before moving to Houston, TX in 1988. While in Houston, Dr. Hekkert received his MBA at Rice University in Houston. He then moved to Dallas, TX where he earned his dental degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.
Dr. Hekkert has taken numerous postgraduate education courses, specifically selecting courses focusing on cosmetic design, implant dentistry, and comprehensive rehabilitation. Dr. Hekkert has advanced training in dental implant restorations and occlusion (your bite), allowing him to incorporate long-lasting restorative treatment into his practice to provide you a healthy, pain-free, and beautiful smile.
Dr. Hekkert’s commitment to lifelong education means he is constantly evaluating emerging dental methods and technologies in order to provide his patients with the highest quality results possible in the least invasive manner with a high emphasis on treatment being pain-free. This commitment ensures the highest level of care, both today and tomorrow. His mission statement reads, “Using the latest in technology and the best education to provide the ultimate in dentistry.”
Dr. Hekkert is happily married to his beautiful wife, Christina. They share five fabulous children, two girls and three boys, and an Alaskan Malamute named Shiloh. He is a Christian, attending church at Mission Hills in Highlands Ranch. In his spare time, he enjoys exercise, motorcycling, and spending time in the Colorado outdoors with his family.