Dr. Benjamin Brown


Dr. Ben Brown was born in Idaho, but quickly moved to Alaska where he was raised. He attended undergraduate school in Idaho Falls and later graduated from Nova Southeastern School of Dental Medicine in Southern Florida. Growing up in Alaska, Dr. Brown developed a tremendous love for the mountains. Upon graduation, he couldn’t wait to get back to the lifestyle the mountains provide. He initially chose the Western Slope of Colorado for its beauty and grandeur, but quickly fell in love with the Western Slope, especially the kids. He loved his experience working with children at Smiles4 Kids. So much so, he became a permanent partner and never looked back. Dr. Brown says, “Dentistry has given me and my family so much, working with kids gives me a way to feel like I’m giving back to our community.” Dr. Brown enjoys camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding with his wife and three boys, as well as participating in adventure races. Whether it’s spending time in the high mountains with his family or fixing little teeth, Dr. Brown is grateful to be here in Colorado and to be able to serve this community.

Dr. Helgerson earned his DMD degree from Midwestern University outside of Chicago. He received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa.After graduation from dental school, Ryan moved to Montrose and immediately fell in love with the people and beauty of the western slope. He particularly enjoys working with children and young adults. Dr. Helgerson believes that the first dental visits can shape a patient’s long-term comfort at the dentist, so it is critical to make the first visits enjoyable. He also believes in establishing good oral hygiene habits at an early age in order to prevent long-term negative dental implications. He is sure to take his time with each patient and guardian to ensure that these habits are initiated as young as possible and any questions or concerns are addressed before leaving the office.Ryan is a member of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Colorado Dental Association, and American Dental Association.When he is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Helgerson can be found in the mountains hunting, fly-fishing, camping, hiking or skiing. He also enjoys playing soccer, golf, and ultimate frisbee. Ryan is a passionate Green Bay Packer and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Dr. Ryan Helgerson


Hello, my name is Carrie. I am an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant for Smiles 4 Kids. I love being a part of such a wonderful team! I have been working in the dental field since 2002 and am very passionate about my career. Seeing so many smiles on our patients faces is a very rewarding experience! My husband and I, along with our two children, Hailey and Landon love to spend time outdoors. In my spare time, I love hanging out with friends and family. Jeeping, hiking and camping are just a few of my favorite things to do!


Hello, my name is Claudia. I grew up in Avon Colorado. I believe that God had a bigger plan for me than what I had planned, he blessed me with the opportunity to work for Smiles 4 Kids for over seven years now! I truly love seeing all our patients grow, I am grateful for having the opportunity to help them achieve happy healthy smiles! My wonderful husband and I have five beautiful daughters. We absolutely love spending our free time with family and friends.


Hello, my name is Viridiana, but I go by Viri for short. Although I am fairly new to the Smiles 4 Kids team, I have extensive front office and dental experience. While working the front office, I enjoy meeting all of our patients and making sure all of their needs are met. On my free time, I love to read and am currently going to school for psychology.


Hello, my name is Yolanda. I have lived in the Montrose County for 27 years.Montrose is where I met my husband, Michael Miller. We have three children, Saul, Gabriel, and Destiny. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities with my family. I am very passionate about being a Dental Assistant, my goal is to provide the best dental experience!