Meet the Doctor


Dr. Jodi

Dr. Jodi grew up in a small town of 5000 in the southwest corner of Iowa. She was passionate about working with children from a young age. She started babysitting and volunteering her time with children from age 10.

She graduated from Creighton University in 2000. In 2004, she completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree at Creighton University School of Dentistry. She spent the next thirteen years of her career treating only children and volunteering her time to under served community. Dr. Jodi has hospital privileges at North Suburban Surgery center and has been on the Medical Advisory Committee for the last 6 years. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry , American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, and the Denver Metro Dental Society.

Dr Jodi values establishing long-term relationships with her patients and the community. She emphasizes education, quality care, and the importance of public service in her practices. She creates a fun and positive environment and tailors the care that she provides to each patient and their family’s needs. She is compassionate and gentle and explains all all details related to the visit and the patient’s treatment goals.

Dr Jodi has one son Dylan. She enjoys the gym, skiing, running , hiking, sporting events and most importantly spending time with her son.

Dr. Jodi’s mission for her practice is that it serves a higher purpose beyond just vision and dental. Her goal is that you will find a home at Youth Dentistry and Vision where you feel comfortable and safe and you know you are receiving the highest quality of care from a team that truly cares about you and your family.


Dr. Peterson

Dr. Peterson grew up in Valley City, ND and completed his undergraduate work at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. He received a Bachelors in the Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After college, Dr. Peterson attended the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, CA. 

 He completed externships at the Makalapa Clinic at Pearl Harbor, HI, the Indian Health Services Hospital in Shonto, AZ and the Wellish Eye Institute in Las Vegas, NV. 

Upon completion of Optometry school, Dr. Peterson moved to Colorado Springs. He practiced there and in Montrose, CO for 8 years before joining the Youth Dental and Vision team in 2018. The part of the job he enjoys the most is the opportunity to work with a great group of people whose only concern is providing the best and most comprehensive care possible. 

 In his spare time he enjoys fishing, golfing, hiking, and spending time with his Wife, two Daughters, and dog, Maddox


Dr. Zachary Van HilsenDr. Van Hilsen - Pediatric Dentist and Anesthesiologist in Denver, CO


Dr. Van Hilsen grew up in Phoeniz, AZ, and moved to Colorado to attend Colorado College, where he studied math and physics. Following his undergraduate education, he attended the University of Pacific School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS degree and achieved the honors of being named to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Van Hilsen was originally drawn to dentistry by his desire to improve the healthcare of others, but his experience in dental school brought out a passion for treating children and adults with barriers to care, such as those with special needs. Dr. Van Hilsen went on to pursue a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota, followed by an anesthesiology residency at The Ohio State University. Dr. Van Hilsen returned to the state of Colorado in 2016 to begin private practice in anesthesiology and pediatric dentistry. His unique training sets him apart, as only a handful of doctors in the country are dual trained in pediatric dentistry and dental anesthesiology and he is the only dual specialist with such background in the entire state of Colorado. He brings great passion to his work and hopes that he may improve access to dental care for those who benefit from the anxiety relief and pain control provided by sedation and general anesthesia.


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