Barbara Hughes, RDH
Barbara has been a dental hygienist since 1977. Throughout her career, she has worked side-by-side with her husband, Dr. Tom Hughes. A native of Los Angeles, Barbara earned her degree from the University of Southern California. Since relocating to Monument, Colorado, in 1997, the Hughes’ have raised four children (all graduates of Lewis-Palmer High). Over the years, she has helped to foster a dental practice based on establishing a good relationship with patients, which, Barbara says, “is one of the best perks of the job.” Mostly, she enjoys working with her husband. “He truly is one of the best dentists I’ve ever known. He’s a perfectionist and combination of an artist and an engineer.” Spending time with her family hiking the beautiful mountains of Colorado is a favorite pastime.
“A great smile is the
beginning of a good laugh.”
Chairside Dental Assistant
A graduate of the Iowa Western Dental Assistant Program, Kathleen is the newest member of Dr. Hughes’ staff, coming on board in March of 2011. Though she hails from Iowa, Kathleen spent the past 26 years as a dental assistant in Texas before relocating to Colorado. Although she’s been a dental assistant since 1985, Kathleen says she still learns new things while working with Dr. Hughes. “Chairside, I’ve enjoyed learning the techniques that he’s developed over his career.” The overall atmosphere of the office is a definite plus. “It’s a wonderfully warm office. We really have fun and help each other out, and our patients are so nice.” Kathleen likes to take road trips throughout Colorado that allow her to see more of “God’s country.”
“My teeth were the only part of my face
that I couldn’t improve with makeup.”
Connie Proffitt-Salazar, RDH
Connie, a native Louisianan, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1984 and has been a member of Dr. Hughes’ team since 1999. Licensed in three states, she also has five years’ experience in a periodontal office. Connie notes that “working in Dr. Hughes’ office is fun—we are like family, and our patients are just the best people.” Married with three children, Connie, like many Cajun transplants, enjoys living in a place so geographically and scenically different from her home state of bayous and Spanish moss. When she’s not hiking Colorado’s trails and mountains with her family, she likes to garden, cook and read.
“A great smile is
always in style.”
Paula has lived in the Tri-Lakes area for all but three months of her life, which makes her one of those rare sightings—a Colorado native. A graduate of Lewis-Palmer, she has been in the dental field since 1977. She took the reins of Dr. Hughes’ office in 2000 and has made the practice a well-oiled, efficient organization that seamlessly serves both patients and staff with an “on-time” approach. For Paula, it’s all about the personal interactions. “I really enjoy getting to know our patients, and seeing their reactions and their delight when Dr. Hughes improves their smile.” Paula has three daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In typical Colorado-style, she enjoys the outdoors—fishing, camping, hiking, riding horses, and gardening.
“My teeth are the only part of my body
that have improved with age.”
Tuesday - Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm