Healthy Trends 2014

Cold Springs Dental known for exuberance and compassion

By From page HT8 | January 24, 2014

Maybe you’ve seen the seasonal Santa Claus and Frosty on the rooftop of Cold Springs Dental, or the giant inflatable pumpkin at Halloween. Consider it the first clue to the cheerful and uplifting ambiance inside.

This iconic green-roofed dental practice, kitty-corner from the Placerville DMV, may bear a Cold Springs address, but the word “cold” doesn’t remotely apply. The full service dentistry is the professional home to two acclaimed dentists and 10 support staffers well known for exuberance and compassion.

“It’s in the job description,” laughs Kathy Sota, office manager and staffer since 1992. “Here, dedication to the work and our patients underlies everything we do.”

Nicole Grier, also an office manager, agrees. “It starts with the high standards of care expressed by our two doctors. It’s why we stay.” Grier herself arrived in 1996, a few years after Sota. Looking around, she added, “Most of us have been together for at least 10 years.”

Many patients have been coming to Cold Springs Dental for 20 years or more.

“Our mission includes providing exceptional dental care to them for life,” said Dr. Madeline Majer, owner of the practice. The accomplished dentist purchased the business a year ago, after practicing there for a year. “Dr. Sands and I love what we do and we especially love doing it at this level.”

She’s referring to the founder of Cold Springs Dental, Dean K. Sands, DMD, who opened the practice in 1992.

Dr. Majer received her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Michigan, continuing in Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the University of the Pacific.

She utilizes the latest technology in dentistry, ranging from digital x-rays and imaging to dental implants and Invisalign, the tooth-straightening, nearly invisible braces. Unwilling to let her education become stale, she attends continuing education courses, and stays active in a dental study club.

A trail runner, Master’s swimmer and swing dancer, Dr. Majer gives back to the community by volunteering for the Smiles for Kids and Healthy Families programs. She actively supports the local Boys and Girls Club, and somehow makes time for Rotary and Kiwanis. Not surprisingly, the doctor, swimmer, dancer, and hiker is working on a pilot’s license. “Slowly,” she smiles. “Very slowly.”

Sands received his doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Washington, after taking his masters in science at Long Island University.

Although now free of enterprise management duties, he still maintains quite an active practice in the facility. He looked around at the busy staffers. “I love these people and this community,” he said.

Under his stewardship Cold Springs Dental received the Best Dentist in El Dorado County award 11 years in a row. Services include general preventive cleanings and exams, oral cancer screening, pediatric dentistry, snoring prevention, Invisalign, veneers, teeth whitening, implants and crowns. He has paid special attention to pathology, restorative care, endodontic treatment and surgical dentistry.

Dr. Sands came to California during the Vietnam War as a Navy Navigator on nuclear submarines. Today he lives in Placerville with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Ted. Like Dr. Majer, he gives his time to Smiles for Kids and Head Start Early Childhood Development. In his rare personal time he enjoys Stanford football, old cars, running and wood-working.

Beside office managers Kathy and Nicole, the staff includes Registered Dental Hygienists Dianna, Hanna, Sharon and Jennifer, Dental Assistants Maria, Jenessa and Veronica, and Patient Coordinator Joanna.

Cold Springs Dental is located at 2900 Cold Springs Road in Placerville. Check out the Website at, or call 530-622-1221.

Peter Tyner

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