Q & A with Dr. Michael Murphy
Q: What got you into this specific medical field?
A: I have always wanted to care for others in a medical profession. After a serious injury in high school it solidified my desire to become a health care professional. After several observations of health care providers I decided dentistry was perfect. I knew I would be able to communicate directly to each patient and get to know them throughout my entire career. I could build relationships, friendships, while providing the best care to each person. I also thrived on all the medical aspects of learning to become a dentist, the classes were so intriguing and the fine motor and knowledge to complete optimal health for someone was absolutely what I wanted to do.
Q: What landed you in your city, and what is it that you like about the neighborhood?
A: I grew up in Colorado and went to CSU. I met my wife at CSU and she is from Fort Collins. After attending Dental School in Denver, we decided we wanted to move back here to be closer to family and raise our children in this amazing town!
Q: Where did you receive your undergraduate and professional degrees, and did you participate in any residencies?
A: I graduated valedictorian in high school and received my Undergrad at Colorado State University in Exercise and Sports Medicine. I continued on to Dental School at the University of Colorado at the Health Science Center in Denver. I did my clinicals in Fort Collins and the surrounding Denver areas.
Q: Do you belong to any professional associations?
A: I belong to the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Colorado Dental Association and the Larimer County Dental Association.
Q: What year did you begin practicing?
A: I began practicing in 2005.
Q: What investments in your practice equipment and facilities have you made?
A: I can't keep my hands off the latest and most advanced technological equipment. All of our x-rays are digital, including our Panoramic X-ray Machine which gives us a 2 dimensional view of your entire jaw and facial structure. This is great for detecting oral cancer, detecting bone loss, and locating impacted teeth. I also have an E4D, Crown in a Day Machine. Our staff and I have had extensive training and our patients, especially those with busy schedules and fears, can be in and out in one day with a crown! We also are certified in laser therapy which we use in many dental procedures and for our patients who need deeper cleanings. I will be oral sedation certified in August. We have a beautiful practice located on the third floor with the most amazing views of the mountains and city. We have more windows than wall space. It is great for our patients and staff to be able to see outside all the time.
Q: What procedures do you feel your practice excels in above others?
A: We truly do provide the most quality care. I am so particular in everything; I treat each patient as if they were my mom. I sent our two amazing assistants to school to become Expanded Duties Dental Assistants. They are highly qualified and tend to the fearful in a gently comfortable manner. Our hygienist is highly qualified and honestly provides the greatest cleanings and care a person could ever desire. She is very knowledgeable in oral health and strives on providing education to each patient in order to instill preventative dental needs.
Q: What are your office hours?
A: Monday 10am-7pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-5pm
We alternate lunches so we are always available. Emergencies always taken care of when in need!
Q: What HMO or PPO providers are you in-network with? Do you offer financing?
A: We are in network preferred providers with almost every insurance company, please call to check, but we will accept any insurance. We are a pay at the time services are rendered but we offer CareCredit, which is a third-party financing company who pays us and the patient makes payments to them. We accept Visa. MC, Amex, Discover, and Diners Club.
Q: Do you accept any government programs or discount cards?
A: We give 10% off for the non-insured patients! We accept CHP for kids and take pride in purposely accepting our military dental insurance in network!
Q: What are the most challenging parts of your everyday practice?
A: I think honestly the most challenging part is talking too much to each patient. I get so wrapped up into our conversations I lose track of time and occasionally run behind. I love the rapport I develop with each patient.
Q: What are the best moments that make it worthwhile?
A: There are quite a few, but some are seeing the results of a patient that is thrilled with their new smile, seeing patients refer their friends and family, watching a patient be relieved of pain, and tackling every need with everything I've got!