Meet The Team

At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.



Melissa Laughlin

Office Manager


I am so fortunate everyday to work at Sunshine Dentistry.  I began my career here in July 2008 and I have never looked back.  It truly is a career and not a job for me. We have the best team and the best doctors.  We genuinely care about our patients and their oral health.  It is our #1 priority.  I enjoy coming to work and working in the dental industry.  I received my Associates Degree in Resort Management from Colorado Mountain College.  My past work experience includes 20 years in retail sales and management with clothing, kitchen and furniture/design stores.

I have lived in Steamboat since 1981.  My parents along with my siblings moved to Steamboat when I was in elementary school.  I enjoyed growing up in Steamboat and now my husband and I are enjoying raising our 12 year old son here. 

In my free time I enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, boating, reading and gardening.  My passion is spending quality time with friends and family.



Renee May

Hygienist


My name is Renee May, I was born in Denver, Colorado and originally moved to Steamboat Springs in 1998. I lived in Steamboat until 2004 when my family moved back to the Front Range so I could continue my education and become a Registered Dental Hygienist. I graduated from the University of Colorado school of Dental Medicine in 2008 with my Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene. I practiced in Littleton, Colorado for the next 6 years. My husband and I decided that it was time to bring the family back to the Yampa Valley. The summer of 2014 our family happily returned to Steamboat. We have 3 amazing daughters which I enjoy spending the majority of time with, as well as hunting, fishing, tending to the animals & whatever new adventure we can fall into.

I often get asked, Why Dental Hygiene? I wanted a career in the health industry so I could help people. I chose to pursue my career in Dental Hygiene because it allowed me this as well as the flexibility to enjoy my life and family. I had no idea how rewarding this choice would be until I began seeing patients! I knew immediately this was what I was meant to do! Through my career I am able to touch lives, educate people and not only improve their health, but improve the way they feel about themselves. I love to build relationships with all my patients, allowing them to open up to me, learn from me and even look forward to their next visit. All this makes coming to work a pleasure.



Shelly Barnes

Hygienist


Shelly Barnes  was born and raised in Routt County and is a 5th generation resident.  Her career in dentistry started out of high school when she worked as a dental assistant before going to college to get her license in Dental Hygiene, graduating from Colorado Northwestern. She has been practicing dental hygiene in Steamboat Springs for 15 years providing preventative and therapeutic services to the general public.  Which in Steamboat and Routt county she considers everyone her friends and family. Shelly takes great pride in being a health care professional while serving and living in this wonderful, beautiful place and community we call home.

Shelly is married to her husband Greg Barnes, also a 5th generation resident. They have two beautiful daughters, Paige and Katerina.  She has several “hobbies” on the side, one includes being Hayden High schools girls basketball assistant coach. She loves her community and contributes to it in anyway she possibly can.

Jamie Zander

Front Desk & Dental Assistant



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