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About Iliff Family Dental

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Our story

Established in 2018
Iliff Family Dental has deep roots in the Aurora community. The practice was started by Dr. Slack and has resided in its current location for more than 17 years. Before Dr. Henes took over the practice, Dr. Kalra practiced at the same location under the name Axiom Dental Group for fifteen years. Dr. Henes is determined to provide top quality care for patients just as Dr. Slack and Dr. Kalra have done in the past.

Meet the Team

Dr. Christopher Henes

DDS - Dentist

Dr. Christopher Henes was born and raised outside of Detroit, MI. Dr. Henes was drawn to dentistry due to the ability to work with his hands and help patients, but fell in love with dentistry because he is able to meet new individuals every day and to create lifetime relationships, all while helping patients achieve their oral health goals. Dr. Henes graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with da Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in May of 2013. After graduation, Dr. Henes completed a one year residency at Denver Health. It was during that residency that Dr. Henes became more experienced in molar root canals, extraction, restoring smiles, developing complex treatment plans, and working with medically complex patients. After completing his residency, Dr. Henes continued to work at Denver Health at their Westside Dental clinic and more recently was the past residency Director. Dr. Henes loves meeting new people and helping them achieve their overall health goals. In his spare, time you can find Dr. Henes and his wife, Ashley, out and about doing all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer – biking, hiking, skiing, and trying out new restaurants.


Office Manager

Originally from Southern California, Joy moved here to Colorado with her son and daughter 9 years ago. She has been in dentistry for over 30 years, starting out as an assistant at the age of 15 and working her way through schedule coordinating, treatment planning, and office manager. She has spent the last 9 years as a practice management consultant for dental practices; however, she missed being a part of the dental team and working with the patients. She has been the office manager for Iliff Family Dental for over a year. In her free time, Joy travels to Las Vegas to visit her son in college, and California to surf and body board. While she is here in Colorado, she loves to hike with her daughter and her grand-dog Ramsey.



Melissa moved to Colorado from the southeast in 2017. She loves movies, reading, and traveling. She has been in the dental field for four years. Melissa became a dental hygienist because she believes that helping someone achieve a great, healthy smile builds their confidence! After all, your smile may be the first thing someone notices about you.


Expanded Duty Dental Assistant

Iris has been working in the dental field since 1990 as a dental assistant. She received her Expanded Duty Dental certification in 1994 from the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. She enjoys working with our patients to make the best of their dental experiences. Iris enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.


Scheduling Coordinator & Dental Assistant

Hi I’m Ana! I am the scheduling coordinator and dental assistant at Iliff Family Dental. I was born in Honduras but have lived in Colorado since I was 7. I am the mother of two beautiful girls that are the center of my life and I am married to my incredible husband, Pablo. We enjoy spending time at the park and cooking with family. On any given Saturday and Sunday, you will find us at a soccer game. I also enjoy walking and spending lots of time with my girls.

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