Medicine wasn't a surprising career choice for Dr. Douglas Heller. Many of his immediate and extended family members work as medical professionals. The Denver native and proud graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School first became interested in dentistry from his uncle (Dr. Versman), who is now his partner along with Dr. Eric Beckman at Periodontal Associates. Dr. Heller earned his Periodontal Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and his D.M.D. Degree at Tufts University. He thoroughly enjoys practicing periodontics as it provides him with a great opportunity to work with a variety of patients, each who comes with their own diverse background. Dr. Heller remains active in organized dentistry and has taken multiple leadership roles, both statewide and nationally. In 2013 Dr. Heller was recognized as Chairmen of the Year by the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society. He has been named one of 5280's Top Dentists from 2008-2016 and was the first ever recipient of the 2015 Denver Post Strength in Health Dental Excellence in Health Care Award for specialists in dentistry. Dr. Heller teaches periodontics at the University Of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in the Department of Surgical Dentistry. He is a member of a monthly Spear study club with other local dentists in the Denver metro area. Additionally, for over ten years Periodontal Associates has hosted a continuing education Hygiene Study Club for local dental hygienists and a Dental Implant Seminar speaker series. The Implant Seminars brings local and national experts to speak on the ever-changing dental implant technology and methods. Dr. Heller family consists of Amy and his kids, Rigley and Teigan. Being that the kids are both young, much of his free time is spent chasing monsters, looking for dinosaurs and doing random art projects. If he does get a chance to have some time himself, he can be found fly fishing in the Carbondale area or in the winter doing some skiing. He tries to stay active and most recently has picked up playing hockey.
My philosophy is simple: To try to always do the right thing. I try to have a practical approach to treatment, and to take care of people as people. And to me, that's the crux of the matter in any business, to treat people the way you would want to be treated the best part of my job is developing relationships with my patients. The real key for all dentists is to have a caring and a true passion for the well being of their patients. At the end of the day, the dentist often gets credit, but it's the whole staff that's responsible for success. I've truly been blessed with a great family, great dentists, great staff and of course great patients.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Colorado
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
Medical School | Graduated 1989
University Of Pennsylvania / School Of Dental Medicine
Other Education | Completed 1991
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Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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