Why am I passionate about your teeth—

It may seem kind of crazy, but honestly I love teeth. My daughter often asks me when I leave for work, why am fixing people’s teeth? I’ve told her, in a 4-year-old simplicity, that I do this to make people feel better and have happy teeth. In a very simple way this is what I hope to do each day practicing dentistry, help people. Dentistry is a unique outlet for me, it allows me to blend science and artistry to improve people’s lives.

Teeth can make or break someone’s self-confidence; you can see it in the way someone smiles. I’ve seen teenagers with cavities so significant they would never smile. After receiving care to improve their oral health, I have seen a transformation in them. I’ve seen tears of joy when they look at their smile; a smile they own and are confident to share. This is why I am a dentist, because I love people. My hope is that patients who come to see us at Urnise Dentistry, feel this in our practice. It is important to me that our patients feel comfortable and empowered about their treatment decisions and are able to ask questions. I want you to find not just a dentist, but a dental team who cares about you and keep you smiling.


Dr. Karen Urnise is from Kansas City, Missouri. Before dental school, Karen's love for the outdoors inspired her to study and receive an Environmental Science degree. She went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2010 receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Karen and her husband Joe, a structural engineer for CDOT, are grateful to call Glenwood Springs home.

Dr. Urnise is devoted to providing her patients with the highest quality of service, making use of the most up-to-date science and techniques. Dr. Urnise approaches dentistry with full body wellness in mind, addressing not only the condition of your teeth but medical issues, behaviors and other factors that impact your oral health. Karen and Joe have two children, Hazel and Patrick. Karen enjoys spending time with her family and in the great outdoors. You may find her mountain biking, hiking or cooking up a gourmet meal at home.

Dr. Urnise currently is a member of the American Dental Association (, Colorado State Dental Association, and a past President for (2016-2017) of the Western Colorado Dental Association.