Meet Your Avon Dental Team

Dr. Summer Kassmel, DDS

Dr. Summer Kassmel and her husband, Tom, have two children, Siena and Cash, as well as a labradoodle named Hannah. She enjoys hiking, reading, and time with her family. Family camping is a favorite activity every summer.

She attended Fort Hays State University before attaining her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. She practiced in Greeley, Colorado, before making the Vail Valley her permanent home.

She has practiced in Eagle, Colorado, since 2004 and enjoys the small town atmosphere and community. Dr. Kassmel is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, Western Colorado Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry, as well as local study groups. She is a Preferred Level Invisalign Provider and has over 500 hours of continuing education hours. She has attended Dawson Center for Advanced Studies as well as TruDenta Occlusal and Headache Academy.

Dr. Kassmel is committed to treating each patient as an individual and helping people achieve their goals for a healthy and beautiful smile.

Dr. Josh Heimerdinger, DDS

Dr. Josh Heimerdinger attended the University of Missouri, graduating with Departmental Honors in Biological Sciences. While earning his Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine he was honored to receive the ADSA Award for Anesthesiology. He furthered his education after dental school by completing a General Practice Residency at the University of Washington – Seattle. After two years of private practice in Missouri, Dr. Heimerdinger decided it was time to move to the mountains and happily accepted a position at Avon Dental. He enjoys all aspects of dentistry, but is passionate about implantology, dental surgeries, sedation dentistry, digital dentistry, and sports dentistry. He is beyond excited to join the Avon Dental team!

In his free time he is always in motion, utilizing any opportunity to camp, cycle, ski, sail, or climb. He also spends time playing a handful of musical instruments including guitar, mandolin, saxophones and other woodwinds.  He loves to volunteer his time at community dental clinics both domestic and abroad. He has also volunteered at children’s dental clinics in both Seattle and St. Louis, and is looking forward to serving the communities in the Vail Valley! 

Debbie Dodson
Practice Director

Debbie moved from Texas to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law who ve in the Vail area. She and her husband, Jon, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren, all located in the Vail Valley. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking. She is also talented in creating original artwork in many different mediums.

Debbie is financial coordinator at Avon Dental and has been in the dental field for 25 years. She was a Registered Dental Hygienist for 10 years, before moving to the administrative side of the dental team. She has taken extensive courses in dental insurance utilization and customized treatment planning. She has received certification in Dentrix and SoftDent. Her knowledge of dental insurance and her true desire to help each patient maximize their benefits make Debbie a invaluable member of the Avon Dental’s team.

Debbie Dodson, Practice Director

Debbie moved from Texas to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law who ve in the Vail area. She and her husband, Jon, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren, all located in the Vail Valley. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking. She is also talented in creating original artwork in many different mediums.

Debbie is financial coordinator at Avon Dental and has been in the dental field for 25 years. She was a Registered Dental Hygienist for 10 years, before moving to the administrative side of the dental team. She has taken extensive courses in dental insurance utilization and customized treatment planning. She has received certification in Dentrix and SoftDent. Her knowledge of dental insurance and her true desire to help each patient maximize their benefits make Debbie a invaluable member of the Avon Dental’s team.

Kylee Montoya
Registered Dental Hygienist

Kylee was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. She obtained her bachelors degree in health and exercise science at Colorado State University which is where she also met her husband Ben. She then got her license in Dental hygiene at Community College of Denver and moved back to the valley to begin practicing.
She has been working in the dental field since 2013 and has gone through extensive training in periodontal disease and utilizing diode lasers to improve healing.  She has such a passion for the field that she teaches at Vail Valley Dental Assisting school in her spare time along with participating in a school based sealants program throughout the county to help provide kids with dental care. Kylee is exceptional in helping patients feel comfortable and listened to about their dental needs and goes the extra mile to help them achieve their goals.  When she’s not working, her husband and her enjoy the outdoors with friends and family and spending time with their boxer named Bowser.  They love to travel and hope to visit Europe much more!

Kylee Montoya, Registered Dental Hygienist

Kylee was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. She obtained her bachelors degree in health and exercise science at Colorado State University which is where she also met her husband Ben. She then got her license in Dental hygiene at Community College of Denver and moved back to the valley to begin practicing.
She has been working in the dental field since 2013 and has gone through extensive training in periodontal disease and utilizing diode lasers to improve healing.  She has such a passion for the field that she teaches at Vail Valley Dental Assisting school in her spare time along with participating in a school based sealants program throughout the county to help provide kids with dental care. Kylee is exceptional in helping patients feel comfortable and listened to about their dental needs and goes the extra mile to help them achieve their goals.  When she’s not working, her husband and her enjoy the outdoors with friends and family and spending time with their boxer named Bowser.  They love to travel and hope to visit Europe much more!

Julie Lawson
Scheduling Coordinator

Julie moved to the Eagle area in July of 2018 from Massachusetts. She followed her dreams and shot for the stars to end up in beautiful Eagle, Colorado. Julie loves to fly fish and in her spare time, can be seen on the river with her sidekick, Drake. Drake is a black Labrador retriever.

Julie started her career as a dental assistant. She then graduated with her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. She moved to the administrative side of the field where she can shine to the patients without being in their mouths.  Julie enjoys seeing her patients and hopes to bring a smile to each individual who comes into the office.

Julie Lawson, Scheduling Coordinator

Julie moved to the Eagle area in July of 2018 from Massachusetts. She followed her dreams and shot for the stars to end up in beautiful Eagle, Colorado. Julie loves to fly fish and in her spare time, can be seen on the river with her sidekick, Drake. Drake is a black Labrador retriever.

Julie started her career as a dental assistant. She then graduated with her Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. She moved to the administrative side of the field where she can shine to the patients without being in their mouths.  Julie enjoys seeing her patients and hopes to bring a smile to each individual who comes into the office.

Kerrin Bullington
Scheduling Coordinator

Kerrin is from Chester County, Pennsylvania and lived in the Vail Valley for almost 3 years. After completing her undergraduate studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, Kerrin moved to Denver and completed a year of service with AmeriCorps in Early Childhood Literacy. She then moved to the Vail Valley because Denver was just too far from the mountains!

After her first ski season, she cycled across the country with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to raise money for young adults and families impacted by cancer! She now is enjoying all that the mountains have to offer with her husband, Cal! Together they enjoy hiking, skiing, dancing and laughing! Kerrin also loves to bake all sorts of goodies!

Kerrin BullingtonScheduling Coordinator

Kerrin is from Chester County, Pennsylvania and lived in the Vail Valley for almost 3 years. After completing her undergraduate studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, Kerrin moved to Denver and completed a year of service with AmeriCorps in Early Childhood Literacy. She then moved to the Vail Valley because Denver was just too far from the mountains!

After her first ski season, she cycled across the country with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults to raise money for young adults and families impacted by cancer! She now is enjoying all that the mountains have to offer with her husband, Cal! Together they enjoy hiking, skiing, dancing and laughing! Kerrin also loves to bake all sorts of goodies!