Dentistry is my life’s work and I’m called to do it the best I can. I come from a legacy of great, caring men, who just happen to be dentists. My grandfather, Walter Nock, graduated from Northwestern Dental School and started his practice in Chicago. He understood the connection between oral health and overall body health before it was widely known and emphasized in the practice of dentistry.
My father, Walter Nock, Jr. also graduated from Northwestern Dental School but fell in love with the Colorado mountains and decided to start his dental career and family in Denver. Being around that environment influenced my decision to become a dentist and I am honored to be carrying on that legacy.
As a dentist, I am most passionate about improving my patients’ health and changing their smiles. I like seeing people become healthier as they become more proactive in improving their oral hygiene. Of course, changing people’s smiles is very gratifying, too. I love to see my patients’ new, healthy smiles after they’ve spent years hiding behind an unhealthy one.
Each of my patients is special to me. I like them and respect them as individuals, and the process of getting to know them, as we share stories about our lives and I learn about their experiences and dreams, is extraordinarily rewarding. They have placed great trust in me, as their dental care professional, and I take that responsibility seriously, but I also enjoy the one-on-one rapport that develops and look forward to their visits.
Education and Continuing Education
I have an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Dana College, which was a small Lutheran college in Blair, Nebraska. My Doctorate of Dental Surgery was earned at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry in 1991. Additionally, I actively seek out continuing education opportunities in dentistry, knowing that the ever-evolving field demands my attention so I am able to continually improve the care I offer to my patients. I regularly attend conferences, lectures and seminars, and am an active member of the following groups, through which I expand my professional knowledge:
- Denver Academy of Restorative Dentists
- The Spear Institute for Restorative and Occlussal Studies
- Denver Implant Study Club
- Summit Implant Study Club
- Endodontic Associates Study Club
- Colorado Prosthodontic Society
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Dental Association
- Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
At Home and In the Community
I was born and raised in Denver but now call Castle Pines my home. My wife CiCi and I have been married for more than 25 years. We have two children: our son, Jackson, is currently a 3rd year Law Student at the University of Georgia and our daughter, Ashley, is working as a math teacher at the Amazima School in Jinja, Uganda.
When I’m not tending to my patients, chances are that I’m out enjoying these incredible mountains. I love fly-fishing the local streams, skiing, and climbing the Colorado 14er’s.