MEET THE DOCTORS
KENTON C. GLEICHMAN, DDS
“Your smile is your logo. It tells people who you are. The first thing I look at when I meet a person is their smile. The greatest joy I get from dentistry is helping my patients get the smile that they have always wanted.”
An unfortunate accident of breaking a front tooth at an early age lent itself to Dr. Kenton Gleichman becoming fascinated with the dental profession. Today he celebrates over 34 years of practicing his profession at Dental Associates, PC.
‘What gives me the most pleasure in dentistry is helping patients feel better by improving their smiles. With the help of our great staff and our excellent in-house lab technician, we have the opportunity to make wonderful things happen.”
Practicing family dentistry is just a small part of the dental services provided by Dr. Gleichman. Specializing in cosmetic and smile enhancement, implant restorations and soft tissue laser use for frenectomies or gingival overgrowth / contouring are just a few of the oral health services offered to his patients.
Dr. Gleichman is a very active community leader. He has been a member of the Contributors Breakfast Club that has raised and donated over a 500,000 to children’s charities in the Des Moines Area. Traveling on a mission trip to Mexico was a humanitarian mission that he lists as one of his most memorable experiences.
Involvement in the G.V. Black Dental Study Club includes participating in community dental education. Additional memberships in the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association and the Des Moines District Dental Society provide networking and sharing of best practices along with his dental professional peers.
His partner and wife Cathy have been married 38 years and are the proud parents of three daughters. They are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Daughter Anna lives in the Twin Cities and works as a nurse in the NICU. Daughter Allison and her husband live in West Des Moines and his daughter Christina will be relocating with her family to Des Moines to join the Dental Associates, PC practice.
Traveling, snow skiing, playing golf and just having a great time with his family and friends are just few of the activities you will find Dr. Gleichman enjoying outside of his dental practice.
STEPHEN M. KARBACKA, DDS
A compassion for providing needed dental care for children across the state of Iowa keeps Dr. Steve Karbacka busy each fall as he volunteers with the Iowa Mission of Mercy. You will also find him traveling with the Smile Squad, a mobile RV dental clinic providing onsite dental care at area schools.
Originally from Ohio, Dr. Karbacka’s family moved to Fairfield, Iowa while he was in first grade. After graduating from Fairfield High School, Dr. Karbacka attended the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a degree in Biology. A 2003 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Karbacka completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before entering a general dentistry practice in Ankeny. He joined Dental Associates, PC in 2010 providing general and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Karbacka is a member of the American Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, G.V. Black Study Club and Des Moines Dental District. Active association participating provides not only an excellent opportunity to network with fellow dental professionals, but it also offers continued education in the ever changing world of dentistry.
Dr. Karbacka and his wife, Patty, have two sons and are members of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. In his spare time your will find that Dr. Karbacka enjoys riding bikes, golfing, triathlons, running, and spending time with family and friends.
BENJAMIN J. NAGEL, DDS
As a well-known Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Iowa Hawkeye fan, Dr. Benjamin Nagel is always ready for a great game day conversation about his teams. His love of sports translates over to his family as well with three sports minded daughters and his taking the time to assist with coaching their teams.
Dr. Nagel grew up in the Urbandale area and attended high school at Dowling Catholic. After graduating from Drake University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology, he transferred to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. His career path has included serving as Dental Director for the Des Moines Health Center, a private not-for-profit community health center and as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. In 2014, Dr. Nagel joined Dental Associates. PC.
Staying up to date with dental procedures, patient education and new technology is a priority for Dr. Nagel. His practice in general and cosmetic dentistry focuses on utilizing the latest technology such as Cerec, a digital dentistry product, and frequently referred to as “Same Day Dentistry”. He is a member of the GV Black Study Club, Iowa Dental Association, American Dental Association, and served as past president of the Des Moines District Dental Society.
A day of golf, reading or spending time with his family and friends is where you will find him when not treating his patients. Dr. Nagel, his wife, Kori, and three daughters are all active members of the St. Pius X Catholic Church.
THOMAS C. QUICK, DDS
Dr. Thomas Quick fancies himself as a professional vacationer-creating travel experiences with his family that impart vigor to the mind. This same passion for his profession is demonstrated to his patients by helping them conquer their dental anxiety and establishing a relationship of trust and genuine care.
Practicing for over 25 years at Dental Associates, PC, Dr. Quick has established himself as a skillful family dentist along with having excellent experience in restoring a beautiful smile through various dental cosmetic modalities. Realizing that patient’s most valued resource is their time, Dr. Quick and his team have been trained to deliver same day CEREC restorations. This limits the need for temporaries and an additional appointment day to deliver the crown. Same Day Dentistry!
Graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and then receiving additional training in endodontic therapy while serving as a Navy dentist are just a few details in Dr. Quick’s resume. Added experience with working hand in hand with oral surgeons in restoring dental implants provides his patients with another level of knowledge and expertise.
Dr. Quick has been a Donated Dental Services Volunteer for the Dental Lifeline Network of Iowa for the past nine years. He finds great joy in caring for patients without the financial resources necessary for complete dental care.
Never known to give up a good game of golf with friends and family, Dr. Quick finds the sport very therapeutic. As a past congregational president of the Faith Lutheran Church in Clive, being active with his family in the church also plays an important part of his life.
THOMAS G. SMALL, DDS
Dr. Tom Small has been practicing his dental profession since 1999 but always finds time to enjoy a great game of golf with friends and associates. The love of the outdoors is also shared with his wife Jaimee and two daughters.
Dental Associates, PC welcomed Dr. Small to their practice in 2000. This was right after he had completed his continued education at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the General Practice Residency Program to receive his Certificate in Hospital Dentistry.
While providing general and family dentistry, Dr. Small is also proficient in esthetic dentistry, crown and bridge work, implants and the treatment of periodontal and gum disease.
As a University of Iowa College of Dentistry and University of Northern Iowa alumni, Dr. Small also is a member of the Des Moines District Dental Society, the Iowa Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
Dr. Small can frequently be found mentoring fellow dental professionals through the GV Black Dental Study Club and community dental education.
CHRISTINA MULCAHY, DDS
Traveling through Europe, with her favorite stops in Switzerland to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and running a half marathon are just a few of the activities Dr. Christina Mulcahy enjoys outside of taking care of her patients. Today her adventures have been closer to home with the birth of her son last year.
Dr. Mulcahy grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. Attending college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, transferring to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and then moving to Dallas, Texas to practice for the last 4 ½ years took her away from her roots.
Moving back to West Des Moines to join Dental Associates, PC takes Dr. Mulcahy full circle. It also has her following in the footsteps of her father and uncle. At Dental Associates, Dr. Mulcahy will also join her father, Dr. Kenton Gleichman, as an associate of the dental practice.
Her dental care profession at a private practice has provided her with extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of dentistry including restoring dental implants, crown and bridge, root canals, composites and aesthetic dentistry. In addition, Dr. Mulcahy practiced at Community Dental Care in Dallas where she provided much needed oral health for the underserved population.
Dr. Mulcahy with her husband, Matt, are excited to be able to spend time with their families and making Des Moines their home.