Dentistry. It's a helping profession, and I like helping people. You get to use your hands and invent things, solutions, in real time for people that carry forward in their life. It kind of extends their reach. If we help them, their life is better, and in subtle ways people can maximize their potential. The most rewarding part about being a dentist is watching people smile and leave knowing that their future is more predictable than it otherwise would be. In that way, their life is better than it might have been, or at least certainly improved on.
I've been a dentist since 1983. I lived in Minnesota, was raised there, and had a practice there, and got cold, and decided it was time to head to the sun. So, that's how I got to Fort Collins. Prior to that, I had a liberal arts education in Minnesota, and then at the dental school at University of Minnesota, I was hired to teach before I graduated. I had finished my requirements. So, I was teaching prior to graduation and spent a number of years very interested in dentistry, the people side of it, the business side, the technical side, and dedicated myself to continuing education over a long period of time. I moved to Colorado, continued to study. I was part of service organizations, Lions, Rotary, Chamber.
Then as well as starting continuing education classes in orthodontics, also a study group around occlusion, the way people's teeth fit together. I also fell into that, to study that, related to jaw-joint-pain things, as well as the whole scope of general practice is very interesting. So, I have a wide range, from early dentitions, children, all the way through adult care. My practice in Minnesota was in a resort retirement area, so I primarily saw adult issues, what works, what doesn't. That helps design treatments or, going forward, care to keep people out of treatment much more effectively and efficiently. So, that brings me to Colorado at the present time.
I've engaged consultants from around the United States to help find the most efficient and effective ways to do that, to leverage the services, so that the time that people invest, that they're gonna maximize the outcome, because a patient that doesn't need me is a patient that I've done a good job for. But as well as that, you're treating the people as well, first and foremost. We appreciate that as much as we do the things that we do for people; we enjoy doing them with people, and that makes the whole experience much better for everybody involved. It's a reward in and of itself.
Dr. Kollar has always been an early adopter of innovative dental technologies and techniques that can improve the patient experience. Dr. Kollar has 6 patents in the dental industry. And since he was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Dr. Mark was one of the first general dentists in the U.S. to receive surgical training to place and restore dental implants in the 1980’s.
Dr. Kollar has over 35 years of experience and has seen approximately 9,000 new patients and performed over 45,000 procedures. If training, experience, comprehensive care, and five-star service are important to you, you will love working with Dr. Kollar.
Five Star Dental is a family-owned practice—not a corporate chain. This allows Dr. Kollar to see his patient on time and to give his patients his undivided attention and sees only one patient at a time.
Dr. Kollar and his wife, Kary, live here in Fort Collins and have seven children—a dentist, a medical student, an Air Force pilot, a brew master, an interior designer, and two others still in college.