Forest Edge Dental Offers Affordable Care By Beth Dodd

Forest Edge Dental staff

Dr. Randall Payne at the new Forest Edge Dental Care in Woodland Park is more interested in caring for you, the patient, than in working for the insurance companies. His office offers very affordable care and accepts all insurance plans, including Medicaid, PacifiCare, and the Alpha Beta Association plan.

Forest Edge Dental Care also offers its own discount dental plan, the Gold Plan. This is a great choice for people who don’t have dental insurance, and for owners of small businesses who would like to provide affordable dental care for their employees. For a low annual fee, you can get 20% to 60% off the cost of any dental procedure performed at their office.

The staff at Forest Edge Dental Care is friendly, professional, and experienced. For example, “Dr. Randy” as his patients know him, especially enjoys helping someone who is afraid of the dentist become a confident patient with a healthy smile. His thirty years of experience have given him a broad background in all aspects of dentistry, including dentures and partials. He is especially good at working with children, and started the non-profit KIND clinic (Kids In Need of Dentistry) in Colorado Springs.

“The greatest challenge when you are working with kids is dealing with their fears,” said Dr. Payne. “You need to take time to explain things to them. If what they feel is what they expect to feel, then they will relax and you can keep them as comfortable as possible.”

Dr. Payne works with Dr. Leo Rodriguez, who has been practicing dentistry for almost 60 years. He is especially good at working with seniors since he is one himself. His patients say he is so good at giving injections that you can’t feel it. Other staff members include office manager Ruth Bishop, assistant office manager Pat Gilmartin, dental assistant Rose Miller, and hygienist Wendy Costello.

While the caregivers at Forest Edge Dental Care have many decades of experience, they still make an effort to keep up with current technology and the latest techniques. Both doctors and staff are continually updating their knowledge and skills through continuing education and staff development programs so they can provide the best service to their patients.

Forest Edge Dental Care is located at 491 Forest Edge Road in Woodland Park, which is off Baldwin Street north of Woodland Park High School. Unlike many dentists’ offices that are closed on Fridays, Forest Edge Dental Care offers appointments Monday through Friday. They just opened on February 1 and are accepting new patients. You are welcome to stop by the office, say hello to the staff, and ask questions. To make an appointment, visit or call them at (719) 687-6366. The office is open from 8 AM to 5 PM, except for lunch from 12 to 1.