Who Are You? 12

Get to know your community and what makes them tick.

Who | Jeffrey Patrician, DDS

What | Founder of Boulder Dental Arts


Who are you? That’s a deep question.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Growing up, the only thing I’ve ever wanted to be was a dentist. That’s a little weird for a kid, but teeth are in my blood. Not literally.

How did you get to where you are now?

I was part of a large group practice in DC, worked with a bunch of great guys who passed along a tremendous amount of life and dental knowledge. But one day a John Denver song came on the radio, and the next day I was here.

You get stranded on an island. What’s the one dental hygiene item you couldn’t live without?

Give me an ice skate and a rock, and I’m good to go.

What’s your favorite part about your line of work?

Boulder is an amazing place to practice simply by merit of the totally unique and amazing people I meet on a daily basis! I get to hear about so many fascinating things. Rocket scientists, robot designers, pot farmers, one person discovered a whole temple in Greece on her summer break. I asked her to bring me back some souvenir plunder.

Where’s your favorite 
vacation destination?

Block Island, Rhode Island, tiny, out of the way, ‘undiscovered’ relative to its big brothers 
Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. It’s my happy place, and I go whenever I can.

What are your hobbies?

I have hobbies I didn’t know existed before getting here. The volume of subspecies of activities out here is staggering.  Back on the East Coast, you had ‘skiing’ or ‘biking’, here it’s tri, cross, townie, road, mountain, ti, steel, fixed and commuter.  Those are the legal minimum amount of bikes they hand you when you move to town. I watch hang gliders from my office window every day. Probably have to add that to the list.

When/why did you decide to scrap your television?

When I realized I needed something to tell people at parties.

What inspires you every day?

Instagram photos of people’s coffee.

The quote you live by is….

You don’t learn from your successes, you learn from your mistakes — but that probably isn’t something you want to hear from your dentist.