“I am truly blessed that I was introduced to the profession at a young age, through my dad who is also an orthodontist, and I quickly fell in love. My fondest memories are of sitting at the workbench in our garage at night helping him make retainers, or watching him put braces on my Cabbage Patch dolls.
“Orthodontics combines two of my passions: working with my hands and meeting new people. Each day, I get to spend time talking with my patients and learning fascinating new stories from people of all different backgrounds. As we talk and joke it builds a special rapport as we work together towards the shared goal of a beautiful, healthy smile. I love when my patients return years later with family or friends and I hear all the amazing stories of the things they are going on to accomplish! I love using my talents to bring about positive, lasting changes in the lives of my patients, and, quite literally, giving them a reason to smile.” – Dr. Kaplan
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Jenee Kaplan attended La Sierra University in Riverside, California to obtain her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. After graduation, she continued her education at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, where she was awarded her Doctorate of Dental Science and graduated near the top of her class. Dr. Kaplan was then accepted into the highly competitive Orthodontic Residency Program at Loma Linda where she earned her Master’s degree.
Orthodontics is a profession that is continually changing, with new technology and advances in treatment techniques emerging every year. Dr. Kaplan actively pursues continuing education, in Colorado as well as internationally, to ensure that she provides the most current options and best possible experience to her patients.
Most recently, Dr. Kaplan has attended the annual meetings for the American Association of Orthodontics, Invisalign® seminars, Damon® Forum, and additional local and international conferences. She also participates in online webinars for topics including TMD and sleep apnea, and stays current in the latest research from publications like the American Journal of Orthodontics.
- American Association of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- Colorado Orthodontic Association
- Colorado Dental Association
- Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontics
Family and Community
Dr. Kaplan grew up in Nipomo, California, and has lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the last five years. She and her husband, Dr. Chad Watts, have four children, Carter, Jenna, Cohen, and Caden.
When she’s not in the office, Dr. Kaplan can be found at the gym or out on the lacrosse and soccer fields with her kids. She loves spending time with her family and traveling to different parts of the world to discover new places and experience different cultures and people. Dr. Kaplan is also a major techie and sci-fi nerd. She loves gadgets and has a color-changing “Star Trek” mug among her most beloved possessions!
Drs. Kaplan and Watts founded the El Paso County chapter of Smile for a Lifetime, an organization that enables them to provide free orthodontic treatment for up to 12 children a year. They are also the volunteer orthodontists for Kids in Need of Dentistry. It is her sincere belief that at the heart of a thriving community are individuals who care for one another in times of need, and that the confidence of a healthy, beautiful smile should be available to every child.