We’re With The Team
Team Dentists for the NBA Denver Nuggets and NCAA Denver University Pioneers
After seeing numerous injuries on the ice at University of Denver hockey games in 1992, Dr. Stephen Barker approached the athletic director and suggested several protocols to help the injured players. The next year, Dr. Barker and the DU athletic department formed a partnership that has lasted to this day and covers all aspects of DU athletics. Dr. Barker was excited to witness back-to-back NCAA men’s hockey championships in 2004 and 2005.
In 1994, Dr. Barker was asked to be the team dentist for the IHL Denver Grizzlies. The next year, the Grizzlies won the IHL Turner Cup championship. When the NHL Colorado Avalanche came to town in 1996, Southbridge Dentistry was chosen as the team dentists.
Dr. Barker celebrated two Stanley Cups and remained with the Avalanche for 14 seasons until 2009.
In 2009, the trainer for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets asked Dr. Barker to join their medical staff. The next year, Dr. Barker and Southbridge Dentistry were appointed team dentists for the Nuggets.
The Denver Outlaws, a Major League Lacrosse team, sought out Southbridge Dentistry as their Official Team Dentists from 2014-2017. We celebrated their 2014 MLL Championship win and even hosted the Steinfeld Trophy in the office. We look forward to this exciting opportunity to work with the coaches and players of the Denver Outlaws.
Caring for athletes and their dental health is a passion of all the doctors at Southbridge Dentistry. Dr. Barker, Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Hoover are extremely fortunate to be associated with these outstanding organizations and can be found cheering the teams on at most games.