Meet Our Dentists


Dr. Poovey graduated from Boston University Dental School Magna cum Laude in 2001. He was voted by the administration as the #1 clinical graduating student. Dr. Poovey has a Diplomate with the International Congress in Oral Implantology, as well as a Mastership with the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics. He is affiliated with the ADA, AGD, and CDA. He is a family-focused dentist in Grand Junction, Colorado, that can provide comfort, convenience, and quality.





Arielle Garfinkle, DMD

Dr. Arielle Garfinkle, or Dr. Ari, graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency through New York University at Marillac Health in Grand Junction, Colorado. She is a member of the ADA and CDA and is the Solea Laser specialist at JP Dental and Implant Center.  As the Solea Laser specialist, Dr. Ari can provide certain dental services that are shot-free, drill-free, and with little discomfort.  Dr. Ari enjoys working with patients of all ages and providing them with a relaxing and  comfortable dental experience.

Meet Our Team

At JP Dental and Implant Center, we work hard to make our patients feel at home! We focus on putting your needs first for comprehensive, effective treatment. Each member of our dental team is highly trained and skilled, as well as energetic and friendly. We regularly attend continuing education courses and seminars to stay abreast of the latest in dental technology and advances. We invite you to contact our offices in Grand Junction, Colorado, to learn more about our dental team and our treatments. We are always happy to assist you!

Meet Karen Ryken: A native of Grand Junction and 4th generation of the Ligrani Family, Karen attended Northwestern Community College and earned her associate degree in dental hygiene (RDH) in 1983. She has worked as a dental hygienist for 28 years, and she has worked with Dr. Poovey for 9 years. Karen has been married to Steve Ryken for 28 years and is the mother of 2 children, Matthew and Stephanie. Her specialties include veneer care, periodontal care, prevention, comfort, and laser therapy. She is education-oriented and very experienced.


Meet Sandi Bittle: Sandi is a registered dental hygienist and she graduated from Colorado Northwestern Community College in 1991. She has worked with Dr. Poovey at JP Dental and Implant Center for over 9 years. Sandi is married, has 2 children, and lives on a farm in Loma, where she raises game birds for hunting, along with fallow deer and bighorn sheep. She enjoys reading, hunting, and anything outdoors, and she especially loves watching her son play football at GJHS and her daughter cheerlead.


Meet Jenny GardnerJenny works as a dental assistant at JP Dental and Implant Center. She has been working with Dr. Poovey since 2011. Jenny loves working with little kids and showing them that going to the dentist and getting their teeth cleaned can be fun! She loves comforting patients and helping them with any questions they might have. Jenny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, and she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. She loves coming home to her two beautiful Labrador retrievers.


Meet Rebecca Hayden: Rebecca has been a dental assistant since 2004, and she enjoys all aspects of the practice, especially concerning aesthetics in cosmetic dentistry. Rebecca is JP Dental and Implant Center’s CAD/CAM technician and is a certified dental designer with E4D® technologies. She has also completed Sirona’s advanced certification training course for in-lab technicians. Rebecca helps provide same-day dentistry with the latest techniques. Rebecca is a mother of two and she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family hiking and camping.