Meet our Team

Our Doctors

Dr. Ronald J. Ragulsky, DDS

o Dr. Ron is a Pueblo native. He is a graduate from the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU at Pueblo) and a 1981 graduate from the University of Colorado-School of Dentistry. He has provided family and general dental care in Pueblo for over 33 years. Dr. Ron is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, and the Southeastern Colorado Dental Society serving as its President for 1999 to 2000. He taught Periodontal Therapy at Pueblo Community College-Dental Hygiene School for ten years and was a part-time clinical dentist at the Colorado Health Institute-Pueblo for thirteen years. He has been a mentor to hundreds of students and dental professionals over the years.

o Dr. Ron provides all disciplines of dental care to his patients, with special interests in family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. Throughout his entire career, he has provided care to the mentally challenged working with Bluesky Colorado. He has donated his services as a volunteer for Dental Lifeline- Colorado and the Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM), helping people with disabilities, the elderly, medically fragile, and/or those who cannot afford dental care. Dr. Ron has provided care for indigent children, working as a Medicaid dentist for 34 years. He has received several awards and recognitions from many professional and community organizations.

o Dr. Ron has served on numerous dental advisory and community boards. Currently, he is a board member on the Diocese of Pueblo Catholic Foundation. Dr. Ron is active in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight from 2010 to 2012. He has been involved with the Pueblo Youth Hockey Association serving on their executive board and acting as the On-ice Director for two years.

o Dr. Ron has been married to Daryl Marie for 34 years and they have three grown children; John, Annie, and Greg. His hobbies include fly fishing, small game hunting, golfing, water skiing, swimming, and spending time with his family.


Dr. Gregory A. Ragulsky, DDS

o Dr. Greg is a Pueblo native. After attending South High School, he attended the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for his pre-doctoral studies. There he served as President of the National Society of Leadership and Success. After only three years at UCCS, Dr. Greg took an early acceptance offer into the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program at the University of Oklahoma - College of Dentistry. Dr. Greg graduated from the OU College of Dentistry in May 2014 and returned to Pueblo to begin private practice with his father. Greg is a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, and the Southern Colorado Dental Society.

o Dr. Greg provides all disciplines of dental care with special interests in family, cosmetic, and children's dental care. He has provided dentistry as a volunteer for the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy providing care to patients who are unable to afford proper dental care. He has also volunteered at weekly Good Shepard Ministries Clinics providing tooth extractions for people in great need of this service. Additionally, he has provided dental care at the Choctaw and Chickasaw Tribal Healthcare facilities in Oklahoma. As a Medicaid dentist, Dr. Greg provides all types of dental services for indigent children and adults.

o Dr. Greg's hobbies include golfing, fishing, hunting, weight lifting, and ice hockey. He has played organized ice hockey (even playing in Europe) since he was 4 years old. He currently plays in a men's hockey league. Dr. Greg is extremely excited to be back in Pueblo to provide dental care for people in his hometown. We welcome him home!


Our Dental Hygienists

Celina Martinez, RDH

Celina has been practicing as a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 20 years. Celina's warm personality and professionalism truly welcomes her patients. Outside of work, Celina is busy as the director of a professional Mexican folk dance company. Her group has performed in Europe and even for the Obamas' and Bidens'. Celina has two grown boys, Daniel and Timmy, and a grand-daughter Audrianna.



Kari Rodriguez, RDH

Kari is a graduate from Pueblo Community College Dental Hygiene School. She began her career as a dental hygienist with Dr. Ragulsky 25 years ago. She now provides dental hygiene care part time in our office. Her professional resilience is equal to her warm personality.

Kari enjoys traveling, scrap booking, and watching her two sons, Mitchell and Marcus, play soccer and golf. She and Pat have been married for 24 years.


Ruth Leiba, RDH

Ruth Leiba graduated from Pueblo Community College in 2004 with a degree in Dental Hygiene. Ruth's career has brought her throughout Colorado and New Mexico to practice dental hygiene. Being very thorough, Ruth has developed a strong regiment to deliver periodontal therapy. Ruth is a Pueblo native and a graduate from Central High School. With 12 years of dental hygiene experience, Ruth's patients are sure to receive the best hygiene care and treatment.


Our Front Desk Team

Angie Guerra

Angie began working in our office as a dental assistant trainee from Pikes Peak Community College in 2004. It did not take long for us to recognize that Angie has excellent front & back-office clinical skills. She can assist our patients with scheduling, insurance benefit coordination, as well as chairside assisting for our doctors.

Angie enjoys spending time with her family, big game hunting, & camping. She has been married to Nick for six years. They have two sons, Nico & Gavin.


LeAnn Hall

LeAnn has been working in the dental field for over 25 years! Our team at Sandalwood Dental is very fortunate that she has the unique skill set that makes her a specialist in terms of insurance/billing. Additionally, LeAnn's ability to multitask allows her to schedule appointments and coordinate patient benefits. She is originally from South Dakota but currently lives in Canon City. Prior to her joining the dental field, LeAnn studied psychology at the University of Northern Colorado.

LeAnn has one daughter, Brooklyn. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. With a friendly personality, LeAnn is always willing to answer any questions you may have!



Our Dental Assistant Team

Angela Gomez

Angela joined our team in 2003. She is approaching the 30 year milestone as a dental assistant. Angela's excellent people and assisting skills are second to none. Angela's calming personality often results in transforming a fearful patient into a relaxed recipient of dental care.

Angela has been married to Glenn for 23 years. Her interests include baking, gardening, movie watching, and her pet terrier, Sophie.


Christy Verhine

Christy has worked as a dental assistant for over 15 years. She moved from Tennessee and joined our team three years ago. In addition to being a great dental assistant, Christy demonstrates wonderful, comforting chair-side skills. Her Southern upbringing contributes to her welcoming interaction with patients.

Christy enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and shopping. She is married to Tim and has three children, Abbey, Andrew, and Anthony.


Sherina Butero

Sherina began her assisting career in 2012 soon after graduating from Intellitec College. After assisting in several specialty offices, Sherina found her dental home at our practice beginning here in November of 2015. Sherina's calm demeanor and dedication to her job ensure a pleasant visit for all patients she encounters.

When Sherina is not helping the team at our office, she can be found spending time with family, fishing, camping, and playing with her two Labrador Retrievers. She was recently married to her high school sweetheart, Dominic!