DENTAL ASSOCIATES WEST
Dental Associates has been committed to providing quality dental care for the greater Des Moines region for over 45 years and counting. This location is the foundation on which our network of exceptional dentists have come together to give our patients the care they deserve.
Dental Associates West is conveniently located just off I- 235 near Unity Pointe Health Blank Children’s STAR Center. From routine examinations and cleanings, to Invisalign and implant restorations, Dental Associates West ensures the whole family receives the pinnacle of dental care.
As a well-known Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Iowa Hawkeye fan, Dr. Benjamin Nagel is always ready for a great game day conversation about his teams. His love of sports translates over to his family as well with three sports minded daughters and taking the time to assist with coaching their teams.
Dr. Nagel grew up in the Urbandale area and attended high school at Dowling Catholic. After graduating from Drake University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology, he transferred to the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. His career path has included serving as Dental Director for the Des Moines Health Center, a private not-for-profit community health center and as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. In 2014, Dr. Nagel joined Dental Associates. PC.
Staying up to date with dental procedures, patient education and new technology is a priority for Dr. Nagel. His practice in general and cosmetic dentistry focuses on utilizing the latest technology such as Cerec, a digital dentistry product, and frequently referred to as “Same Day Dentistry”. He is a member of the Iowa Dental Association, American Dental Association, and served as past president of the Des Moines District Dental Society.
A day of golf, reading or spending time with his family and friends is where you will find him when not treating his patients. Dr. Nagel, his wife, Kori, and three daughters are all active members of the St. Pius X Catholic Church.
A West Des Moines native, Dr. Brett Barber stayed close to home graduating from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1992 before completing a General Practice Residency at Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, IL.
Providing quality dental care for the entire family for years in private practice in Illinois, Dr. Baber is extremely delighted to continue practicing general dentistry at Dental Associates after joining their team in 2019. Dr. Barber has over 30 years of dentistry experience in general dentistry while specializing in implant restoration.
Dentistry is constantly changing. The exciting technological advances have made dentistry more fascinating each and every day, from same day dentistry (CEREC technology), to 3-D cone beam imagery guiding implant placement and restorations, Dr. Barber loves the diversity of treatments dentistry can provide. Some of the most enjoyable aspects of dentistry are the incredible relationships which are forged with his patients. Dr. Barber strives to build relationships in order to recognize their wants and needs to continuously provide quality dentistry.
Outside the office, one may find Dr. Barber spending time with his wife, Kimberly, taking in the sounds of a great musician, sneaking in a round or two of golf with his dad or spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. John Biegert completed his undergraduate and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa before joining Dental Associates in 2020.
A proud member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Des Moines District Dental Society, and the Iowa Dental Association, Dr. Biegert has also enjoyed dedicating his time and skills to the Iowa Mission of Mercy.
Dr. Biegert’s extensive training continues, specializing in utilizing the latest technology such as Cerec, a digital dentistry product, and frequently referred to as “Same Day Dentistry, 3-D Imagery, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry restoring smiles on the mission to promote optimum health and provide high-quality dental care.
Dr. Biegert and his wife, Erin, have welcomed three children into their family, Rose, Alice and Beau. When he’s not sneaking a scoop or two of ice cream in the middle of the night, Dr. Biegert and his family are always on the move. Soaking up the summer sun, trips to the zoo, tennis matches and attempting to bring back the roller blading trend, are a few ways you’ll find Dr. Biegert spending his time outside the office.
“Your smile is your logo. It tells people who you are. The first thing I look at when I meet a person is their smile. The greatest joy I get from dentistry is helping my patients get the smile that they have always wanted.”
An unfortunate accident of breaking a front tooth at an early age lent itself to Dr. Kenton Gleichman becoming fascinated with the dental profession. Today he celebrates over 38 years of practicing at Dental Associates, PC.
Practicing family dentistry is just a small part of the dental services provided by Dr. Gleichman. Specializing in cosmetic and smile enhancement,Invisalign, implant restorations and soft tissue laser use for frenectomies or gingival overgrowth/contouring are just a few of the oral health services offered to his patients.
Involvement in the G.V. Black Dental Study Club includes participating in community dental education. Additional memberships in the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, and the Des Moines District Dental Society provide networking and sharing of best practices along with his dental professional peers.
Dr. Gleichman is an active community leader. He has been a member of the Contributors Breakfast Club, raising and donating over $500,000 to children’s charities in the Des Moines Area. Traveling on a mission trip to Mexico was a humanitarian mission that he lists as one of his most memorable experiences
His partner and wife Cathy, have been married for over 40 years and are the proud parents of three daughters, Anna lives in the Twin Cities working as a nurse in the NICU. Allison and her husband live in West Des Moines and Christina, practices dentistry in Urbandale. They are proud members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Traveling, snow skiing, playing golf, and just having a great time with his family, especially his 5 grandchildren, and friends are just a few of the activities you will find Dr. Gleichman enjoying outside of his dental practice.
Originally from Ohio, Dr.Steve Karbacka’s family moved to Fairfield, Iowa while he was in first grade. After graduating from Fairfield High School, Dr. Karbacka attended the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a degree in Biology. A 2003 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Dr. Karbacka completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before entering a general dentistry practice in Ankeny. He joined Dental Associates, PC in 2010 providing general dentistry for the whole family.
Dr. Karbacka is a member of the American Dental Association, Iowa Dental Association, G.V. Black Study Club and Des Moines Dental District. Active association participation provides not only an excellent opportunity to network with fellow dental professionals, but it also offers continued education in the ever changing world of dentistry. A compassion for providing dental care for children across the state of Iowa has kept Dr. Karbacka busy each fall as he has volunteered with the Iowa Mission of Mercy.
Dr. Karbacka and his wife, Patty, have two sons and are members of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny. When not coaching his boys’ athletic teams, you will find Dr. Karbacka golfing, riding his bike (RAGBRAI is one of his favorite events), reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Tom Small began his dental career with Dental Associates in 2000 upon graduating from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. Furthering his education, Dr. Small completed a Hospital Dentistry-General Practice Residency program preparing him to provide a wide range of comprehensive dental services.
Dental Associates’ reputation as a respected group of dentists and Dr. Small’s alignment with their mission to promote optimum health while providing high-quality dental care made joining Dental Associates an easy decision for Dr. Small following his residency.
Practicing comprehensive and general dentistry allows Dr. Small to offer a variety of dental services for the families of the greater Des Moines area. His many hours of yearly continuing education and membership with G.V. Black Dental Study Club have kept him up-to-date and skilled in many facets of dentistry, ensuring every family member continues to receive high-quality dental care at all ages.
Dr. Tom Small’s passion for dentistry has transitioned into a management role at Dental Associates, which allows him to focus on helping our partner dentists and clinics continue to partner with our patients on the quest to achieve optimum health while receiving high-quality dental care.
Dr. Small and his wife, Jaimee share two amazing daughters who keep them active. Outside of the office, you might find Dr. Small at a softball field, at a swim meet, hunting, fishing, watching his girls perform with the Heartland Youth Choir or maybe, just maybe you might find him swinging a golf club on one of the beautiful courses our Des Moines area has to offer.
At Dental Associates West, we provide a range of family dentistry services. Our dentists come from a range of backgrounds and specializations, so you can rest assured knowing you are in good hands with us. We believe preventive dental care is of utmost importance, so we work with you to help you care for your teeth and prevent any substantial dental work. However, our team can also offer reconstructive work when necessary. This includes same-day dental crowns and other fillings when appropriate. However, as mentioned above, our aim is to help you prevent work like dental crowns.