Norco Family Dental

Meet the Team at Norco Family Dental

Have you ever been somewhere where you felt like a fish out of water? Perhaps you didn’t know anybody or didn’t know what you were supposed to do and felt lost?

It’s a crummy feeling and one we’ve all felt and hate. But if there’s one thing that makes Norco Family Dental different than the rest, it’s making you feel comfortable – and we know that begins with our team.

We care for each person who walks through our door. And while you might ask yourself how it’s possible to care for each and every person, we believe the answer is because we take the time to get to know you! Each patient has a history, and we know that if one just takes the time to get to know someone, it’s easy to care! 

But in addition to the above, the staff and doctors at Norco Family Dental have decades of experience in the dental field. They take each moment as a learning experience and strive to do better every patient, every day. 

To us, your dental experience begins the minute you walk in the door. From your check-in at the front desk to the hygienist and from the dental assistant to the doctor, we promise to get to know you, take good care of you, and make you feel at home. 

Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington – A Unique Friendship

Drs. Stewart and Buffington are unique partners. How so? Because they’ve been best friends and basically inseparable since they were 13 years old.

It all began with a race in PE class. Each thought he was “faster” than the other. But a foot race quickly turned into a fast friendship and one that has endured the test of time.

These two are unique in the sense that while they were teenagers, they were planning a way to work together as adults. Little did they know they would both go the University of Louisville dental school and become dentists and realize their dream in Northern Colorado.

Another interesting tidbit? The name “Norco Family Dental” doesn’t just come out of nowhere. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Buffington actually grew up in “Norco” California, a small horse town in the middle of the great hustle and bustle of Southern California.

Dr. BJ Stewart

The first thing you should learn about Dr. Stewart is that he truly cares about people. And that he’s a goofball. Put those two things together and you’ve got a doc who will make you laugh at the same time that you feel like the dentist “isn’t so bad after all.” Talk with him for a few minutes and you’ll see what we mean.

You already know where he grew up (see above), but you should know that he did his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University and his dental education at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. And that he has a wonderful wife and four wonderful children (none of whom want to grow up and be a dentist at this point).

Dr. Stewart loves everything Apple. He’s addicted to Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. He loves being with his family (all 26 of them) who all live in town, and he loves movies, the Los Angeles Angels, and Pringles.

Dr. Shawn Buffington

Stephanie Schleiger

Office Manager

Lisa Wilson

Front Office

Kristin Stephens

Dental Assistant

Michelle Dirks

Dental Assistant

Mara Ontiveros

Dental Assistant

Ally Cordova

Dental Assistant

Nicole Garcia


Nicole is an 11 year veteran with the practice (and dental hygiene) and absolutely loves helping people love their smiles. You wouldn’t know it unless you asked, but if she’s not cutting a rug on the dance floor (trust us, we’ve seen it), then she’s conning people into playing pool with her. Seriously though, she loves pool, plays in competitive leagues multiple times each year and just loves having a good time with whoever wants to play.  

Her love of the Broncos and her rivalry with Dr. Buffington’s Chiefs result in some pretty interesting Mondays. You might see her wearing a Chiefs jersey or you might notice Dr. Buffington wearing a Broncos jersey. Either way, Nicoles makes each day awesome!

A Healthy smile is just a click away.