Reno NV Dentist | Dr. Michael Atencio

Meet Reno, NV, Dentist, Dr. Michael Atencio

reno nv dentist dr michael atencioOur Founder – Dr. Michael Atencio, DDS

Well, it was thanks to a childhood bicycle accident back in the Summer of 1974 that I started on my journey to becoming a dentist.

I was having a bike race with my younger brother Pat around the basketball courts at Longs Peak Jr. High School. I was so intent on beating him that I was digging the pedals as hard as my legs could go with the handlebars going back and forth as they do when you are trying to pedal fast. All of a sudden the handlebars came loose and in a flash, the front wheel turned 90 degrees and I went flying face first on to the pavement.

There was blood, broken teeth, crying and lots of pain. When my brother and I made it home, my dad called our dentist but to no avail. It was after hours and no one answered. My dad was finally able to get a hold of a dentist, Dr. Fred Coats, who agreed to meet us after hours.

Even though I was in extreme pain, I was scared to go see the dentist. I just knew that more pain was to come. My memory is kind of blurry but I do remember that Dr. Coats made quite an impression on me with his gentleness and compassion. He stitched my lips, fixed my front teeth and, most importantly, got me out of pain. He even called to check on me that night and the next day.

It was that accident and Dr. Coats’ handling of my care that made me want to become a dentist. He took a scared little boy in lots of pain and gave me a smile again.

From that summer on, anytime anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would answer…a dentist. And I never wavered.

So, after I graduated from Longmont High School nine years later in 1983, I went on to Colorado State University and entered their Pre-Dental Program. After finishing at Colorado State University, I was lucky enough to be accepted by a number of top Dental schools.

I selected the University of Nebraska Dental School and graduated with my DDS in 1991.

The University of Nebraska was a life-changing choice for me. Not only did I accomplish my childhood dream of becoming a dentist but It was at the University of Nebraska that also met my future wife, Christy.

Christy is a Reno native but was attending the University of Nebraska training to be a Dental Hygienist. She graduated in 1990 and we were married a couple of months after her graduation.

After I graduated the following year in May of 1991, we decided to move to Reno. It was a great choice.

Not only is it a great community with so many great activities but I also was able to practice side by side with Christy’s Father, Dr. Gary Toogood. Dr. Toogood was and is an excellent dentist who still practices dentistry today in Las Vegas at 80 years old. He has been my best mentor since I graduated.

Christy and I have 3 children, a son Cole born in 1991 and twin girls, Sydney and Skylar, born in 1995.

I love my job and I will be doing it for a long time. But more than the job… I love my patients. I am always honored that they have selected me among their many choices to be their dentist.

I don’t take this trust for granted and I will always work to give them the best.

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Meet Our Reno, NV, Dentist – Schedule Your New Patient Appointment Today!

To learn more about our 5-star-rated dental care, schedule your Atencio Dentistry New Patient Exam today by calling 775-829-8684 or by clicking here. Your appointment includes a thorough exam by Dr. Atencio, digital x-rays, and an in-depth consultation. Depending on your specific needs, you may even be able to begin treatment on the same day as your initial exam. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment – we can’t wait to meet you!

As one of the premier dental practices in Reno, NV, Dr. Atencio and his team at Atencio Dentistry also provide 5-star-rated dental care to patients in Sparks and Carson City, NV, and surrounding areas.

Your 5-Star-Rated & New Favorite Dentist in Northern Nevada

Been to my fair share of dentists all along the east coast. Dr Atencio is top shelf and his staff are fabulous. All professional and know what they are doing. Great friendly personalities . Christina is a master dealing with insurance companies. We highly recommend Atencio Dentistry.

- Warren B. warren b 5 star review

I was nervous to see a new doctor especially since I didn’t have the best experience at my last place but was surprised Everyone was very friendly and efficient. I felt comfortable and well taken care of. They took the time to explain what they were going to do and not get you in and rush you out. Very nice.

- Abilene R. abilene r 5 star review

I've been going to Dr. Atencio's office for several years and they've always done a great job. I'm so thankful for the care and advise I get from Mike, Laurie, and team. The staff are phenomenal. I can't say enough great things about them!

- J. Parel j parel 5 star review

So grateful to the Doctor and his staff fitting me in with dental emergency, especially a new patient. Staff competent, friendly, and efficient. Recommend highly.

- Kathleen A. kathleen a 5 star review

Very warm and genuine staff; very impressed!! Mike Atencio will definitely make you feel welcomed and at home. High level of professionalism and warmth!

- Julius W. julius w 5 star review

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Atencio Dentistry. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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Our Reno, NV
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3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
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Our Reno, NV
Dental Office
3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 4PM

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