The Pruett family are the proprietors of Broadmoor Dental, the award-winning practice off South Nevada in the old Wachovia bank building, but there’s more to the Pruetts than white smiles and healthy teeth. Let us introduce you to the family behind the brick building. Meet the Pruetts: Nicolas, Trudi, and Adin, along with their Maltese, Scout (who you met in life in Broadmoor’s December 2017 “Precious Pets” column), and the newest addition to their family, a Bichon Frise rescue, Daisy Mae.
The son of a soldier, Nicolas has done his fair share of moving, as many of you in the Broadmoor community have. He was in born Fort Hood, Texas; raised in Kirkland, Washington; and has been stationed throughout Germany, France, and Virginia. Subsequent to his undergraduate studies at Seattle University and an MBA from Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Pruett achieved his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. Upon completing dental school, he spent 10 years in Oahu, Hawaii, where he opened and operated a number of dental group practices. The move from Hawaii to Colorado was somewhat happenstance. On yet another eternal flight from Hawaii to the “mainland,” Dr. Pruett sat next to a Colorado realtor. As chance may have it, the realtor had a few listings on hand. The math was simple: three times the property, for 1/3rd the cost, SAT test scores ranking top in the nation, more sunshine per year than Florida, clean air, mountain fresh water, and you can drive for hours in a straight line versus perpetually circumnavigating an island. The trade-offs were easy: skiing for surfing, brown trout for marlin, geckos for black bears... (maybe not so easy), and country music for Don Ho.
Like Nicolas, Trudi was also a military child. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland; stationed in Frankfurt, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and other various cities throughout the United States. Trudi, now retired, received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas State University, where she went on to teach a spectrum of grade levels throughout her 31-year career. Trudi’s move from Texas to Colorado was brought about by the eminent birth of her grandchild, Mac, who is, for the record, the “single coolest grandson one could possibly imagine.” Trudi’s grandson, Mac; her daughter, Alexandra; her son-in-law, Michael; and her son, Paxton, all ended up living in Denver. At that point, she knew something was drawing her to Colorado.
And then, upon this hiatus in her life, she met Nicolas. The two were in San Antonio at the time. Both happened to be spending their day at the River Walk… If you’ve been, then you know. There’s something about the River Walk… an aura… something like the canals of Venice. At least, there was in that moment when Nicolas and Trudi met. Quite simply, it was love at first sight.
So, while on her adventure to Denver, Nicolas ran interception, capturing Trudi mid-move, sweeping her off of her feet, and landing her in Colorado Springs where she has lived happily ever after since. Like Nicolas’s trade-offs, Trudi’s were easy: rolling hills for grandiose mountains, rattlesnakes for mountain lions… (eh, pretty much an even trade), and country music for… well, country music.
Nicolas is the cosmetic and reconstructive dentist at Broadmoor Dental; Trudi serves as the treatment coordinator there. They take a lot of pride in their practice, having won “Best Dental Practice in Colorado Springs” for over a decade. Their slogan, “Smile Like A Movie Star,” is a perfect testament to their practice, as well as the people behind it.
When Nicolas and Trudi aren’t stepping on Mac’s legos, they enjoy traveling, supporting the Colorado Springs Conservatory, traveling, their church--the Fellowship of the Rockies, travelling, laughing with their patients, hiking the hills above their Broadmoor home, cheering on their son, Adin, the goalie for CMHS’s lacrosse team, listening to the lions roar while being fed… (their cage is 100 yards from their back porch!), and the two of them talking, laughing, and smiling at each other. Oh, and did they mention travelling?
The Pruett’s favorite restaurants include Carlos Bistro, the Famous, the Epicurian at the Broadmoor, and a recent addition is Little Nepal on 8th street; P.S.: kids like Indian food!
Their favorite sport is lacrosse, specifically at CMHS as their son, Adin, is a goalie there. The perk of having your favorite player be a goalie is that he’s always easy to find on the field!
Aside from lacrosse, Adin works during the summer at Broadmoor Dental as a chair-side assistant and has done so for the past few summers. In 2013, at the age of 12, Adin received the prestigious “Mountain Mover Award” from the Fort Carson command staff. Further, Adin attained recognition as a national hero for saving a drowning soldier’s life at 11 Mile Reservoir. Sargent Patton, who now is stationed in Germany, communicates with Adin often and has become a motivating factor in his life.
Like so many members of the Colorado Springs community, Nicolas and Trudi’s are in support of several sponsorships and supporting events, from The Fur Ball, to Heart Associations, to church events, women’s support groups, and several others in focus of Fort Carson soldiers and families. A standout for them is the Colorado Springs Conservatory. If you aren’t familiar with the program, you can learn more at coloradospringsconservatory.org
For Nicolas and Trudi, living in Colorado Springs is simply beautiful from so many perspectives: great neighbors, great schools, great businesses, a place where the community is big enough to make an impact, yet still small enough where an individual can make an impact for the community.