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Meet the Team

Dr. Taylor Gordon

ANESTHESIOLOGIST

Dr. Gordon was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied biology and obtained his undergraduate degree with honors in 2011.  He went on to attend dental school at the Ohio State University, where he graduated with honors in 2015.  Dr. Gordon began his pursuit of training in anesthesiology after discovering that he could combine his dental training with his aptitude for medicine, pharmacology, and physiology.

Dr. Gordon completed a three-year residency in dental anesthesiology within the top-ranked University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  During his training, Dr. Gordon completed rotations in internal medicine, critical care medicine, cardiology, and pediatric emergency medicine.  He also provided anesthesia for a wide variety of surgical procedures and specialties including general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, plastic surgery, trauma, orthopedics, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, vascular surgery, ENT, maxillofacial surgery, and more.

One of the greatest advantages to his training was the time spent specifically with dental patients in an office-based setting, where he treated patients of all ages and health statuses.  The University of Pittsburgh is home to the Center for Patients with Special Needs, where Dr. Gordon treated hundreds of patients who were either turned away by or unable to cooperate with treatment at traditional dental practices and children’s hospitals.  Some of the most rewarding work in Dr. Gordon’s career involves providing access to care for patients with special needs as well as to children, who are often pre-cooperative or afraid of dental treatment.

After completing his training in anesthesiology, Dr. Gordon moved across the country to Denver, CO to join Dr. Moezzi and Dr. Van Hilsen in practice to provide a full range of safe, office-based anesthesiology services to dental patients of all ages and levels of cooperation.  When he is not working, Dr. Gordon enjoys road cycling, playing ice hockey, and spending time outdoors.

You can email Dr. Gordon at:
tgordon@altitudeanesthesia.com


Dr. Shaheen Moezzi

ANESTHESIOLOGIST

Dr. Moezzi is originally from Las Vegas, NV. After high school, he attended
the University of Nevada Reno majoring in Economics. During college he
was fortunate enough to study abroad in Costa Rica for a semester. While
there, he was able to learn conversational Spanish, which has proven
useful when communicating with patients. Dr. Moezzi received his dental
degree from the University of Southern California in 2011 before
completing a three-year Residency in Oral/Maxillofacial Anesthesiology at
The Ohio State University. After residency, he stayed on as a full-time
Anesthesia Attending Faculty until 2014 when he relocated to Denver to
work in private practice limited to providing Anesthesia services for dentists and dental specialists. Dr. Moezzi is currently a part-time Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where he enjoys working with the residents and students. Additionally, Dr. Moezzi remains active in organized dentistry and serves as the Chair of the Colorado Dental Association’s New Dentist Committee. Dr. Moezzi is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology.

You can email Dr. Moezzi at:
smoezzi@altitudeanesthesia.com


Dr. Zachary Van Hilsen

ANESTHESIOLOGIST/PEDIATRIC DENTIST

Dr. Van Hilsen grew up in Phoeniz, AZ, and moved to Colorado to attend Colorado College, where he studied math and physics. Following his undergraduate education, he attended the University of Pacific School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS degree and achieved the honors of being named to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. Dr. Van Hilsen was originally drawn to dentistry by his desire to improve the healthcare of others, but his experience in dental school brought out a passion for treating children and adults with barriers to care, such as those with special needs. Dr. Van Hilsen went on to pursue a residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota, followed by an anesthesiology residency at The Ohio State University. Dr. Van Hilsen returned to the state of Colorado in 2016 to begin private practice in anesthesiology and pediatric dentistry. His unique training sets him apart, as only a handful of doctors in the country are dual trained in pediatric dentistry and dental anesthesiology and he is the only dual specialist with such background in the entire state of Colorado. He brings great passion to his work and hopes that he may improve access to dental care for those who benefit from the anxiety relief and pain control provided by sedation and general anesthesia.

You can email Dr. Van Hilsen at:
zvanhilsen@altitudeanesthesia.com


Claudia Merjil

OFFICE MANAGER

Claudia works at Altitude Anesthesia in Denver, CO

Claudia was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso before moving to Colorado. She has worked in the dental field since 2003. Claudia loves spending time with her two kids Aaron and Aiza.

You can email Claudia at:
cmerjil@altitudeanesthesia.com