Mary Purinsh, DDS

Colorado Springs

Honors Graduate
Coronado HS

Bachlors of Arts
Honors Graduate
Magna Cum Laude
University of Northern Colorado, 1975

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
University of Iowa

Regis University

Dr. Mary Purinsh, Dentist and Owner
Westside Family Dentistry, PC


Dr. Mary Purinsh practices dentistry on Colorado Springs' Westside side and has been providing dentistry to families since 1980.  Dr. Purinsh was the second woman dentist to to be admitted to the Colorado Springs Dental Society.  Her first office was at 2501 W. Colorado Avenue in Old Colorado City in the Old Town Plaza Building.

Her present office is located at 1330 West Colorado Avenue on the northeast corner of 14th Street and West Colorado Avenue.  In 1968, this building was originally constructed to be a 7-Eleven convenience store.  Then in 1983, Planned Parenthood had the building remodeled to serve as their Westside clinic.  Planned Parenthood moved in 2008 to their Centennial Avenue location and the building sat vacant for three years. 

Dr. Mary is a Colorado Springs native.  She was born at the old St. Francis Hospital on E. Pikes Peak Avenue.  She attended school at Buena Vista, West Junior High, and graduated from Coronado High school in 1971.  She graduated with a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, Magna Cum Laude and honors, in chemistry and a minor in biology in 1975. 

She completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Iowa in 1979.  She completed externship experience at the University of Iowa Hospitals and the State Psychiatric Hospital.

In Colorado Springs, Dr. Mary has served on many community boards, such as:  Head Start, Community Health Center, Catholic Community Services, and CS Center on Deafness.  She has been a state representative several times to the Colorado Dental Association annual session.  She served on the Colorado Springs Dental Society Board of Directors for five years and then as President of the Colorado Springs Dental Society in 2002. During that time she helped design and develop the CSDS website and wrote the section on dental history.  Locally, she volunteered as a classroom assistant for District 11 ESL classes and served on the Old Colorado City Security and Maintenance District Board for three years.
Dr. Purinsh has been married to Gene McHugh for over 40 years.  The two met while at Coronado High School.  Dr. Gene grew up in the Westside Holland Park neighborhood of Colorado Springs 

Gene is a private practice audiologist ( His office is located in the west part of the same building as Dr. Purinsh. 
Dr. Mary enjoys watercolor and acrylic painting, gardening, hiking mountain trails with her dog, and brewing beer (for her husband and friends to consume).

Mary and Gene have a second home near the old Cuchara Mountain Resort by La Veta, Colorado where they go most weekends. 

Here is Mary with their dog, Gus, who is a CS Humane Society rescue Lab-German Shepherd mix they adopted in 2016.