Medical Matrimony: Sandi and Scott Eivins
Sandi Eivans, Md., and Scott Eivins, DDS, were young medical students at the University of Iowa when they met during a histology class. Deep into a late night study session, the two made plans to attend the Rose Bowl together in California over Christmas break, and as Sandi says, “we’ve been together ever since.”
A board certified doctor of dermatology and pediatrics, Sandi, 51, is the owner and operator of the Dermatology and Laser Center of Steamboat Springs and Aesthetica Medical Spa, while her husband Scott, 55, owns the Dental Center of Steamboat Springs. Up until Scott’s recent move to a new office on Pine Grove Road, the two spent 16 years in adjacent offices in the medical office building connected to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
The two businesses were started from scratch after the Eivinses moved to Steamboat Springs in 1998 with baby Paige, now 18 and a recent Steamboat Mountain School graduate, in tow. The couple adopted a second daughter, now 12-year-old Piper, from China when she was 10 months old.
“Scott wanted to move here for the outdoor lifestyle, the powder and a great place to practice. I wanted a place to raise the girls in a safe, community-minded town where I could be successful,” Sandi says. “Steamboat fit the bill for both of us.”
With two kids and demanding professions, the Eivinses say it’s difficult to find time for everything but easy to separate business from family at the end of long day.
“When we come home, our focus switches to family,” Scott says. “We almost always have supper together so we can catch up on each other’s day. That time together is really important at our house.”
The couple has developed an appreciation for practicing in small-town Steamboat, where parents, siblings and even the neighbor kids might tag along to an appointment and where patients haven’t always taken off their ski boots before sitting in the dental chair.
Sandi fondly remembers one dry, snowy February morning when a patient with an open dermatology wound disappeared from the waiting area between procedures.
“After about 30 minutes he came back, sheepishly, still wet from the powder,” Sandi says. “Only in Steamboat would a patient leave in the middle of surgery to go skiing.”
Scott remembers the first powder day the couple had after opening their practices.
“We looked at each other and said, ‘What happened to our schedule?’” says Scott, who realized back then they hadn’t a clue what it meant to be a local.
More than 16 years later, the Eivinses still aren’t sure if they qualify as locals yet, but they’ll continue trying while building on their successful practices, always working, says ever-the-dentist Scott, “by the skin of our teeth.”
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