Monday, September 01, 2014

Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen

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ENDODONTIST

Dental School: University of Missouri, Kansas City (DDS); University of Minnesota (M.S. in Endodontics)

Years in Practice: I have been practicing as an endodontist since 1999. I have been in the dental profession since 1982.

What attracted you to endodontics? I worked the emergency chair in dental school and took great satisfaction in getting people out of pain.

What distinguishes your practice from others?
We invest constantly in new technology, which allows our staff to focus more on patient comfort and care. Staff can then spend less time with repetitive tasks and more time listening to our patients.

Besides brushing and flossing, what should people do to keep their teeth healthy and looking great?
Regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments. Also, a good, healthy and well-balanced diet along with a regular exercise program all contribute to great oral health.

What charitable organizations do you work with, and why?
I have volunteered for various dental charities ever since I began my dental career. I currently work with the Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy (AzMOM). I am a founding board member for the Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation and serve as event director for AzMOM (azmom.org). I have volunteered for MOM events in five other states and saw how desperately Arizona needed to have events like this for the underserved in our community.

What was your proudest moment as a dentist?
In December 2012, the inaugural AzMOM was held at the State Fairgrounds – 1,659 patients were given $1.285 million worth of free dental care. This was the largest charitable dental event ever held in Arizona.

When you're not working, what do you like to do?
Reading, music, gardening and spending time with my family.

Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen
6520 N. 7th Ave., Ste. 7, Phoenix
602-242-4745, drallenendo.com