Dr. Rich Dawson
Restaurant: Cafe Monarch
Vacation: South Africa
Dr. Richard Dawson, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, has firmly established his roots in Phoenix, Arizona, as the co-founder of Smile Science Dental Spa alongside his partner, John Turke, DMD, since February of 2023. With an undergraduate background in Cello Performance from the University of Utah, Dr. Dawson’s journey into dentistry led him to Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, AZ, where he earned his DMD. His transition from the melodies of music to the precision of dentistry reflects his diverse talents and dedication to his craft.
In Phoenix, Dr. Dawson has dedicated himself to providing a level of care that transcends the often impersonal approach found in corporate dental practices. At Smile Science Dental Spa, patients are welcomed into a family-like atmosphere, assured of receiving personalized and compassionate care. This commitment stems from Dr. Dawson’s passion for transformative dental procedures, particularly those involving dental implants, which rank among his specialties.
Dr. Dawson’s pursuit of excellence is evident in his continuous educational endeavors. He averages 150 CE hours each year, boasting advanced training in dental implants, full arch surgery, and prosthesis through Implant Pathway in Tempe, AZ. His expertise is further broadened by certifications in photogrammetry, digital restoration, CAD/CAM design, orthodontics (including a continuum through the American Orthodontic Society and Invisalign certification), and proficiency in both hard and soft tissue lasers via the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Additionally, Dr. Dawson has expanded his skill set to include toxin therapy and dermal fillers, enhancing his ability to offer comprehensive aesthetic and functional dental solutions. He is also certified to provide oral conscious moderate sedation in the state of Arizona, ensuring patient comfort and safety during complex procedures.
Outside of his professional life, Dr. Dawson is deeply devoted to his family, including his wife, an accomplished orthopedic hand surgeon, their daughter, and their pets, Joey and Cecilia (Cece). They find joy in traveling and embarking on new adventures, enriching their family bond.
Dr. Dawson’s multifaceted expertise and commitment to patient care make him a distinguished figure in dentistry. At Smile Science Dental Spa, he not only revitalizes smiles with cutting-edge treatments but also ensures a welcoming, family-oriented environment where every patient feels valued and cared for.