Meet The Dentist
Jessica Smith, DDS
Dr. Jessica knew she wanted to be a dentist when she got braces in high school. It opened her eyes to the dental field and the endless possibilities for helping others gain more confidence through a beautiful and healthy smile. In the beginning she didn't actually want to get braces because she'd heard from her friends how uncomfortable a mouth full of metal would be. But she quickly discovered that going to a cheerful dental office and being attended to by a skilled dentist/orthodontist was actually fun and interesting! Best of all were the results at the end! She felt more confidence immediately and enjoyed showing everyone her new smile. From then on her goal was to have a happy work environment and help others have more confidence in their smiles and dental health.
Dr. Jessica shows genuine care for her patients and provides quality dentistry. She graduated from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in 2009 and received the prestigious Wil Alexander Whole Person Care Award. This award is given to one graduating senior for caring for patients beyond just a set of teeth and exceeding the clinical and academic standards. Following graduation Dr. Jessica decided the best way to kick off her career was through volunteering. During Dental school she had gone on numerous mission trips serving her local community, Mexico, and Peru. An opportunity opened up in Nepal for two months and she and her husband, Kevin, jumped at the chance to travel the world and help others at the same time. They landed in Benepa, Nepal at the Sheer Memorial Hospital where Dr. Jessica helped in the dental clinic. To say it was an eye opening experience to actually live with the local Nepalese people for two months would be an understatement.
Upon returning to the United States she was drawn to coastal living and settled in San Diego, CA working in numerous dental offices. When a dental school classmate contacted her and said Anchorage, Alaska was in need of dentists she decided to investigate further. Her husband had actually lived in Alaska when he was a kid and was excited to check out his roots. Dr. Jessica was blessed to easily find an awesome dental office where she could be mentored by several talented dentists in a large group private practice with cutting edge technology. Seven years passed quickly being engrossed in her career and adding two children to the family. The long travel distance finally convinced her family to leave Anchorage and move closer to their extended family.
Dr. Jessica was ecstatic to move back to California. She and her husband Kevin, along with their two sons Corbin (age 4) and Alden (age 2) made their move to the lower 48 into a grand adventure. They explored the West Coast from Alaska to California on a four month road trip in their RV. They visited friends and family while deciding where to make their new home. In the end, the Central Coast of California was the one place that felt like home and they are thrilled to join the San Luis Obispo community. Kevin is a computer engineer and is excited to explore the local technology companies once the kids are settled in school. Patient care runs in Dr. Jessica’s family, her sister is a pediatrician in Southern California. Dr. Jessica has even helped out in her sister’s office performing laser surgery to correct infant lip and tongue ties to improve breastfeeding.
Dr. Jessica is excited about all the adventures her family will have in their new home with the biggest adventure of all being owning her first dental practice. Dr Jessica would love for you to check out her dental office and become part of the dental family if you aren't already a patient.