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leading with a smile
Story by Audrey Hanes; photography by Amy Long

As the current chair of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry, Jonesboro dentist Dr. John Rowe is passionate about promoting and providing the highest level of cosmetic dentistry possible, both at a national level and in his own backyard.

Rowe currently specializes in cosmetic dentistry, which blends his educational background in both art and dentistry; he earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., before going on to earn his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2000. That same year, Rowe, along with his wife and
dental partner, Dr. Kristy Rowe, entered the practice of his father and mentor, Dr. William “Bill” Rowe Sr.

During his time in Atlanta, Rowe began to refine and focus his education, studying under a number of prominent cosmetic and reconstructive dentists. The couple then moved their practice to Jonesboro, opening Rowe and Rowe Smile Studio PA in 2003.

“The Jonesboro community has been awesome,” said Rowe, who also has extensive post-graduate training in cosmetic dentistry with an emphasis on smile design and veneers, cosmetic bonding, dental implants and cosmetic dentures. “I feel like we fulfilled a niche that was not previously served. It’s been wonderful – a great community.

The opportunity to practice excellence anywhere is a privilege. I think an excellence in dentistry is a blessing no matter where you go.” That passion for furthering excellence in dentistry is the reason that both Rowes initially got involved with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) 14 years ago. As he made more contacts and friends in the national organization, Rowe realized he wanted to further his involvement in a leadership capacity.

He began as an examiner in the accreditation process and is now running for a second term as the chair of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry (ABCD), which is responsible for the credentialing part of the academy.

“The American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry is committed to upholding the standards of the highest levels of the clinical practice of cosmetic dentistry,” said Rowe, who is the first Arkansan to sit on the board or serve as its chair. “The ABCD promotes cosmetic excellence emphasizing the use of responsible esthetics, meaning the end result of the beautiful dentistry performed must
compliment or enhance the overall health of the patient. … “The ABCD encourages clinicians to push the limits of excellence in functional and cosmetic comprehensive dentistry.

Attention to detail in the replication of nature is paramount. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry provides dentists with the educational tools they need to advance their skills to the level of excellence defined by the ABCD in the credentialing process.”

Once a dentist or laboratory technician has achieved accredited status through successful completion of a rigorous testing process consisting of a written examination, evaluation of treated cases and an oral presentation of cases in front of a panel of examiners, he or she is presented with a medal signifying their achievement by the chairman of the ABCD during a black-tie celebration at the AACD’s annual scientific session. To-date, Rowe is one of only 404 dental
practitioners who have achieved accredited status with the AACD.

The ABCD also organizes a mentorship program for dentists and laboratory technicians who wish to pursue accreditation. Rowe and other credentialing examiners serve as mentors for dentists who wish to improve their skills.

“The folks on my existing board are from Dallas, Southern California, Seattle, South Florida, Franklin, Tenn., and Indianapolis,” said Rowe. “It provides me national contacts and connections worldwide with the pulse of dentistry and what’s going on as far as cutting-edge treatments.” Rowe says that what he enjoys most about his job is the people.

“I love being able to sit down with one of my patients and listen to their dreams for how they want their smile to be and plan out how we can deliver on that,” said Rowe. “It’s exciting for me to see people smile with that end result and know they made a good decision for their dental health. …

“I’m excited and passionate about what I get to do. It’s an honor when you get people that come to you for that ability. It’s what I’ve trained my whole life for. It’s a blessing to be able to provide that for people.”

Rowe says that when he’s not busy with his patients or with his responsibilities as ABCD chair, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their two daughters, 6-year-old Katie and 4-year old Caroline.

For more information about Rowe & Rowe Smile Studio, located at 2850 Browns Lane, visit rowesmiles.com or call 932-4126. For more information about the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, visit aacd.com.