Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dentist Enjoys Helping Patients to Better Health, Happier Smiles.(Career Marketplace)

Byline: Franchesca Stevens For the Journal

Reconstructive dentist JoAnne Allen will take great pains to make frightened patients comfortable during an office visit.

Allen, who graduated from Dallas' Baylor Dental College in 1977, is a firm believer that "people can improve their health through dentistry." So, to make sure that even her most squeamish patients get the corrective dental work they need, she will even schedule a massage therapist to relax their hands as a way to relax their bodies while she works.

"I practice differently than a lot of people," Allen said during a recent interview. "I have a massage therapist on call. I generally schedule longer for my procedures so that if people need a little time to work through it emotionally, we allow for that. …

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