Scott J. Stephens, DDS
Dr. Scott Stephens graduated as Valedictorian from Benton High School in Benton, AR in 1993. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, AR in 1997, graduating Magna Cum Laude with distinction. He went on to earn his DDS from the University of Tennessee in Memphis in 2001, where he was on the dean's list.
When Dr. Stephens completed dental school, he was looking to do something different (and perhaps a little adventurous) with the early part of his career. An opportunity to practice dentistry with the Indian Health Service allowed him to move to East Glacier, Montana, where he served as a staff dentist for three years at the Browning Community Hospital on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. While the Montana winters were quite a challenge for an Arkansas native, it was a great opportunity to experience a different culture and provide dental care to an underserved population. The hiking, biking, fishing, camping, skiing, and snowboarding weren't too bad either!
After braving 3 long winters in Montana, Dr. Stephens moved to Fayetteville and opened his practice in April of 2005. He wanted to create a dental office that had a distinctly personal approach to beautiful, healthy smiles. He designed the office to feel as warm and welcoming as possible, without the sterile and cold feel of the usual dental office.
Continuing education is very important to Dr. Stephens--he believes it is his obligation to stay at the forefront of emerging dental technologies and procedures to be able to provide the best quality care for his patients. Normally Dr. Stephens takes many hours in excess of the minimum continuing education requirements for licensure. Some of the more prestigious training he has undertaken has been with the Dawson Institute, Dr. Frank Spear, Dr. John Kois, and Dr. Rick DePaul, creator of the Powerprox Six Month Braces system.
Dr. Stephens was voted AY Magazine's Best Cosmetic Dentist of Northwest Arkansas in 2012 and Celebrate Arkansas Magazine's Best Dentist of 2012.
Membership in the Academy of General Dentistry and Opt-In Dental Advantage means an emphasis on quality treatment and patient care.
The path to becoming a dentist was somewhat nontraditional for Dr. Stephens. After seeing "Star Wars" at age 2, he developed a passion for science fiction and horror films, which continues to this day. His dream job was to become a special effects artist, but he quickly realized that the job market for the movie industry was a bit too adventurous and unstable for him. After talking with special effects artists, they suggested that he apply his artistic aptitude and interest in science to the field of dentistry. Paired with his interest in biology, this ended up being a great match. Dr. Stephens loves the artistic aspect of dentistry and strives to make each dental restoration a miniature work of art!
A few unique hobbies keep Dr. Stephens busy when he is away from the office. Most of his free time is spent working on models and creating replica movie props from his favorite horror and sci-fi films. His life-size motorized R2-D2 has been the hit of his neighborhood! He also enjoys skiing, snowboarding, photography, and is quite passionate about music – especially heavy metal and alternative rock.
Dr. Stephens has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 10 years, and they have a son named Liam as well as two cats, Ash and Phoebe.