Dr. Don Deems, DDS, FAGD is a leading Little Rock dentist serving families and patients of all ages in Little Rock and Central Arkansas. He has been recognized locally by publications listing him as a Top Dentist and Best Dentists of Arkansas. Dr. Deems and Cantrell West Dental are committed to combining superb technical ability and state-of-the-art facilities with an emphasis on developing long-term relationships with patients, expert communication, patient comfort, and superb care and service.
Dr. Deems received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, where he earned the top award for Outstanding Clinical Excellence in General Dentistry, the Munksgaard Geriatric Dentistry Award, and was on the Dean’s List. He began private practice in 1987 in Little Rock.
He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. His honors in undergraduate school included the Chancellor’s List, National Register of Outstanding College Graduates, Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship, and Ottenheimer Leadership Scholarship.
Dr. Deems has been awarded the prestigious Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, Diplomate in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and Diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management. He holds memberships (past and present) in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the American Academy of Periodontology, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Arkansas State Dental Association, and others. Dr. Deems also speaks to state dental associations, national associations, dentists and their teams, and study groups across the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
Dr. Deems has served as a consultant to the Dentist Well-Being Committee of the Council on Dental Practice of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Deems has also been awarded the distinction of being one of the Top Leaders in Continuing Education every year since 2005 by Dentistry Today magazine, a leading professional dental journal, the only Arkansas dentist to ever accomplish that. He is a published author for professional dental publications, such as Dental Economics, AGD Impact, Dental Practice Report, Dentistry Today, Dental Tribune, DentalCompare, DrBicuspid, and others, and has produced online CE programs for professional dental CE websites.
In 2003, Dr. Deems was the first dentist to receive the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award given by a state psychological association. In 2004, he became the first dentist in the U.S. to receive the National Best Practices Honors by the American Psychological Association, one of only 10 businesses nationally chosen for the award (from 180 businesses nominated by state associations).
In addition to his dental practice, Dr. Deems writes or has written for Arkansas Life and Fitness, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Arkansas Health and Living, Active Years, Mature Arkansas, and others. He has made several TV appearances on Good Morning, Arkansas, Business Talk Arkansas, and Positively Arkansas, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences School of Dental Hygiene. He is often asked to speak on dental topics of interest to civic and professional groups, such as study groups and dental associations (contact him to speak to your group!).
Dr. Deems is also a professional personal and business coach, having completed his comprehensive coach training at Coach U. One of only a few dentists nationwide to share the distinction of being both a professional coach and a practicing dentist, he coaches dentists and other solo professionals towards personal fulfillment, balance, and success in their personal and professional lives. Dr. Deems presents keynote addresses, workshops, and lectures of interest to a variety of groups and organizations. For more information on Dr. Deems’ coaching activities, visit his coaching Web site.
Dr. Deems volunteers for the Arkansas Mission of Mercy and The Harmony Clinic. He also enjoys music, basketball, cycling, fishing, mountain climbing, boating, backpacking, baseball, and playing the guitar.