Dr. Terry Allen, DDS
Compassionate, Gentle, Smart and a Great Dentist
His sense of adventure and fun loving spirit landed him on the front page of the Seattle Times as a the dental student known for waterskiing to school from his home on Lake Washington to the Dental School located on Portage Bay. A love of water has been a continued theme in his life from living on a houseboat as a student, to serving as a Lt. Commander in the United State Navy as a dentist on a destroyer tender. His additional internship with the Navy had him preforming critical dental procedures for our men and women serving at the end of the Vietnam War, so he understands emergency dental services. In fact he started the first emergency dental service in Washington State.
Living in Seattle after his military duty, he opened a full service dental clinic that included general dentistry, periodontics, oral surgery, orthodontics and a full dental lab on property. With his wife Marilyn, he traveled on vacation to Kauai and fell in love with the people and the island and ran a practice in Kalaheo from 1988 to 2014. He sold his Kalaheo practice in 2014 and on June 8th, 2015 opened his doors to a new practice, Lihue Dental. Centrally located on Kauai, Lihue Dental is able to serve patients island wide, with individual personalized service similar to a small boutique. He is highly knowledgeable on all aspects of dental specialties and can direct your personal treatment plan in the appropriate direction to insure you get the help you need.
His passion for community and contribution had him start the first free dental clinic for children in Seattle, which has grown to five clinics presently. He truly cares and believes that all children can grow up cavity free and have the right to great care. A long time Kauai resident, he was the go to dentist for Red Cross dental aid after Hurricane Iniki and the past President of the Kauai Dental Society and the Poipu Beach Rotary Club.
A family man, he married his soul mate, Marilyn, 46 years ago and together they have raised three successful daughters and have five grandchildren, all of whom they have involved in sail and power boat racing and cruising from San Diego to Alaska over many years.
Turning dreams into reality is what he does, from building his home in Kalaheo for many years himself, planting over 3,000 tropical hardwood trees on his land and installing an off the grid system for his power. He is talented, patient and dedicated.
From vision to reality is what he offers his patients and takes great pride in supporting patients in having excellent dental health and the smile they have always wanted. He is a loyal and kind partner to work with and produces outstanding results every time.
Open Choice recently awarded top Dentist in Lihue to Dr. Allen for 2015. He is also a lifetime member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Hawaii Dental Society, and the Kauai Dental Society.
Lihue Dental in the Community
Lihue Dental is part of our Kaua’i Community and it is important for us to support and contribute to our neighborhoods to create positive change. We do this through ongoing education, contribution and participation in the following organizations and programs.
- “Smile, Laugh & Learn”, is a free dental presentation developed and presented
by the staff of Lihue Dental to educate our island o’hana on dental care that will
help people live healthier lives. It is a fun, engaging program for people of all ages.
- Friends of Kaua’i Community College
- Kaua’i Museum – embracing our culture and history
- Kaua’i Dental Society – continuing education
Contribution & Participation:
- Kaua’i United Way
- Kaua’i Hospice
- Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce