Office Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
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Sometimes Things Just Can’t Wait

At Lihue Dental our policy is to provide our patients with high quality dentistry with short wait times that are convenient for you. Hygiene appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Our highly trained and personable staff are here to help you achieve and maintain your healthy smile in a beautiful environment with people who sincerely care about you.


Patti Rutt

Patti Rutt

Receptionist & Treatment Plan Coordinator

Front desk reception, dental assisting, treatment planning, insurance, and stand up comedian is Patti’s job description. To say she wears many hats is an understatement. To say she does her job with excellence is the truth.

Patti brings a vivacious sense of humor to brighten your day and over 40 years of dental experience. Originally from California, Patti worked for her dentist father as a young person and followed her sister to Kauai at the age 18. A lover of the ocean, people and the Island, she raised her lovely daughter — now a college student and world traveler — on Kauai.

Patti loves gardening and playing with her Golden Retriever, Sadie. For the record, Sadie has been awarded the most enduring puppy title by Lihue Dental staff, even if she chews up pillows and the sofa on occasion.


Malia Dowling

Malia Dowling

Registered Dental Hygienist

Malia was born and raised on Kaua’i and could be identified as an ambassador of our island as well as a role model for living a healthy life. If she is not hiking, horseback riding or surfing, she is teaching her early morning barre class, or laughing while chasing her twin daughters around.

A graduate from the University of Hawaii Monoa in Dental Hygiene, Malia is highly experienced and is passionate about improving people’s health and well being. She is not shy about spreading the word for the importance of good dental habits, one tooth at a time, one patient at a time.

One of her many talents, is putting patients immediately at ease with her radiant smile and positive personality. She is a fantastic hygienist with a kind heart and will make sure you leave with clean teeth and her gift of Aloha.


Mary Weckback

Mary Weckback

Registered Dental Hygienist

When you first meet Mary, you might feel like you are checking into a 5 star hotel. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in hospitality and her high-quality customer service is apparent from her pleasant greeting to insuring each and every patient’s needs are meet.

She obtained her Dental Hygiene degree in Asheville, NC and has been an avid student of continuing education and the most current treatments. She is presently studying for her master’s degree in health science and has a dedicated focus on preventative dentistry.

Although she grew up in Hopkinton, Maine, she has been a Kauai girl for over 20 years and is an avid sports fan who enjoys running, hiking and traveling.

Mary is thrilled to be part of the Lihue Dental team and is a co-presenter of the “Smile, Laugh and Learn” program delivered to seniors and children by Lihue Dental. Her passion is people and education.


Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Rebecca was barely off the airplane from Michigan, when we had the good fortune of recruiting her to Lihue Dental. She may be a recent transplant to Kauai, but she is a seasoned veteran when it comes to dental hygiene. She is known for being respectful, hard working and willing to help wherever she is needed.

She attended Spring Arbor University in Michigan, and completed her degree from Lansing Community College. Coming from a progressive dental office, Rebecca is knowledgeable in state-of-the-art dental procedures, working in a paperless office, and has experience with both children and adults.

“One thing I have learned to value over the years is having relationships and great communication with patients through patient education and personal attention.”

She fits right in with our philosophy of the importance of community service and has an impressive track record volunteering at Care Free Dental Clinic in Lansing, Michigan, and at the St. Johns, Michigan, Health Fair.

Rebecca’s patients report “she is caring, patient and gentle. Her strength is in being a partner with her patients to establish excellent periodontal health and long-term goals.” It’s easy to get attached to her professionalism and winning attitude.

When not working at Lihue Dental, you will find her and her husband swimming at the beach and hiking the Kauai trails with their Austrialian Shepard dog, Sunny.


Audrey Majtyka

Audrey Majtyka

Dental Assistant

Audrey recently moved from Texas to Kauai with her husband and young daughter. She is a graduate of the Austin Dental Assisting Program in Texas and has experience working in a pediatric dental office and orthodontics.

Audrey has a passion for caring about patients and being part of the Lihue Dental Championship Team. She loves being a mom and wife, and is a dedicated fitness devote. Audrey enjoys spending time with her new puppy, living a healthy life style, going off roading and of course going to the beach!

“Dentistry has always been a passion for me and I truly look forward to going to work everyday and meeting new patients as well as seeing old patients!”


Kaela Rose

Kaela Rose

Dental Assistant

Kaela Rose is as beautiful as her name and is known for her excellent communication skills, engaging personality, and professional demeanor. Kaela is our Dental Assistant at Lihue Dental and holds the office record for the highest number of sky dives. Her husband, Wayne, is a professional skydiver and the two of them are avid adventurers who enjoy hiking, working out, snorkeling and learning to surf.

All the way from Canada, she has 6 years of experience as a dental assistant, and has a true passion for working with people. Kaela will always welcome you with a smile and kind words, and make sure you are comfortable. As a part of her commitment to excellence in dentistry, Kaela takes various dental courses throughout the year to learn about the latest and greatest techniques, and to continually work towards being as knowledgeable and current as possible. She especially enjoys assisting Dr. Allen with cosmetic procedures, and seeing the reaction of patients who achieve the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted!


Dr. Terry Allen, DDS

Marilyn Allen, MSM

Performance Coach and Co-Founder of Lihue Dental

Marilyn Allen, together with husband, Dr. Terry Allen, are the proud co-founders of Lihue Dental. Marilyn has been instrumental in the immediate success of the practice with a focus on building meaningful relationship with the Kauai community, communication that works and a strategy that defines success. She brings an extensive background in organizational development, leadership, communication and executive coaching. With a Masters of Science in Management, she has worked extensively in organizations world wide such as Boeing, Starwood Resorts, Amazon, and a multitude of companies in Hawaii.

The Allens are passionate about being on the water and boating, starting their relationship on a small houseboat near the University of Washington Dental School with two pet white Peking ducks and a visiting beaver that enjoyed nipping on the house foundation They have sailed from San Diego to Canada, and cruised their power boat from Seattle to Glacier Bay Alaska and circumvented Vancouver Island three times. Since living and working on Kauai since 1988, they consider the island of Kauai the biggest cruise ship they have ever been to sea on — and the best.

They have been happily married for 47 years and have three grown daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson, all of whom reside in the Seattle area.

Their reputation for being Ambassadors for Dental Education has been life long and their recent volunteer program for seniors and youth; “Smile, Laugh and Learn” has been a community success. Their vision is to end dental disease for future generations through education and proper health care.

The Allens are currently developing a scholarship program for Kauai students hoping to pursue a degree in Dental Hygiene.