Meet the staff
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.
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.
Emi cares deeply for the patients that come to Lihue Dental. She knows that for some people visiting the dentist can feel scary so she showers patients with kindness.
Emi started working alongside Dr. Allen in 1992, just after Hurricane Iniki. Decades of practicing together have molded them into an efficient, smart team. At this point it’s like we communicate telepathically, laughs Emi. She chooses to work with Dr. Allen because he’s always very kind, honest, and whole-heartedly compassionate.
“The two of us do a great job. We make patients happy. We feel good when we can help others and when we see people are happy after our service. Coming to work is what keeps me going because I know we are helping others.”
At 12 years old Emi’s family moved from the Philippines to Kauai. She graduated from Kauai High and Kauai Community College. She fluently speaks Filipino, Ilokano, Tagalog, Hawaiian pidgin, and of course English. She loves to be in her garden tending to the orchids, mowing the lawn, or picking fruit from her many fruit trees.
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 ensuring each and every patient’s needs are met.
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 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, hardworking 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.
When not working at Lihue Dental, you will find her and her husband swimming at the beach or hiking the Kauai trails with their Australian Shepard dog, Sunny.
Audrey 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.
She loves being a mom and wife and is a dedicated fitness devote. Audrey enjoys spending time with her new puppy, living a healthy lifestyle, going off-roading, and of course going to the beach!
Audrey has a passion for caring for patients and being part of the Lihue Dental team.
“Dentistry has always been a passion for me and I truly look forward to going to work every day and meeting new patients as well as seeing old patients!”
Treatment Plan Coordinator
Beth is like the office psychologist; She’s easy to talk to, a dedicated listener and takes great joy in helping patients get to their best. Her honesty, sincerity, and attention to detail make building a dental plan easy – confusing insurance packages and complex dental proceeders are no match for Beth! Deciding on a dental plan is a collaborative process between the treatment plan coordinator and the patient. Beth uses her thirty years of experience to find the plan that is right for patients from the purely functional fix to building a perfect smile.
“Bill Dorfman from the TV show Extreme Makeover is a personal hero. Dental work is such a huge part of the before-and-after difference. It’s amazing to take someone from being afraid to smile to proud to smile.”
Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Beth moved to our island rock a decade ago – it’s paradise, she beams. In her off-time, you might find Beth walking the Kapa’a bike path, oil painting, or at the beach reading a true crime novel.
Marilyn Allen, MSM
Executive Coach & Co-Founder of Lihue Dental
Marilyn Allen, together with husband, Dr. Terry Allen, are the proud co-founders of Lihue Dental. With a Masters of Science in Management, Marilyn brings extensive expertise in organizational development, leadership, communication, and executive coaching. Her methods of successful management have been implemented by organizations such as Boeing and the Starwood Resorts.
The Allens are passionate about being on the water and boating. Their relationship began on a small houseboat complete with two pet Peking ducks and a visiting beaver. They have sailed from San Diego to Canada, cruised from Seattle to Glacier Bay Alaska, and circumvented Vancouver Island three times. They’ve lived in Kauai since 1988 and consider their island home to have the best and the warmest waters of all!
Marilyn and Terry have been happily married for over 40 years. They have three grown daughters, four granddaughters, and one grandson, all of whom reside in the Seattle area.
In 2016 they created the volunteer education program Smile, Laugh and Learn to teach seniors and youth the importance of dental care. Their vision is to end dental disease on Kauai 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.