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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, Thursday, Friday, and select Saturdays.

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.


Emi BennetteEmi Bennette

Dental Assistant

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.


Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson

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, 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.


Dr. Terry Allen, DDS

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.