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Meet Courtney

Courtney Dunn, DDS, MS

I’m a rare breed.  I’m a third generation Arizona native, born and raised in Phoenix.  Looking for a change of scenery, I headed to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles for my undergraduate education.  After I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology, I traveled to the University of Michigan for my dental and orthodontic education.  While in school in Ann Arbor, I met my husband and partner and had two daughters.  Once my husband finished his residency, we moved to Phoenix and opened up our orthodontic practice together.  We then had our son and bought an established practice as a second location.  Needless to say, we like to be busy!

I didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a dentist.  I distinctly remember a time when I thought I would become a novelist.   Then there was a time where I thought I would be a lawyer, because I could argue with the best of them.  At 8 years old, my family moved into a new house and our neighbor was an orthopedic surgeon.  He was the team doc for the Phoenix Suns, so his patients were famous athletes.  As an 8 year old, that was so cool.  From then on, my mind was made up.  I was going to be a surgeon and focus on sports medicine.  I maintained this goal through my second year of college, when the reality of medicine started to hit me.  I was going to have to make a lot of family sacrifice.  I wanted to have kids and be around for them.  Not something I really thought about at 8 years old. I would have to take call, which could pull me away at important moments.  At the time, there was a lot of turmoil in medicine with insurance companies starting to take over and frustrate the many physicians I talked to about career choice.  I began searching elsewhere and dentistry seemed to be the best fit for me.  It gave me the flexibility to set my own days and hours.  I would be able to build long term relationships with my patients.  I would have daily challenges and be able to combine art and science.  It really was the perfect fit and I consider myself to have a true passion for orthodontics, which makes going to work every day a lot of fun.

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