J.P. Dental & Implant Center welcomes new dentist

Story: Penny Stine/For J.P. Dental & Implant Center

J.P. Dental and Implant Center is excited to introduce a new dentist to the practice, Dr. Arielle Garfinkle, DMD, or Dr. Ari, as the staff likes to introduce her. Dr. Garfinkle comes to J.P. Dental after a year with Marillac Health, which she found through an innovative residency program at NYU that pairs dental residents with public health clinics.

“I saw it as an opportunity for adventure,” said Garfinkle, who comes from Philadelphila, Penn., where she attended Temple University Dental School.

“An opportunity to go somewhere I’d never been.”

Garfinkle and her husband ended up renting a house in Mesa, making the experience truly worlds apart from their previous experiences. Garfinkle didn’t mind the commute, and the clear night skies in Mesa proved to be great for her husband, who was working remotely for an astronomy company.

He recently found his dream job at Grand Mesa Observatory, a remote astro imaging and hosting site on Purdy Mesa, and the couple is thrilled to be able to continue their Western Colorado adventure.

“I go home every day and am thankful that we live here,” Garfinkle said.

Dr. John Poovey had been looking for the right person to join his practice for several months, and believes he found the perfect fit with Garfinkle, who joined the practice in July.

“Her expertise and bedside manner are exceptional,” Poovey said.

At J.P. Dental, Garfinkle will utilize the exclusive and advanced technology in the office, including the Solea CO2 laser, which provides an opportunity for patients to have filling done without needed a local anesthetic shot to numb the area. Garfinkle was already familiar with the laser prior to joining the practice and has undergone extensive training on the equipment.

“She’s very good at diagnostics and her laser dentistry expertise will be good for fearful and pediatric patients,” Poovey said, adding that it’s rare to find a practice in a town the size of Grand Junction with both the equipment and the trained professionals to use it. “You would normally find this at a higher end, technologically advanced practices in larger cities.”

Garfinkle is confident that using the laser with pediatric patients will be a game-changer in terms of patients’ comfort.

“The shot is what loses kids in the dental office,” she said. “Not needing to numb someone changes the atmosphere of the appointment. We can lead them into a life without dental anxiety.”

Garfinkle is dedicated to making this technology accessible to her patients and will be working later hours, making it possible for patients to schedule appointments without taking children out of school.

J.P. Dental and Implant Center takes a holistic approach to dental health, looking at a patient’s entire mouth and not just the one tooth that may be sore. They also consider the entire patient, knowing that stress at work or at home can lead to grinding teeth, which can lead to headaches, jaw pain or tooth sensitivity.

“I want to be an advocate for people and go through life with them,” Garfinkle said. “Dr. Poovey has had some patients for 16 years, and I want to continue that tradition.”

At the office, Garfinkle will do general dentistry, including fillings, crowns, dentures, along with a focus on pediatric patients.

While Poovey will focus on surgeries and implants, the two dentists will work together as a team, developing treatment plans for patients that promote the best oral health. Both dental professionals are enthusiastic about their new partnership at J.P.

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