Dr. Stephen Barker loves being a dentist! He wants his patients to have the best experience, of course, but at the same time receive the smile they always wanted. Many of Dr. Barker’s patients come see him when they have lost hope or want a new fresh look, but end up being able to show off a beautiful new smile. Dr. Barker has placed hundreds of implants in his career. These procedures change lives, improve self-confidence, open opportunities, optimize health and nutrition, increase longevity and have patients looking younger and feeling better about themselves.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Barker served for two years as a Christian missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Those years of service are irreplaceable. Upon returning, he graduated from the University of Utah with honors. He mentored students in the pre-dental orientation class, the most difficult class on campus. He worked and observed three dental offices for a semester, and was an officer in the Pre-Dental Society as well. Dr. Barker has also volunteered at Operation Smile, Odyssey Teen House and was a leader in the Boy Scouts of America.
During his four years at Howard Dental School in Washington D.C., he was commissioned in the the U.S. Navy as Lieutenant. Dr. Barker then completed a dental residency in a prestigious hospital the Walter Reed National Naval Base in Bethesda, Maryland. During his Naval career, he completed a two-year Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree, as well as hundreds of hours of continued (CE) for his fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Additional CE included a “mini residency” at White Cap Institute, as well as a DentalXP continuum of 300 hours.
To go one step further, he did an advanced dental education, completing a one-year fellowship at Dream Dental Implant Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. After devouring implant textbooks, he recently passed a prestigious implant exam from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and was accepted by the American Board of Oral Implantology, putting him close reach to qualifying for Specialization in Implantology status in Texas.
Because of his deep belief in the importance of CE, he travels nearly monthly to conferences hosted by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), American Society of Dental Anesthesiologists (ASDA), Texas Dental Association (TDA) and smaller, intimate classes. To maintain his certifications and advanced license to do IV sedation so patients stay relaxed and comfortable, he completed additional CE regularly.
In short, Dr. Barker is passionate about using dentistry to change your life and give you the smile you deserve!