Matthew Allen, DDS

Matthew Allen, D.D.S. is the president of M David MI Inc, a consulting and coaching firm specializing in person-centered communication for healthcare professionals. Dr. Allen is the only US-based dentist member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of dentists and dental team members across the country, and has helped champion and teach motivational interviewing, patient engagement, and shared decision making in settings ranging from national oral health collaboratives to academic institutions to private practice offices.

Previously, Dr. Allen was the clinic dental director of Clinica Family Health, a nationally recognized federally qualified community health center serving the Denver metropolitan area, where he remains active in clinical practice. In this role, aside from helping the entire dental team embrace motivational interviewing, Dr. Allen was instrumental in developing, implementing, and sustaining many projects aimed at improving various evidence-based structures and systems, including medical-dental integration, caries management, risk-based care, and team-based care.

Dr. Allen also serves as part time volunteer faculty at his alma mater, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, through the Advanced Clinical Training and Service Program (ACTS).

Dr. Allen consistently demonstrates his passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring other dental professionals to engage with and support patients along the road to oral health, as well as helping the profession of dentistry as a whole shed the unfortunate stigma of being a “group of well-meaning individuals dishing out a semi-annual scolding”.
Outside of work, Dr. Allen loves exploring Colorado via bicycle with his wife, Shannon, and sons, Jude, Seth, and Abraham.

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Financial disclosure: Matt Allen is the President of M David MI Inc in Salida, Colorado. He receives a speaker fee from TalkTools for this course.

Non-financial disclosure: Matt Allen has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose