BROOKE MO FUKUOKA  DMD, FSCD

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Dr. Brooke developed a passion for public health and increasing access for the underserved while studying dentistry at the University of Louisville, where she spent significant time working in volunteer mobile and public health clinics. Prior to graduating, an externship with Dr. Henry Hood at the Lee Specialty Clinic cemented Dr. Brooke’s desire to work with adults who have special needs. Dr. Brooke furthered her education in hospital-based dentistry by completing a one-year General Practice Residency at University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

After completing her residency, Dr. Brooke moved to the remote town of Vanceburg, Kentucky, where as an associate dentist she provided care to all patients, including underserved patients in the local jail and Amish communities. Dr. John O’Cull, with whom Dr. Brooke practiced, became an influential mentor, encouraging her to pursue her unique passions in dentistry.

 

In 2014, Dr. Brooke returned to her home state of Idaho, after her husband, Hiroshi Fukuoka, accepted a position as Band Director for the local school district. As a dentist with a Federally Qualified Health Center in south central Idaho, Dr. Brooke saw firsthand how adults with disabilities and geriatric patients struggled with limited access to care. In 2015, she founded Your Special Smiles PLLC to address these issues.

 

In addition to providing clinical dentistry, Dr. Brooke is also a tireless advocate and educator, who believes that adults who have special needs and geriatric patients with limited mobility are the most underserved populations in America. She is active in many local and national organizations advocating for change, including the American Dental Association, The Special Care Dentistry Association, The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, American Mobile and Teledentistry Alliance, and the Special Care Dentists of Idaho, of which she a co-founder and current president. Alongside her work in advocacy and education, Dr. Brooke also volunteers her time, serving as Dental Director for Special Olympics Idaho.

 

When not practicing dentistry or advocating for the underserved, Dr. Brooke enjoys fishing, golfing, playing board games, and snowmobiling with her family. She and her husband, Hiroshi, live in Jerome, Idaho, with their four turtles, Pokey, Vanette (who you can see featured in some of her SDF courses) Rhody, and Steven.

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Our Amazing Staff

Jingjing Qian RDH, EA

 Jingjing Qian is our Registered Dental Hygienist with Extended Access. She has worked with Your Special Smiles, PLLC since 2019. Jingjing graduated from CSI with an Associate of Arts degree and an Associate of Science degree in Dental Hygiene in May 2019. She is a self-motivated, dedicated and hardworking dental hygienist. Education and motivating patients to achieve optimal oral health are her passions.

Jingjing has also worked part time for the South Central Public Health District since 2019. She travels to elementary schools, Heads Start Pre-schools and Varnish Clinics around Southern Idaho, doing oral screenings, sealant application, and fluoride varnish applications for those underserved population.  

Outside of work, Jingjing enjoys swimming, kayaking, skiing and hiking with her husband, two kids and their dog Coco.

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Holly Jones RDH, EA

I began my career in dentistry as a dental assistant where I discovered a love helping transform patient’s oral health. This inspired me to pursue a career in dental hygiene. After earning my hygiene degree from the College of Southern Idaho, I began working full time for a Federally Qualified Health Center, Family Health Services Idaho.  They provide me opportunities to treat a wide variety of patients consisting of but not limited to, refugee patients, patients who have disabilities, geriatric patients, children, first-time adult dental patients, and of course, my co-workers. After five years with the health center, I took an additional position part-time with Your Special Smiles PLLC. With this practice I have been exploring teledentistry, portable dentistry, and extended access care while treating medically complex and behaviorally complex patients. I enjoy developing lasting relationships with diverse people and I look forward to sharing my experiences with others.

Outside of work,  I enjoy spending time with my daughter, fur babies, and family friends. Skiing and crafting are also some of my favorite pass times. 

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 Tari Devaney RDH-EA, BSDH, MSDH

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Tari graduated from the Idaho State University dental hygiene program and
pursued her master’s in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University. Over
the years, she has practiced for a variety of settings, cosmetic, family, community
health and periodontics. She currently teaches Clinical Dental Hygiene at the
College of Southern Idaho. She has a passion for the underserved and works part
time as the Dental Coordinator of the Wellness Tree and also works for Your
Special Smiles, PPLC. She currently serves as IDHA President.

Vee Ruiz- Logistics Coordinator

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Hi, my name is Violeta, but I go by Vee. I'm originally from Mexico City. I moved to Idaho 24 years ago. I 'm married to my best friend and love of my life. We have two beautiful daughters. My oldest Aisha is 15 and my baby Shareeh is 12. (As of 2021) I LOVE working with Dr. Brooke. I love her passion for dentistry and I'm here to help you schedule your  screenings  and understand our services. 

Mariana Plascencia, DA

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I graduated from the College of Southern Idaho Dental Assisting Program in 2018. I am married and have zero human or animal children. I love a good CrossFit workout, dancing, and anything crafty. I love the dental field and enjoy learning, and educating people so they can have better oral health. My mantra is "What you put out towards the world will multiply and bounce back to you s o give out love, beauty, and positivity." 

 Vicky Barrera, DDS - Ciruhano dentista

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Dr. Vicky was a dentist in Mexico before she moved to the United States to be with her family. As she works on learning English and obtaining her credentials to practice in the United States she will be working with us as a dental assistant. Dr. Vicky has a unique set of skills and is passionate about dentistry. Our patients enjoy her kindness.  "My name is Vicky Barrera. I graduated from Dental School in 2015 in Mexico (Cirujano Dentista). I worked for 3 years in Morelia Mexico. I am starting to work toward my degree in the United States. I enjoy the dental field and helping people improve oral health. I also enjoy expanding my knowledge."

 Ivy Burgess- AOH/GOH Assistant

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Hi, my name is Ivy Burgess. I am 21 years old and currently a senior in the dental hygiene program at the College of Southern Idaho. Before attending hygiene school, I earned my associates in health science and additionally completed training to become a certified nursing assistant. I am excited to combine my knowledge of these backgrounds to work as an Oral Hygiene Assistant. 

Our Amazing Partners

 Carolina Lopez, CNA : Lead Oral Hygiene Caregiver Creekside Care

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Carolina joined our team as our very first Caregiver partner. She was joined by two other colleagues from Creekside. She helped us develop the program and learned along side us as we implemented new technology.  We are very grateful for Carolina and what she has brought to our team. 

Maria Santana, CNA: Lead Oral Hygiene Caregiver Desano Place

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Maria joined our team as we brought assisted oral hygiene to Desano Place. She helped us expand our program. She learned much of what we do virtually during the pandemic. We were so impressed with her ability to adapt and learn in such a difficult time.  We are very grateful for Maria and what she has brought to our team.