This month, Allessandra M. Bennett Lowery, DDS ‘04, began her appointment as assistant professor with the UNC Adams School of Dentistry’s Division of Comprehensive Oral Health.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lowery, an Adams School of Dentistry alumni, back to Chapel Hill,” said Division of Comprehensive Oral Health chair, Cristiano Susin, DDS, MSD, PhD. “Dr. Lowery brings a wealth of expertise from her background in dental education and private practice. She will be a valuable resource for our predoctoral students and patients, and an incredible asset to our team.”
As a general dentist, Lowery’s responsibilities include teaching, covering predoctoral clinics and seeing Carolina Dentistry patients. As a preceptor in the student clinics she will work with predoctoral students to refine their diagnostic, critical thinking and technical skills to better prepare them for private practice.
“With a strong sense of altruism, I’ve strived to mentor future dental professionals and meet the dental needs of individuals within my community,” said Lowery. “Experience is a great teacher and by sharing mine, I’ve endeavored to encourage others to go after their goals and give the very best of what they have inside, to that end.
“It is my hope through mentorship and education I can touch the lives of future dentists as well as foster competent future leaders. I am excited to work at UNC Adams School of Dentistry with other likeminded doctors. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.’”
Lowery earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Adams School of Dentistry and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Since her graduation, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Adams School of Dentistry, working with predoctoral students on rotations, and at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine, and has worked in private practice. She was the dental department chair at Wayne Community College for six years and then established her own practice, Nice Smile Family Dental, in Greenville, North Carolina, in 2013.