Dentist – Columbia, MO
Get to Know Your New Dentist!
At Columbia Healthy Smiles, our goal is to build relationships with our patients based on trust and care. To Dr. Elizabeth Abe, highly personalized care with a kind and gentle trust is incredibly important. As you learn more about our practice, we hope you take a moment to learn more about her story, how dentistry came to be her passion, and her favorite things to do outside of the office. When it’s time for your next visit, you can rest knowing that she will always put your needs and goals first!
Why I Became a Dentist
Growing up, Dr. Abe has always enjoyed art as well as science, which today are still two of her favorite subjects. Additionally, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career that allowed her the opportunity to promote personal health through prevention, and dentistry proved to check all of those boxes. Dentistry helps her not only blend both art and science together, but work with her hands and educate the community on important habits to maintain when it comes to their oral health.
My Educational Background
Dr. Abe was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and graduated from Punahou School. She would eventually go on to attend the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate education and the University of Missouri in Kansas City to earn her dental degree in 2015. Afterwards, she went on to enroll at multiple institutions dedicated to continuing education in the dental field. This includes SPEAR Education in Phoenix and the Kois Center in Seattle. She regularly attends continuing education courses as well as many local and national conferences. Dr. Abe sincerely enjoys expanding her dental knowledge as she believes there is always something new to learn in the ever-expanding world of dentistry.
My Life Outside the Practice
When Dr. Abe is not helping patients achieve a healthy smile, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. She cherishes engaging conversations with her loved ones, whether they are filled with laughter or challenge her to be the best person she can be. As a family, you’ll find them visiting national parks, hiking, camping, and seeing the many beautiful places that Missouri and the rest of the country has to offer.