Meet Dr. Jason Keefe, The Spokane Smile Expert
Dr. Jason Keefe is your local Spokane Smile Expert! He is committed to learning and using the latest dental technology in order to give his patients the quickest procedures with the best possible outcomes.
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The fourth oldest of 10 children, Dr. Keefe was born and raised in Port Washington, Wisconsin. After high school, he joined the US Air Force, which relocated him to Spokane Washington. During his time in the USAF, he became a dental assistant and discovered his love for helping people through dentistry. After leaving the Air Force, he began working as a dental assistant to Dr. Ed Fredrickson, a prominent prosthodontist who specialized in dentures and implants and was one of the first dentists to provide osseointegrated dental implants in the United States.
Inspired by Dr. Fredrickson to further his education, Jason attended Whitworth University in Spokane and Chaminade University of Honolulu to complete the undergraduate requirements for Dental School. He met his wife while they were both in school, and they have been happily married for more than 30 years. As a Dental Hygienist, she is and has been a part of his practice since the very beginning.
The Unique Practice of Rural Dentistry
In 1990, Dr. Keefe graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Within five years, he had two practices, one in Kettle Falls and one in Spokane. For seven years, he owned and operated both clinics, commuting 100 miles daily!
Kettle Falls, Washington was a beautiful rural area, but had several challenges. There were no other dentists available. Dr. Keefe quickly evolved his skills in endodontics and oral surgery, as root canals and extractions became routine, everyday procedures. In order to serve his community better, he also trained in orthodontics and Invisalign®. He has placed “miles of wire” for both children and adults, and provided early intervention orthodontics for young children. He continued his earlier training in implants and implant surgery as well, rounding out his knowledge and helping him become a true Smile Expert. In 2014, Dr. Keefe purchased 5 Mile Smiles from Dr. Andrew Biggs, Spokane’s Smile Doctor.
Dr. Keefe holds the following advanced certifications and training:
- AAOGP certification for braces
- Conscious Sedation through DOCS
- Implant training through Brånemark and Gordon Christensen
- Root Canal training through Gordon Christensen
He is a member of the ADA, WSDA and Spokane Dental District Society (SSDS).
Outside The Office
Jason and Laurie Keefe are empty nesters with two grown sons, Ryan and Kyle. When he’s not in the office or training, Dr. Keefe loves to be outside and particularly enjoys spending time with his family. He rides his bicycle to work daily, and enjoys skiing and motorcycling. As a resident of Lake Roosevelt, he enjoys boating, so much so that he owns a houseboat!
“I deeply appreciate dentistry and believe it’s an art,” says Dr. Keefe. He is extremely skilled at many dental procedures that are normally require referrals to specialists. He truly enjoys making beautiful smiles and looks forward to helping you, your family and loved ones with their dental health.
Meet Our Team
Sue – Dental Hygienist
Hi, I’m Sue one of the hygienists here at 5 Mile Smiles.
It’s always fun to get your teeth cleaned and the best part is catching up on what you’ve been doing since your last cleaning.
The summer time brings camping, boating, biking and gardening. I love the flowers Spokane produces, going to farmers markets and back yards BBQ’s are the best! One of my favorite things to do is to roast s’mores in my backyard.
Don’t forget to catch National Roasted Marshmallow Day on August 30th, and remember after you eat one, floss!
Laurie – Dental Hygienist
Hello, I’m Laurie! I am a dental hygienist at 5 Mile Smiles, but I have many different roles within the office. I attended Whitworth University and Shoreline Community College and have been working in the dental field for over 26 years.
I enjoy being a hygienist and meeting all the wonderful new patients, some who have become lifelong friends.
Jason, my husband and my two sons have fun appreciating the various outdoor activities in Spokane like house boating, cross country skiing and kayaking. I also like to cook, read and enjoy my pets. If you see me around the office come say hi!
Wendy – Dental Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Danielle – Assistant
Bio coming soon!
Sarah – Patient Relations Coordinator
Sarah was a commercial and residential interior designer for 25 years before becoming a dental assistant.
She is passionate about helping patients work through their dental anxiety and fear in order to restore
and maintain healthy teeth and happy patients.