Meet The Doctor

Dr. Stephen Howard


I was born in San Francisco, CA. We moved to Utah when I was just a couple years old. I grew up in Kaysville, UT. I graduated from Davis High School with honors. My wife makes fun of me because Davis High colors are brown and gold and the mascot is a dart. I played basketball in College at Ricks College in Rexburg, ID and then at University of Alaska Anchorage. I served a mission for my church in California for 2 years after my first year at Ricks College. My last year of undergraduate studies was done at the University of Utah.

I have been a dentist for just over 20 years. I went to dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA and graduated in 2002. My family and I then moved to Kaysville, Utah and I worked there for several years. In 2009, we moved up to Anchorage, Alaska. We loved our time in Alaska until we decided recently to move down here to Arizona 

During my time at Ricks College, I married the love of my life, Tia, over 25 years ago. Together we have five kids; three of them are currently in college in Utah. The two left at home keep us busy with basketball, theater, swimming, and homeschool. We also love to play games and enjoy the outdoors.

I am happy to be here in Arizona now. I will always do my best to give you great dental care and treat you as a member of my own family.

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Richard Smith DDS

"I encourage questions and want patients to understand what their options are. My goal in dentistry is to work with people to provide quality treatment in a comfortable environment. I want to connect with patients and earn their trust."