Originally from Midland, Texas, Dr. Laura Philipps graduated from Boston College with a degree in Biology and Psychology. Following graduation, Laura attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She has continued her dental education in comprehensive and restorative dentistry, studying extensively at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, the KOIS Center in Seattle, Washington, the Piper Institute of TMJ Studies in St. Petersberg, Florida, and has attended courses presented by Dr. Frank Spears at the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Education. She is active in several dental study clubs, one being the Houston-based Pankey-Tanner Study Club whose focus of study is the bite splint therapy and occlusion. She is also active in the local chapter of Seattle Study Club in the Permian Basin.
Laura is a member of the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association,and the American Equilibration Society. She supports the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation, a charitable organization that provides dental care to low-income children. Locally, Laura has participated in the recent redevelopment of a low-income dental clinic at Casa de Amigos in Midland, Texas, where she played an integral part in setting up the clinic and also treated many patients.
Dr. Philipps practices dentistry because she enjoys helping people, and finds it especially rewarding when she is able to talk to and connect with patients who are fearful of dentistry. She believes that health care providers, but especially dentists, should take the time to listen to their patients because they often hold the answers needed to bring them to optimal oral health. Laura strives to empower patients with information regarding their own dental health, to educate them about the options available in dentistry today, and to give her patients confidence in their ability to make good decisions for themselves.
When she's not in the office, Laura spends her time with her husband, Fritz, and children, Emma, Owen, and Gus. Her joys in life include skiing, cooking, entertaining, and relishing good times with family and friends.
Originally from Midland, Marissa has been in dentistry for over 21 years. She began her career as a dental assistant in 1988 and decided to further her career as a dental hygienist. She attended Howard College and received her Associate's Degree in Dental Hygiene in 1995. Since graduation, she has continually added to her knowledge of dentistry by attending numerous continuing education courses. Marissa has had the opportunity to study under some of the top dentists and periodontal consulting firms in the nations and received her Mastership from the JP Institute in 2007. Marissa's favorite part of her job is the relationships that she builds with our patients, and she looks forward to meeting you and helping you gain optimal oral health.
When not practicing dentistry, she can be found with her wonderful husband and her two boys. They enjoy traveling, outdoor sports, and just spending time together. Her family and friends are her life!
Since 2000, Midland and Odessa-area families have trusted Dr. Philipps with their smiles. Call today to reserve your checkup, consultation, or second-opinion visit. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and developing a lasting relationship built on trust and integrity.