David L. Thomas, DMD
For more than 30 years, Dr. Thomas has carried on the traditions of trust and excellence built by his father’s years of dental practice. Raised and educated in Tempe, about a mile from where his father built the dental office, he feels a deep connection to this city, its culture, and above all, its people. His reputation, built on honesty, integrity, and exactness to detail, has rewarded him with loyal patients and a thriving practice.
After graduating from Tempe High School and doing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, Dr. Thomas earned his Doctorate Degree from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He furthered his education under the guidance of Dr. Richard A. Litt, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Detroit from 1969–1980, and Clinical Professor and Director of Postdoctoral Orthodontics at the University of California, San Francisco, from 1980–1986. In 1985, Dr. Litt founded the Faculte’ for Orthodontic Research and Continuing Education, F.O.R.C.E., the program of education completed by Dr. Thomas in 1991. The completion of this program and training qualifies him to diagnose and treat orthodontic patients, in addition to all the treatment and procedures in the field of general dentistry.
Upon completion of his studies, Dr. David Thomas returned to Tempe to practice dentistry with his father, Dr. Elmo Thomas. For 7 years they worked side by side, sharing knowledge and tips of the trade, in addition to office space. When his father suddenly passed away in 1992, David was able to transition both practices into one, continuing to care for his relatively new patients, as well as the patients who had placed their trust in Dr. Elmo Thomas since 1962.
When he’s not at the office, David enjoys playing and watching all types of sports, especially tennis and golf. He and his wife, Terry, just celebrated their 30th anniversary together. They raised their four boys in the east valley, and are finally enjoying what they consider to be one of the best rewards of parenthood: a grandchild. They now freely give up any spare moments they have to spend time with their (nearly) perfect grandson, who has stolen their hearts.