Dr. Rebecca Schaffer owns a private practice, Sundance Dental Care, in Phoenix. In addition to her practice, Dr. Schaffer is a faculty member at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, where she teaches dentistry for people with special needs. She received her BS in biology from SUNY Binghamton and her DDS from Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine. After completing her residency at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, Dr. Schaffer maintained a mobile practice, caring for people who were home-bound, hospitalized, residing in nursing homes, or otherwise unable to seek traditional dental care. She returned to academia after ten years in practice, earning a fellowship in treating people with complex medical problems and infectious disease (HIV/AIDS).
After obtaining her fellowship, she continued to care for special needs populations, working in community health centers in Atlantic City, NJ, and directing the mobile dentistry unit for Columbia University, where she served as faculty.
After moving to Arizona, Dr. Schaffer served as Dental Director for one of the state’s largest community health centers before opening her practice and assuming her current faculty position.
She has spoken nationally on a variety of topics, including the treatment of people with bleeding disorders, HIV and other special needs, has co-authored a manual on quality management for dental clinics. She is a reviewer for the American Dental Association’s Evidence Based Dentistry website, and currently serves on the Ryan White Part A Quality Committee for Maricopa County. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Special Care Dentistry Association, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, the National Network for Oral Health Access and the American Dental Education Association.