Dr. Schaffer (patients know her as Dr. Rebecca) is the owner and primary dentist at Sundance Dental Care. She is also an assistant professor at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH), where she teaches on treating people with special needs. In addition to being an expert general dentist, she is especially skilled at managing the connection between your mouth and body. She is also expert at treating patients with medically complex conditions, which covers the spectrum of patients with diabetes, heart conditions, blood disorders, developmental and cognitive issues, neuromuscular diseases, and more. Regardless of your age, if you are under care for a medical condition, Dr. Schaffer is uniquely qualified to care for your dental needs.
Dr. Schaffer also takes a special interest in treating patients with facial pain or TMJ/TMD symptoms. Her professional focus is on promoting well-being and educating patients about the importance of maintaining a healthy mouth to maintain total body health, as well as improving interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health outcomes. Most importantly, Dr. Schaffer truly cares about her patients; it is evident in her work with special needs patients, her mission work and with each patient who comes into our office.
Dr. Schaffer has been practicing dentistry in the Valley since 2006 and has played an active role in improving patient access to quality care. In addition to her private practice and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Schaffer:
- Lectures internationally on bleeding disorders, improving communication and collaboration across dental and medical specialties, and various topics related to special care dentistry.
- Serves on the Maricopa County Ryan White Part A Quality Committee.
- Is the current North American delegate to the dental committee of the World Federation of Hemophilia and also works closely with the Arizona Hemophilia Association.
- Serves as chairperson of a liaison committee, Council of Dentistry for People with Disabilities, for the Special Care Dentistry Association.
- Co-authored dental guides for treating people with autism, including ones for dentists, parents and autism care providers, and helped develop and teach a three-day CE program for dental providers.
- Co-authored a chapter on quality management and improvement for health care centers for the National Network for Oral Health Access.
- Is a critical summary writer for the American Dental Association® (ADA) Evidence Based Dentistry (EBD) website.
Prior to moving Phoenix, Dr. Schaffer practiced dentistry in New Jersey. She received 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 homebound, hospitalized, residing in nursing homes or otherwise unable to seek traditional dental care.
She returned to academia after 10 years in practice, earning a postdoctoral fellowship in treating people with complex medical problems. After obtaining her fellowship, Dr. Schaffer continued to work with special needs populations, working in community health centers in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and directing the pediatric mobile dentistry unit for Columbia University, where she served as faculty.
She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Special Care Dentistry Association, the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, and the American Dental Education Association.
Dr. Mai-Ly (My-Lee) Duong received her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) and her Master of Public Health (MPH) from A.T. Still University. In addition to private practice, she also serves as an assistant professor at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. In addition to her dental school training, she received a certificate in Advanced Education in General Dentistry from NYU Lutheran Medical Center, which helped her evolve her skills to include CEREC restorations, implant placement and restoration, and advanced periodontal surgery. She is trained in sedation dentistry, as well as in treating patients who have special needs or complex medical conditions.
She recently completed her Master of Education from the University of the Pacific and is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). She is active in Spear Education and has a passion for lifelong learning. She is an active AzDA and ADA member serving both on the state and national level in various positions. She also serves on the Arizona Dental Foundation Board of Directors, Special Care Dentistry Association national board, Oral Cancer Foundation Arizona board, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards event committee.
During her spare time, she loves watching movies and playing with her dogs.