Tony S. Hashemian, DDS

A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry &  Oral Health

HCL Awards 2012 - Tony HashemianTony S. Hashemian is currently the assistant dean for Global Oral Health and was the chair of admission committee at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health for three years. In addition to being a practicing dentist, Hashemian has always been involved in improving the quality of dental care and helping make dental care affordable for everyone. In his efforts to help make dental care available to everyone, Hashemian founded Appleton Dental Plan, an Arizona discount dental plan, in 2003. In 2004, he also established the first scholarship given to the Arizona School of Dentistry &  Oral Health students. The Dr. Tony Hashemian Award of Excellence is given to the ASDOH students who obtain the highest score on part one and also on part two of the national examination.
“It is my hope and intention in establishing and providing the awards to build enthusiasm and encourage ASDOH students to excel on the dental board examinations,” Hashemian has said.

Hashemian received a philanthropy award from A.T. Still University in 2007 in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of the university and the community.


Dr. Michael Thompson

Kierland Dental

HCL Awards 2012 - Michael ThompsonThompson has practiced dentistry for 30 years – 25 of those years at his own cosmetic and family dentistry practice in the North Phoenix and Scottsdale area – and has become one of the most respected dentists in Arizona. He is the only dentist in Arizona history to have been honored with two Dental Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Awards, which he earned in 2008 and 2010. Community service has always been a big part of his career. He is a volunteer with Lincoln Children’s Dental Clinic, CASS dental clinic for the Homeless, Christina’s Smile and Give Kids-A-Smile programs.


Dr. Stephen Harkins

Stephen J. Harkins DDS & Associates

HCL Awards 2012 - Stephen HarkinsHarkins has been a pioneer in the field of chronic pain management related to jaw dysfunction (TMJ), chronic facial pain, headache/migraine management, bruxism management (tooth grinding, jaw clenching), and nerve pain in the jaw/head/neck unrelated to infection or dental pain. Harkins had the first limited orofacial pain practice in Arizona , which he started in 1980 in Tucson. Harkins has been very active in the treatment of insomnia, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and pain modulated sleep disturbance. Harkins is also involved with treating indigent patients and and improving the lives of those who cannot afford conventional pain management.

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