Meet Dr. Alisa Dill
Dr. Alisa Dill grew up in Edwardsville, Illinois, a small town outside of St. Louis. She moved to Clear Lake, Texas when she was ten, and has lived in Texas ever since. While she’s not a native Texan, she looks forward to continuing to call Houston her home.
“I chose a career in dentistry because I love helping people perfect the beauty and health of their smiles. I am committed to working with each patient to deliver personalized, quality care that lasts. Here we treat each patient like family and give them the kind of care we would want for ourselves.”
Dr. Dill completed her undergraduate training at Trinity University in San Antonio. While at Trinity University she majored in Biology, completed research in Evolutionary Developmental Biology, worked as a Teaching Assistant for Developmental Biology, and even worked as a Research Assistant after graduating. After college, she moved back to Houston for dental school.
During her time at the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston she conducted research in the department of Endodontics, looking at genetic predisposition to periapical lesions. Her research was later published in the Journal of Endodontics. She went on to represent the UT Houston Dental School at the ADA’s Annual Dental Students’ Conference at the Volpe Research Center. She received multiple awards, including an Award for Innovative Research for her work in the Department of Endodontics, and an Award of Excellence in Scholarship in Dental Materials. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Dill is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Are you wondering what Dr. Dill’s endodontics research was about? Her research project focused on the idea that an individual’s genotype (or unique genetic code) for particular proteins in the immune system could be correlated to clinical findings of patients’ deep untreated cavities. In short, why does one person who has a deep cavity lose bone around the tooth, while another person with an almost identical cavity keep healthy bone? Could we potentially use this knowledge to predict what may happen to the individual in the future? The answer is yes! It turns out that a particular protein in the immune system is a key factor. The particular version of genetic code (blueprints) your body has for this protein is related to how your body fights off an attack from bacteria hiding in a deep cavity.
Dr. Dill is currently pursuing the Fellowship Award given by the Academy of General Dentistry. Only 6% of general dentists have been given the Fellowship Award. It recognizes dentists that are committed to exceptional patient care through their commitment to continuing education and continually being able to offer their patients cutting edge knowledge and treatment.
When not treating patients, Dr. Dill enjoys running, exploring Houston’s restaurant scene, and hanging out with her dog Ace.