Meet Maria Jackson, DDS, FAGD
There is power in a healthy smile; Dr. Maria Jackson’s mission is to empower anyone who seeks her services. She is modernizing athletic dental care with her new practice, Empower Dental, and will impact how the residents of Forney, TX and the surrounding cities view oral care as well.
Dr. Jackson, a Kansas City metropolitan native, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from the University of Kansas. Her passion for dentistry led her to pursue a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry.
She continued her training at Truman Medical Center-General Practice Residency in Kansas City, where she expanded her knowledge of comprehensive treatment planning. She delved into complex restorative cases that required various types of dentistry—special needs, operating room, sedation, and cosmetic, just to name a few.
Dr. Jackson enjoyed all areas of dentistry but found her niche in sports dentistry. As a former member of the KU Women’s Golf Team, she wanted to couple her love of sports with her passion for dentistry.
Shortly after her residency, Dr. Jackson relocated to Texas to work for a dental office in the DFW area. For several years, she gained invaluable experience and skills in working with patients of all ages, understanding their needs and wants, and creating healthy smiles.
In keeping with her quest to stay up to date on the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry, she earned her Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD). This distinction requires hundreds of continuing education hours and hands-on work in the dental field. Only about 6% of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. Dr. Jackson is currently working towards her Master of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), which would put her amongst the top 2% of dentists in the U.S. and Canada to have this honor!
Dr. Jackson is an accredited member of several organizations including the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Dallas County Dental Society, Academy of General Dentistry, and Academy of Sports Dentistry. She diligently researches and attends various continuing education courses, including custom mouthguard fabrication, prevention methods, and sports trauma. Keeping up with dental technology and current standards of care are paramount, as she strongly values providing her patients with the best treatment options available.
In her spare time, Dr. Jackson can be found on the golf course with her father, in the gym, or watching football. She enjoys spending time with her family and longtime boyfriend, Daymond Patterson II, a local Forney business owner of The Raw Power Team (TRPT) training facility. Together, they enjoy attending sporting events, cooking and trying new restaurants in the DFW metro area.