Dr. Jean D. Morency
Dr. Morency graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a B.S. with High Honors and a double major in Biology and Chemistry. He attended Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and received the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D) in 1977. He then enrolled in the Post-Doctoral training program in Prosthetic Dentistry where he received a degree of Master of Science. During his post-Doctoral training, Dr. Morency was awarded a teaching Fellowship (1978-1979) and has been teaching other dentists in the technique, art and science of dentistry of the last 30 years.
In 1988, Dr. Morency began attending classes in highly Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry at the now famous Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI). In 1999, he attended the Masters Course in Aesthetic Dentistry from the same institution. After 7 years of Post-Graduate studies, he completed the rigorous curriculum at LVI and was awarded the prestigious Degree of Graduate of the Institute in 2006. This level of training has been achieved by less than 600 dentists and he has been ranked among the top 3% of all dentists in the world.
Dr. Morency began his professional career in 1979 when he joined the United States Navy Dental Corps. He was named Chief Prosthodontist at the Naval Regional Medical Center at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station.
In 1983, Lieutenant Commander Morency separated from active duty with an Honorable Discharge and founded The Arena Towers Dental Center in Houston where he has practiced Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry for the last 26 years.
In 2000, Dr. Morency founded the Smile Enhancement Center that was totally dedicated to restoring and enhancing smiles. In 2007 Dr. Morency began offering his services to a few well-chosen practices, including University Oaks Dental, in order to help us provide the highest level of quality care and satisfaction to our patients.
Dr. Morency has been selected as Top Dentist in America three years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010). He has also been nominated as Best Dentist in Houston in 2009 and 2010.
Besides his passion for Artistry and Dentistry, Dr. Morency is an avid portrait photographer.
Dr. Elham Abbassi
Dr. Elham Abbassi has been a practicing dentist in Houston Metro area for the last fifteen years. She has extensive Orthodontic training and been treating children, adolescence, and adults for most of her career life. Her training in Orthodontics in combination with her clinical experience led her to become more interested in the underlying cause(s) of some clinical findings in her patients especially the effect of breathing disorders in the facial growth and development in children and adolescence as well as causes of clenching and grinding in adolescence and adult leading to Tempromandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). She has traveled the country and participated many Continuing Education courses, Mini-Residencies, and Academic Based Programs to advance the scope of her practice and to provide highest level of to her patients. She has focused the last three years on treating patients with TMD and Sleep Apnea.
She graduated from University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and was recipient of the award for Excellence in Clinical Dentistry. She is certified in Invisalign and Lumineers. Currently she is working her path towards gaining her Board Certification in Dental Sleep Medicine and Orofacial pain & TMJ.
Her Professional membership includes:
- American Academy of Orofacial Pain
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
- American Headache Society
- American Dental Association
- Texas Dental Association
- Greater Houston Dental Society
She received Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Magna cum laud in 2005. She was involved in scientific research during college and continued research at Baylor College of Medicine before becoming a dentist.
Dr. Elizabeth Peeling
Dr. Elizabeth Peeling was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She received her Doctorate degree in Dental Medicine from the University of Montreal. Dr Peeling began her career as a dentist in Australia before returning to Canada. She has since worked in both private practice and with First Nations patients in the Arctic before settling down in Houston to join the outstanding team of dentists at University Oaks Dental.
Dr Peeling strives to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry and has completed advanced training in dental surgery, endodontics, sleep dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants. She is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, as well as a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association and the Greater Houston Dental Society. She is committed to offering the best care to her patients, who appreciate her friendliness and gentle approach. Dr Peeling is a certified Invisalign and Lumineers provider.
Dr Peeling is an avid traveler, runner and yogi. She enjoys cooking, pilates, kickboxing, and spending time outdoors, especially with her border collie.