Meet Dr. Dawson

Dr Dawson | Imagine Family Dentistry | St. George UT
Dr Dawson and Family | Imagine Family Dentistry | St. George UT

Dr. Derek R. Dawson

My family and I recently moved to St George which has been a long-time goal of ours. We have loved the St George community for many years and have wanted to settle here to raise our family. I come from a large family and have always valued relationships above all else. I have a strong passion for helping others . I look forward to being able to serve the people of St George and surrounding areas.

My wife Mary and I have 5 children, (4 boys ages 11, 9, 6, 4 and our little girl is 2 years old). We enjoy traveling, playing sports, going on bike rides, exploring nature, and spending time with family and friends. We are excited for our children to enjoy all that St George has to offer.

I am excited to be a part of this great community. I am excited to help each of you achieve the health and smile you desire. My favorite part about being a dentist is helping people to feel great about their smile.

I attended dental school at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. I loved learning about all aspects of dentistry and spent additional time learning about implants, 3D cone beam xrays, lasers, clear aligners, CAD-CAM, and sedation. I was also fortunate to spend two weeks in Tonga on a humanitarian trip providing dental care the those who otherwise would not get care.

After dental school I spent four years serving in the United States Navy. I was stationed in Beaufort, SC. I was able to receive extensive training and mentorship in oral surgery and 3rd molar (wisdom teeth) extractions, and restorative dentistry. We loved our time on the east coast but are thrilled to be back out west in the mountains and closer to our family. I spent most of my growing up years in Utah, Oregon, and Idaho. I have spent that last couple years practicing in Ephraim, UT.

Dentistry became a passion of mine after going through some extensive dental work at a young age which caused some significant dental anxiety for me. I realized how much my smile impacted my self-esteem and ability to feel good about myself. I decided I wanted to focus my career on helping others overcome their dental fears and achieve their goals of oral health and a beautiful smile.

My vision for Imagine Family Dentistry is to provide a comfortable environment to care for my patients with a friendly team who is always there to help, the latest technology to increase the efficiency of any treatment you may need, and highest quality of service so that you can trust you are in good hands.

I would love to help you anyway I can and look forward to getting to know you.

– Dr. Derek R. Dawson