Following graduation from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Dental Science, Dr Alissa Jacobs worked for the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health. Here she worked as a fly-in fly-out dentist servicing rural and remote Western Australia. During this time she completed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Primary and Public Health focusing on the impact of social factors on oral health in Australia.
Upon return to Metropolitan Perth, she worked in private practice concentrating on family dental care. Additionally, Alissa tutored the pre-graduate intern dental students at the University of Western Australia and was also involved in the teaching of anatomy to undergraduate dental students at the University of Western Australia.
She then embarked in her Oral Medicine specialist training at the University of Western Australia completing a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology. Alissa's training involved a clinical role at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia Oral Medicine Unit, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital's Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Team as well as placements at South Perth Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital. During her specialist training, she was awarded for her research and invited to present lectures to the undergraduate dental students.
Her research interests continue to be the disparity of oral health in Australia, for which she has articles published in peer reviewed journals, as well as the prevention of osteoradionecrosis - a topic on which she completed her thesis. Alissa's clinical interests include mucocutaneous disorders, prevention of osteoradionecrosis of the jaws of patients with head and neck malignancies and the management of dry mouth patients. Her private practice focuses on the treatment of Orofacial Pain, Oral Diseases and Dental Sleep Medicine.