Dr Alissa Jacobs
About our Specialist
Following graduation from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2006, Dr Alissa Jacobs worked for the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health. Here she worked as a dentist flying to rural and remote Western Australian communities providing essential dental services. During this time, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Dental Primary and Public Health, publishing her findings in the International Dental Journal.
Upon return to Metropolitan Perth, she worked in general practice as well as tutoring Dental Interns at the University of Western Australia. Alissa was also engaged in the teaching of Head and Neck Anatomy to both Medical and Dental students at the University of Western Australia.
Alissa commenced Oral Medicine specialist training at the University of Western Australia graduating with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology in 2013. Alissa’s training involved a lead clinical role at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia Oral Medicine Unit. She also established Oral Medicine in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer unit. Alissa completed surgical placements at South Perth Hospital and physician placements in Immunology and Dermatology at Royal Perth Hospital.
During her specialist training, she was awarded Best Post-Graduate Research Project and invited to present lectures to specialist and undergraduate dental students. Alissa continues to be involved in research as an Honorary Research Consultant at the University of Western Australia.
Alissa has presented locally and nationally for support groups, dentists and medical practitioners. Alissa currently holds a Senior Clinical Lecturer role at the UWA Dental School, University of Western Australia teaching Oral Pathology, Orofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Dysfunction, and Dental Sleep Medicine.
Alissa is a Pain Proceduralist having completed advanced training in prolotherapy, being one of the first in Australia to utilise this skill in the temporomandibular joint. Alissa is a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and the Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine. She continues to remain au fait in emerging treatment modalities in these fields.
Alissa’s clinical interests include soft tissue lesions, oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnoea, prevention and early management of osteoradionecrosis and antiresorptive agent necrosis of the jaws and the management of orofacial pain and temporomandibular dysfunction.
What to expect at your appointment with Dr Jacobs:
- A caring, understanding clinician who will listen carefully to your concerns
- Comprehensive examination and meticulous evaluation
- Methodical approach to diagnosing your problem
- Individualised management plan utilising her vast experience and based on evidence
- Sincere communication with ample time to be heard and ask questions
- Specialist for 7+ years at Perth Oral Medicine and Dental Sleep Centre
- 15 000+ Oral Medicine consultations with patients
- 100+ lectures delivered
- 10+ years teaching experience at University level
- 1500+ biopsies completed