Help others get from A to B.
M David MI is a training, coaching, and mentoring firm, specializing in motivational interviewing for oral health care professionals.
According to it's founders, William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, motivational interviewing is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. With an ever expanding evidence base showing great effectiveness in helping improve outcomes while managing chronic disease, health care professionals of many kinds have sought the style and spirit of MI in an effort to help patients get healthy.
While the dental profession may be slightly behind our medical and behavioral health colleagues in the uptake of MI, its application to our patients is no less important. From high quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses to anecdotal stories, the evidence is showing that MI is a critical part of helping dental patients get healthy and stay healthy.
The application of MI to a dental practice extends to all corners of the office. It's helpful for dentists, hygienists, front desk staff, dental assistants, administrative staff, and beyond.
Based in Denver, CO
Matthew Allen, D.D.S.
Matthew Allen, D.D.S. is the president of M David MI LLC. Dr. Allen is the only US-based dentist member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of dental professionals across the country over the past several years, and has helped champion and teach motivational interviewing, shared decision making, and person-centered care in wide-ranging settings, from national oral health collaboratives to academic institutions to private practice offices.Previously, Dr. Allen was the clinic dental director at Clinica Family Health, a nationally recognized federally qualified community health center serving the Denver metropolitan area, where he remains active in clinical practice. He also serves as part time volunteer faculty at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. In these three roles, he is consistently able to demonstrate his passion for teaching, coaching, and mentoring other dental professionals to engage with and support patients along the road to oral health.
Outside of work, Dr. Allen loves riding his bike and exploring Colorado with his wife, Shannon, and sons, Jude, Seth, and Abe.