Dr. Jeff Powell grew up in Sherwood and graduated from Sylvan Hills High School. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Lyon College and a D.D.S. from Baylor College of Dentistry. Following dental school he moved back to Sherwood to become the associate in an established practice, where he worked for 15 years. When Dr. Lawrence Howe decided to leave private practice to teach in UAMS’s dental clinic, he found Dr. Powell to be the perfect fit to move into his office and take care of his patients. Dr. Powell merged his existing practice with Dr. Howe’s and moved into the Kiehl office in September 2013.
Dr. Powell is a member of the Sherwood Rotary Club, and currently serves as the civic club’s president. He has been awarded Rotarian of the Year and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He oversees Sherwood Rotary’s Healthy Smiles Project, which provides dental education to students at local elementary schools. Annually, he makes dental presentations to around 1,000 local students –from both private and public schools. He is joined in these dental talks by a giant plush tooth named “Marty Molar.” One of his presentations to Oakbrooke Elementary was filmed and made into a DVD, which was then distributed throughout the state to be used as an educational guide for elementary dental education.
Following the premature birth of his daughter in 2004, Dr. Powell and his wife Kristin began volunteering with the March of Dimes. They became a Mission Family and work to raise awareness of prematurity and raise money to support families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. They lead a Family Team every year at the March for Babies and have been recognized for their fundraising efforts during this annual event.
Dr. Powell was the recipient of the prestigious Patterson Decade Award by Lyon College in 2004, and he has been named one of the Top Dentists in Arkansas by AY Magazine as voted on by their peers. He has been voted Best Dentist by the Sherwood Voice and the North Little Rock Times in their annual reader’s polls numerous times. He was honored as the 2011 Man of the Year by the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce.
In 2011, he was asked to compete in Ronald’s Night of Dancing Stars, a benefit raising money for the Ronald McDonald House. He was partnered with a professional ballroom dancer and danced to The Quickstep. They won First Place.
He has taken a medical mission trip to Matamoras, Mexico, and completed an externship in Geriatric Dentistry. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the UAMS College of Health Professions. He has previously served on the Community Advisory Board of Baptist Medical Center NLR and Pulaski Technical College’s Dental Assistant Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American Dental Society, Arkansas State Dental Association and is a past member of Lyon College’s Alumni Council. He has volunteered at the Arkansas Mission of Mercy providing free dental care to patients in need.
He and his wife Kristin are the proud parents of two daughters, 9 year-old Alexandra and 5 year-old Drew. In his spare time he enjoys boating on Lake Ouachita with his family, reading, painting, drawing, and playing games with his two daughters.