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Kevin Clifford, DDS
Dr. Kevin Clifford was born into a multigenerational dental family. It began with his grandfather, who was a long time dentist in Southern California and Utah, his mother who is a retired hygienist out of Southern California, and finally his brother who is a dentist and has been part of the Abundant Family since 2017. You can see how Dr. Clifford was certainly bred to be a dentist.
Dr. Clifford completed his undergrad at Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Portuguese minor, a language he learned while serving a LDS mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He chose to continue his education at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC where he was exposed to all facets of dentistry; including operative, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral surgery.
Dr. Clifford graduated in 2016 and already has put in thousands of hours treating patients and earning continuing education in implantology, oral surgery, and restorative dentistry. He is part of the leadership of a non-profit humanitarian organization based out of Irvine, CA called Dental Care For Children, which provides service to underprivileged orphanages in Mexico and Haiti. It was serving these children that he learned his excellent Spanish and dental terminology in Haitian Creole and French. He also had the privilege of providing comprehensive dental care for the athletes participating in the International Special Olympics held in Los Angeles in 2015. Finally, Dr. Kevin worked countless hours and treated hundreds of homeless and low income individuals in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. While working in Skid Row, Dr. Clifford gained valuable knowledge, training, and skills to work with immuno-compromised, mentally impaired, and disabled patients.
Before making Abundant Dental his home, Dr. Kevin worked tirelessly 2.5 years in community health in a clinic based out of Midvale, Utah attending to low income families providing comprehensive care from implants to limited orthodontics.
Dr. Kevin loves to travel and has been to nearly 40 countries around the world. You can ask him anything about basketball, baseball and football, and his favorite teams includes the Lakers, Dodgers, USC Trojans, and BYU Cougars. He married his Brazilian wife in 2011, who he met in a Portuguese class at BYU, and they enjoy hiking with their two dogs, Snowy and Neve and going to the movies and trying new restaurants. In May 2018 they welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Leila.
John Kwant, DMD
Dr. John Kwant is a native Utahn. He was born and raised in the Holladay area, but considers his real home to be in the mountains. As a youth, he would disappear and go exploring along the hills of the Wasatch Front, with Millcreek Canyon being one of his favorites. This knowledge of the local trails and paths helped him later in life when he was part of Salt Lake County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team. His love of the outdoors hasn't diminished with time and you will still find him wandering in the hills looking for a new route and looking out for the local wildlife. Wildlife conservation is one of his passions and he actively participates in it locally and internationally. Dr. Kwant graduated from the University of Utah and attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Immediately after graduating, he joined the United States Air Force and completed an intense residency at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. After Keesler, he was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana. He was there during the September 11 attack and spent many long nights in the dental clinic getting airmen ready to deploy. Dr. Kwant served as the forensics officer while on active duty and was called upon several times to use those skills. After separating from active duty, he joined the 419th Medical Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah and served as a reservist and the dental commander for several years. Besides dentistry, Dr. Kwant's other great love in life is his family. He and his amazing wife, Cindy, have two little boys with curly red hair. Johnny (5 yrs) and Andy (2 yrs) have as much energy as nuclear power plant and keep everybody at the Kwant home busy and young. If you ever need to reach Dr. Kwant and he doesn't answer the phone, he is probably outside playing red rover or tag. So, come on by, join in and have some smores and he'll talk about all things dental or whatever else is on your mind.
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