About us

Patient-Focused, Every Time

Our Mission

It’s our mission to provide excellent dental care that exceeds patients’ expectations by offering exceptional treatment while creating a relaxed, fun, and professional environment. Utilizing the latest dental technology, our friendly and highly trained team strive to deliver calm and comfortable care. We are passionate about operating with the utmost integrity to develop trust and confidence with you, our patient. We aim to build a life-long relationship with each individual that visits our office, ensuring you feel valued, heard, and part of our dental family.

the best compassionate care

Get To Know
Dr. Francis Amato

Dr. Amato served in the United States Navy as a nuclear submariner and diver. After the military, he worked as an engineer in the nuclear power industry before pursuing a career in dentistry. Dr. Amato graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry and holds a Fellowship and Mastership with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) as well as a Surgical Fellowship with the Misch International Implant Institute. 

The High Country has been his home since 2004. When he is not caring for his patients, he enjoys spending time with his family. He has a lovely wife of 39 years, Gena, three children, Madeline, Lillian, and Abigail, and a son-in-law, Will.

Dedicated to your smile


Dr. Jeff graduated from the University of Colorado Dental School, where he received the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Dental Student Award. Immediately following graduation, he enrolled in the Academy of GP Orthodontics, a two-year program to further his education in comprehensive orthodontics. He also holds an Implant Externship from the Triangle Dental Institute.  

Dr. Jeff has a distinguished career as a Navy SEAL Sniper, serving our country for eight years before being medically retired due to combat-related injuries. After the Navy, he transitioned to being a front tire changer on multiple pit crews for NASCAR. Dr. Jeff has a beautiful wife, Ericka, and two Jack Russell Terriers named Hunter and Chase. 

Dedicated to your smile

Get to Know Dr. Alvin Abaqueta

Dr. Alvin Abaqueta, MD, serves as the Medical Director for our Amato Aesthetics. With a distinguished medical background, Dr. Abaqueta brings precision and expertise.

His commitment to innovation in aesthetic treatments and laser procedures ensures our clients receive the highest quality care.

Dr. Abaqueta's passion for merging medical knowledge with advanced aesthetics defines our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction at Amato Aesthetics.

Patient Focused, Friendly Dentistry

Meet the Team

The Amato Dentistry team is made up of highly professional and extremely friendly members who are eager to help your dental visit be as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. Each team member is highly trained, has advanced continuing education in their field, and is dedicated to your health, comfort, and care. They make your needs, desires, and concerns their top priority.

What to expect


When you first walk through our doors, you’ll be greeted by our comfortable environment and our friendly office team. Sit down and relax as you fill out any new patient forms prior to your appointment. Once those are complete and your hygienist is ready for you, we’ll invite you back into one of our operatories.

Depending on the service you receive, one of our hygienists, Dr. Amato, or Dr. Jeff will spend time with you to discuss your personalized treatment plan, giving you an opportunity to ask questions.

If anything requires extra attention following your treatment, one of our doctors will explain their recommendations and provide you with any additional information.


In order to help make your appointment as efficient as possible, we ask that you please bring your ID, insurance information, and fill out new patient forms electronically prior to your visit.

Office Comforts and Amenities

Your comfort is important to us. From your time in the waiting room to your experience in our operatories, we strive to provide you with a calm, relaxing environment.


Pillows & warm blankets

Individual music in operatories

Beautiful views

Monitors for viewing x-rays and scans



Our Tools and Technology

In order to ensure an excellent patient experience, we utilize the best technology modern dentistry has to offer. Some of our tools include digital scans and impressions for patient comfort, same-day crowns, CT scans, digital paperwork for patient convenience, and various conscious sedation options such as Nitrous Oxide for patients who are anxious about their treatment.

Giving Back

Our Community Outreach

Our philosophy of care goes beyond the office walls. We believe that it’s our responsibility to care for our patients, both in and out of the operating chair, and one of the best ways to do this is through our community outreach programs. Our involvement in the West Jefferson community includes donating hygiene supplies to children in need, partnering with Buddy Walk of the High Country, and supporting Baptist Children's Hospital Cancer Center.

It’s Time to Start Smiling

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