How we created the list.

» Who conducted this survey?

Professional Research Services Inc. (PRS), a Detroit-based company that administers peer-review surveys of professionals including doctors, lawyers and dentists.

» Who was surveyed?

Eighty percent of Hawaii dentists were mailed voting information (not all dentists’ addresses are public information). To address the other 20 percent, dentists were asked to forward the online voting information to their colleagues. Additionally, physicians with specialties that would refer patients to a dentist (including family medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatrics, head and neck plastic surgeons) were included in the survey.

» How many forms were sent out?

More than 3,000 licensed general dentists, dental specialists and referring physicians in the state were contacted.

» What instructions were they given in completing the survey?

Voting was done online in the fall of 2011. Dentists who visited the site were instructed to vote by clicking on a nomination field and selecting a dentist, organized by geographic location and specialty. All licensed dentists in the state were available for selection. Respondents were allowed to modify their ballots until the closing date.

» Did specialists vote only on their own specialty, and vice-versa for general-practice dentists?

No, people could vote across all practices.

» Could a dentist vote for him or herself?

Technically, yes, but most dentists only recommended their colleagues, as the survey was designed as a peer review. Additionally, each dentist appearing on the list received more than one vote.

» Were dentists on every island included in both nominations and polling?


» What are the voting categories?

The listing includes eight specialties: general dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. These specialties are split into the following geographic areas: Aiea/Pearl City/Waipahu/Mililani/Wahiawa, Big Island, Honolulu, Kaneohe/Kailua, Kauai, Maui/Molokai/Lanai, other Oahu. Dentists were allowed to vote for 5 dentists in each category and in each geographic area.

» Are the dentists listed in any particular order?

The dentists are listed by specialty, in alphabetical order.

» Were respondents allowed to make comments on specific dentists?

This is a straight listing—no comments were allowed to influence the final list.

» How is this an objective listing if it’s based on opinions?

Like medicine, dentistry is a profession that relies upon dentists referring one another. Peer review is a very effective method of determining who is the best in the field, since it’s based on the opinions of those most in the know: their colleagues.

» Are results checked against state of Hawaii records for criminal action or misconduct? What would happen if a misconduct complaint had been filed against a winner?

Yes, PRS checks with the Professional and Vocational Licensing Board of the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. If a dentist is not in good standing or isn’t currently licensed, that dentist would not be included on the list.

The professionals listed herein were selected by their peers in a survey conducted by Professional Research Services Company of Royal Oak, Michigan. For further information, visit or email PRS at