Leslie H. Darnell, DMD, MSD, Diplomate

Dr. Leslie Darnell joined AZPerio in November 2020. She sees patients at the Ahwatukee and Gilbert offices.

Throughout her training and practice, she has focused on providing oral health education and comprehensive care to patients while utilizing the most up-to-date treatment modalities, which include the use of cone beam CT. She has also helped advance research dentistry through her involvement in research studies related to periodontal surgery and wound healing.

While highly research-focused, evidence-based and committed to advancing the science of periodontics, Dr. Darnell is also a passionate advocate for patients’ health and well-being. She is a strong supporter of organized dentistry and is an active member of several local and national dental organizations, including the American Academy of Periodontology.

Dr. Darnell is an Arizona native, growing up in Ahwatukee. She graduated from Mountain Pointe High School and subsequently graduated from the University of Arizona, majoring in Psychology and Microbiology. Thereafter, she graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and pursued an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency in Seattle, WA. Upon completion of that program, she obtained a specialty certificate in periodontics at Saint Louis University, earning a Master of Science in Dentistry degree.

Dr. Darnell is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, and is a member of several professional dental organizations.

In her free time, Dr. Darnell enjoys spending time with her family, her husband and their Labrador Retriever, Butters. She loves the Arizona weather (yes, even in the summer) and the desert landscape. She also enjoys hiking, playing tennis and pickleball, pilates, and game nights with friends. Dr. Darnell and her husband are huge foodies and are always looking to try new foods and restaurants.

“The most rewarding aspect of dentistry to me is knowing that I can help transform the lives of my patients by restoring their oral health and helping them to regain their confidence and smiles!”