Although she is an Indiana native, Dr. Lakisha Arif-Holmes now considers Wisconsin home. She graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science. Although she enjoyed that field, she had dreams of becoming a dentist. After time spent working an an environmental scientist, she continued her education and graduated from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in 2008 with her DDS degree.
Dr. Arif-Holmes then went on to complete a one-year general practice residency at Indiana University-Indianapolis where she gained significant experience working with medically compromised patients and patients who have cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Arif-Holmes entered the dental profession with hopes of making dentistry a positive experience for her patients and helping them understand the importance of good oral health.
Dr. Arif-Holmes practiced in Beloit, treating patients in local schools and the hospital in addition to a traditional dental setting. Having grown up in an underserved area, she is passionate about giving back to the community by using her skills to help others.
In 2014, Dr. Arif-Holmes moved to Milwaukee to serve the public health sector at both a major teaching hospital and a local community health clinic. Dr. Arif-Holmes serves as co-chair for Give Kids A Smile Day, which provides free dental screenings for underserved children.
She is also a member of the following organizations:
- American Dental Association
- Wisconsin Dental Association
- Special Care Dentistry Association
Dr. Arif-Holmes lives in Wauwatosa with her husband Jonathan and their two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys family activities with them, as well as cooking, traveling, music, and trying new restaurants.