“My practice philosophy is to provide personalized treatment for each individual in a warm, caring, family-oriented environment. Each of our patients is unique, and we enjoy getting to know the person behind the smile. We value your time and try to minimize any waiting time. I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families. For me, it is very rewarding to watch their self-confidence blossom along with dental change. I feel fortunate being able to do something that I love and that is so rewarding.” — Dr. Valerie Fajen
Dr. Fajen earned her bachelor’s degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1981. She then attended School of Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1986. She obtained her master’s degree and certificate of specialty in orthodontics in 1988. Dr. Fajen believes that education is an ongoing process and regularly attends continuing education courses each year to stay up to date on the latest techniques and technology.
Dr. Fajen practiced in the Dallas area before moving her practice to the Lufkin area in 1996. She has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics and the Journal of the Oklahoma Dental Association. She is currently a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, Texas Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, East Texas Dental Society, the Mu Mu Chapter Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society, and the Psi Omega Dental fraternity.
Dr. Fajen is very involved with the community and participates in many organizations, including St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, Altar Guild, Friends of the Ellen Trout Zoo, and the local Thanksgiving food drive. She joined the Lufkin community in 1996 and currently resides here with her husband Ted and her children, Nicholas and Patricia. When she is not busy at work, Dr. Fajen enjoys cross-stitching, reading, traveling, sewing, playing with her pets, and spending time with her family. One of her most favorite pastimes is jigsaw puzzles: the more difficult, the better!