Our Team

Joseph R. Cohen, DDS

Joseph R. Cohen DDS

Temporamandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain

Joseph R. Cohen DDS is founder of Southwest Pain Management Associates. He manages our Orofacial Pain Program. His practice focuses on orofacial pain including atypical tooth pain and headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disorders as well as oral appliance treatment of sleep apnea. Dr. Cohen is board certified by the American Board of Orofacial Pain, one of only eight in Central Arizona and is past president of that board. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Dental Association, American Association for the Study of Headaches, American Pain Society, and is past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Orofacial Pain Center at UCLA. He is also responsible for TMD and Orofacial Pain Education at Arizona School for Dental and Oral Health, a clinical instructor at Midwestern University, College of Osteopathy, Arizona Campus and is one of eight national consultants for the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation assigned as a site reviewer to recommend which TMD/Orofacial Pain Graduate Programs qualify to be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (A Federal Agency). Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the University of Tennessee Dental School and has been in private practice in Phoenix since 1971. He has authored many articles and has lectured on Craniomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain all over the world. Dr. Cohen is frequently asked to consult by the Doctors at Mayo clinic regarding treatment of TMD and Orofacial Pain. 


Seena Patel DMD, MPH.

Seena Patel DMD MPH

Dr. Patel completed her residency in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the University of Southern California. She obtained her DMD and MPH degrees from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University in 2010. She now serves as adjunct faculty there. Dr. Patel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and is board eligible for the American Board of Oral Medicine. During her educational training, she authored several publications and award-winning scientific posters, particularly on the topic of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ). In addition, she has spent a significant amount of her post-graduate training in providing dental care for patients with special needs and complex medical conditions. During this time, she expanded her knowledge in advanced anesthesia involving conscious sedation. In her dental school days, she was actively involved in ASDA (American Student Dental Association), research activities, and the promotion of oral health education in the curriculum of other health specialties (such as the medical school and physician assistant program). She was presented with the Excellence in Oral Biology award upon graduation. Prior to dental school, Dr. Patel completed her undergraduate degree cum laude at the University of Arizona. She also maintains her membership in the Central Arizona Dental Society, Arizona Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Arizona Pain Society.


Joseph D. Matthews DDS MS MSc

Dr. Matthews moved to the Phoenix area in June 2014 after 15 years practicing general dentistry and orofacial pain in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  He completed one year of advanced clinical training in orofacial pain and Dental Sleep Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.  He continues to lecture at the UCLA Dental School and is adjunct Faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  Dr. Matthews is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry.  Before dental school he completed a bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a master’s degree in human nutrition at Kansas State University.  In addition, Dr. Matthews holds a master’s of science degree from the University of Oxford, England in evidence-based health care.  His research background and former positions as district peer review chairman and president of the New Mexico Dental Association are punctuated by numerous publications and appearances as lecturer at national and international meetings.  He is a member of The American Academy of Orofacial Pain, The American Headache Society, The American Dental Association (ADA), The American Dental Educators Association, and The International Association for Dental Research.  He is also a consultant to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and the ADA Center for Evidence-based Dentistry, among others.