About Dr. Mary


“I hate going to the dentist but Altoona Smiles has definitely changed that. I used to get a lot of anxiety when going but they made me feel very comfortable being there. Great customer service, amazing communication and beautiful facility. Very catering to my preferences. Definitely recommend going there!”

- Sydney D.

Dr. Mary Bucklin

Dr. Mary practices all aspects of general dentistry including root canals, fillings, crowns, extractions, and esthetic procedures. She has received special training to administer facial botox with the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Mary treats patients of all ages and is always excited to see what shows or movies her patient’s pick to watch during their treatment. She is known for a calm bedside manner with a peppy personality and will always ask to see your tattoos. Dr. Mary also loves extravagant holiday decorating and is passionate about her three poodles.

Hi, I’m Dr. Mary! I’m a proud dentist here at Altoona Smiles and greatly enjoy working with our team to deliver outstanding care and experiences to our patients. I grew up in Central Iowa and graduated from Collins-Maxwell which is just a short trip north of Altoona. I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and after that I practiced in Jackson, Wyoming before returning home to be closer to family. I live with my husband and three poodles- one standard and two toy sized- which we enjoy training and playing with. My husband and I are big Hawkeye enthusiasts and also have a passion for eclectic design and do-it-yourself home improvements. Our most recent hobby has become fitness and weight lifting which we enjoy watching ourselves grow together.

Dr. Mary

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