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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry strives to gain the benefits of oral health for all children and adolescents in Kentucky, and beyond, regardless their systemic and mental condition and abilities. 

Full-Time Faculty

Enrique Bimstein, DDS, Chief, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
David A. Nash, DMD, MS, EdD, William R. Willard Professor Dental Education
Cristina Perez, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor
Erwin G. Turner, DMD, Associate Professor, Program Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program
Juan F. Yepes DDS, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH, Associate Professor

Part-time Clinical Faculty

Shellie Branson, DMD, Assistant Professor
Wendy Humphrey, DMD, Assistant Professor
Rodney Jackson, DMD, Assistant Professor
Lisa Kochis, DDS, MS, Assistant Professor


Dr. Angela Gabbard
Dr. Justin Raybould
Dr. Larry Sharp
Dr. Emilee Young
Dr. Renee Kilty
Dr. Dhruti Patel
Dr. Jenna Schulten
Dr. Julia Stacey

Educational and Clinical Emphasis

The development of skills in clinical pediatric dentistry is a primary program objective.  However, because of the need for pediatric dentists in teaching, research and public health positions, a strong secondary objective is to stimulate an interest in these areas. Upon program completion, the resident receives a certificate in pediatric dentistry and meets the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

The Program has strong clinical and didactic components with a focus on:
•    treatment of medically, mentally, and physically compromised children and adolescents
•    hospital and pharmacological management of patients
•    management of the developing dentition for children and adolescents under the supervision of full-time pediatric faculty/orthodontists.  

The didactic curriculum consists of a series of interrelated seminars and courses regarding general pediatric oral health care, care of the handicapped and chronically ill child, and diagnosis and treatment of occlusion problems in the primary, mixed and young permanent dentitions. The 24-month program includes a core curriculum, specialty coursework, and a wide range of clinical experiences.

The program benefits from being administratively located in a College of Dentistry, but with residents being full-time house staff in the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Percent of Resident's Time Spent:
Didactic 30%
Clinical Experience 50%
Research 15%
Teaching 5%


The pediatric dentistry facilities include modern clinical, seminar and research facilities on the second floor of the Kentucky Clinic and on the fourth floor of the College of Dentistry wing of the UK Medical Center. Extramural clinical activity in the College of Dentistry’s mobile vans are components of the clinical experience.