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. 

Division Chief: Cristina Perez, DDS, MSDivision Chief

Patient Care

UK Dentistry provides comprehensive dentistry for children newborn to age 18, including children with special healthcare needs. Visit our patient care/dental clinic section for more information

Faculty, Residents & Externs

Full-Time Faculty
Perez LarkinScheffelSinger



From left to right: Cristina Perez, DDS, MS, Division Chief; Morgan Larkin, DMD; Debora Scheffell, DDS; and Ronald Singer, DDS.

Part-time Clinical Faculty
Wendy Humphrey, DMD
Julie Keller, DMD
Lisa Kochis, DDS, MS
Second-year residents: Dr. Maria Brown, Dr. Sidney Fisher, Dr. Luke Smith, and Dr. Alex Ward
First-year residents: Dr. Sarah Chhadh, Dr. Murphy Conlin, Dr. Kali Gupton, and Dr. Tyler Parrish

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 in the University of Kentucky Hospital.

Percent of Resident's Time Spent:
Didactic 20%
Clinical Experience 65%
Research 10%
Teaching 5%



Our 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 in additional to rotations.

Inside the clinic....



  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Anesthesia (at Shriner’s Hospital)
  • Private Pediatric Practice 
  • Private Orthodontic Practice 
  • Orthodontic Clinic (once a week)
  • Cleft Palate Clinic 
  • Nasal Alveolar Molding (NAM) 
  • Operating Room (1 month, 2-3 days a week)
  • On-Call  (3-4 days/month)


The Pediatric Dentistry program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation

Services Provided to Patients

  • Dental care for all children who need a dental home
  • Advanced, evidenced-based dental treatments 
  • Complex dental conditions in children
  • Conscious oral sedation and general anesthesia (including Triple Combos, 3 days/week)
  • Dental care for young patients with other, more severe health concerns
  • Nasoalveolar molding (NAM), performed before cleft surgery
  • Digital dentistry for impressions
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