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Dr. Martha “Jodi” Braid

Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Braid was glad to have the opportunity to come back home to Southern Illinois when she opened Dental Care for Kids in 2008. She considers herself blessed to work with an amazing team who help serve the dental needs of the hard working families of Southern Illinois.

Dr. Braid received her dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Illinois. She received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from University of Missouri-Kansas City in affiliation with Children’s Mercy Hospital. There she received specialized training that allows her to provide oral conscious sedation and provide services in an operating room environment. She is a proud Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Braid dedicates a great deal of time to her practice and other professional and community organizations including her church, the dental society, and the health department just to name a few. But what Dr. Braid enjoys most is spending time with her husband and children as well as her extended family, who also reside here in Southern Illinois. They spend a lot of time playing back yard sports like basketball and street hockey, riding bikes, boating, hiking, baking and camping.

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Dr. Amy Wyatt

General Dentist

Dr. Wyatt is a general dentist who grew up right here in Southern Illinois. Although she is not a pediatric dentist, her passion has always been working with kids. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Saint Louis University, Dr. Wyatt decided to pursue a degree in dentistry at Southern Illinois University-School of Dental Medicine. In 2006, she returned to Southern Illinois to work with children at the Adolescent Health Center. In 2008, Dr. Wyatt began working at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in their dental hygiene program and Community Dental Center. Dr. Wyatt continues to work part time at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dr. Wyatt love to volunteer at dental events and is hoping to start participating in dental service trips in the Caribbean. Dr. Jodi is thrilled that Dr. Wyatt shares her enthusiasm for providing high quality dental care for our kids.

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Dr. Deidre Childers

General Dentist

Dr. Childers is a general dentist and has lived in Southern Illinois with her husband Kyle and their four children for almost 25 years. She graduated from Ole Miss and then from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. Although she is not a pediatric dentist she completed a two year Hospital Dentistry Residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. There she specialized in treating medically compromised children and adults. Dr. Jodi is thrilled that Dr. Childers shares her enthusiasm of providing high quality care for our kids.

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Ann

Business Assistant

Ann is a business assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. She has just started her career in dentistry but has been in customer service since 1996. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is working with such a great dental team and seeing beautiful smiles created every day. Ann is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she likes to be a part of quality dental care that is kid friendly and fun. Ann’s favorite part about her job is seeing the big smiles from the kids and the appreciation from the parents. On her free time Ann likes to golf, go boating and fishing, target practice and loves to spend time outdoors. Ann is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan. Ann’s ideal vacation spot is anywhere there is a sandy beach, ocean and sunshine.

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Michelle

Business Assistant

Michelle is a business assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. Michelle is fairly new to dentistry and looks forward to many years. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is the patient interaction she has from the start of the patient’s appointment to the end of the patient’s appointment. Michelle is committed to Dental Care for Kids because of the great team that she works with and all the patients she sees throughout the day. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the results that come out of a dedicated team and dedicated patients. On her free time Michelle likes to go fishing with her family, going to St. Louis Cardinal games and really enjoys anything outdoors. Her favorite vacation spot is sunny Florida.

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Kelli

Licensed Dental Hygienist |  Coronal Polish | Pit and Fissure Sealants | Nitrous Oxide Monitoring | Sedation Monitoring CPR Certified

Kelli is a dental hygienist/dental assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. Kelli has been in dentistry since 2014. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is the amazing team members and the ability to make kids feel as comfortable as they can to make their experience a good one. Kelli is committed to Dental Care for Kids knowing that she is making a huge difference in patient’s lives. Her favorite part of her job is giving the patient a lead in their oral health that will lead to a life time of great oral health. On her free time Kelli likes fishing, going to concerts and spending time with her fiancé and family. Her favorite vacation spot is Jamaica or anywhere warm.

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Heather

Coronal Polish | Pit and Fissure Sealants | Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Sedation Monitoring CPR Certified

Heather is a dental assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. She has worked in dentistry since 1995. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is working with kids and making a difference. She is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she knows she works with a great group of ladies and knows we all strive to make a difference with each child. Heather’s favorite part about her job is watching the kids grow over the years and gain dental confidence. On her free time she likes to spend time with her family. Heather’s hobbies also include crafts. Her favorite vacation spot is New York City.

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Marcia

Coronal Polish Pit and Fissure Sealants Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Sedation Monitoring CPR Certified

Marcia is a dental assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. She has worked in dentistry since 1996. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is the children. She is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she knows it is a great place to work and because of the care that is given to the children. Marcia’s favorite part about her job is working with children and working with a great staff. On her free time she likes to spend time with her family. Marcia’s hobbies include riding her Harley with her husband. Her favorite vacation spot is Florida.

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Anisha

Coronal Polish Pit and Fissure Sealants Nitrous Oxide Monitoring Sedation Monitoring CPR Certified

Anisha is a dental assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. She has worked in dentistry since 2014. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is the amazing coworkers we have and we are always working as a team to make the experience for the kids the best they can have. She is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she knows that she is really helping to make a difference in their lives and for kids to have the best overall experience at the dentist. Anisha’s favorite part about her job is seeing how excited the kids get when you are helping them and especially seeing how happy the parents are. On her free time she likes to enjoy time with her family and dogs, and being outside as much as possible. Anisha’s hobbies include sports. She loves to place soccer with her daughter and go watch the St. Louis Cardinals play. She also enjoys reading and going to church. Anisha’s favorite place to go is St. Louis and get to spend the weekend up there and go shopping, to the Zoo and of course a Cardinal game.

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Jessica R.

Licensed Dental Hygienist |Coronal Polish |Pit and Fissure Sealants |Nitrous Oxide Monitoring |CPR Certified

Jessica is a dental hygienist here at Dental Care for Kids. She was worked in dentistry since 2013. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is being able to teach kids the importance of oral hygiene. She is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she knows that most dental problems are preventable with proper dental care, especially starting at an early age. Jessica’s favorite part about her job is being able to work with kids of all ages. On her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Jessica’s hobbies also include going camping, fishing and spending time outdoors with her dog, Daisy. Her favorite vacation spot is the open country of Wyoming and Texas.

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Brooke

Licensed Dental Hygienist |Coronal Polish |Pit and Fissure Sealants |Nitrous Oxide Monitoring |Sedation Monitoring |CPR Certified

Brooke is a dental hygienist here at Dental Care for Kids. She has worked in dentistry since 2010. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is working with the kids and being part of an awesome team. She is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she knows how important oral health is, especially with kids. Brooke’s favorite part about her job is seeing a child who is scared of the dentist do great at the office. On her free time she likes to spend time with her family. Brooke’s hobbies also include helping on the farm and getting manicures. Her favorite vacation spot is anywhere that has a warm beach.

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Kara

Licensed Dental Hygienist | Coronal Polish | Pit and Fissure Sealants | Nitrous Oxide Monitoring |  CPR Certified

Kara is a dental hygienist/dental assistant here at Dental Care for Kids. She has worked in dentistry since 2015. Her favorite part about working at Dental Care for Kids is the patients she gets to encounter every day and her awesome coworkers. She is committed to Dental Care for Kids because she knows she is making a difference in each of the patient’s life. Kara’s favorite part about her job is that she is making the patient’s smile brighter. On her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends, go to concerts, and watch the St. Louis Cardinals.  Her favorite vacation spot is Florida on the beach and somewhere in the mountains.

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