Why a Pediatric Dentist? |
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Our Mission is to provide
excellent Pediatric Dental care to our patients in a professional,
kind and empathetic manner.
believe that the impressions children form at a young age about
dentistry, and their own personal dental care, begin with their
earliest dental visits. These impressions must be positive and must
carry forward into adulthood.
Our doctors and staff have achieved the highest levels of education
and training in the specialized field of Pediatric Dentistry. It is
our goal, as Pediatric Dental specialists, to insure that our
patients have the best experiences possible, under all
circumstances, so that they will continue to be comfortable in the
We also believe that both prevention at a very young age and
parental involvement in the preventive aspect of dental disease are
essential to long term oral health. It is our desire and
responsibility to educate both the parents and the patients of our
practice. We hope that this will enable them to maintain an informed
and positive focus on dental health for the rest of their lives.
Pediatric Dentist instead of a Family Dentist?
universally acknowledged that Primary or "baby" teeth are very
different than permanent or "adult" teeth. Pediatric Dentists are
specially trained and are required to complete a two year residency
program in addition to the standard four years of dental school.
Pediatric Dentists are, essentially, "Pediatricians of the Mouth."
Just as most enlightened and caring parents choose to have their
children treated by a Pediatrician, instead of their adult doctor,
Pediatric Dentists are better educated and equipped to treat
children and childhood diseases and, through specialized education,
training and experience, are aware of the differences and the oral
problems that are most common to children.
example, many family or general dentists do NOT advise parents to
have their children examined beginning at age one and instead, wait
to examine children at age three or four. Pediatric
Dentists know that this delay in examination and potential treatment
is unacceptable and potentially harmful to your child's oral health.
In addition, the current standard of care by the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Hygiene Association recommends the first dental visit within 6 months of the first tooth or the
FIRST DENTAL VISIT BY AGE ONE! This is done to establish a dental home in the event of an emergency and to guide parents on prevention of dental disease and problems.
are susceptible to decay as soon as they erupt into the mouth. The
science of Pediatric Dentistry has proven that waiting until ages
three or four is often too late to discuss prevention as many of
these young children already have cavities.
addition, many very young children fall and injure their mouths and
should be seen to assess the problem. Pediatric Dentists are
equipped with the proper size instruments and X-ray films to
evaluate the oral trauma.
Pediatric Dentists understand how the mouth and teeth should develop
and are able to detect and even prevent problems that occur at an
Finally and most importantly, Pediatric Dentists are trained in the
behavior management of the child - at any age. This allows our
doctors and staff to treat your child in a professional, kind and
empathetic manner which will empower them to look forward to their
next visit to the dentist.
Shari C. Kohn, D.D.S.
Shari Kohn has been practicing Pediatric Dentistry since 1992. She
has owned her private practice in Hunt Valley, Maryland – Dentistry
for Kids - since 2004. Since 1999, Dr. Kohn has been a part time
clinical instructor at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery,
University of Maryland Dental School for the Department of Pediatric
In 1998, Dr. Kohn became a board certified Pediatric Dentist. At
that time, she was offered fellowship into the American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry and Diplomate status to the American Board of
Dr. Kohn has been an active member in Maryland as well. She has
served the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on the board, as
vice president and president. Dr. Kohn is a past president of the
Maryland Society of Dentistry for Children and a former winner of
the Pediatric Dentistry Achievement Award. She was also one of
the first females to be president of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity
In 2007, Dr. Kohn was elected by her peers and inducted as a Fellow
into the American College of Dentists. The American College of
Dentists is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists
and was founded in 1920 to recognize dentists who have made
significant contributions to the advancement of dentistry. The
mission of the American College of Dentists is to advance
excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in dentistry.
Fellowship in the College is by invitation and based on demonstrated
leadership and contributions to the dental profession and society.
Approximately 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the American College
again in 2013, Dr Kohn was selected as one of Baltimore’s Best Pediatric Dentists
by Baltimore Magazine. Dr. Kohn was also selected as one of
Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record.
In May of 2011, Dr. Kohn was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD.org) which is based out of Chicago in the American Dental Association building. Dr. Kohn will be representing District II of the Academy known as the Eastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry which consists of the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and members in the Federal services. Dr. Kohn was elected by the membership of this region to represent them on a national level. This is a three year term and will require Dr. Kohn to travel several times during the next few years to attend board meetings and Academy events. It is an amazing honor for Dr. Kohn to be involved with such an important and prestigious group.
Kohn has been married since 1989 to her husband Tom, an attorney in
Baltimore at Adelberg, Rudow, Hendler and Dorf. They live in
Lutherville with their two children, Rachel and A.J. Rachel is a
Broadcast and Digital Journalism major at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles and A.J. is a high school senior getting ready for college . They all love their golden retriever, Penny.
Melena Evancho, D.D.S.
Dentistry for Kids is thrilled to welcome to our “team” Dr. Melena Evancho. Dr. Evancho is an exceptional Pediatric Dentist and we know you and your kids will love her.
Dr. Evancho completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry in July, 2010 at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (she is also currently a part time Clinical Instructor there as well). She graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 2008,
magna cum laude, and she is a graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania,
summa cum laude.
Dr. Evancho has also been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her educational career including membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the National Dental Honor Society – both extraordinary acknowledgements of her academic successes. Dr. Evancho is currently a member of both the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Just as important as Dr. Evancho’s professional skills is her “chair side” manner with children and parents. She is kind, caring and loves kids, all of which makes her a very special practitioner.
Dr. Evancho was raised in Northern Pennsylvania. She is addicted to jigsaw puzzles and solving cryptograms. She is learning to become a big Baltimore Ravens fan and has a tradition of eating sushi while watching the Raven’s games.
Dr. Evancho is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists – a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She and her puppy Riley live in Canton in Baltimore City.
Please make it a point to meet “Dr. E” when you come in for your next visit.
Liz Prada, DMD, MPH
Dr. Liz Prada has been a member of our team since August 2013. She comes to the Hunt Valley area by way of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Metro Detroit, Michigan where she spent her childhood. She has been in practice since 2009.
Dr. Prada is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She received a B.A. in Biology and Public Policy Studies at Duke University in 2002. She completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with honors in 2006 and a 3 year pediatric dental residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to her dental training, she holds a Master's Degree in Public Health with a specialty in Health Policy and Management. She has a strong interest in the role of public health in dentistry.
Beyond her professional life at D4K, Dr. treats children with craniofacial problems and teaches dental residents at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic in Pennsylvania. She holds staff privileges at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Prada chose pediatric dentistry because she loves teaching children and families about good oral health and prevention. Her research on dental care for pregnant women was published in the Journal of the American Dental Association in 2010. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and executive board member of the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Prada lives in Phoenix, Maryland with her husband, son, and dog. She is expecting her second child in August 2015. She loves travel, photography, and spending time with her family. Her husband, Victor, is a physician at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
2012 Holiday Party at Taylor’s Stonleigh Bowling Alley
Top Row: Courtney – hygienist, Bekah – dental assistant, Kaitlynn – hygienist, Kim G – front desk, Kim D. hygienist, Wendy – front desk and assistant,
Middle Row: Jen B. – assistant, Dr. Kohn, Chris B. – office manager, Dr. Evancho, Samie – front desk
Bottom Row: A.J. – sterilization, Lyn – assistant, Courtney M. – front desk and assistant, Danielle – hygienist
Bartholomey - Office Manager
Christine Bartholomey is our full time Office Manager at Dentistry
for Kids. Chris has been in the Pediatric Dental field, in some
capacity, for more than 20 years, and has served as an Office Manager
for eighteen of those years.
Chris and Dr. Kohn have been working together for sixteen years and
she shares the same enthusiasm for working with children as Dr. Kohn
and the entire staff at Dentistry for Kids. She is also the source
of answers for any office questions such as appointments, billing and
When Chris is not working with the children at Dentistry for Kids,
she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She has
five grandchildren: Hailey, Spencer, Samuel, Owen and Max.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and walking her dog, Cruz.
R.D.H., M.S. - Dental
Danielle Bisesi is our full time Dental Hygienist at Dentistry for
Kids. Danielle graduated from the University of Maryland Dental
School in 1992 with her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. While
working as a Dental Hygienist, she continued her education and
received her Masters degree in Health Science from Towson University
Danielle began working in private practice in a general dental
office setting in 1992. She has since worked in many dental
specialty areas including a periodontal and a prosthetic dental
practice. Danielle has worked with Dr. Kohn for more than ten years
and truly enjoys the special nature of the Pediatric practice.
In addition to working with children at Dentistry for Kids, Danielle
enjoys working with children through the Ecuadent Foundation, which
is a mission group that provides dental care to the underserved
children of Ecuador.
When not working with children at work, church or in Ecuador,
Danielle enjoys camping with her husband, Sal and her poodles –
Louie and Chewy.
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Courtney with Danielle