As a pediatric dentist, my focus is developing young patients with excellent oral health and habits and positive attitudes towards receiving dental care. I truly love working with children and seeing the sense of accomplishment and pride that a child has after completing dental treatment. I believe in the importance of education and prevention in the office.
Bachelor of Science – Oklahoma State University
Doctor of Dental Surgery – University of Oklahoma
General Practice Residency – University Hospital Denver
Pediatric Dental Residency – Children’s Hospital Denver
The field of dentistry is constantly advancing the technology involving patient treatment and materials. This is especially important for the pediatric patient and I stay involved by attending seminars and courses sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Oklahoma Dental Association
Tulsa County Dental Society
Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentists
In the Dental Community
Pediatric Dental Advisor, Tulsa Kids Magazine
Top Pediatric Dentist, Oklahoma Magazine, 2008
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry Senior Pediatric Honors Program, 1999
Board Certified with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Senior Pediatric Honors Program
Outside the Office
I am a native of Oklahoma City, but have lived in Tulsa since 2002. I am married to Dr. Joe Lai (Kirkpatrick and Lai Orthodontics) and we have 4 wonderful children: Cooper, Olivia, Fisher, and Whitaker. They fill our time with many activities from Gymnastics to Football, and we love every minute of it! As for myself, I enjoy running and Pilates. I am a member of Christ the King Church. I am blessed to live in such a tight knit community. Tulsa is like a “BIG” small town and I love seeing my patients at church, school and at the park.