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Pediatric Dentists

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Paul A. Kennedy, III, M.S., D.D.S.

Dr. Paul A. Kennedy - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Kennedy, known as "Dr. Paul," is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. He received his certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. A native of Corpus Christi, Dr. Paul is a graduate of Mary Carroll High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Baylor University and his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi.

Dr. Paul is involved in many Dental organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Dental Association and the Nueces Valley District Dental Society. He is a part-time adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He has also enjoyed serving on the Windsor Park Elementary School Planning and Decision Making Team.

Dr. Paul is an avid fisherman and sportsman. He grew up fishing with his dad and enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Corpus Christi has to offer. Dr. Paul says his goal is to "improve the oral health of the children of South Texas." He looks forward to serving our community for many years to come.


Paul A. Kennedy, Jr., D.D.S., M.S.

Paul A. Kennedy Jr. - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of Baylor University College of Dentistry, where he earned his D.D.S. in 1967. Two years later, he received his M.S. from the University of Texas at Houston after completing his two-year residency in pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Kennedy has been active in all levels of dental organizations. He served as president of the Nueces Valley District Dental Society and has represented them as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association. He has served as vice-president of the Texas Dental Association and has represented them as a delegate to the American Dental Association.

In his specialty, pediatric dentistry, he has been active at all levels of specialty organizations serving as president of the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He was named Pediatric Dentist of the Year for the year 2004 for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He also served as president of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children and The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

He has been a strong advocate for children's oral health and is currently the state chair of the Head Start Dental Home Initiative. In addition he continues to lobby for improved children's oral health throughout his career. Although retired, he remains active promoting children’s oral health.


William B. Haley, II, D.M.D.

Dr. William B. Haley - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Haley is a 1978 graduate of the University Of Louisville School Of Dentistry. He then graduated from a one-year residency in general dentistry at Fort Jackson, S.C., and received his graduate training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Missouri and Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and a Fellow in both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Society of Kennedy Dental Care. He is an active member in the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He retired from the U.S. Army following 27 years of service with 21 years in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. Highlights of his military career include being the only military pediatric dentist for U.S. Forces - Korea, six years teaching pediatric dentistry to general dentistry residents in Ft. Hood, Texas and Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and supervising the largest dental clinic in the military. Dr. Haley offers over 30 years of quality care for pediatric patients.

Dr. Haley and his wife, Linda, enjoy living in Corpus Christi. His daughter, Susan Haley, M.D.L., is a resident in Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He is an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church.


Maria B. Tiefenbach, D.M.D.

Dr. Maria B. Tiefenbach - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Tiefenbach, also known as "Dr. T", is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She completed a general practice residency in 2002 at the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, focusing on the care of patients with compromised medical needs and extensive oral and maxillofacial trauma injuries. Dr. Tiefenbach then moved to Corpus Christi in 2003, and began working at Kennedy Dental Care's Alameda location as a general dentist. After developing a passion for working with children, Dr. Tiefenbach decided to further pursue her passion and began a pediatric dentistry residency in 2008. Dr. Tiefenbach received her certificate in pediatric dentistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Tiefenbach will continue to serve as a part-time adjunct professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Tiefenbach is an active member of many dental organizations. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Nueces Valley District Dental Society, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Tiefenbach is currently Board Eligible for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Diplomate Status.

Dr. Tiefenbach has been married to her husband, Michael, for over 10 years. Michael is a U.S. Naval Aviator currently stationed at NAS Corpus Christi where he has been an instructor pilot for the past 7 years. They have a young son, Aiden, who keeps them busy with his activities of swimming and Tae Kwon Do. Dr. Tiefenbach's family enjoys cooking, exercising, going to the beach and pool, traveling, reading, and attending Yorktown Baptist Church. Dr. Tiefenbach and her family are just happy to be reunited and spending quality time together after her completion of the pediatric dentistry residency.


Nicole B. Pruitt, D.M.D

Dr. Nicole B. Pruitt - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Pruitt, also known as "Dr. Nikki", is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and holds a degree in biology from Baylor University. After receiving her dental degree, she began a career as a dentist in the U.S. Navy. She completed a residency in general practice dentistry focused on the care of patients with compromised medical needs at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. After a tour in Okinawa, Japan, she returned to Texas to complete her graduate training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Following her training, she had the opportunity to be the Navy's pediatric dentist in Sicily, Italy. She returned to Texas after 10 years in the Navy Dental Corps to join Kennedy Dental Care. She remains active in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Texas Association of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Pruitt and her husband, James, have three beautiful young daughters that keep them very busy. She often shares the daily chaotic events of her own household with her patients and their families. She knows most of the popular kids TV shows, movies and toys by default so she can relate well to her young patients. Their family enjoys being actively involved at Yorktown Baptist Church where Dr. Nikki also helps with the Children's Ministry. She enjoys swimming, traveling, photography, and most of all, being a wife and mother.


Rosanna E. Puente, D.D.S.

Dr. Rosanna E. Puente - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Rosanna Puente is a graduate of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, where she also completed her pediatric dentistry residency. Prior to dental school, Dr. Puente graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and earned a bachelor of science in biology.

Dr. Puente was born and raised in Corpus Christi and is a graduate of Incarnate Word Academy. After being away from South Texas for schooling, she is glad to finally be back and practicing in the pediatric dental office she grew up going to since she was a child.

Dr. Puente is an active member in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, and the Nueces County A&M Club. She is currently a diplomatic candidate for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Puente is a true Corpus Christian and loves to be in or near the water. She enjoys paddle boarding, golfing, traveling, cooking, rooting for her Texas Aggies, and spending time with her friends and family. She is excited and passionate about giving back and serving the community she grew up in.


Refugio Gonzalez, D.D.S.

Dr. Regugio Gonzalez - Pediatric Dentist in Corpus Christi, TX

Dr. Gonzalez, knows as "Dr. Tres," is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While a dental student, he was inducted into the OKU fraternity, which is one of the highest academic honors a dental student can receive. He received his certificate in pediatric dentistry at Baylor College of Dentistry. During his residency, Dr. Tres helped children at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Dr. Tres grew up in Kingsville and is a graduate of Riviera Kaufer High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2004.

Dr. Tres is involved in various activities such as American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Texas Dental Association, Texas Exes Life Members.

Dr. Tres and his wife, Ashley, are proud parents of two sons, Conner and Easton. His hobbies include spending time with his family, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs, Bailey and Jaxson, running, and following all Texas Longhorn sports! He is excited to be back in south Texas to practice dentistry for kids.