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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Rosanna Whidden 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. Whidden graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and earned a bachelor of science in biology.
Dr. Whidden 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. Whidden 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 board certified and a diplomat for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Whidden 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.
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.
Dr. Brown is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She grew up in Seguin, Texas and obtained a B.S. in Biology from Texas State University in 2003. In 2007 Dr. Brown received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. After practicing general dentistry in San Antonio for a few years, she began working on a mobile dental van where she treated children at schools and shelters throughout South Texas. This opportunity solidified how much she loved working with kids, so she decided return to school to specialize in children’s dentistry. In 2015 she completed her Pediatric Dentistry residency at the University of Florida in Naples.
Dr. Brown and her husband, Dr. Justin Brown, are frequent travelers and have been lucky to have been able to explore much of the United States and 15 other countries. She also enjoys spending time with family, cooking, fitness, photography and staying active outdoors with gardening, hiking, golf and skiing. Dr. Brown truly loves working with children and always does anything she can to provide the best dental care and experience possible for them.
Every child’s dental visit should be a positive experience and every child deserves an individualized approach for their dental care to reach optimal oral health for life. Dr. Ghazal's training in both Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health helps him achieve this important goal.
Dr. Ghazal graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry with a Doctor of Science in Dentistry degree in Dental Public Health in 2017. He then pursued his residency training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which he completed in 2018.
Dr. Ghazal combines different dental philosophies to bring a unique perspective to Pediatric Dentistry with a gentle, conservative, and preventative approach. He firmly believes that establishing a trusting relationship with his patients and their parents is key to a lifelong positive attitude towards good oral health. Dr. Ghazal is an adjunct clinical assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Association for Dental Research and the National Dental Association.
He is also American board-certified in Dental Public Health and board eligible in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Ghazal received several prestigious awards from local, state and national organizations, such as the National Leverett Merit Award for outstanding achievement in Dental Public Health from American Academy of Public Health Dentistry in 2014 and the National Nusmile Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2018.