Portage Pediatric Dentistry Goes the Extra Miles to Inspire Smiles
Let’s face it: kids aren’t generally thrilled to visit most dental offices.
Thankfully, Portage Pediatric Dentistry is not most dental offices, and Dr. Jody Wrathall and Dr. Jackie Hwang are not most dentists.
With a welcoming, family-friendly space and two compassionate, pediatric dentists, your kids may be requesting their dental checkups just to visit.
Portage Pediatric Dentistry treats infants, children, teens and children with special health care needs in a state-of-the-art dental facility. They take great pride in creating a fun environment for children that may have more anxiety about visiting the dentist.
More Fun from the Moment You Walk into the Office
Patients come first and it is evident the minute you enter through the door at Portage Pediatric Dentistry.
Put aside any images of sterile, medical offices: Doctor Jody and Doctor Jackie ensure their patients have a welcoming, child-friendly space:
|Kid-Friendly Office Features|
|• Recently upgraded saltwater fish tank, filled with beautiful coral and colorful fish|
• A running train through the back playroom
• Movie of the Day plays during every appointment
• Visits to the Tooth Fairy door
• Prizes after every visit
• Two playrooms (temporarily closed due to COVID-19)
Meet the Dentists
Dr. Wrathall’s ties to the community run deep, as she grew up in Portage and graduated from Portage Central High School before attending Western Michigan University for her bachelor’s degree. She became the owner of Portage Pediatric Dentistry in 2016 after Dr. Deppen retired.
Jody’s husband Doug is a Spanish teacher in Mattawan and they have three children.
|Education & Credentials|
|Dr. Jody received her dental degree (D.D.S.) in 2010 and master’s degree (M.S.) in pediatric dentistry in 2012, both from the University of Michigan. She achieved her Board Certification from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2013.|
Dr. Jackie Hwang
Portage Pediatric Dentistry has grown this past year, welcoming Dr. Jackie Hwang as a full-time, associate dentist in August 2020.
Jackie grew up in Texas and met her husband, Nick while in dental school in Philadelphia. Nick is a native Michigander, having grown up in Canton, Michigan. Nick is a math teacher in Kalamazoo.
|Education & Credentials|
|Dr. Jackie Hwang received her dental degree (D.M.D.) in 2018 from the University of Pennsylvania School and master’s degree (M.S.D.) in pediatric dentistry in 2020 from Indiana University / Riley Children’s Hospital. She is currently Board Eligible and will complete her oral boards in September 2021.|
Dr. Jody and Dr. Jackie are an amazing team. Having two dentists on staff provides more appointment times available for children to see the dentist.
Both doctors love working together and care for their patients dearly.
Kids Love the Special Care at Portage Pediatric Dentistry
Portage Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to making all patients feel comfortable, whether your child is one who can’t wait to sit in the dental chair or one who needs some additional time and attention. Parents can rest assured that their kids are in capable hands.
Portage Pediatric Dentistry offers handouts and suggestions online for how to make a visit more comfortable. They utilize sensory baskets to help kids feel more at ease. The staff receives regular training on special needs.
Find Kindness in Their Approach
Kindness, not fear, reigns supreme at the office. Each appointment is tailored to the individual child, where they will receive the care, compassion, and understanding they deserve. This will help them, and you, know exactly what’s going on at all times. Children are encouraged to look at their own x-rays and be in charge of their own health.
“My goal is that every child and parent receive not only exceptional dental treatment, but also feel like a part of our dental family. We are dedicated to tailoring your child’s appointment to their individual needs so they leave feeling cared for, understood and excited to come back. Yes, going to the dentist can be fun!” Dr. Jody says.
Dr. Jody and Dr. Jackie take pride in educating children and caregivers on the importance of preventative care for healthy teeth. Dr. Jody talks to youth at area schools. The office works with other local dentists to adopt methods for dental care that are less invasive for the patient.
Normally, the Tooth Fairy helps lead the charge on special events and visiting preschools. But due to COVID-19, these programs are on pause.
Instead, Portage Pediatric Dentistry helped the Kalamazoo community by donating some supplies for the local hospitals.
What Portage Pediatric Dentistry is Doing to Keep Your Family Safe
Portage Pediatric Dentistry makes the health and safety of its staff and patients a top priority.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has made some equipment investments in their office. You can read their full list of COVID-19 protocols here.
|Office Safety Upgrades|
|• Medical grade air purifiers in all treatment and front office areas|
• Dividers in our open hygiene bay, to divide each clinical chair.
• Clinical team has full PPE (including fun animal character face shields, protective gowns, N95 and surgical masks, and scrub caps)
• Shields for front office team
Portage Pediatric Dentistry is continuing to update its infection control protocols using the guidelines released by the national health and safety organizations.
Finding Your Child’s Dentist is Easier Than You Think
Portage Pediatric Dentistry is centrally located in Portage, off Old Centre Road. Call their office or schedule your appointment online:
3020 Old Centre Road, Portage, MI 49024
Portage, MI 49024
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