Our Dentists

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We know that our pediatric dentist office is only as effective and as welcoming as the people who work in it, which is why we take pride in our friendly and well-trained team members! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment in a supportive and nurturing environment. We promise to speak candidly with you about possible treatments as well as any risks and associated costs of treatment, and how treatment can address your individual needs.

Our staff is uniquely trained and highly skilled, and we strive to provide unparalleled service to each patient. Our staff consists of team members with specialized training and certifications, and years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the very latest in technology and advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.

To experience the difference and "why us", schedule your appointment with our child's dental office today!

Dr Baker Chambliss

Dr. Baker Chambliss

Birmingham, Cullman, Medplex-Hoover, Pell City, and Oxford

Since 2002, Dr. Baker Chambliss has been providing his pediatric patients with exceptional dental care. Highly educated and well trained, Dr. Baker earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College, and he obtained a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry (D.M.D.) from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Dr. Baker then gained invaluable experience completing a two-year pediatric dentist residency at the University of Tennessee, where he trained at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude and Crittenden Memorial Hospitals.

Dr. Baker believes it’s vitally important to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in pediatric dentistry in order to offer the most progressive, effective, and convenient treatments. That’s why he maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations like the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Alabama Dental Association, Birmingham District Dental Society, and the Birmingham Pediatric Dental Association.

Dr. Baker is proud to be married to Allison Fair Chambliss, and they delight in their four wonderful sons: Bake, William, Caney and Mac. He and his family are members of Canterbury United Methodist Church.

When he’s not working, Dr. Baker participates in the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, volunteers at Cahaba Valley Healthcare, and serves on the boards of New Element at McWane Science Center and the Autism Assistance Program (HANDS). He also enjoys hunting, golf, running, snow skiing, being outdoors, going to the lake and spending time with his wonderful family!

Dr Monica Caplash

Dr. Monica Caplash


Dr. Monica Caplash was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Indian Springs School and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Birmingham-Southern College. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree in 2013 from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. She then went on to complete an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the Foundry Dental Center in Bessemer, Alabama. Following residency Dr. Caplash worked in private practice for a year before joining a local non-profit children’s dentistry group where she served as a Lead Dentist and adjunct faculty for dental students. She joined the Medplex Pediatric Dental and Just Kids Dental team in 2019.

Dr. Caplash strives to make every visit a pleasant one by working with each child individually, focusing on their needs and helping educate the whole family on proper oral health. She loves having the opportunity to focus on children’s dental health here at Medplex Pediatric Dental and Just Kids Dental and wants every child to be excited about coming back for a visit!

Dr. Caplash is married to her husband, Randy Lucas, who is the Area Operations Director at Dialysis Clinic Incorporated. They have a daughter named Mila and a cat named Sobi. Dr. Caplash enjoys spending time with family and friends. During her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, live music, and Alabama football!

Dr. Ashley Boyd at Pell City and Birmingham

Dr. Ashley Boyd

Birmingham and Cullman

Dr. Ashley Boyd received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before attending dental school, Dr. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Biology from The University of Alabama, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management from Samford University.

Professionally, Dr. Ashley is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Alabama Dental Association, and the Birmingham District Dental Society. An enthusiastic civic volunteer, Dr. Ashley is an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham. She and her family are members of Mountain Brook Community Church.

Dr. Ashley is married to David Boyd, and has two wonderful daughters. She is an avid runner, an Alabama football fan, loves playing tennis and watching golf.

Dr. Kelli Hill at Pell City and Birmingham

Dr. Kelli Hill

Pell City

Dr. Hill grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at The University of South Alabama. She attended dental school at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, receiving her DMD in 2004. She then went on to complete a residency in Pediatric Dentistry at UAB, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Hill has practiced with Pediatric Dental Associates since 2009.

Dr. Joey Krekelberg Birmingham

Dr. Joey Krekelberg


Dr. Joseph Krekelberg was born and raised in Birmingham. He attended Jefferson County International Baccalaureate High School, and received his Bachelor of Science from Birmingham-Southern College. He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. Since then, Dr. Krekelberg has worked in children's dentistry for a state non-profit group as Lead Dentist in his office. Dr. Krekelberg is excited to return to Birmingham at Just Kids Dental, and looks forward to serving his community. While not at work, Dr. Krekelberg enjoys cooking (more specifically, eating), reading, and spending time with his girlfriend and their two adorable dogs, Oscar and Bindi.

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Dr. Sean Gunnels


Sean Gunnels was born and raised in Mobile, AL. He studied Pre-Professional Biology at the University of West Florida while competing on the men’s tennis team. He completed his formal dental training at UAB School of Dentistry. Following dental school, he continued his specialty training at Baylor where he focused on pediatric dentistry. While completing residency, Dr. Gunnels gained vast experience in pediatrics and treating children with special needs. Following the completion of his specialty training, Dr. Gunnels completed two additional examinations to become a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist.

After living in Colorado for a few years, Dr. Gunnels moved back to Alabama and started his own practice! He has felt a calling to serve the children of the Hoover area and is excited to join our team. Dr. Gunnels works diligently to meet the individual needs of your child (and the whole family) in a fun and relaxed environment.

In his spare time, Dr. Gunnels enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Kristen! They also have two rambunctious Golden Retrievers – Beau and Fitz. He enjoys playing tennis, watching Auburn Football and attempts to play golf! He can’t wait to meet you and your family!

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Dr. Melissa Lopez

Birmingham and Cullman

Dr. Lopez received her Doctor of Dental Surgery, magna cum laude, from Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra School of Dentistry in the Dominican Republic and her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB), where she was recognized with honors as an Omicron Kappa Upsilon member.  She also completed two additional years of continuing education in Dental Aesthetics and Advanced Pediatric Dentistry in Spain. She has extensive experience providing dental care within her local community at pediatric dental screenings, translating English as a second language for patients, and providing treatment to those in need. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym and traveling to experience new cultures and foods. She also loves the beach, especially those in the Dominican Republic as well as going to the movies and spending time with her husband and their cat Simon.

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Dr. Erika Thompson

Pell City

Dr. Thompson has her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Alabama and her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Dentistry. Along with 15 years’ experience managing clinical staff and fostering patient relationships, Dr. Thompson’s provided preventive and restorative dental treatments including sealants, fillings, primary and permanent crowns, pulpotomies, extractions and space maintenance procedures. She has two sons and enjoys crocheting, baking, cooking, and anything related to health and fitness.

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Dr. Emily Rousso


Dr. Rousso was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Emory University in 2009 and obtained her dental degree (DMD) from The UAB School of Dentistry in 2015. Dr. Rousso has always had a passion for working with children, and following dental school, completed a two year pediatric dentistry residency at the University of Southern California, where she trained at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Dr. Rousso is Board Certified with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Rousso loves to cook and exercise outdoors. When she isn't treating patients, she is enjoying time with her husband and 2 daughters, Charlotte and Julie!


Dr. Michael Dubuc

Oxford & Pell City

Dr. Michael Dubuc earned his bachelor's degree from Reinhardt University and his DMD from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, a nationally ranked medical school. Following graduation, he completed his residency at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics. Now, Dr. Dubuc provides orthodontic care to patients in Oxford and Pell City. He is also a classically trained pianist who loves playing music whenever he has the opportunity.


Dr. Ben Samuelson

Dr. Ben is a board-certified orthodontist with experience managing tooth movement (orthodontics), guiding facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), understanding facial surgery (surgical orthodontics), and diagnosing and treating many other problems related to the head and neck.
He earned his Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, where he also completed his orthodontic residency program and earned his Master of Science in Orthodontics.
“Being an orthodontist gives me the opportunity to work with people from different walks of life, forming long-lasting relationships while channeling my creativity, modern science, and technology to meet the needs of each individual,” Dr. Ben said.
He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Board of Orthodontics, American Association of Orthodontists, and Southern Association of Orthodontists.
Dr. Ben and his team are committed to providing the highest-quality patient care and creating customized treatment plans for every patient.

Dr. Danielle Gilbert

Dr. Gilbert decided to pursue a career in orthodontics after visiting Dr. Brawley’s office while in college. She could see the incredible changes Dr. Brawley was able to create in his patients, and she desired to do the same!
Dr. Gilbert is a native of Birmingham and earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She then attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, earning her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. While in dental school, she was awarded the Leon M. Schneyer Award for the highest scholastic achievement in the basic sciences, the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, and the Alpha Omega Scholarship Award, for achieving the highest scholastic average in her class. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the dental honor fraternity Omicron Kappa Upsilon.
Dr. Gilbert completed her orthodontic residency and earned her Master’s Degree in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. Dr. Gilbert is passionate about helping her patients achieve a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime!

Happy Kids & Parents

Your premiere provider of pediatric dental services in Alabama.

“First dental appointment with my son, and the staff was incredible! My little one was well taken care of, treated amazing, and the whole visit was quick!”

“Glad I found this place now my daughter want be scared anymore to come to the dentist!!! Thanks you guys. You all are absolutely amazing!!!!! Wish I could give you more than 5 stars!”

“I love Dr. Baker and all the staff he has working there. I have never had a bad experience with these people. They truly care about children.”

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