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.
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 dentistry residency at the University of Tennessee, where he trained at Le Bohner Children’s, St. Jude and Crittenden Memorial Hospitals.
Dr. Baker believes it’s vitally important to stay keep 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 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. Yesylle White
Dr. Yesylle White graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mobile with a major in Theology and minors in Chemistry and Biology. She earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2013. Since then, Dr. White has loved serving the children in her community and is passionate about providing the best care possible to all her patients.
Dr. White is married to James White, and they have two wonderful daughters, Bella and Anna. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being involved in her church, and just being mom to her girls.
Dr. Ashley Boyd
Birmingham and Pell City
Dr. Ashley received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014. Before attending dental school, Dr. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Biology from The University of Alabama in 2009, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management from Samford University in 2010.
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 Canterbury United Methodist Church.
Dr. Ashley is married to David Boyd, and has two wonderful daughters. She is an avid runner, an Alabama football fan, loves watching golf (and slowly learning to play), and enjoys spending time with her cat, Flossy.
Dr. Kelli Hill
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
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.
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!
Dr. Lauren Cabaniss
Cullman and Medplex
Dr. Cabaniss has her bachelor of science in neuroscience with honors from the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) and her Doctor of Dental Medicine from UAB School of Dentistry.
Her research experience includes acting as research assistant in UAB’s Institute of Oral Health Research under Dr. Mary MacDougall; participating in studies of cell culture isolating bone marrow from mice, histological staining, PCR, and DNA/RNA isolation; co-authoring “Effects of FGFR on Cell Proliferation and Differentiation of Apert Dental Cells for the medical journal, Cells Tissues Organs; and co-authoring and presenting “The Role of miR-146a and miR-155 in Periodontitis at the 2015 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. When not in the office, Dr. Cabaniss enjoys painting, swimming, and spending time outdoors with family.
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.
Dr. Erika Thompson
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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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.”