About
Prairie Kids Dental
in Columbus, OH

Prairie Kids Dental serves children of all ages in Columbus and surrounding areas. Our friendly and empathetic team isn’t just highly experienced when it comes to working with babies, kids, tweens, and teens—it’s also our greatest passion! If you would like to learn more about our office, we recommend browsing our website and checking out our many five-star reviews. You can also contact our office for more specific information and questions.
We look forward to seeing your family soon!

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Our Mission:

Individualized, nurturing dental care with an emphasis on prevention and overall health and wellness.

father playing with his two boys

Our Amenities

We want all of our patients to have their oral health taken care of and have lots of fun at the same time! As a pediatric dental practice, our entire office is centered around children and their unique needs. Some of our kid-friendly amenities include:

  • Fun Play Area in Lobby
  • Books and Toys for All Ages
  • TVs in Every Treatment Room
  • Treasure Chest Full of Prizes

Modern Dental Technology

Utilizing state-of-the-art dental technology helps our office provide high-quality dental care faster and more effectively. We are proud to use many advanced dental tools in our work, including:

  • Intraoral Cameras allow our team to get an up-close look at the patient’s teeth and gums. These handheld cameras stream a live video feed to a computer screen, so patients can get a closer look at their smile too!

  • Digital X-Rays take pictures quickly and efficiently and provide a much clearer picture that can be enhanced if necessary. Digital X-rays also emit less radiation than traditional X-rays, which is safer for patients and our team.

  • Dry Shield Isolation makes it easier for patients to hold their mouths open for extended periods of time while also suctioning saliva, which makes dental treatments easier and more convenient for everyone.

  • Silver Diamine Fluoride helps kill bacteria and strengthens tooth enamel at the same time. Regular fluoride treatments can help keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy now and well into the future.

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Our Office Policies

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to take care of any last minute details and allow adequate time to care for your child. Late patients may need to be rescheduled.
  • We require 24 hours advance notice (by 2 PM the previous business day) if you cannot make your scheduled appointment.
  • We allow only one missed appointment (without prior notice) per 12 months. For a second broken appointment within 12 months, you will be placed on a same-day call list.
  • Someone other than a parent or legal guardian may accompany your child after their initial visit, but we will need a completed form with detailed information on that authorization.
  • We ask that all visitors be mindful of using cell phones in our office due to privacy, security, and courtesy concerns. Please ask before taking pictures or recording videos.
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Meet Our
Columbus Dental Team

Dr. Gill

Dr. Kimberly Gill

Dr. Gill was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. Dr. Gill went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1987. She is also a military veteran and served as a commissioned officer in the Army, Air Force, and Public Health Service. While in the military, Dr. Gill completed specialty training in pediatric dentistry at OSU/ Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2002.

Dr. Gill’s interests outside of work include working on her hobby farm, classic automobiles (especially Mustangs), music, the great outdoors, travel, and languages. Dr. Gill has a passion for all things of great beauty and values that which improves ones’ quality of life.

Dr. Heffner

Dr. Marcus Heffner

Dr. Marcus was born in Columbus, OH, but has lived a relatively nomadic lifestyle, living as far east as New Jersey to way out west in Hawaii. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated with honors from Pepperdine University in 2009. He then went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2013.

Dr. Marcus moved to Hawaii to work at a federally qualified health center serving the general public. It was there that he realized his love of working with little ones. After three years in the rainbow state, he headed to the University of California Los Angeles to complete his specialty training in pediatric dentistry in 2018.

When Dr. Marcus isn’t working, he spends his summertime doing as many things outside as possible (anything involving water is the best!) and wintertime with friends in the gym or finding new movies, shows, and books to fill his time keeping warm inside. As long as he is staying active, he is happy!

Dr. Fabiola

Dr. Fabiola Casanova

Dr. Fabiola Casanova was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico and then completed her Dentistry degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. After graduation, she completed two years of residency at The Ohio State University. Dr. Fabi is a dog mom to a beautiful Goldendoodle named Woody. She enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, beach volleyball, snowboarding, and baseball games!

Annette

Annette

Hygienist
Andrus

Andrus

EFDA
Nicole

Nicole

Front Desk
Sherry

Sherry

Office Manager & Hospital Coordinator
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Meet Oliver, Our Office Therapy Dog

Whether you experience chronic dental anxiety or you just want to have a furry companion sit with you during your treatment, our office therapy dog Oliver is available upon request! Simply let us know that you would like him to join you when you schedule your appointment, and we’ll be sure to add your visit to his calendar.

If he is available in the office when you come in, he may be able to attend your appointment with you even if you didn’t request his services beforehand, but there are no guarantees. Therapy dogs have been shown to make medical and dental visits far more relaxing and enjoyable for patients, so we are happy to provide this option (and so is Oliver!)

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