Meet Dr. Megan
Dr. Megan is a St. Croix County native who was born and raised in New Richmond. She spent her childhood playing on many sports teams, babysitting, life guarding and teaching swimming lessons at the local pool.
Dr. Megan earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!). She went on to receive her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry where she received the pediatric dentistry award.
Throughout her dental training, she was involved in opportunities to help those in need of dental care. She helped organize Give Kids a Smile Day at the University of Minnesota and volunteered regularly with Special Olympics. During her final year of dental school she traveled to Lima, Peru to volunteer at an orphanage and provide dental screenings and care to the children.
Following her dental school training she was immediately accepted into the pediatric specialty residency at The Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. Being one of the top ranked children’s hospitals in the United States, Dr. Megan had an exceptional opportunity to focus on children with special needs and a wide range of medical conditions. Dr. Megan also teaches pediatric dentistry to dental students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry part time.
In addition to being certified in basic life support, she has training in Pediatric Advanced Life Support. She maintains this certification through attending advanced courses both locally and nationally. Dr. Kinder presented a research paper on “The Systemic Effects of Odontogenic Infections in Children Admitted to the Emergency Department” at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Conference in San Diego, California.
She has also completed Laser Proficiency Certification in hard and soft tissue lasers, and she recently completed EZ pedo training as well.
Dr. Megan is proud to be a member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, Academy of Laser Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Minnesota Association of Pediatric Dentistry. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Megan is a member of the medical staff at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota where she is able to provide comprehensive dental treatment under general anesthesia for young children with extensive dental needs or children with special health care needs.
Dr. Megan has always loved treating children and she enjoys having a small town feel to her practice. Dr. Megan combines her academic background, research experience, clinical skills and love of children to provide the best possible care to all her patients. She believes that each and every patient deserves the same care she would give her own children. She and her team work to ensure every parent and patient receives the quality care they deserve and strive to establish a personal and positive dental experience for each and every family. She believes her role as a pediatric dentist is critical in making children’s early dental experiences positive that will ensure a lifelong commitment to dental health.
Dr. Megan is thrilled to be back in Wisconsin with her family and friends. In her free time, Dr. Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, J.P., their children, Summer & Jack, and their red lab, Bo. She also enjoys biking, hiking, camping or canoeing outdoors as much as the Midwest weather permits. She is an avid Wisconsin Badger fan from her days in Madison and always tries to make at least one football game a season.