Meet Your Local Children's Dentists at Helotes Pediatric Dentistry

Poonam Shah, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Poonam Shah received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from the Children's Hospital of Michigan. She also graduated from the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco, CA, and received her Bachelor's degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. She is a Board Certified Specialist with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Shah was motivated to go into pediatric dentistry due to her own dental experiences as a child. Although Dr. Shah did not grow up in Texas, both her parents are UT Austin graduates (Go Longhorns!) and lived in Texas for 10+ years. Dr. Shah was drawn to Helotes Pediatric Dentistry's commitment to their patients and oral health. Dr. Shah's goal is to create a positive dental experience at Helotes Pediatric Dentistry so children can grow into healthy adults without feelings of fear or worry when visiting a dentist. With patience, communication, and by truly caring, she hopes to make each visit an easy one.

During her spare time, Dr. Shah enjoys cooking vegetarian meals, tennis, exploring Texas, traveling, and hiking. Her favorite animals include dogs and llamas!!

Kara Whittington, DDS

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Kara Whittington was born and raised in nearby Castroville, Texas. She received a bachelor of science degree in psychology at Texas A&M University, class of 2008. Gig ‘Em Aggies! She then moved back to San Antonio and completed her DDS at UTHSCSA. She practiced in San Antonio for the next 6 years where her passion for treating children grew until she decided to return to school to specialize in pediatrics, completing her residency at UT Health San Antonio-Laredo.

Dr. Kara resides in the San Antonio area with her husband who is a firefighter for the city of Austin and their daughter, Reed.

She looks forward to meeting your children and their families to provide child-friendly dental care in a positive and welcoming environment.

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