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Pediatric Dentist - Dr. Keith E. McDonald

Dr. McDonald's Philosophy  |  Mission Statement  |  Dr. Keith McDonald  |  Dr. Julio Escobar
Dr. Andrea Fonner  |  Dr. Donald Lee  |   Dr. Hanna Wu  |  Meet the Team

 

 

Dr. McDonald's Philosophy

Thank you for considering A Kids Place for your child’s dental home. I would like to take a moment to share my practice philosophy and tell you why I really enjoy the practice of pediatric dentistry.

At a Kids Place, I believe in the utilization of what I call The Parent Directed approach to treating your child. The parent directed approach is the process of designing the appropriate treatment for your child based around identified parameters that you feel are important to achieving a healthy dental result for your child. One of the most important things that I’ve learned over sixteen years of practicing dentistry is that parents usually understand their child’s needs best. While the dentist may be the expert on all things tooth related, I often feel that parents are the experts when it comes to understanding specific nuances about their child such as anxiety, why certain habits may exist (thumb, binky, nail biting), and what treatments their child may or may not tolerate. I also look very carefully at your own parental philosophies such as your views on fluoride, amalgam fillings (which include mercury), x-rays, diet, etc. I believe it’s important to spend the time gathering this information to ensure that our team creates the appropriate treatment approach to guarantee your child’s comfort as well as satisfy desired treatment outcomes for your child. I’ve also made it my philosophy that parents, if desired, are always welcome in our treatment operatories while we are examining or treating your child. This not only provides a more comfortable atmosphere for your child, but it also allows me to dialogue with you about certain aspects of your child’s mouth as I am examining them.

It is my hope that you and your child completely enjoy your dental experience at A Kids Place. I think you will find that our staff members are exceptionally trained to care for your child and that they really love what they do! We look forward to seeing you and your child at their next dental check-up. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s dental health.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Keith McDonald, DMD

 

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Mission Statement

Welcome to A Kids Place! We are so happy that you are here. It is an honor and a privilege to serve the children in our community. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your child. We take this responsibility very seriously. Our mission is to provide comprehensive, high quality dental care with a gentle touch for your children. We strive to enrich the dental experience of every child in our office with integrity, compassion, kindness and fun.

 


 

Keith E. McDonald, D.M.D.

After graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry (MUSC) in 1996, Dr. McDonald practiced general dentistry in the U.S. Navy for four years. He then returned to MUSC to complete his two-year residency training in pediatric dentistry.  After fulfilling his three-year naval obligation in Okinawa, Japan as a pediatric specialist, where he received the Thomas P. Carroll “Top Doc” award for clinical excellence, Dr. McDonald decided to open his own pediatric dental office in the Renton Highlands in September 2005. Currently, Dr. McDonald also volunteers his time working at the Odessa Brown dental clinic (an affiliate clinic of Seattle Children's Hospital) and is also an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

 

Dr. McDonald is certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and maintains a Fellow status with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He retains current memberships in the American Dental Association (ADA), Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), and the Seattle/King County Dental Society. He has served as past president of the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (2014-15), on the executive board of the Washington Oral Health Foundation (2010-2015), past president of the Seattle Pediatric Dental Study Club (09) and has served as a state delegate for the Washington State Dental Association (08-10). Dr. McDonald currently chairs and is a member of the Seattle King County ABCD (Access to Baby and Child Dentistry) Steering Committee, a committee that is committed to accessing dental health care for under privileged children. Dr. McDonald sits on the board of the Washington Oral Health Foundation (WOHF), the non-profit arm of the WSDA and is the past President of the Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. His most recent accomplishment includes a certification of completion from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (2017) and a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (2017).

 

Dr. McDonald is also very involved in the community, presenting lectures to moms groups, grade schools and other dentists. Through his ABCD and WOHF commitments, he also gives oral health lectures to special interest groups. He’s also been nominated by his peers to Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s Top Dentist list (Pediatric Dentists) since 2009. Other accolades include selection into two prestigious dental organizations, the Pierre Fauchard Academy (2013) and the International College of Dentistry (2015).

 

Dr. McDonald and his wife have two young sons, Hayden and Kyan; and besides playing with their dogs, the McDonald family enjoys all sorts of athletic activities, music, and art. In fact, two of Dr. McDonald’s paintings grace his office.



Julio Escobar, D.D.S.

Understanding modern family relationships and parenting styles is crucial to the dynamics of pediatric dentistry. Doctor Escobar believes to achieve optimal results for children in the dental setting, a harmony amongst parenting styles, children’s needs and dental expertise has to be reached. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. He practiced general dentistry for 5 years, most of those in Chicago, IL where he found his passion for serving the needs of the pediatric population. He then attended the University of California, Los Angeles for his Pediatric Dental Residency. Having recently married and with a young daughter, his search for the perfect place to raise a family brought him to West Seattle.

 

Dr. Escobar enjoys spending time with his wife Zahra and daughter Malaika at Alki Beach and exploring the multiple trails throughout the greater Seattle area. They enjoy hobbies such as endurance running, biking, playing soccer and exploring local restaurants.



Anesthesiologists

Andrea Fonner, D.D.S.

Dr. Andrea Fonner is a board-certified dentist anesthesiologist. She was born and raised in the Seattle area. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington, and graduated with honors from dental school in San Francisco, California at the University of Pacific. She then completed an intense advanced training General Practice Residency at the University of Washington where she became certified in intravenous conscious sedation and advanced cardiac life support.

 

In addition to private practice as a general dentist, Dr. Fonner was an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, an affiliate clinic of Seattle Children’s.

 

While practicing general dentistry, her passion for anesthesia developed, prompting her to pursue an additional degree and career as an anesthesiologist. Upon entering the prestigious anesthesia program at UCLA, where only one candidate is accepted each year, she received extensive training in anesthesiology including both hospital and in office anesthesia services. Her experience there also included comprehensive training in both adult and pediatric anesthesia modalities.

 

Dr. Fonner is a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA), American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Washington State Dental Association (WSDA), Seattle King County Dental Society (SKCDS) and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA). She is a diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA) and a fellow of General Anesthesia in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA).

 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her husband, Matt. They completed their first Rock and Roll Half Marathon last year!

 

To read more about Dr. Fonner please visit her website at www.andreafonnerdds.com

 

Donald Lee, D.D.S.

Dr. Donald Lee attended Loma Linda University Residency Training in Dental Anesthesia. He has advanced training in Medical and Dental Anesthesia, Cardiology and Medicine.

 

He was the Chief Anesthesia Resident and recipient of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiology Award in 1997 and Riverside County Regional Medical Center Fellowship in Medical Anesthesia.

 

Dr. Lee has his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.

 

Dr. Lee is ACLS Certified and PALS Certified.

 

 

 

 

Hanna (Kim) Wu, D.D.S

Dr. Hanna Wu was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is a practicing Dentist Anesthesiologist in Seattle. She completed her undergraduate studies at Pacific Union College with a B.S. in Biochemistry and an award scholarship in chemistry.

 

After graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, she completed a one year General Practice Residency at the VA Loma Linda hospital, followed by a two year Dental Anesthesiology residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.Dr. Wu’s residency training consisted of rotations in internal medicine and pediatrics, oral and nasal intubations, advanced airways and patients with special needs. She has been providing anesthesia for 7 years with the past 5 years dedicated to pediatric dental patients in an outpatient setting. In addition she is board certified and currently holds certification in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced cardiac life support (PALS).

 

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their toy poodle, Kobe.


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