Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people. Not all children’s dentists are specialists. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training is required to become a pediatric dental specialist. Our specialized education consists of child psychology, growth and development, management of oral-facial trauma, sedation and general anesthesia. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the unique needs of your infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.
Dr. Justin attended the University of Washington in Seattle for his undergraduate education and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for dental school. He then completed a pediatric dental residency at Children's Hospital Boston and a clinical fellowship at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Justin took a year off to travel in 2014, visiting 64 countries and all seven continents. Some of his favorite places (so far) are Iceland, Albania, Bhutan, Myanmar and Antarctica. In addition to traveling, Dr. Justin enjoys running, Disney theme parks... and running at Disney theme parks!
Dr. Ryan attended dental school in Dallas, Texas at Baylor College of Dentistry. He then completed his Pediatric Specialty training at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist and has been in private practice since 2005.
Dr. Ryan and his wife Carolee were raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Carolee was born in Northern California and they are excited to return to her roots and raise their family in this beautiful area. They have two sons, Blake and Tyler who are full of energy and always on the run.
Dr. Ryan’s favorite hobbies include reading and enjoying the outdoors with his family, especially road-biking and snow-skiing.
Dr. Joe attended dental school in Dallas, Texas at Baylor College of Dentistry. Following dental school, he worked as an attending professor at Baylor College of Dentistry and is currently in the final stages of completing a PhD in developmental biology. He then completed an additional 2 years of specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Joe and his wife Julie, fell in love with Northern California while visiting his brother who is also a dentist in the Sacramento area. They are excited to to be close to family and feel very fortunate to work and live in such a beautiful area. They have three children, Mitchell and twins Chase and Ava. Dr. Joe’s hobbies include running after his children, golf, skiing, and fly fishing.
Dr. Jenny McCarthy grew up in Hawaii, and moved to California to attend undergraduate school at UC Davis. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the University of Pacific School of Dentistry. She received her training in pediatric dentistry at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University.
After residency, Dr. Jenny moved back to California with her husband, Kevin, who is a Sacramento native. They are happy to call California home, and so are their two children, twins Maya and Kian. In her spare time, Dr. Jenny enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and playing the ukulele.
Dr. Scott Pyo, born and raised in Redlands, CA attended Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He met his wife, Darcy during his time in dental school, who practices in El Dorado Hills. After graduation, Scott completed a Graduate Practice Residency at Danbury Hospital, Connecticut where he trained with specialists in oral surgery, endodontics, periodontology, restorative dentistry and the operating room. He then practiced public health dentistry for two years in Willimantic, CT. It was there he decided Pediatric Dentistry was his calling.
Scott trained as a Pediatric Dental Resident at Children’s Medical Center of Connecticut and The University of Connecticut satellite dental clinics. Scott’s clinical expertise comprises of interceptive orthodontics, sedation dentistry, operating room, emergency call/trauma, cranio-facial disorders, and infant oral health. Dr. “Scott” is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Scott loves to cook and is an avid foodie. He also enjoys time outdoors, watching and discussing sports. Dr. Scott is happy to be back in his home state!
Hi, I’m Sommer! I have always lived in the Sacramento region and my husband and I have two amazing boys who are not so little anymore, even though they will always be our babies. I started my dental career in 2005 as a front office coordinator and have always worked within a pediatric office. I became a part of this wonderful team here in June 2014 and I make it a personal goal to help each and every family utilize their dental insurance to the fullest. I look forward to answering any questions you may have about your dental insurance!
Hi, my name is Judy. I was born and raised in Texas, Go Cowboys! When I got married in 2006 I moved to Roseville, California. Texas is where I started my dental career in 2002 at a pediatric dental office. My whole dental career has been with children only. I love singing karaoke, reading, and watching reality shows. I am fluent in Spanish. I have not been blessed with children yet but have 4 nieces and a nephew that I adore. I love working with children and can’t wait to meet yours!
Hi! My name is Courtney. I was born and raised in Sacramento. I've been a RDA for 10 years now, 4 of which has been in Pediatrics. I'm so excited and grateful to be working for Sunrise Pediatric Dentistry. I really enjoy my time here. I love working with children all day and trying to make it the most positive experience for them. I have 2 boys of my own that I ADORE! When not at work I love spending all my time with my boys. I look forward to meeting you and your little ones!
Hi! my name is Tanya. I grew up in Sacramento and I am now raising my own two little girls here. It has been my dream to work in dentistry with kids because as a child I had a bad dental experience. I know how kids feel when they come to the dentist for their very first time. I love helping little ones build a positive experience at their visits. I am also bilingual in Russian. I look forward to meeting your family!
Hi, my name is Bri. I was lucky enough to have been added to the amazing team we have here at Sunrise Pediatric Dentistry. In 2013 I graduated from a Dental Assisting program where I completed my internship in this very office! I am so thankful I get to work with not only an amazing group of doctors and staff, but I also to get to meet amazing kids and their parents. My goal is to always help you and your children have a great experience at our office, and to get their dental needs fulfilled. I look forward to meeting you and your little ones!
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