Our Mission is to provide excellent Pediatric Dental care to our patients in a professional, kind and empathetic manner.
We believe that the impressions children form at a young age about dentistry, and their own personal dental care, begin with their earliest dental visits. These impressions must be positive and must carry forward into adulthood.
Our doctors and staff have achieved the highest levels of education and training in the specialized field of Pediatric Dentistry. It is our goal, as Pediatric Dental specialists, to insure that our patients have the best experiences possible, under all circumstances, so that they will continue to be comfortable in the dental environment.
We also believe that both prevention at a very young age and parental involvement in the preventive aspect of dental disease are essential to long term oral health. It is our desire and responsibility to educate both the parents and the patients of our practice. We hope that this will enable them to maintain an informed and positive focus on dental health for the rest of their lives.
Why a Pediatric Dentist instead of a Family Dentist?
It is universally acknowledged that Primary or "baby" teeth are very different than permanent or "adult" teeth. Pediatric Dentists are specially trained and are required to complete a two year residency program in addition to the standard four years of dental school.
Pediatric Dentists are, essentially, "Pediatricians of the Mouth." Just as most enlightened and caring parents choose to have their children treated by a Pediatrician, instead of their adult doctor, Pediatric Dentists are better educated and equipped to treat children and childhood diseases and, through specialized education, training and experience, are aware of the differences and the oral problems that are most common to children.
For example, many family or general dentists do NOT advise parents to have their children examined beginning at age one and instead, wait to examine children at age three or four. Pediatric Dentists know that this delay in examination and potential treatment is unacceptable and potentially harmful to your child's oral health. In addition, the current standard of care by the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Hygiene Association recommends the first dental visit within 6 months of the first tooth or the FIRST DENTAL VISIT BY AGE ONE! This is done to establish a dental home in the event of an emergency and to guide parents on prevention of dental disease and problems.
Primary teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they erupt into the mouth. The science of Pediatric Dentistry has proven that waiting until ages three or four is often too late to discuss prevention as many of these young children already have cavities.
In addition, many very young children fall and injure their mouths and should be seen to assess the problem. Pediatric Dentists are equipped with the proper size instruments and X-ray films to evaluate the oral trauma.
Pediatric Dentists understand how the mouth and teeth should develop and are able to detect and even prevent problems that occur at an early age.
Finally and most importantly, Pediatric Dentists are trained in the behavior management of the child - at any age. This allows our doctors and staff to treat your child in a professional, kind and empathetic manner which will empower them to look forward to their next visit to the dentist.
Shari C. Kohn, D.D.S.
Dr. Shari Kohn has been practicing Pediatric Dentistry since 1992. She has owned her private practice in Hunt Valley, Maryland – Dentistry for Kids - since 2004. Since 1999, Dr. Kohn has been a part time clinical instructor at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland Dental School for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kohn, also works as needed for the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners as both a General Anesthesia Parenteral Sedation Examiner and as an Expert Witness for Pediatric Dentistry.
In 1998, Dr. Kohn became a board certified Pediatric Dentist. At that time, she was offered fellowship into the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Diplomate status to the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Kohn has been an active member in Maryland. She has served the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on the board, as vice president and president. Dr. Kohn is a past president of the Maryland Society of Dentistry for Children and a former winner of the Pediatric Dentistry Achievement Award. She was also one of the first females to be president of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity of Baltimore.
In 2007, Dr. Kohn was elected by her peers and inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Dentists. The American College of Dentists is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists and was founded in 1920 to recognize dentists who have made significant contributions to the advancement of dentistry. The mission of the American College of Dentists is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in dentistry. Fellowship in the College is by invitation and based on demonstrated leadership and contributions to the dental profession and society. Approximately 3.5% of dentists are Fellows of the American College of Dentists.
In 2015, Dr. Kohn was once again selected as one of Baltimore’s Best Pediatric Dentists by Baltimore Magazine and received the most votes in the entire specialty of Pediatrics.
In May of 2011, Dr. Kohn was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD.org) which is based out of Chicago in the American Dental Association building where she represented District II of the Pediatric Dental Academy. Dr. Kohn completed her trustee position in 2014. She is still active in the AAPD and is a member of the Council on Government Affairs, the assistant treasurer of the AAPD PAC (Political Action Committee) and beginning in 2015 will become the chairman of the Membership and Membership Services Committee. Dr. Kohn is also a member and donor of the foundation of the AAPD – Healthy Kids, Healthy Smiles (HKHS) and serves on the Grants and Programs Committee. This year she and the other members evaluated over 300 applicants and awarded over $500,000.00 to children in need of dental care. These commitments require Dr. Kohn to travel several times during the year to attend Academy and Foundation events. It is an amazing honor for Dr. Kohn to be involved with such important and prestigious groups.
Dr. Kohn currently lives in Hunt Valley and has two grown children. Rachel, living in Los Angeles, CA and working for NFL network and A.J. living in Miami. FL and graduating from University of Miami in 2018. Dr. Kohn's dog, a black and tan Cocker Spaniel, Rosie, is an emotional support dog and our office's "director of first impressions." Rosie can frequently be seen at the office "working" to help relax the children.
Melena Evancho, D.D.S.
Dr. Evancho completed her residency in Pediatric Dentistry in July, 2010 at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Maryland Dental School - Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 2008, magna cum laude, and she is a graduate of King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, summa cum laude .
Dr. Evancho has also been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her educational career including membership in Omicron Kappa Upsilon and the National Dental Honor Society – both extraordinary acknowledgements of her academic successes. Dr. Evancho is currently a member of both the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Just as important as Dr. Evancho’s professional skills is her “chair side” manner with children and parents. She is kind, caring and loves kids, all of which makes her a very special practitioner.
Dr. Evancho is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists – a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She has been voted as one of Baltimore's Top Pediatric Dentists every year since 2011.
Dr. Evancho was raised in Northern Pennsylvania. She is addicted to jigsaw puzzles and solving cryptograms. She is a big Baltimore Ravens and Orioles fan.
Dr. Evancho and her husband, Dan, live in Monkton with their 2 sons, Jax and JP, and their dog Bailey.
Courtney Bisset, R.D.H., B.S. - Dental Hygienist
Courtney Bisset is a part-time hygienist here at Dentistry for Kids. She graduated in 1996 from University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree. She began her career in both a periodontal office and a family dental practice. She joined the team at Dentistry for Kids in 2010 after having such a great experience bringing her 2 children here.
Courtney also spends time investing in the lives of children outside of work. She has traveled several times to the impoverished area of Nogales, Mexico to host a Children’s Dental Day. She is also involved at River Valley Ranch, chairing the KidsFest Area (of which Dentistry for Kids is the Premiere Sponsor).
When Courtney is not at work, she can usually be found exercising, gardening, and cooking fresh and healthy meals for her family. She especially loves spending time at her home in Monkton with her husband Jon and their two children, Anna and Aidan.
Kaitlynn Tanner, R.D.H., B.S. - Dental Hygienist
Kaitlynn Tanner is a full-time hygienist here at Dentistry for Kids. She graduated in 2012 from University of Maryland, School of Dentistry with a Bachelor’s Degree. Kaitlynn began working at Dentistry for Kids in 2011 as a sterilization tech while attending hygiene school.
Post graduation, Kaitlynn began as a hygienist at Dentistry for Kids on Saturdays. Just as the practice has grown, so has Kaitlynn’s time and involvement here at Dentistry for Kids. She now works full-time, she has a true passion and love of working with children.
Kaitlynn and her husband Jeremy are the proud parents of Lilli and 2 adorable dogs: Winnie and Honey. When Kaitlynn is not working, you can find her curled up with her kindle reading. She also loves to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing, boating, and camping with her family.