Pediatrics was a natural fit for Dr. Katie Fullen, who has spent most of her life working with children – from after-school programs and summer camps to the Special Olympics. But it’s her twin sister, who has cerebral palsy, who served as her first inspiration for her future profession. “Growing up, my sister had quite a few doctors’ appointments, and I always tagged along,” Dr. Fullen explains. “I witnessed first-hand how they helped her and knew I wanted to be able to have the tools to help others in my profession.” After graduating from pediatric dental reseidency in 2021, Dr. Fullen moved to Chattanooga to join the team at PDOC. “Being at PDOC and in Chattanooga is a dream come true,” she shares. “I am so excited to be able to help welcome patients into our PDOC family and make sure they feel right at home.”
“The fact that our patients are so cute makes my job easy to love!”
1. What is your philosophy when it comes to the care of your patients?
I strive to treat every patient as if they were a member of my own family! There is a lot to consider when trying to decide what is best for the kids. I work with both them and their parents to provide the treatment that best meets their specific needs!
2. What is one of your happiest professional moments?
My happiest professional moments truly come in the form of promoting positive experiences, earning a patient’s trust, and helping to alleviate their pain and meet their needs.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
We would love to see your children as soon as they get their first tooth or before the age of one. It is important not only so that we can monitor their oral health and development, but also to start to build a positive rapport with them.
4. What do you see as the most exciting new development for your profession?
At PDOC, I feel grateful to be able to offer a lot of options to keep our kids comfortable through in-office IV and moderate sedations. We are also able to treat tongue and lip ties with a minimally invasive CO2 laser.
5. How does your staff enhance your practice?
Our staff is invaluable! They are so friendly, knowledgeable, skilled, and just do a great job of making kids feel understood and at ease.
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