Meet Our Dental Team
At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry, our team is made up of compassionate, gentle pediatric dentists that adore working with children! We understand that kids have different needs than adults, and we communicate with each child with patience and understanding to ensure that their visits are as enjoyable as possible. Pediatric dentistry is not just a career for us; meeting kids where they are at and taking care of their oral health is a passion for everyone on our team. We hope that you and your child are looking forward to meeting our team because we’re looking forward to meeting you as well!Contact Us
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 of her parents are UT Austin graduates (Go Longhorns!) and lived in Texas for 10+ years. Dr. Shah was drawn to Tots to Teens’ commitment to their patients and oral health. Dr. Shah’s goal is to create positive dental experiences at Tots to Teens 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, playing tennis, exploring Texas, traveling, and hiking. Her favorite animals include dogs and llamas!Schedule Appointment
Kara Whittington, DDS – 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.
Bianca Frederick, DDS – Orthodontist
Dr. Bianca Frederick received her bachelor’s in biological sciences from The University of Southern Mississippi, Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Meharry Medical College, where she was a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She went on to complete a 2-year General Practice Residency at Bronx Care in New York, where she was a chief resident and involved in organized dentistry. Dr. Frederick practiced in New York for 4 years before going back to residency to specialize in orthodontics, completing her training at Howard University in Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Frederick served as co-chief resident of her graduating class and received an award for her research.
Dr. Frederick’s love for dentistry came from her personal experience of being a patient and her fascination with her smile after receiving orthodontic treatment. She enjoys the interpersonal relationships with patients and instilling confidence through their smile.
In Dr. Frederick’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family and friends, exercising and traveling.