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Kool Smiles Dental Leadership

 

Clinical Quality and Operations Leadership

David Vieth, DDS, Executive Dental Officer

Dr. David Vieth received his Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Ohio State University Dental School. Following graduation from dental school, Dr. Vieth started a multi-specialty group dental practice serving Buffalo, New York, and its surrounding communities. The group practice expanded over the years and employed more than 150 people in four locations, including 27 doctors and an integrated crown and bridge lab.

Dr. Vieth sold his thriving practice in 2006 to pursue other interests. While considering his next career move, he became increasingly interested in the opportunity to answer the American Dental Association´s rallying cry to increase access to dental care for the underserved. He joined Kool Smiles in 2007 to achieve that mission.

Dr. Vieth has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of dentistry. He spent a great deal of that time in cosmetic areas, restoring implants and completing extensive crown and bridge cases.

Dr. Vieth is a standing member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has served as member and officer of various civic organizations, most notably as an officer of the Williamsville Rotary Foundation, a foundation established by the Williamsville Rotary Club in Buffalo, of which he was a member for 25 years.




Dale Mayfield, DMD, Executive Dental Officer

Dr. Dale Mayfield received his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from Brigham Young University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He spent 10 years in private practice in Decatur, Georgia, gaining extensive experience in all aspects of dentistry, including implants, complex crown and bridge cases, CEREC, and endodontics.

With this experience, Dr. Mayfield decided to commit his expertise to providing quality dental care for the underserved by joining Kool Smiles in 2006 as an Executive Dental Officer. Dr. Mayfield is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the Northern District Dental Society. He is also an avid fly fisher, an outdoorsman, and an active member of his church community. He lives in Georgia with his wife and four children.


Tu Tran, DDS, Founding Dentist

Dr. Tran is a Founding Dentist and owner of Kool Smiles, P.C. Dr. Tran was formerly Lead Dentist at Smile High, General Dentistry for Children in Denver, Colorado. Before that, Dr. Tran worked at Perfect Teeth of Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Tran received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Denver and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado. Dr. Tran is a member of the American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association, and the Georgia Dental Association.

 

Clinical Quality and Audit Leadership

Paul O. Walker, DDS, Vice President, Clinical Quality

Dr. Paul O. Walker is a board-certified pediatric dentist. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Northwestern University and his Master of Science degree, along with his specialty training, from Indiana University. He served as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968 and also served as the Lead Pediatric Dentist for Health Partners.

Dr. Walker was the director of the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and the director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at the University of Minnesota from 1972 to 1994. He went on to serve as the Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University from 1994 to 1998.

Dr. Walker is a fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and as President and Director/Examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, he is a member of the Pediatric Dentistry Review Committee for the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is a scientific article reviewer for Practical Reviews in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Walker retired from full-time practice and teaching in 2000, but continues to work for both Health Partners and Indiana University in a part-time capacity. He is also an independent pediatric dentistry consultant.

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    Kool Smiles was founded in 2002 and was built on the belief that every family has the right to quality dental care in a clean, safe and fun environment. Our first goal is to provide quality and compliant dental care to individuals in communities that typically get overlooked by general dentists. Our services are not just for kids, but since we know children are more likely to have great dental habits if mom and dad do too, we happily care for the entire family.

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    Yes, all Kool Smiles general dentists accept Medicaid.

    While very few dentistry practices accept Medicaid as a payment option, Kool Smiles, in adherence with its mission to provide quality dental care to underserved children and their parents, proudly accepts Medicaid in every location. To find a participating Kool Smiles general dentist near you, please search for a dentist close to you, or call us today at 1-855-223-KOOL.

  • What is Medicaid and how can I find a general dentist who accepts Medicaid?

    Access to healthcare for millions of Americans

    Medicaid is a government program that provides access to healthcare for millions of Americans who would otherwise be uninsured. Medicaid also provides for dental coverage at varying levels for children and adults. Each state regulates its own Medicaid program in conjunction with the federal government. Unfortunately not many dentists take Medicaid as a payment option or restrict the number of patients they will see. This limits the choices an individual has to see an approved Medicaid dentist. Kool Smiles is unlike most dentists and welcomes all patients, including those with Medicaid coverage.

  • What makes Kool Smiles different from other general dentists who see kids?

    It is our mission to provide high quality dental care in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

    Our offices have been built with families in mind. Our offices feature spacious waiting rooms with a play area for children and most offices feature semi-private treatment areas for adults. We have a fun décor, staff who has been trained to help our young patients, and a desire to make sure all patients receive the dental care they deserve.

  • Does Medicaid cover my child's cost when I go to a participating general dentist?

    Typically Medicaid will cover any recipient under the age of 21.

    Details of what is covered for pediatric dental and adult oral health care varies from state to state. However, coverage typically includes dental pain relief, dental hygiene or teeth cleanings, addressing infections and tooth restorations. For a complete list of services covered in your state, just call us and we'll help you understand your Medicaid dental benefits.

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