Pediatric Dentists

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child have an oral exam within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, but no later than 1 year of age. While this may seem young to some parents, many children already have dental decay by the age of three.

Pediatric Dentists at the College of Dentistry provide dental care, with an emphasis on dental health, for infants and children up to the age of 15 – 17 years, including children with special needs. These specialty dentists, previously known as pedodontists, have advanced training and try to assure each child the opportunity for a lifetime free of preventable oral disease.


Matthew K. Geneser
Matthew K. Geneser, D.D.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Geneser is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and the D3 Clerkship Director.

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Pollyanne Iben
Pollyanne Iben, D.D.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Assistant Clinical Director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Iben opened her Pediatric Dentistry private practice in 1999 in Coralville, IA. She was an Adjunct Faculty Professor in the Pediatric Dentistry Department from 2000-2018. She sold her practice and joined the UI College of Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2020.

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Michael J. Kanellis
Michael J. Kanellis, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Dean for Patient Care
Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Kanellis joined the College of Dentistry in 1994 following 13 years in private practice. Dr. Kanellis' teaching responsibilities include both didactic and clinical predoctoral and postdoctoral education.

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Kecia S. Leary
Kecia S. Leary, D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Graduate Program Director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Kecia Leary joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry in 2015, and is the Graduate Program Director for her department.

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Amy Lesch
Amy Lesch, D.D.S., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Assistant Graduate Program Director, Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Lesch joined the College of Dentistry as a faculty member in 2018.

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Karin Weber-Gasparoni
Karin Weber-Gasparoni, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Director of the Infant Oral Health Program

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni is a professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Weber-Gasparoni is the director of the Infant Oral Health Program.

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