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Dr. Kenneth C. Thompson in Mount Pleasant, TX

Dr. Kenneth C. Thompson

Dr. Kenneth C. Thompson grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University for his undergrad degree. Following graduation, Dr. Thompson attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas where he graduated with honors. He then completed an additional two years of training in pediatric dentistry at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. He obtained his specialty degree in 2002 and started his pediatric dental practice in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

Dr. Thompson maintains his affiliations with Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite hospitals. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the First District Dental Society of Texas. Most of his patients know him simply as “Dr. Kenny.” He works closely with the local Head Start, Migrant, and Communities in Schools programs which serve underprivileged children in our area. He was elected Volunteer of the Year in 2007 by the Communities in School's program and accepted his award at the State Capital in Austin, Texas.

He and his wife Delann have four children, two girls and two boys. Dr. Thompson enjoys all outdoor activities and helping others in his free time. He stays busy with his children and their activities including baseball, softball, golf, and cheer.

Dr. Rebecca Ball in Mount Pleasant, TX

Dr. Rebecca Ball

Dr. Ball joined East Texas Children's Dentistry in 2009. Both she and her husband graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School and are proud to be back in East Texas. Dr. Ball obtained her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, Dr. Ball attended Baylor College of Dentistry where she graduated with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2000. After graduating from Baylor, Dr. Ball and her family returned to Lubbock where she practiced general restorative and children's dentistry for 9 years before joining the East Texas Children's Dentistry family.

Dr. Ball is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Society of Dental Anesthesiologist. She served as a delegate to the Texas Dental Association, as well as on the Ethic and Judicial committee for two years.

Dr. Ball is thrilled to be able o return to Mt. Pleasant to practice children's dentistry in her hometown. She and her husband Tim have four beautiful children.

Amy Orren, RDH - Hygienist in Mount Pleasant, TX

Amy Orren, RDH

Amy is our full time dental hygienist and has been with East Texas Children's Dentistry for 10 years. Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1996. She enjoys listening to music, shopping, being outdoors, and most importantly spending time with her husband and four children.

Lynn Cooper, RDH in Mount Pleasant, TX

Lynn Cooper, RDH

Lynn started working with our team in 2003 and has more than 35 years of experience in dental hygiene. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Caruth School of Dental Hygiene at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1975. Lynn is married to a retired oral surgeon, Dr. Robert Cooper, and has two grown children, and a new grandson.

Shelby Beaty, RDH in Mount Pleasant, TX

Shelby Beaty, RDH

Shelby graduated from Tyler Junior College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science Dental Hygiene in 1999, and she is a member of the Sigma Phi Alpha dental hygiene honor society. She joined our dental team in 2006. Shelby has been working in the field of dentistry for over 15 years and she is married with one son and one daughter. She loves cooking, running, and spending time with her family.

Melissa Johns, RDH in Mount Pleasant, TX

Melissa Johns, RDH

Melissa graduated from NTCC with an Associates Degree in Applied Science Dental Hygiene. She joined our team in June of 2013. Melissa has been working as a hygienist for 4 years. Melissa is married with two children and one dog. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, painting, and shopping.

Darlene Tuck, RDA - Assistant in Mount Pleasant, TX

Darlene Tuck, RDA

Darlene graduated from Texas State Technical College in 1979 with an Associate's Degree in dental assisting. She joined our team in 2004 with 25 years of experience. She loves working with children and feels that this is her most rewarding experience in dentistry. Darlene is married with two daughters, a new grandson, and one dog. She enjoys fishing, riding 4 wheelers, and cooking in the Dutch oven.

Paulina Rodriguez, RDH in Mount Pleasant, TX

Paulina Rodriguez, RDA

Paulina is a Registered Dental Assistant and has been working with Dr. Kenny since 2012. She also helps out in the front office and enjoys meeting and greeting the patients. She is a graduate of Eastex Dental Academy. Paulina is grateful to have the opportunity to work with children. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.

Valerie Loewen, RDA Assistant in Mount Pleasant, TX

Valerie Loewen, RDA

Valerie graduated from San Antonio College in 2008 with an Associate's Degree of Applied Science in Dental Assisting. She joined our team in 2009 and has over 5 years of dental experience. She is blessed with two beautiful and very active little boys and has plans to marry in the Spring of 2015. She enjoys doing crafts, being outdoors, shopping, baking, and spending time with her family.

Terri Black, Patient Coordinator in Mount Pleasant, TX

Terri Blalock, Patient Coordinator

Terri has been with ETCD since February of 2010. She enjoys interacting with the patients and their parents. She has one son and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, and traveling.

Delann Thompson, Office Manager in Mount Pleasant, TX

Delann Thompson, Office Manager

Delann has been working at the office for over 5 years, but has been involved in the practice since it was established in 2002. She and Dr. Kenny have been married for 18 years and have four beautiful, active children. In her time spent away from the office, she enjoys being involved in her children's school events and extracurricular activities.

Crystal Zuniga – Receptionist in Mount Pleasant, TX

Crystal Zuniga – Receptionist

Crystal has been with our team since February of 2010. She loves the fun, friendly atmosphere that our pediatric dental office offers. In her spare time, Crystal enjoys spending quality time with her family.