About Us

At Kids Dental Center our top priority is preventing dental disease, improving and maintaining the best dental health for infants, children, teenagers and special needs. It’s essential to provide a modern, gentle approach to pediatric dental care and oral health. Prevention and education are the keys to the proactive approach we practice.

Meet Our Expert Dentists

Pediatric Dentists
Dr. Rassa Abdoll
Dr. Romona Davis
Dr. Ernie Nehrer
Dr. Carlos Valenzuela

Orthodontist
Dr. Timothy Yu

Dentist Anesthesiologist
Dr. Todd Christensen


Dr. Rassa Abdoll – Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Abdoll (pronounced Ab-Doll) is originally from Northern Virginia. He comes from a family with strong ties in the medical field. His brother is a Plastic Surgeon with extensive training in Craniofacial field, and his sister is a General Surgeon resident at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Abdoll attended University of Maryland for undergraduate studies. He then moved to Boston, where he graduated from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) in Upon completion of his D.M.D., he completed his post-doctoral training in Pediatric Dentistry at Boston University with a scholarship granted from the Unites States Air Force.

After completion of his residency, he served an active duty tour with the United States Air Force in Okinawa, Japan and returning to Virginia, Langley Air Force Base for his last tour. While on active duty, for his dedication and service to the military, he was awarded two Achievement Medals for Meritorious Services. While stations at Langley Air Force Base,  he held a faculty position teaching military dental residents the full spectrum on pediatric dentistry.

Dr. Abdoll’s training includes: comprehensive pediatric dentistry, pediatric emergencies, parental and patient education with preventative measures, behavior management/modification of the fearful or anxious patient, treating patients with special needs, full orthodontics, including space management and appliance therapy, periodontal, endodontics, pediatric oral surgery, sedations, and hospital dentistry.

Dr. Abdoll stays abreast of the latest dental developments by attending many continuing educational seminars and has lectured to numerous military dentists while on active duty. He takes great pride in providing his patients with outstanding care and the latest in pediatric dental technology.

Dr. Abdoll attends health fairs, schools, churches, works with different charity organizations, and participates in community outreach programs, does free health screenings, and spreads the word on the importance of dental health.

Dr. Abdoll enjoys all sports, music, and most of all, spending time with his family. Dr. Abdoll and his wife Karla have two children.

Dr. Abdoll Licensure and Certificates:

  • Air Force Officer 1996 – 2001
  • Arizona Dental License
  • Western Regional Boards
  • North East Regional Boards
  • Arizona Sedation License: enteral, nitrous oxide, intranasal, and conscious sedation
  • Massachusetts Dental License, 96-2006.
  • Massachusetts General Anesthesia Permit, 96-2006.
  • Active Member of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member of Arizona Pediatric Dental Association
  • Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)
  • BLS/CPR
  • Pediatric Dental Professor at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, 00-01.
  • Member of American Orthodontic Society
  • Surgery Center and Hospital Credentialed
  • Associate Fellowship in Laser Assisted Dentistry
  • Invisalign Certified

Dr. Romona Davis – Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Davis is a native Texan born in Galveston. Dr. David attended undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University on a four year scholarship and earned a B.S. in biomedical science. She graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) Dental School with a doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) in 1999. Upon completion of her D.D.S., Dr. Davis moved to Washington D.C., where she completed her post-doctoral training in Pediatric Dentistry at Howard University College of Dentistry.

After completion of her pediatric dental residency in 2001, Dr. Davis returned to San Antonio, Texas where she taught for five years as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at UTHSCSA Dental School. As an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Davis provided outpatient care, taught pre-doctoral dental students and pediatric dental residents, lectured on a myriad of topics, including local anesthesia in the pediatric dental patient, and served as a course director in Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial pathology.

Dr. Davis also worked for three years to serve mostly low-income, uninsured patients at the non-profit Gateway Community Health Clinic, in Laredo, Texas.

For her deception and service to the Community, Dr. Davis was acknowledged as a role model and featured in March/April 2006 issue of San Antonio Woman magazine and also featured in the 2006-2007 United Way of Laredo Campaign “Taking Care of Our Community.”

Dr. Davis’ training includes: comprehensive pediatric dentistry, pediatric emergencies, behavior management/modification of the fearful or anxious patient, treating patients with special needs, parental and patient education with preventative measures, space management and appliance therapy, trauma, periodontal, endodontics, pediatric oral surgery, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedations, and hospital dentistry.

Dr. Davis stays abreast of the latest dental developments by attending continuing educational seminars. She takes exceptional pride in providing her patients with outstanding care and the latest in pediatric dental technology.

Dr. Davis enjoys spending time with family and friends, community outreach/services, traveling, reading, fine-dining, working out, and sports.

Dr. Davis Licensure and Certifications:

  • Western Regional Boards
  • Active Texas Dental License
  • Active Arizona Dental License
  • Texas Anesthesia Permit: enteral, nitrous oxide, intranasal, subcutaneous, submucosal and intramuscular conscious sedation
  • Active Member of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)
  • BLS/CPR
  • Member of The American Dental Association
  • Arizona Sedation License

Dr. Ernie Nehrer – Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Ernie Nehrer is originally from Southern California, but moved at an early age to Santa Cruz, CA where he grew up. Dr. “Ernie” attended University of California Davis where he obtained his Bachelors in Genetics and graduated with honors. He then was accepted into the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) dental school where he completed his dental degree. During dental school, Dr. Ernie found his true passion in dentistry: working with children.

He applied for and was accepted into Pediatric dental residency at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Dr. Ernie spent one year during his residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where he had the privilege to treat children with a variety of syndromes and medical conditions such as autism, cleft lip and palate, blood disorders, and cancer.

Dr. Ernie has a commitment to continued education and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentists with advanced training in moderate oral sedation, pediatric dental emergencies, and behavior management. He is also taking a leadership position in the Arizona Dental Association in efforts to maintain high integrity in dentistry and increase the access to care.

In his free time, Dr. Ernie is an avid sports fan and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, golf and landscape photography. He also loves to travel around the world to experience other cultures and enjoy different types of food.

Dr. Nehrer Licensure and Certificates:

  • Arizona Dental License
  • Western Regional Boards
  • Arizona Oral Sedation Certification
  • ALCS (CPR Trained)
  • Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member of Arizona Dental Association
  • Member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Member of Arizona Association of Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Carlos Valenzuela – Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Valenzuela (Dr. V) is originally from San Diego, CA but raised in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Valenzuela attended The University of Arizona where he obtained a triple degree in Microbiology, Chemistry and Spanish on a four-year scholarship. Dr. Valenzuela was awarded the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship coming out of high school. He then pursued his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dental Medicine & Oral Health graduating in 2015.

Dr. Valenzuela followed his brother-in-law (Dr. Abdoll) footsteps and completed his training in pediatric dentistry from the distinguished Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine where he graduated with excellence in orthodontics and patient care in 2017. While in residency Dr. Valenzuela had the privilege to work in multiple affiliated hospitals and community centers (Franciscan Children’s, Boston Medical Center and East Boston Community Health Center) that exposed him to a diverse and culturally rich population of patients.

Dr. Valenzuela received extensive training in treating patients with special needs and medically compromised (cancer, blood disorders) comprehensive pediatric dentistry, nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, hospital dentistry, space management and appliance therapy, behavior management, emergencies/trauma and oral surgery.

Dr. Valenzuela recently passed the written portion of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination and now awaits to take the oral portion of the examination to be Board Certified (Diplomate) Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Valenzuela is committed to providing the latest dental care and technology to his patients by attending year-round continuing education courses.

In his spare time, Dr. Valenzuela enjoys watching college basketball (Arizona Wildcats), traveling, gym, and spending time with family and love ones.

Dr. Valenzuela Licensure and Certifications:

  • Western Regional Boards
  • Active Arizona Dental License
  • Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)
  • CPR
  • Arizona Sedation License
  • Active Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Massachusetts Dental License 2015-2017
  • Surgery Center and Hospital Credentialed

Dr. Timothy Yu – Orthodontist

Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Timothy You was born and raised in Michigan and went to Oberlin College in Ohio where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. He continued his love of science by attending Temple University School of Dentistry in Pennsylvania where he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree, graduating near the top of his class.

During dental school he found his life’s calling – orthodontics, and continued his pursuit by remaining at Temple University to complete his orthodontics residency and earring a Master’s of Science Degree and Orthodontics Specialty Certificate. During residency he was able to explore many cutting-edge areas of orthodontics, culminating in his master’s thesis studying the effectiveness of Invisalign compared to conventional braces. As a resident he also enjoyed introducing dental students to the intricacies of orthodontics as a preclinical lab instructor. In 2008 he moved to Phoenix with his wife Lucia and began to set roots, welcoming their first child Noah in 2010.

Dr. Yu is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, and is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, and American Board of Orthodontics. In his spare time he loves golfing and spending time with his wife and family.


Dr. Todd Christensen – Dentist Anesthesiologist

Dr. Christensen has been practicing in the Valley since 2002. He brings a high level of experience and expertise to Kids Dental Center and helps to ensure that your children receive optimal dental care by minimizing discomfort and making it possible for dental work to be completed. His goal is to deliver the anesthesia in a way that is comfortable for every child and parent. We understand that Anesthesia can be a scary thought, but Dr. Christensen and his team are happy to address any questions or concerns that you may have.

Dr. Christensen was born in New Mexico, but was raised in Mesa, so he considers himself an Arizona native. He graduated from Westwood High School in 1987 and then enjoyed two years of community and missionary service in Peru. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah, completed dental school at the University of Connecticut in 2000, and was accepted into Loma Linda University Dental Anesthesiology residency. In 2002 he moved back to Arizona currently resides in Gilbert with his wife Cheryl and their children Nick, Zach, and Emily.

Dr. Christensen is a Diplomate of the National Board of Anesthesiology and is a Fellow within the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Christensen speaks Spanish, he is married with three children, he enjoys time with his family and time spent outdoors, hiking, biking, camping, basketball, sightseeing and a pretty good musician.


OUR LOCATION

2900 West Ray Road #2
Chandler, AZ 85224
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