Martha Ann Keels, DDS, PhD

Dylan S. Hamilton, DMD, MS

Erica A. Brecher, DMD, MS

 

Pediatric Dental Specialists

919.220.1416

 

2711 N. Duke Street

Durham, NC 27704
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Durham Pediatric Dentist Dr. Martha Ann Keels DDS PhDDurham Pediatric Dentist Dr. Martha Ann Keels grew up in the foothills of North Carolina in Morganton. Every time she goes home to visit family, she gets sentimental about the view of Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Chemistry. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry with a DDS, she continued on to complete specialty training at UNC with a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. During her residency, Dr. Keels received the prestigious Dentist-Scientist Award from the NIH, which allowed her to complete a PhD in epidemiology – with a focus on the causes of craniofacial birth defects. She continues to do research in the areas of dental caries risk assessment, dental acid erosion and genetic expression of dental findings.

 

One of her professional dreams in dental school was to start a pediatric dental program at Duke Children’s Hospital to serve children with special health care needs. After volunteering in Duke Hospital for 4 years, she was the first pediatric dentist to get privileges at Duke in 1986. Over the past 30 years, her clinical practice has been affiliated with Duke Children’s Hospital through a variety of different business models. As of 2016, Duke Street Pediatric Dentistry is affiliated with Duke Health System via a contractual arrangement. Dr. Keels is also a provider within the Duke entity called Duke Oral Health, bringing together Duke Affiliated Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics and Endodontics to provide comprehensive dental care for Duke’s special patients.

 

Doctor Keel’s Tips for Parents(pdf downloads) Toddler’s Teeth CarePermanent Teeth CareChildren with GERDDental Acid Erosion ScaleOral Health Books for Children Watch our Videos!Dr. Keels loves living in the triangle area, especially with the transformation of Durham into an awesome town for yummy food, Durham Bulls, DPAC, Museum of Life and Science, Durham Farmers Market and Duke Chamber Music. Duke Chapel holds a special place in her heart as that is where she and Dr. Clements were married. They were the 999th wedding in Duke’s Chapel’s history.

 

In her free time, she enjoys being with her family. Her husband, Dr. Dennis Clements, is a pediatrician and a professor in global health at Duke. Dr. Keels and

Dr. Clements love helping  provide medical and dental care for the children in Roatan, Honduras. They have also help the Roatan Marine Park preserve the coral reef and marine life off the coast of Roatan for future generations to enjoy.

 

They have a passion for watching men and women’s ACC sports. In college, they both played sports ~

Dr. Clements played tennis for Johns Hopkins and Dr. Keels played Club Lacrosse and Golf at Duke.

When they aren’t busy with patients and family (6 grandchildren and counting), they love weekend walks in Duke Forest with their chocolate lab, Halley. They also enjoy gardening, golfing, swimming, snow skiing (if knees are working) and scuba diving, In the evenings, they can be found on their computers reading journals trying to keep up with the best science in the care of children or reading the latest best seller.

 

Professional Affiliations:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Associate Consulting Professor in Surgery, Duke University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Duke University
  • Adjunct Professor in Pediatric Dentistry, UNC Adams School of Dentistry
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • AAPD Leadership Institute, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • AAPD Advanced Leadership Program, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

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Martha Ann Keels, DDS, PhD

Dylan S. Hamilton, DMD, MS

Erica A. Brecher, DMD, MS

 

Pediatric Dental Specialists

We are conveniently located for your child's next visit...

Durham Pediatric Dentist Dr. Martha Ann Keels DDS PhD

Durham Pediatric Dentist Dr. Martha Ann Keels grew up in the foothills of North Carolina in Morganton. Every time she goes home to visit family, she gets sentimental about the view of Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Chemistry. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry with a DDS, she continued on to complete specialty training at UNC with a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. During her residency, Dr. Keels received the prestigious Dentist-Scientist Award from the NIH, which allowed her to complete a PhD in epidemiology – with a focus on the causes of craniofacial birth defects. She continues to do research in the areas of dental caries risk assessment, dental acid erosion and genetic expression of dental findings.

 

One of her professional dreams in dental school was to start a pediatric dental program at Duke Children’s Hospital to serve children with special health care needs. After volunteering in Duke Hospital for 4 years, she was the first pediatric dentist to get privileges at Duke in 1986. Over the past 30 years, her clinical practice has been affiliated with Duke Children’s Hospital through a variety of different business models. As of 2016, Duke Street Pediatric Dentistry is affiliated with Duke Health System via a contractual arrangement. Dr. Keels is also a provider within the Duke entity called Duke Oral Health, bringing together Duke Affiliated Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics and Endodontics to provide comprehensive dental care for Duke’s special patients.

 

Dr. Keels loves living in the triangle area, especially with the transformation of Durham into an awesome town for yummy food, Durham Bulls, DPAC, Museum of Life and Science, Durham Farmers Market and Duke Chamber Music. Duke Chapel holds a special place in her heart as that is where she and Dr. Clements were married. They were the 999th wedding in Duke’s Chapel’s history.

 

In her free time, she enjoys being with her family. Her husband, Dr. Dennis Clements, is a pediatrician and a professor in global health at Duke. Dr. Keels and Dr. Clements love helping  provide medical and dental care for the children in Roatan, Honduras. They have also help the Roatan Marine Park preserve the coral reef and marine life off the coast of Roatan for future generations to enjoy.

 

They have a passion for watching men and women’s ACC sports. In college, they both played sports ~ Dr. Clements played tennis for Johns Hopkins and Dr. Keels played Club Lacrosse and Golf at Duke. When they aren’t busy with patients and family (6 grandchildren and counting), they love weekend walks in Duke Forest with their chocolate lab, Halley. They also enjoy gardening, golfing, swimming, snow skiing (if knees are working) and scuba diving, In the evenings, they can be found on their computers reading journals trying to keep up with the best science in the care of children or reading the latest best seller.

 

Professional Affiliations:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Associate Consulting Professor in Surgery, Duke University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Duke University
  • Adjunct Professor in Pediatric Dentistry, UNC Adams School of Dentistry
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • AAPD Leadership Institute, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • AAPD Advanced Leadership Program, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

    Pronouns ~ She/her/hers

We consider it a privilege to treat your child.

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Read our Reviews

Loved by Kids...

Trusted by Parents.

Schedule your Child’s Appointment Today!

Martha Ann Keels, DDS, PhD

Dylan S. Hamilton, DMD, MS

Erica A. Brecher, DMD, MS

 

Pediatric Dental Specialists

919.220.1416   map