Meet Dr. Kristin McCullough Elliot
Dr. Kristin, a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, is originally from rural Watseka, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in three years before moving to Chicago, where she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in dental school, she enjoyed participating in service opportunities to promote oral health for children in the Chicagoland area. She also traveled to both Fort Lupton, Colorado, and a remote village in the Yucatan Peninsula for dental service trips to treat multiple families in need. Receiving acknowledgements for her service and academic accomplishments, she graduated with honors from UIC Dental School. Given the love she has for children and teaching, pediatric dentistry was the natural choice for Dr. Kristin. She feels very fortunate to have found a job that she thoroughly enjoys.
Dr. Kristin completed her pediatric dental residency at Children’s Memorial Medical Center through Northwestern University, where she served as the Chief Pediatric Dental Resident. She was trained extensively in treating medically compromised children at this hospital-based residency program. One of Dr. Kristin's passions in pediatric dentistry is management of dental trauma, and she has given various lectures on this topic. Dr. Kristin is currently on staff at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in the department of surgery, performing full mouth rehabilitations under general anesthesia.
Not only is Dr. Kristin a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, but she is also an Illinois State Board Certified pediatric dentist. She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Association, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentists, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society.
Motherhood has given Dr. Kristin a unique perspective when practicing pediatric dentistry. Not only does she empathize when your child doesn't "want" to brush their teeth, but she is also able to distract them with the latest children's topics. Luckily, she brushes all the Superheroes' and Disney Princesses' teeth and has lunches regularly with the tooth fairy. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, and their three daughters. Dan is originally from Ontario, Canada, and is a commercial real estate broker based in the West Loop. Their family enjoys traveling and sports – they’re all avid Chicago sports fans, especially the Blackhawks and Bears! Dr. Kristin is known for her sweet tooth (doughnuts are her favorite!) and can offer many tricks for having both a sweet tooth and a healthy smile.