PedZ Dental was founded in 2015 by Dr. Stacey Zaikoski. We care about every child who walks through our doors and want to make every experience positive. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality of dental care for children of all ages. We proudly serve families in the Centerville, Kettering, Dayton, and Beavercreek areas.
We are going to build relationships while building children’s confidence. We will deliver intentional and exceptional customer service. We will provide excellent dental care while being compassionate and working in a fun environment.
“I come from a large family and a small town, so I have been responsible for younger siblings and cousins since I was 8 years old! I have always enjoyed mentoring and teaching kiddos. As a dental student, I had minimal training and exposure to pediatric dentistry. Immediately after dental school, I did a one year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. As an AEGD resident, I saw multiple children for after-hours trauma. My co-residents were a bit scared of kids, so I volunteered and before long, I was seeing ALL of the under 18 emergency and after-hours visits. I truly enjoyed the challenge of treating children and turning kiddos’ fears around (and thank goodness I was pretty good at it even as an amateur!). As my AEGD residency drew to a close, I knew without a shadow of doubt that my calling and my passion was pediatric dentistry. I enjoy making a potentially unpleasant experience actually FUN and enjoyable.“
– Dr. Stacey
“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a pediatric dentist. In elementary school, my most important chore was brushing my toy poodle’s teeth. I took this job very seriously. Surprisingly, I learned that the best way to brush my dog’s teeth (while sitting on the floor with her in my lap) also happens to be one of the best ways to brush for little babies and toddlers! I love working in pediatric dentistry because I get to be silly and have fun with kids every single day. I’m passionate about what I do because I have the opportunity to give my patients a positive dental experience while setting them up for a lifetime of good oral health. There’s nothing better than making a kiddo giggle while fixing their precious little smile.”
– Dr. Cook
“My interest in dentistry started as I spent MANY hours at the orthodontist having my braces adjusted. I also watched my dear mom suffer with dental problems for as long as I can remember. She was a child of the Depression who quit school to help support her family before enlisting in the Army during WWI. Dental care was not part of her upbringing and it motivated me to vow to always help my patients keep their teeth for a lifetime. I owned a general dental practice for 40 years with an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, becoming the second dentist in Ohio to be accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I treated tongue-tied infants since the early 80s, mostly to help improve breastfeeding. This need continued to grow, and now it is my passion to help tongue-tied people of all ages.“
– Dr. Greg
“In my younger days I spent my time babysitting, volunteering at a daycare, and hanging out with my young nieces and nephews. I’ve always been a people person and in high school I found a skillset that I thoroughly enjoyed in administrative work! As an Office Manager in a pediatric dental practice, my strengths and passions have melded into an amazing profession! Every day is a good day to promote a fun and encouraging work environment while taking care of our most precious humans!”
Lead Pediatric Hygienist
“While growing up, I was always a ‘go-to’ for little kids – like I had some magnetic force! I genuinely loved (and still do) how much joy and the perspective kids can bring to everyday life! My mom has been a preschool teacher since I was very little. I started babysitting at an early age. I was a nanny for a bit of time after that and I have always taken a liking to dentistry and the works of it all! I love being a pediatric dental hygienist because of the time I get to spend chairside with little ones (and even the NOT so little ones), knowing that I may be that very person or experience that changes the oral health game for them! ‘Use your smile to change the world, don’t let the world change your smile!’“
Lead EFDA / Certified Dental Assistant
“I have always had a passion for working with kids. I started my career path in Early Childhood Education, but life took a different turn and I ended up studying dentistry. I worked for a general dentist for six years before starting in pediatrics. I found that I was always happiest on the days I got to see kids. It is so rewarding to help restore smiles and have fun while doing it!”
Admin Team Lead
“Kids are honest and their senses of humor amaze me every day. I believe children embody all things good and are so innocent. We call it “work,” but I enjoy interacting with our kids and their parents on the administrative side of pediatric dentistry and being able to help families overcome obstacles to meet their children’s dental needs. It is a great feeling to be part of their happy experience and watch as their families leave knowing that we are helping build confidence in kids!”
Amanda has been a dental assistant since 2003!
Tammy has been a dental assistant for over 30 years!
Chasity has been working for the practice since 2004!
Keri has been with the practice since 1999!