Kala Hinz, D.D.S., M.S.
As a child, Dr. Hinz had the privilege of positive dental experiences with her pediatric dentist and wants to instill the same positive outlook on dentistry that she experienced. Providing patients with an enjoyable and fun experience while also providing a platform to develop lifelong coping skills is one of her primary goals.
Dr. Hinz started her academic career at the University of Minnesota where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Child Psychology. Throughout her undergraduate education, she continued to explore her interest in pediatric dentistry by volunteering at Children's Dental Services, while also volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and other non-profit organizations. She was admitted into the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2014.
Dr. Hinz has had a passion for working with children all of her life and tailored her education toward caring for children and adolescents at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she completed her pediatric dental residency. While in Chicago, Dr. Hinz also completed a master's degree in Oral Sciences.
Dr. Hinz is a pediatric dentist and board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to serving as a member of the attending contract surgical staff at Olmsted Medical Center, she is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, Southeastern District Dental Society, and the Zumbro Valley Dental Society.
In her free time, Kala enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and German Short-Haired Pointer. She loves exploring new cities and trying new restaurants. Kala is also an avid sports fan and loves supporting all the Minnesota teams.
Vera Kenderian, D.D.S, M.S.D.
Dr. Kenderian earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Loma Linda University, California in 2015. She then practiced general dentistry for three years in Southern California and The Twin Cities before deciding to specialize in pediatric dentistry about which she’s most passionate. Dr. Kenderian completed her post-doctoral residency training in pediatric dentistry at Loma Linda University in June 2020 where she also earned a Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD).
Dr. Kenderian believes that a young patient’s first experience on the dentist's chair shapes their opinion of dentists for a lifetime and pediatric dentists must ensure that this experience is a pleasant one. Her main philosophy in providing care is to spend sufficient time to know her patients and their families well. Dr. Vera is originally Armenian, and she speaks fluent English, Armenian and Arabic.
Dr. Kenderian’s unwavering goal is to bring her all to the community to provide comprehensive dental care for children and make every single child feel welcome and comfortable.
Dr. Kenderian is board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Dental Association, and Minnesota Dental Association.
In her free time, Dr. Vera loves to cook, hike, dance and play violin. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their Golden Retriever, Belle. Dr. Vera and her husband have a tremendous interest in traveling to explore the world and its different cultures.
Pediatric dentistry is a specialty within the field of dentistry that requires two years of additional training following completion of dental school. This residency prepares dentists to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care to children and young adults, including those with special needs and some who just need a little extra "TLC". Areas of special knowledge and expertise within the field of pediatric dentistry include growth and development, child psychology, trauma management, treating children with complex medical conditions and providing restorative treatment in a hospital operating room setting.