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Meet the Team
Dr. Matthew Karsten
A member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Fox River Valley Dental Society and I am the past-president of the Elgin Dental Society/study club.
Dr. Matt Karsten, pediatric dentist and founder of Kids First Pediatric Dentistry received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Next he attended the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, he completed a 2 year residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. After residency, he started Kids First Pediatric Dentistry. Since he was born and raised in the area, it is an honor to serve the children growing up in the community. His vision for the practice is to nurture and care for children’s oral health from infancy to adulthood. He is an accredited member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Fox River Valley Dental Society and was the past-president of the Elgin Dental Society/study club. His free time is devoted to his loving family. He and his wife Samantha have five children. When he is not spending time with his family, he’s an avid sports fan.
Dr. Kyung-Hong “Cal” Kim
Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,
Dr. Kyung-Hong “Cal” Kim is the newest addition to Kid’s first Pediatric Dentistry as of July of 2016. He left South Korea at the age of 14, and now calls Michigan his home away from home. Dr. Kim graduated from Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology. He continued on to receive a degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Michigan school of Dentistry. After Graduation, Dr. Kim worked at a public health dental clinic in Providence Rhode Island, treating children and the local homeless population. After the rewarding experience he had while treating kids he then decided to pursue a career in pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kim then completed a 2-year pediatric dental specialty program at NYU-Lutheran Medical Center in Providence. Finally, decided to return to the Midwest after completing specialty training to be closer to family in Michigan. The suburbs of Illinois are now home to Dr. Kim, his wife, and two kids. He is a big sports fanatic, and frequently attends hockey and baseball games with his kids. When he’s not working hard he spends much of his free time at the local ice rink, either playing in the men’s league or coaching his son’s hockey team.