40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Kevin Kennedy

  • Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Specialty

Age:

34

Name of Practice:

Spring Creek Pediatric Dentistry

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

University of Tennessee College of Dentistry


Why They Were Nominated

After transitioning from a group practice, Dr. Kennedy opened his own practice in March 2019 and saw 290 patients the first month alone. He has served on the board of directors of Manna Café, a nonprofit food-relief agency serving more than 200 low-income people as many as four meals each week.

Why They Became a Dentist

“When I was researching professions in high school, I never encountered a dentist who didn’t love their work. Their belief in the profession spoke volumes.”

Most Memorable Patient

“Annie was a 1-month-old who was really struggling with breastfeeding and unable to gain weight in a healthy way. Her mom reached out to me to see if I could take a look at her tethered oral tissues. I paid them an in-home visit late one night, confirmed her suspicion and performed the procedure the next week. I now see Annie every once in a while around town, and it gives me great joy that a simple procedure helped her achieve healthy weight gain.”

Exciting New Trend

“New research regarding sleep disturbances in children and the connection with the oral anatomy.”

Sage Advice

“Do whatever you can to minimize your education debt burden before beginning your career.”