40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

Nasem Dunlop

  • Foothill Ranch, California
  • Specialty

Age:

36

Name of Practice:

Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry

Specialty:

Pediatric dentistry

Education:

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine


Why They Were Nominated

At age 4, Dr. Dunlop walked around with a baby doll and doctor’s kit, telling anyone who would listen that she wanted to be a “baby doctor.” For the past decade, she has held hospital privileges at Children’s Hospital Orange County, where she sees children with special needs who are unable to complete treatment in a traditional practice setting.

Why They Became a Dentist

“Because it’s more preventative than medicine can be. I don’t just treat disease; I work every day to prevent disease in children and to pave a healthy, dental-friendly future for each child.”

Biggest Challenge

Access to care. She has gone to Washington to advocate for the inclusion of dental coverage in state insurance policies.

Tool They Can’t Live Without

Her sense of humor. “My patients love my silliness, my assistants love my corny jokes and the moms love that I’m not afraid to spend extra time to make sure their child is establish- ing a relationship with me.”

Exciting New Trend

Tethered oral tissues and frenectomies. “The research is striking, and the difference you can make in a few-day-old infant is incredible.”