IMG_4298Dr. Laura A. Aeschlimann (Dykstra) is a native South Dakotan who grew up on a farm in rural Monroe. Dr. A. graduated as Valedictorian from Marion High School in 1995 and then went on to South Dakota State University in Brookings to study her pre-dentisty courses. In 1998 Dr. A. began dental school in Minneapolis and received her D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in Minneapolis in 2002. Dr. A. specialized in Pediatric Dentistry in Omaha at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for two years. The day after the completion of her many, many years of school, Dr. A. married her husband Chad, and they moved to Okinawa, Japan where Dr. A. served three years active duty service in the United States Air Force as the Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Kadena Air Base. Following the completion of her active duty service commitment, Dr. A. and her family – husband Chad and their little boy Tanner – returned home to South Dakota where Dr. A. entered private practice as an associate dentist. In the winter of 2012, Dr. A. opened ABC Pediatric Dentistry – a pediatric dental practice with an emphasis on providing positive dental experiences for young children where prevention of cavities is the dental team’s goal, along with education, fun, and compassionate dental care, all in a kid-friendly – and parent-friendly – atmosphere.

Dr. A enjoys sharing the story of how she came to be a pediatric dentist:

beg quoteI was in the fifth grade when I first decided that I wanted to be a dentist when I grew up.  Instead of playing ‘doctor’ when we were little, I played ‘dentist’ with my younger brother and sister and best friend (or “BFF” as they are called nowadays!).  I always liked going to the dentist, despite the fact that my insatiable ‘sweet tooth’ often resulted in the need for more fillings!  In high school I found out about ‘pediatric dentists’ – dentists whose job it is to see only kids!  I had always enjoyed baby-sitting and really felt like I could relate to and was good at working with kids.  So my new goal was to become a pediatric dentist.  Dental school and residency were worth all the hard work because I absolutely love and enjoy what I get to do each day…help kids ~hopefully~ have the best experience they can at the dental office, just like I did when I was young.end quote

 

14-2014 - full jpgs - 4931Dr. A. and her husband, Chad, live on a sheep farm in the rural Parker area with their son Tanner. Dr. A. enjoys spending time with her husband and little boy as well as with family and friends. Her hobbies include reading, writing, playing cards and board games, playing volleyball, watching movies, teaching Kids Club at church on Wednesday nights and playing flute in the Praise Team. Dr. A. also organizes a local Autism Support Group for moms of children with autism and other special needs, moms like herself.