When Diana Capobianco, D.D.S. opened Growing Smiles Pediatric Dental office in March 2004, she wanted to offer state-of-the-art dental care in an inviting atmosphere for her young patients and their families. Designed with kids in mind, she built Growing Smiles from the ground-up, establishing both her practice as the first of its kind in Bel Air and herself as the first female pediatric dentist in the area. As her patient list grew, so did the office space. And, this year, Growing Smiles is celebrating a big milestone: 10 years of service to the community.
|About Diana• Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
• Founder, Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
• Clinical Professor, University of Maryland
• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• Good Neighbor and Community Volunteer
While the dental office itself promotes a cooperative environment for children as they undergo dental treatment, Growing Smiles is the instrument through which Capobianco combines her interest in science, commitment to education, and love of working with children. “In middle school, I wanted to be a science teacher. I always wanted to work with kids and pediatric dentistry allows me to do that while performing a healthcare service,” says Dr. Capobianco, who is fondly known to her patients as “Dr. Diana.” With over 20 years of experience, Capobianco, who earned both her dental degree and specialty certificate from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, still loves teaching and currently serves as a part-time clinical professor. She is a member in good standing with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Dental Association, and others, and this month assumes the role of president of the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She volunteers her time and talent and pledges sponsorship dollars to the charities she supports.
Dr. Capobianco considers educating community members as one of the best parts of her job. During “National Children’s Dental Health Month” each February, she takes kid-friendly dental presentations “on the road” to schools, daycare facilities and community programs to promote best practices for dental health – such as good brushing and flossing habits – but it goes beyond that. Capobianco aims to educate parents, encouraging a first dental visit by the first birthday, and empower young people with information they need to take charge of their oral health. Capobianco founded her practice to meet the specific needs of a child’s developing jaw and growing smile, from infancy through young adulthood, including those with special needs. For her, it’s all about creating a positive experience for patients and their families by providing expert dental care and teaching them how to best care for their teeth at home, work and play. “When patients give me a hug or draw me a picture,” says Capobianco, “it’s the highest compliment in the world.” I95
Diana Capobianco, D.D.S.