Steele opens dental office

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY is a field that has a short supply of quality practitioners in the Ohio Valley.

Fortunately, a St. Clairsville native has taken up such a practice in Elm Grove

Dr. Katherine J. Steele (Welsh), DDS, opened her local dentistry doors in January. Since then, Dr. Steele has experienced a steady flow of young patients.

Prior to taking root in Elm Grove, Dr. Steele practiced general dentistry in Cincinnati and Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State Dental School.

However, to become a pediatric dentist, additional schooling is required. She put her practice on hold and moved to Baltimore for two years of classes at the University of Maryland.

After she completed the needed advanced training and was ready to resume practicing, Dr. Steele and her husband (Brian) decided it was time to come back home.

“I knew that the valley was in need of pediatric dentists,” Dr. Steele said. “Also, Brian and I wanted to start a family back here. There really is no place like home.”

Her husband is a St. John Central High grad and former distance running star for the Fighting Irish.

“Professionally it was the best move possible. I love what I am doing,” Dr. Steele noted. “I am very busy. There are no dull days.

“I have been accepted by other dentists in the area,” she added. “I am very happy.”

She is assisted by Mariah Weidman.

Dr. Steele does additional work outside her office. She visits local hospitals to perform work on young patients with extensive needs.

Dr. Steele also provides dental services to youths who are developmentally disabled or who have special needs.

“From first tooth to age 18,” Dr. Steele said when asked the age range of her patients.

Her office is bright and state-of-the-art. It also offers ideal and ample parking.

Dr. Steele’s office is located at 204 Kruger St. The phone number is 304-243-KIDS. The e-mail address is smiles@steelepediatricdentistry.com

Office hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

She and Brian currently live in Wheeling but are looking to relocate to St. Clairsville to be near their families.

They have two children: Teddy, 2; and Helen, 1.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com