Credentials, experience, and associations are extremely important aspects to look for in a pediatric dentist. What makes one stand out from the other? WHO they are. Our Doctor Spotlight series allows our tiny patients and their parents to get a glimpse into the doctors’ lives. Come get to know us!

Dr. Courtney Byrd has joined the team here at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Let’s get to know her a little better.

Why did you decide to focus on pediatric dentistry rather than general dentistry?

I have always loved the imagination that kids possess. The possibilities are endless!

Have you always wanted to be a dentist? If not, what did you want to be as a kid?

I have always been interested in healthcare and eventually found a way to combine my love of science and art with dentistry!

Why did you choose Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry?

I was excited to join a group practice with a long tenure of providing dental services to the pediatric and special needs populations in the community.

Do you have kids?

I do not have kids but I do have a 3 year old nephew who is currently obsessed with race cars!

What are some of your “tricks” to help ease kids’ fears about their dental visits?

I love “going down the rabbit hole” with kids as their playful thoughts run wild considering the possibilities that are achievable through imagination during their appointment!

What’s the best part of your day?

When I get a hug from a patient because what they may have expected to be a negative experience turned out to be a fun time!

What’s your favorite kids’ show?

Looney Tunes

What’s your favorite color?

Probably purple

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, what’s your favorite sweet?

Bread Pudding

Courtney Byrd at her first dental appointmentDo you have role model or a mentor? Why do you look up to them?

Dr. Roslyn Crisp of Burlington, NC was my pediatric dentist. She has bult a legacy by helping myself and countless others realize their dreams of becoming dentists. Here’s a photo of my first dental visit ever….with Dr. Crisp!

What is something you are passionate about outside of dentistry?

Travel and Art. I love to travel and discover parts of this expansive world of ours. Each trip proves to add value to my life in experiences and knowledge. I also love creating art as an self-expressive outlet. I often gain major inspiration for my art through my travels.

Do you have a favorite sports team?

I’m a hometown fan so I always KEEP POUNDING for the Carolina Panthers.

Finish this sentence: When I was a kid…

I thought I would find Jack’s Beanstalk someday.