1516 Coleman Road, Suite 201
Knoxville, TN 37909 directions
new patient forms
of Pediatric Dentistry
of Pediatric Dentistry
Valerie Esker, DMD is a 2006 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. After practicing in St. Louis, MO in a children's dental clinic for six years as a general dentist and as Dental Director, she became inspired to specialize in pediatric dentistry. She received her Pediatric Specialty Certificate from Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO in July, 2014. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She enjoys reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with her husband, Dr. Michael Koch, a chiropractor, and their two sons, Jack and Ethan.
Dr. Adam Priestwood grew up in Athens, Tennessee, and attended McMinn County High School. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Centre College, in Kentucky. Dr. Priestwood graduated with High Honors from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Always having a passion for treating children, he decided to further his training with a pediatric dental residency at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. At one of the premier children’s hospitals in the nation, he received extensive training to provide excellent dental care to infants, children and adolescents, as well as an emphasis in sedation techniques and treatment of children with special healthcare needs. He is a board-eligible candidate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on the Tennessee Vols! Dr. Priestwood is married to his wife, Angela, and they have one daughter, Madelyn, along with several pets.
Volunteer Pediatric Dentistry aims to deliver the best possible dental care for
infants, children, teens and kids with special healthcare needs.
Our kids dental office has the latest state-of-the-art equipment to make sure your child has access to everything he or she needs at their visits. We constantly evaluate our materials and keep current with new technologies to make sure you have the best options available.
We pride ourselves in practicing ethically and honestly, always taking the time to explain our findings. We always consider all appropriate treatment options and try to present the most conservative plans, when possible. It is important for us to be helpful to our patients and answer any questions you might have regarding your child’s dental care.
Starting early with prevention and good habits will help build a life-long smile and relationship with your pediatric dentist. Thank you for trusting us with one of the most joyful gifts a child has to offer, their smile!
We are available 7:30am - 4pm Monday-Thursday. Closed Fridays.
For after hours emergencies, please listen to our voice mail message.
Our office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. Preschool children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher and we can work more slowly with the child for their comfort. Schedule an appointment for your child today!
Payment for professional services is due at the time dental treatment is provided. Every effort will be made to provide a treatment plan which fits your timetable and budget, and gives your child the best possible care. We accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards.
During your first visit to our office we want to take the time to get acquainted and gather information. This includes a thorough examination and possibly taking x-rays we feel may be required to make a complete diagnosis. At this time we will also discuss with you the nature
of any necessary dental care.
We have ways of explaining procedures to children, being honest and presenting it in a manner that will not frighten them. If your child asks, “will it hurt?” We feel it is wise to say that
Dr. Valerie is your friend and will be very gentle with you. Avoid phrases such as “it won’t hurt” and “that wasn’t so bad.” We want your child to have positive memories of going to our office.
Please print and fill out our new patient forms.
Bring them with you at first appointment, Thank You.
Pediatric Dentists, like Dr. Valerie, specialize in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs.
A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include orthodontics, sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education.
We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their ”cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them. We strive to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.
I can't say enough about the service and care Dr. Esker and her staff have my wiggly, upset child. They were nothing but poised and professional. Go see them!
- Sarah B.
This is an excellent place for kids. Been coming here for 13 years.
My children love it.
- Crystal A.
Love the dentist and hygienist! Dr. Esker is amazing with my little one and so sweet! The kind way she speaks to him is like a mother.
Thankful we found her!
- Ashley M.
Very pleased with the way we were treated they was very caring sweet and explained everything to us and they are awesome with children.
- Lynn S.
The staff are very knowledgable and care about their patients!
- Debbie M.
Best service ever!
- Ben C.