Taylor Stephens, DDS
I love pediatric dentistry because it continually gives me the opportunity to help each child shape and strengthen their health and their future. This is an exceptionally positive and inspiring reason for me to go to work each day. As a child and young adult, I was guided by my pediatric dentist, both personally and professionally, and I have seen the difference that those early experiences can make.
I feel very fortunate to have received an education that instills confidence in my patients, in my team, and in me. I grew up in Santa Rosa, California, and left high school early to attend Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. I completed my Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Saxophone Performance at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. I then worked as a pilot for Continental Express Airlines for several years before attending dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, where I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
I had incredibly rewarding and valuable experiences during my specialty residency in pediatric dentistry at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where I served as the chief dental resident. I received comprehensive experience and training in the treatment of children with complex medical concerns, use of sedative medications, and treatment of children in the operating room under general anesthesia. I feel very lucky now to be a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Residency program, where I have helped to develop the sedation curriculum. Guiding new pediatric dentists as they learn and improve not only brings me a great deal of joy, but provides me the opportunity to learn and improve as well, all the while fostering connections within the dental community.
I strive to build my practice as a representation of community, health, and lifelong learning. An important part of that goal, and a central focus of my professional journey, is to always learn new ways of providing the very best and most comfortable experiences we can for our patients. To that end, I seek out many educational opportunities by being a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, Minnesota Dental Association, and Minnesota Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
I live in Wayzata with my wife, Miranda, and our young children, Mary Jane and Isla. We enjoy spending time outdoors in all seasons and visiting family. We love being a part of the Wayzata community. When I have time, I also enjoy running and skiing. My favorite place to visit is Yosemite National Park because of its beautiful, relaxing scenery and the clear opportunity to see the world from a new perspective.