Dr. Amy Newkirk completed her undergraduate degree at Truman State University where she discovered her love of the health sciences. She continued on to complete her Doctorate in Dental Medicine and is a proud 2004 graduate of Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Newkirk completed postdoctoral training in residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL, where she received advanced training in the management of medically complex patients as well as patients with special needs. Dr. Newkirk attends regular continuing education training to bring evidence based advances in materials and techniques to her patients. As a mom of two young children, she also emphasizes the importance of good oral care starting from an early age.
Dr. Newkirk is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Fox River Valley Dental Society, and the Aurora Dental Society.
In her free time Dr. Newkirk and her husband, Randy, keep busy with their two children: Reilly (age 7) and Garrett (age 5). As a family, they enjoy spending time exploring the outdoors at nearby parks and forest preserves.
Dr. Amy is honored to carry on the tradition of exceptional family dental care that Young Dental Care has provided to the community for the past 60 years.
Dr. Carlene Whitney-Berliner is a proud 1995 graduate of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. She also attended the University of Maryland before acceptance to dental school. Prior to attending dental school, she was a registered dental assistant until she felt called to further her professional education in dentistry.
Dr. Whitney has also attended the Pankey Institute for Continuing Dental Education and employs their philosophy of care. She also attends numerous continuing education courses in the dental field in order to remain current with the latest dental techniques and procedures.
In her free time, Dr. Whitney has been a Guardian Ad Litem for CASA-Kane County, working as an advocate for children who have no voice in the legal system. She has also been a volunteer in hippotherapy, helping individuals with mental and physical disorders through a relationship with horses.
She also loves spending time with her husband and traveling, as well as riding her horse and singing in the choir.
Dr. Kimberley M. Young is a proud graduate of West Aurora High School. She attended Southern Methodist University as an undergraduate and was a practicing dental hygienist before her acceptance into dental school. Dr. Young graduated from Loyola Dental School in 1986. She has practiced in Aurora since then and for two years was a part-time clinical professor at Loyola Dental School.
Dr. Kimberley M. Young has recently retired from practicing dentistry after transitioning the ownership of the practice to Dr. Amy Newkirk. Dr. Kim has written the following letter to her patients. We wish Dr. Kim well in her retirement!
Dear Patient and Friend,
As many of you know, Young Dental Care was started by my father in 1956. Doc and I practiced together for 18 years and now the practice is 60 years old! In some cases, our office has treated three generations of your family. Each of you has become a valued friend and it has been my honor to be your dentist.
My son (yes, the baby so many of you have watched grow up) will leave for Indiana University in the fall. My husband and I have decided the time has come for us to share in our passions for golfing, traveling, watching our grandchildren grow, and possibly attending some IU ball games – together in retirement.
After a long and careful search, I have found the right dentist to take over my practice. Many of you have already had the opportunity to meet and work with Dr. Amy Newkirk, who joined our practice last year. Dr. Newkirk is a caring, talented, and compassionate professional, who shares my commitment to excellent comprehensive family dentistry. Dr. Newkirk is a 2004 doctoral graduate of the School of Dental Medicine at Southern Illinois University and a 2005 graduate of the post-doctoral hospital residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Newkirk, her husband Randy (a lifelong resident of the Fox Valley), and their two young children, Reilly and Garrett, have been a welcome addition to the Young Dental Care family.
The practice is now under the ownership of Dr. Newkirk, and I know that you will extend to her the same courtesy and loyalty that you have afforded my father and me over these past 60 years. Dr. Newkirk and I have worked closely together to ensure a smooth transition, and I will continue to practice alongside both Dr. Amy Newkirk and Dr. Carlene Whitney through the summer of 2017.
It has been my life’s work and greatest pleasure to be of service to you and your families. I wish you all great luck, good health, lots of laughter, and much love.
Dr. Kimberley M. Young