Children's Dentists Serving Paragould and the Surrounding Areas
At Northeast Arkansas Pediatric Dentistry, you can be confident in the children’s dentist office you have chosen for your child! From your first visit, we want you to feel welcomed and well cared for.
Our dentists and staff promote preventative dental care including a healthy diet and great oral hygiene at every visit. Because of this, we love to have parents with their children during their first visit. This allows us to educate you as well so you can help reinforce these healthy habits at home.
Meet the Dentists
Dr. Katie Hiegert
Dr. Katie grew up in Newark, Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate education at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She attended the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry and then Children’s Hospital Colorado for her pediatric dentistry residency. Dr. Katie is a board-certified pediatric dentist and has been practicing since 2015.
Dr. Katie is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA). She is certified in basic life support (BLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
During dental school, she participated in a senior departmental studies program in pediatric dentistry and was awarded the 2012 Certificate of Merit AAPD Pre-doctoral Student Award. “My experiences at the University of Kansas behavior clinic were key to making sure I look at the whole picture of my patients. I was able to see how children were evaluated and subsequently diagnosed with certain behavioral conditions. Listening to parents explain life at home, watching the child interact, and then creating a plan to help the child progress is like putting together a puzzle – every piece is important!”
During residency, Dr. Katie was able to participate in multi-disciplinary teams, such as the craniofacial care team and the feeding clinic. She also became certified in the use of lasers for dental treatment. “Pediatric dentistry is a great deal about teeth, but not only about teeth. I became a mom during my residency. So, soaking up all of the knowledge of the various specialties in medicine helped me become a better pediatric dentist and mom.”
Dr. Katie and Dr. Aaron met during dental school and have supported each other through their residencies and parenthood. They have three children – Aaron, Jacob, and Kate. “We love getting the kids involved
Dr. Aaron Hiegert
Dr. Aaron grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. His mother was a school teacher and his father was an accountant. They instilled in him a passion to learn and serve others. This is evident in the career he has chosen. Dr. Aaron graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2010. While there, he met his wife, Dr. Katie, on a dental mission trip to Honduras. After dental school, Dr. Aaron joined a public health dental practice serving those in greatest need. Through the years in public health, Dr. Aaron’s passion for working with children led him to pursue further education in Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Aaron completed his pediatric dental specialty training at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and Norton Children’s Hospital. While there, he was selected to be Chief Resident.
Dr. Aaron is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA) as well as being certified in Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and dental lasers.
Though you will typically see Dr. Aaron working in the clinic, you may also catch him riding his bike, playing with his kids, or out in the forests, lakes, and rivers enjoying anything outdoors. He is loving the ‘Natural State’. Dr. Aaron is married to Dr. Katie and has three children – Aaron, Jacob, and Kate.
Dr. Aaron loves many things about being a pediatric dentist. He enjoys making children proud of their smiles and cultivating habits to enable those smiles to last a lifetime. It is such a privilege to build long-lasting relationships with families and seeing them all grow up.
Dr. Aaron is excited to continue to serve his patients and families at Northeast Arkansas Pediatric Dentistry.
Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder Specialist
Kristi Wilcox RDH, BS
Kristi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2017. She began practicing Orofacial Myology in 2016 after completing her training through the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) and is currently pursuing Certification.
Kristi provides therapy for patients with Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs). Her main goal is to find the cause of the OMD and treat it on an individualized basis. Her training and experience have enabled her to be successful in eliminating thumb sucking and other oral habits, restoring nasal breathing, tongue thrust correction, oral rest posture improvement, and identifying tongue and lip ties. She also has experience working with patients suffering from sleep apnea by helping them improve oral muscle tone and function.
Kristi lives in Jonesboro with her husband, Heath, and four children.