Pediatric Dentistry Residency


UNMC College of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

The UNMC College of Dentistry has offered a fully accredited advanced education program in pediatric dentistry since 1947. The program leads to a Certificate of Specialization in Pediatric Dentistry, which satisfies the requirements mandated by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry for Examination and Board Certification. 

Length of Program: 24 months
Application Deadline: October 1
Start Date: July 1
Positions Available: 5
Main Location: Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Why study pediatric dentistry?

Pediatric dentists experience the satisfaction, privilege and joy of helping children establish life-long positive relationships with dental care and have an important role in children’s overall health and wellness. Pediatric dentistry is a rewarding and challenging career that offers a wealth of benefits, including working with children of all abilities, educating them and their parents about the importance of oral health, working as part of a team, and helping to eliminate oral health disparities. Many pediatric dentists own their own businesses and every day have the privilege of making oral health care fun for their special patients.

Why the UNMC College of Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program?

Core Topics Covered

Comprehensive Physical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Comprehensive Behavior Guidance, Child Psychology, Genetics, Growth and Development, Interdisciplinary Pediatrics, Oral Pathology, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Research Planning and Design, Sedation

Skills Students Develop

Critical thinking and problem-solving, clinical diagnosis and treatment planning, clinical hand skills (fine motor skills), patient communication and behavior guidance, practice management, research and sedation.

Career Opportunities

Private Practice, Practice Owner, Public Health (public health agencies, community health clinics and schools), Research, Teaching


Zachary Houser
Zachary L. Houser, DMD
Program Director

Bryan Skar, DDS

Claire Koukol, DDS

Meenakshi Vishwanath,

Adjunct Faculty (all board certified in pediatric dentistry): Hannah Greene, DDS, Ryan Hajek, DDS, Peter Harbert, DDS, Jeffrey Howenstein, DMD, MS, Brent Johnson, DDS, Gary Lehn, DDS, Edward Lockwood, DDS, MS, Jessica Meeske, DDS, MS, Holly Portwood, DDS, MS, Greg Weeder, DDS

2022-2023 House Officers

Allie Koth (HOII)

Maddison McCon- naughhay (HOII)

Sumerfield (HOII)

Andrew Wilson (HOII)

Eric Wood (HOII)

Alexis Jessen (HOI)

Bailey Neville (HOI)

Tracy Peitz (HOI)

Emily Starman (HOI)

Applicant Process 

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Applicants must fulfill the following requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Graduate from an accredited dental school recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (DMD/DDS degree).
  • Pass the National Board Dental Examinations.
  • The Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) is not required, but official ADAT scores received by the application deadline will be strongly considered.
  • Submit application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Application deadline is October 1 of the year preceding matriculation.
  • Applicants must also be registered with the National Matching Service.
  • Submit supplemental application and $50 application fee. Instructions to submit online will be sent to you by email after you have submitted your PASS application.
  • Complete a personal interview (departmental decision).
  • Submit a 2x2 photo (digital preferred). Photo can be included in your PASS application.

Formal courses and departmental seminars include: biostatistics, microbiology and immunology, oral pathology, orthodontics, growth and development, speech development, physical diagnosis, pediatrics, oral pathology, genetics, orthodontics, child psychology, ethics and dentistry, research planning and design, literature review, pediatric dental text review, clinical case seminar, comprehensive treatment planning, comprehensive behavior guidance to include sedation, oral clinical exam preparation, prevention and disease control, practice management, organized dentistry, community dental health and other special topics.

Rotations include: Cleft palate/craniofacial anomalies, pediatric medicine, emergency on-call, anesthesiology, oral surgery and interdisciplinary pediatrics (child psychiatry and other developmental disciplines through the Munroe-Meyer Institute), operating room services.

During the first year, 65 percent of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. During the second year, 75 percent of total resident time is spent in clinical activity. The majority of clinical training is conducted at the Pediatric Dental Clinic located at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha. Residents gain extensive experience working in collaboration with other pediatric medicine specialties.

Program Year 1 Program Year 2
Anesthesia 4 week rotation    
Biostatistics Fall weekly    
Craniofacial Ongoing Craniofacial Clinic Ongoing
H&P Fall weekly    
Interdisciplinary 1 week rotation    
Oral Pathology Fall (even years) Oral Pathology Fall (even years)
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Ongoing Osteogenesis Imperfecta Ongoing
    Oral Surgery 1 week rotation
Ortho Ongoing Ortho Ongoing
Pediatric Medicine 2 week rotation    
Teaching Spring semester Teaching Fall and spring semester
Faculty Lectures 3 weekly Faculty Lectures 3 weekly
Additional/Guest Lectures As determined by program director Additional/Guest Lectures As determined by program director
Clinical Training 

Children's Hospital & Medical Center

 Children's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Main location of the Pediatric Dental Residency Program
  • Primary site for inpatient pediatric training
  • Clinic, ED, OR and interprofessional experiences
  • Socially and economically diverse patients

Children’s Outpatient Surgery Center at West Village Pointe

 Children's Outpatient Surgery
  • OR experience
  • The 10,000 square-foot facility has:
    • 3 state-of-the-art operating rooms
    • 18 pre-operative and post-operative rooms

UNMC College of Dentistry

 COD Lincoln
  • Clinical instruction and oversight for
    D3’s and D4’s (6-8 students)
  • Assisted by the faculty pediatric
    dentist assigned

Nebraska Medicine and Clinics

 Durham Outpatient Center
  • Anesthesia, Pediatric Medicine, Interdisciplinary, Oral Surgery rotations

Boystown National Research Hospital

  • Craniofacial clinic
Financial and Employment Information 
2022-2023 House Officer Stipends
Level Annual Monthly
H1 $38,542.90 $3,211.90
H2 $38,542.90 $3,211.90

Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding allocations by UNMC must be established before resident stipends for the year can be established. Residents will be assigned a 1.0 FTE status which makes them eligible for a flexible benefit package which includes choices among health, life and disability insurance. Future income is contingent upon continued availability of federal funds and, therefore, is subject to change at any time.

Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are $7,780 each year. See an Estimated Cost of Attendance Budget from the UNMC Financial Aid Office.

Student Loans and Loan Deferment
Currently, residents are considered postgraduate students of the College of Dentistry for financial aid purposes. Postgraduate students may get financial aid information from the UNMC Financial Aid Office and student loan payments for postgraduate students can be deferred.

Vacation/Sick Leave
Postgraduate students shall have fifteen (15) scheduled working days of paid leave per year. Leave includes ten (10) for vacation and five (5) for professional development. Leave in excess of fifteen (15) days per year (which will be granted for special circumstances only) must be taken as Leave Without Pay from the college or as Family Leave. Leave requests must be submitted as per the policies of the program and the college.

Private Practice
Residents are allowed to engage in the private practice of dentistry during their program. Please contact the program director for details.

State of Nebraska Residency
As employees of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, postgraduate students are considered residents of the State of Nebraska.

Visiting Us - Three Day Oberserverships 

The UNMC Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Residency offers three day observerships for those interested in pursuing specialty training in pediatric dentistry. Eligible applicants include United States and Canadian dental students and licensed dentists who are graduates of C.O.D.A. accredited dental schools.

Our residency program clinic, the UNMC Pediatric Dental Clinic, gives observers the opportunity to shadow pediatric dental residents working closely with our program faculty in the areas of pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric oral surgery and sedation.

Typically, observers spend one day in the operating room with our pediatric dental faculty and residents while they treat children and adolescents with extensive dental restorative needs; physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities; cleft and craniofacial conditions; and complex medical conditions. Our clinic and hospital setting provides dental care to children from the Omaha metropolitan area, greater Nebraska and our surrounding states.

It would be our pleasure to show you our clinic, introduce you to our program’s faculty and residents, and get to know you better.


Zachary Houser, DMD
Director, Pediatric Dentistry Post Graduate Residency

Recent Graduates 

Class of 2022

  • Jordan Castillo, DDS
  • Molly Cawley, DDS
  • Mary Pollmiller, DDS
  • Ryan Smith, DMD
  • Adam Woroniecki, DDS

Class of 2021

  • Spencer Burton, DDS, One World Community Health, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Rebecca Buss, DDS, Private Practice, Omaha, Nebraska 
  • Taylor Coffin, DDS, Private Practice, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Derek Mettenbrink, DDS, Private Practice, Missoula, Montana
  • Laura Videtich, DDS, Private Practice, Boise, Idaho

Class of 2020

  • Adam Crell, DDS, Private Practice, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Kiley Dohm, DDS, Private Practice, Plymouth, Minnesota
  • Timothy McClain, DDS, Private Practice, Shelbyville, Kentucky
  • Baylee Mink, DDS, Private Practice, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Benjamin Reimer, DDS, Private Practice, Omaha, NE

Class of 2019

  • Christopher Johnson, DDS, Private Practice, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Tyler Johnson, DDS, Private Practice, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Claire Koukol, DDS, Faculty, UNMC Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Katelyn Olenich, DDS, Private Practice, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Eric Phan, DDS, Private Practice, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Class of 2018

  • Trey Anderson, DDS, Private Practice, Wichita, Kansas
  • Bryce Bott, DMD, Private Practice, Provo, Utha
  • Whitney Walker Linville, DDS, Private Practice, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Jennifer Marshall, DDS, UNMC Pediatric Dental Residency Program, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Allison Wolf, DDS, Private Practice, Lincoln, Nebraska


Postgraduate Dental Programs
Julie Buss
UNMC College of Dentistry
4000 East Campus Loop South
Lincoln, NE 68583-0740

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
8200 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114-4113
985163 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5163