Welcome to the office of Kearns & Ashby Pediatric Dentistry. Our pediatric dental practice strives to make this new experience for your child a fun and rewarding one.  We understand the importance of establishing a good oral hygiene regimen early in a child’s life and we provide children’s parents with the necessary knowledge and treatment to maintain a healthy smile.

One thing that stands out when you walk into our office is how much fun we have here.  Our staff truly enjoys spending time with children and we have a blast interacting with them.  You may come in one day and see all of us dressed in our pajamas or see us looking crazy on wacky hair day.  Our goal is to make the office a fun place for our patients and staff!

We thank you for your interest in our office and the trust you have placed in us. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Our pediatric dental practice is geared to the special dental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and childrens with special healthcare needs.  Our Doctors have received specialized education in pediatric dentistry, and our staff is well-trained in children's dentistry. We take the safety of your children seriously and therefore all of our staff members have gone through an extensive background check. This includes FBI fingerprinting, criminal history, and child abuse clearances.


  Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. We understand that some children are fearful or too young to cooperate and our doctors have additional methods to help your child through treatment. All dentists in our office are licensed to provide nitrous oxide analgesia (laughing gas) and conscious sedation. In addition, our doctors have privileges at area hospitals, enabling us to provide treatment under general anesthesia if needed.


  • Infant Oral Health Consulting
  • Digital X-rays for less radiation
  • Tooth- colored Fillings (BPA Free)
  • In-Office Conscious Sedation
  • Special Needs Dental Care
  • 24 Hour Emergency Care
  • Dental Cleaning and Fluoride Treatments
  • Sealants (BPA Free)
  • Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Orthodontic Treatment

Meet Our Doctors

Learn Who We Are

  • Jeffrey Kearns
    D.D.S., Diplomate

    Dr. Jeffrey Kearns grew up in Mechanicsburg and he attended Mechanicsburg High School where he played basketball and baseball. 

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  • Madhur S. Patil
    D.M.D., Diplomate

    Dr. Patil was born and raised in Central India. After graduating from dental school in India, he moved to the United States in 2008 for further education. 

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  • Kristin Russo
    D.M.D., Diplomate

    Dr. Kristin Russo grew up in Indiana, PA and Lexington, KY. She graduated from Denison University in 2001 with a B. S. in Biology and French 

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  • Dwight Ashby
    D.D.S., Diplomate

    In 2014, Dr. Ashby followed a calling and created a foundation (A Gift of Smiles) to help close the gaps that exist in dental healthcare for people with special needs. 

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What Our Patients Say About Us

  • "Super Accommodating for Child with Special Needs

    Dr. Kearns and his staff are so friendly and always make my child feel comfortable while at the dentist. Everyone takes their time with her and explains everything as they do the exam/cleaning."
    Bridgette - September 2020
  • "LOVE this practice. I have a nine year old with autism and they are always so good with him! Very kind, gentle, and caring. We usually see Dr Ashby, he’s amazing with a wonderful bedside manner. We just saw Dr Patil for the first time today and he was so good with my little guy. Explained everything to him and went very slowly so my son could get used to what he was doing. They also always let my son hold the tools and get comfortable with them before starting their exam. I would give them 10 stars if I could! Best pediatric dentistry practice! We’ve been with them for 7 years now and no complaints!"
    Kristin - May 2021
  • "The Kearns & Ashsby staff go to great lengths to make going to the dentist a fun, comfortable, and informative experience, for both kids and parents. My two kids are wondering why people keep saying they "hate" going to the dentist--my kids sure don't!"
    Ryan - January 2023

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