Our Team

The Doctors

Dr. Luz Molina

Dr. Luz Molina has been a resident of Reno for over 20 years and completed her two-year pediatric dental residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital together with a Master’s in Science degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Prior to Dr. Molina’s pediatric training, Dr. Molina spent two years of additional training in a hospital based program at the Ohio State University system. Dr. Molina was awarded with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Graduate Research Award and Pierre Fauchard Academy Recognition for excellence in Dentistry. Dr. Molina is a licensed pediatric specialist in the state of Nevada, and provides hospital dentistry. She is a board candidate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Nevada Dental Association
  • Northern Nevada Dental Association
  • American Dental Association.

She is married to Dr. Wilkerson and together they have four children: Carter, Thomas, Hamilton, and Lourdes. Dr Molina and her husband, Dr. Wilkerson, started Dentistry for Kids in 1998 to share their joy of caring for all Reno’s kids as one of their own. Dr. Molina is originally from San Juan ,Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Spanish. When she is not at the office or helping her son Carter in his fundraiser campaign for NuggsForCarter.com she is actively involved on their kids schools events and volunteering. She enjoys traveling, scrapbooking and dancing.

Dr. J. Wilkerson

Dr. J. Wilkerson graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1993 and taught dental students as a member of the dental faculty from 1993-1997. At the college, Dr. Wilkerson also served as the Children’s Hospital evening and weekend director. Dr. J Wilkerson is a general dentist who has limited his practice to children and teens.


  • American Dental Association
  • Nevada Dental Association
  • Northern Nevada Concerned Dental Committee

Dr. Wilkerson enjoys biking, fishing (one of his email accounts starts with fishingjw), and reading in his off time. In 2015, he did his first Ironman, and ran the R2R2R (through the Grand Canyon and back, 48 mi.). He is married to Dr. Molina and together they have four children: Carter (of NuggsforCarter fame, number one re-twitted person of all time) Thomas, Hamilton, and Lourdes. Dr. Wilkerson and his wife, Dr. Molina, started Dentistry for Kids in 1998 to share their joy of caring for all Reno’s kids as one of their own. When he is not at the office or helping his son Carter in his fundraiser campaign for NuggsForCarter.com, Dr. Wilkerson is reading, riding bikes, hiking or training for his next race.

Dr. Emily Whipple

Dr. Whipple is a third generation Nevadan. She love’s having the opportunity to improve oral health care for kids and provide a positive experience. Dr. Whipple grew up in Boulder City and attended college at University of Nevada Reno. After only three years at UNR she was accepted into dental school at UNLV and graduated in 2008. Dr. Whipple practiced in Northern Nevada for five years and realized her love of pediatrics which prompted her return to UNLV to complete a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry. During residency, she also completed training with Nevada LEND to become a better provider for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities


  • American Academy of Pediatric Denstisty
  • Northern Nevada Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Nevada State Advisory Committee for Oral Health

Dr. Whipple became a new mom in 2016, to her son Fredrick (Freddie). She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and keeping up with popular kid topics so that she can better relate to her patients. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, swimming and playing with her two dogs Emma and Sobee.

The Staff


Practice Manager

Johana is from Los Angeles, CA (though her family is originally from El Salvador). She moved to Reno when she was 6 months old and has been here ever since. She has been at DFK since 2005. She loves working with children to provide quality care and a positive experience. She also loves dancing and spending time with her daughter and her son!


Lead Dental Assistant

Kristina was born in Las Vegas and moved to Reno 15 years ago. She started working at DFK in 1999. She has stayed here because she feels like the quality of care is very high and she just loves working with kids. She is married and and has 3 children. Her hobbies include driving kids all over town for their hobbies and vacationing wherever there is an ocean!


Treatment/ Financial Coordinator

Kim is a native Nevadan. She was born in Ely, Nevada and raised in Reno where she also brought up her 3 boys. She left Reno for Oregon to study the health field, and is delighted to have returned to the area and to be here at DFK. Kim’s passions include photography, gardening, hiking, running, and of course, family!


Dental Assistant/Sterilization

Born and raised in the Philippines, Ben is the oldest of 3 siblings. At 13, he made a life-changing decision by moving to the U.S. in hopes of a better life. After graduating from Reno’s Dental Assisting program, he was hired by Dentistry For Kids. He loves working for DFK because of the family-like atmosphere and the quality of care they provide to the kids and team members. Hitting the slopes, a good read, and playing video games with his younger brothers are just a few things he enjoys!


Scheduling Coordinator

Hobbies: Spending time with family, reading, shopping, being outdoors, playing with my three dogs, traveling, and experiencing new things & meeting new people. Favorite thing about DFK? Hearing what the kids have to say during the appointments.  They say the best things & the “thank you’s” are genuine. Family: Married. We have 3 grown children. We also have 3 wonderful and energetic grandchildren. We spend a lot of the time doing activities with family. How long have you lived in Reno? We recently moved to Reno in May from Boise, ID. We are excited to see all that Reno has to offer. Anything else? I love tropical beaches & Palm trees. Chocolate too!


Dental Assistant

Hobbies: Cooking new foods, running, and trying to get back in shape. Favorite thing about DFK: Our patients, and my DFK family. Family: Daniel (son) How long have you lived in Reno: 18 years Additional: I love to dance at 6am to get my day started and I’m an amazing car singer.

Sarah Gaze

How long with DFK: 1 month. Hobbies: Swimming, reading, catching up on my favorite shows, eating delicious food (mostly dessert), getting to spend time with my freinds, family, and my boyfriend Mr. Ricky! Favorite thing about DFK: Getting to see how happy the kids are to be here. Our patients have so much fun, so much to where they don’t want to leave, and cant wait to come back and see us! They always put a smile on my face. Family  I spent my whole life in Washington State. My family is in Washington and also Alaska. I moved to Reno with my boyfriend after graduating from a technical school, where I studied Medical Office Administration and Coding. We decided to relocate to start a new adventure. How long have you lived in Reno: 4 months. I love that it does not rain as much as it does back home, and the sunsets are gorgeous. Favorite Animal Squirrels.


Hobbies: Shopping and spending time with grandson, Wes. Favorite thing about DFK: Working with children. Our doctors and staff are the best. I love being part of the DFK family. How long have you lived in Reno: Born and raised in LA. Moved to Reno in 1980 & love it here with the mountains, lakes, and blue skies.

Sara Marasson

Dental Assistant

How long with DFK: 1 year & 2 months. Hobbies: I love to spend time with my family & being outside. I also love going to baseball games & playing with my dog Oreo! Favorite thing about DFK: All the people and families I get to meet everyday and the fun that we have in our office. Family: I live in Reno with my parents and older siblings, I am the youngest of three. I have one niece and 2 nephews that I love to spend time with. How long have you lived in Reno: I was born and raised here in Nevada. Favorites: My favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Angels and I love cows.

Ariadne Gonzalez

Dental Assistant