Meet Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Niekia Franklin. Dr. Franklin is passionate about health! After learning that her dad’s heart attack might have been caused by his lack of oral health care, she decided to become a dentist to help foster total body health through dental education.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree in 3 years from the University of Oklahoma, then attended Baylor College of Dentistry where she started a local chapter of Give Kids a Smile, served as president to the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association, Vice President of the Student National Dental Association, and organized the annual SNDA Pre-Dental Day for students from underrepresented backgrounds to learn about careers in dentistry. Throughout dental school, she learned the most current dental innovations, volunteered over 1,000 hours, and graduated in the top 3% of her class.
Dr. Franklin then went on to study Pediatric Dentistry at Indiana University where she earned a Masters of Science in Dentistry. During her residency, she continued volunteering in the community, worked extensively in a hospital setting and cared for many patients with complex health needs. Some of her favorite lessons came from comprehensive rotations in the craniofacial clinic, anesthesia, and child development programs. Dr. Franklin also helped to re-establish the schools Give Kids a Smile program to provide dental care to children without access to care. In residency, Dr. Franklin met her husband, a Bay Area native, and together they moved back to the Bay!
Dr. Franklin loves keeping up with all the latest pediatric dental evidence, especially regarding the oral-airway and oral-systemic connections, conservative treatment alternatives, and minimally invasive procedures in order to consistently enhance her patient experience. As someone who is passionate about providing her community with healthy smiles, Dr. Franklin serves actively as an advisor to the board of Diversity of Dentistry, mentors several pre-dental students, and adopts a family for Christmas with the team through the Bay Area Crisis Nursery.
She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and Greater Bay Area Dental Society. After 7 years of practicing pediatric dentistry, Dr. Franklin decided to start Redwood Pediatric Dentistry to incorporate all of her experience, knowledge, and values in one magical place. As a Black-owned dental practice in Oakland, Redwood Pediatric Dentistry aims to give each child and their family the time they need to build positivity about dentistry and we strive to exceed your expectations!
Her hobbies include playing with her dogs Hawley and Maximus, dressing up for Halloween, taking orange theory classes, camping, fishing, hosting dinner parties, and reading a lot of books!
My favorite aspect of starting Redwood Pediatric Dentistry is the opportunity to bring all of my ideas to fruition. While the technical aspects of dentistry are of paramount importance, I also find joy in the unique touches such as our tooth fairy door, toothpaste flavor menus, and toothpaste tasting station. The sense of purpose I get when a child swells with pride at their second visit because they are proud of the progress they have made is truly magical. Additionally, I am proud to have assembled a team that shares my passion for our practice's core values. Participating in continuing education events such as the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry's annual meeting, and experiencing the enthusiasm of my team, is a unique and rewarding part of being a practice owner!
I would love to be a teacher! I've always enjoyed working with students and have had many opportunities to do so throughout my education and career, including tutoring, teaching Saturday School, and serving as a teacher's assistant. Teaching is something that brings me a lot of joy and fulfillment, which is probably why it’s one of my favorite parts of being a pediatric dentist!
I'm passionate about supporting Diversity in Dentistry. I believe in creating a lasting impact beyond myself and promoting access to dental health for all families, starting with increasing providers in underserved areas.
I hope my patients say they know I care for them and that I helped them to feel confident in taking control of their dental health.
I stay informed by reading the latest research in my field in journals and listening to dental podcasts. I also make sure to attend continuing education courses to stay current with the latest advancements in pediatric dentistry. I find it very important that both myself and the team understand all of the tools, especially the newest and most advanced ones, to ensure the best care for our precious patients.
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Silver Diamine Fluoride
Michigan at our friend’s lakehouse!
Debate, it counts
When the lady bug colonies come to Oakland’s Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park!
Our caring team is all-smiles when it comes to serving our community. We pride ourselves on running a meticulously clean and detail-oriented office so appointments run smoothly and comfortably for you and your child. Here’s a little more information about the hardworking people behind our practice.
A serene tree-filled backdrop has given our practice its name—and it also lends itself to creating a calm, peaceful atmosphere within our office. Enjoy convenient, free parking before you check in. Once inside, cozy up to our beverage bar while your kiddo heads to the play area or to check out our litezilla. For your child’s exam, warm blankets, headphones, and Disney+ are all available options to keep them cozy and entertained during their appointment.
We're also busy training Hawley, our future therapy dog!
We offer the highest quality dental materials to provide the best care for all our patients. Not every cavity needs a filling! Time, gentle guidance, and a comprehensive care plan often help even our littlest, and most cautious patients feel at ease!
Our practice is devoted to giving back to our community through various philanthropic efforts. Dr. Franklin is a National Ambassador for the Give Kids a Smile Program and hosts an event for the foundation each year, a tradition she’s kept for nearly a decade and is proud to bring to Redwood Pediatric Dentistry. The Give Kids a Smile Program helps deliver free dental care to children in need—a mission that aligns with our practice’s belief that all children should receive the very best dental care. We’re also proud to adopt a family through the Bay Area Crisis Nursery and support our patient's community outreach efforts. Have an awesome cause? Let us know!