Dr. Elizabeth Duran
“Kids are the best part of humanity; they will always put a smile on your face. Working with children, there is NEVER a boring or unhappy day at work! I love what I do.”
Dr. Elizabeth Duran was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied Integrative Biology and Music. She went on to complete her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated as a four-year Dean’s Scholar, as well as a graduate of the Medically Complex Clinical Honors program. After dental school, she completed her pediatric dental residency at Yale New Haven Hospital and the Yale School of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
As a child, Dr. Liz struggled with a condition called severe molar incisor hypomineralization. She was referred to a pediatric dentist at age 6, where her doctors always made her feel safe. Despite her extensive treatment, she grew up loving the dentist. Add in a dental injury from water polo and three years of braces, and Dr. Liz had plenty of childhood experiences to help her decide “what she wanted to be when she grew up.” Pediatric dentistry has always felt less like a career decision, and more of a return home for her. Her greatest goal is to provide the same positive, safe experience for all of her patients and their families.
Dr. Liz has extensive training in all forms of behavior management techniques to help your child feel safe and comfortable at the dentist. Most often, she is able to complete treatment with her gentle personality and laughing gas alone. Depending on your child’s needs, Dr. Liz also has years of experience in sedation dentistry. Working alongside teams of anesthesia doctors, she has completed hundreds of cases under IV sedation and general anesthesia. She loves working with children with special needs, medically complex children, and children with dental phobias. Dr. Duran also speaks Spanish.
Dr. Liz lives in Rockford with her husband, baby daughter, and sweet cat, Stella. When she’s not busy playing with her daughter, Dr. Liz loves to play piano and flute, work out, and cook healthy meals for her friends and family.
Our Dental Team
Our doctors have gone through additional years of training so that they are best equipped to provide a safe and enjoyable visit for your child. Like a pediatrician, we are experts in providing dental care for children.
We love what we do! Nothing brings us more joy than seeing your child laugh, leave with a smile, and feel excited for their next visit! Your child will get to pick their own toothbrush and flavor of toothpaste and enjoy fun prizes
Often, positive childhood dental experiences can manifest into a lifetime of oral health. Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and fun environment for your child, while providing state-of-the-art pediatric dental care.