4949 Westown Pkwy Suite 150
West Des Moines , IA 50266-6716
(515) 225-0066

Pediatric Dental Office in West Des Moines, IA

Dr. Kubovich – Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentist at our dental office in West Des Moines, IADr. Kubovich was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa where he attended East High School.  He then went on to Ames where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University.  After living and working in Des Moines for a few years, Dr. Kubovich entered the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.  While studying dentistry, he was awarded a certificate of merit from the American Society of Dentistry for Children . The recipient of this award is selected by the faculty and given to the senior dental student who has shown proficiency and skill in the treatment of children.  Dr. Kubovich then completed an additional two years of specialty training in pediatric dentistry also at the University of Iowa.  Dr. Kubovich’s postdoctoral training focused on the growth and development of infants, children, and individuals with special needs. Dr. Kubovich is board certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, he is also the past President of the Des Moines District Dental Society.  Dr. Kubovich is also an active member of the Iowa Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.  His goal is to provide comprehensive dental care while building self-esteem and self-confidence in each child.   He is pleased to be able to provide pediatric dentistry in Des Moines and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Kubovich enjoys spending time with his wife Shilo and daughters Kenzie, Zoe, and Jozie.  They like bike riding, going to the zoo and spending time outdoors.

Academic Information

University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Residency Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Iowa City, IA
July 2001 – June 2003
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry completed July 2003

University of Iowa College of Dentistry
Iowa City, IA
August 1997 – June 2001
D.D.S. Degree completed June 2001

Iowa State University
Ames, IA
August 1989 – May 1994
Bachelor of Science Degree completed May 1994

Honors and Awards

  • 1993 Henry Shmidt Outstanding Senior Award
  • 2001 American Society of Dentistry for Children Award Recipient
  • 2002 Chief Resident – Department of Pediatric Dentistry
  • 2007 Board Certified and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • 2009-2010 Des Moines District Dental Society President

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Iowa Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Society
  • Iowa Dental Association
  • Psi Omega Dental Fraternity
  • Past President of Des Moines District Dental Society

Professional Experience

  • Treatment of children under general anesthesia
  • Treatment of children with special needs at the Center for Disabilities and Development as well as Childserve
  • University of Iowa Cleft Lip/Palate Team
  • General Anesthesia Rotation
  • Rotations through General Pediatrics, Genetics and Hemophilia Clinics
  • Public Health Outreach Clinics – Des Moines and Davenport
  • Adjunct Professor – University of Iowa Department of Pediatric Dentistry 2004-2009

 

Dr. Diana Pelzer – Pediatric Dentist

Diana_PelzerDr. Pelzer grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, and embarked on a “Hawkeye decade” attending The University of Iowa to complete her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, D.D.S and pediatric dentistry certificate.  She was awarded the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral Award for her achievements during dental school.  Dr. Pelzer completed two additional years of training in pediatric dentistry that focused on the growth, development and oral care of infants, children, and patients of all ages with special needs.  She is currently pursuing board certification in pediatric dentistry. She has served as an advocate for children by traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with Iowa legislators regarding the importance of pediatric oral care and the practice of pediatric dentistry.

In addition to seeing patients at DMPDC, Dr. Pelzer is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at The University of Iowa where she serves as an instructor for dental students and pediatric dental residents.

Dr. Pelzer’s professional interests include treatment of anxious patients (and parents!), infant oral health, and special needs dentistry.  Dr. Pelzer looks forward to working with you and your children to experience fun and positive dental visits. She and her husband, Dan, reside in West Des Moines and are proud parents of a ten-pound poodle mix named Moose.

Academic Information                         

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
Residency – Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Iowa City, IA
Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry completed July 2016

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics
Iowa City, IA
D.D.S. Degree completed June 2014

The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Bachelor of Arts Degree completed May 2010

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Predoctoral Award Recipient
  • 2015 Chief Resident – Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Society

Professional Experience and Volunteerism

  • Treatment of children under sedation and general anesthesia
  • Treatment of very young children at the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Clinic as well as patients with special needs at the Center for Disabilities and Development
  • The University of Iowa Cleft Lip/Palate Team
  • Rotations through General Pediatrics, Genetics and Hematology/Oncology Clinics
  • Training in limited interceptive orthodontic treatment, emergency and trauma dental care
  • Former secretary of Dental Public Health Club and dental school class
  • Conducted a clinical trial during residency and presented at local and national dental meetings
  • Volunteer – Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, Iowa Mission of Mercy, Give Kids a Smile

 

Vicki Haley – Office Manager/RDA
vicki-haleyVicki is the Office Manager for DMPDC. She is a registered Dental Assistant with over 25 years of experience in the dental field. Vicki resides in Ankeny with her husband Mike. In her spare time she enjoys being in her flower garden, spending time with family and friends and weekends on the water.
Lisa Darby– Administrative Assistant/RDAlisa-darby
Lisa is a Registered Dental Assistant and currently works at the front desk. Lisa and her husband Mark live in the country west of Des Moines where they both enjoy their large garden each summer, putting up hay and taking care of their horses. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends, church activities  and cheering on the Kansas City Royals!
Danielle Herberger – Administrative Assistant/RDAdanielle
Danielle attended Kirkwood Community College and graduated in 2007 with a Dental Assisting degree and Associate degree in Applied Science. Danielle has always wanted to be in the dental field ever since she was a little girl. She loves working with younger children and enjoys the smiles on their faces after their visit to the office. Danielle loves spending her free time with her husband, Jerry, sons Luke and Tate, and dog Marley.
Savana Hough-RDAsavana
Savana is a Registered Dental Assistant with 9 years of experience in the dental field. She currently works chairside with Dr. Kubovich. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is a BIG fan of the Green Bay Packers. Savana and her husband Travis reside in Des Moines with their three children. Go Pack Go!
Kara Olsasky-RDA/CDAkara
Kara graduated from DMACC in August of 2011 and been a part of our team ever since! In October 2014, Kara married her love of her life, Shawn. They now live in West Des Moines. Kara and Shawn love spending time with their son. Kara LOVES the winter season of cold and snow. Kara enjoys working in our dental office cleaning children’s teeth. Kara makes it a fun experience for the kids during their appointments.
Ashley Peel-RDAashley
Ashley is a Registered Dental Assistant who graduated from DMACC in August 2013. Ashley loves working with children she has worked in her mother’s day care for 7 years so Pediatric Dentistry is a perfect fit for her! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, her boyfriend and her fur baby (kitty) Hazel. She is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, Go Chiefs!
Maria del Rosario Santos Garcia (Rosy) – RDArosy
Rosy is a Registered Dental Assistant. She was born in Mexico and raised in Iowa. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. Rosy loves working with younger children and enjoys the smiles on their faces. She currently lives in Perry with her husband and two boys. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends and loves to help out at her church.
Mystie Tyler-RDA
mystie-tylerMystie is a Registered Dental Assistant with more than 13 years of experience and LOVES what she does!  Mystie has been with our Des Moines pediatric dentistry practice for over 9 years, she works one day a month at surgery center with Dr. Kubovich. She and her husband Dustin have a daughter and twin boys. Mystie volunteers, in her spare time, at Southeast Elementary in Ankeny where her children attend. Mystie and her family enjoy camping in the spring and fall and relaxing poolside in the summer months.
Taylor Wells-RDA
taylor_5Taylor attended Kirkwood Community College and graduated in August 2012 with a Dental Assisting degree and an Associate of Applied Science degree.  She genuinely enjoys working with pediatrics and special needs patients in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.  Her goal is to help teach patients, parents and guardians the importance of oral health and preventative care.  Taylor’s favorite hobby is spending quality time with her family, friends and pets.  She also loves traveling, organizing and various outdoor activities.

Laurisa Stringer-RDA
Laurisa joined our team in 2016 and has been a great addition!  She has always had a passion for pediatrics and working with patients with special healthcare needs.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dog and racing mud trucks.  She is a former state champion of monster arm wrestling.