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Dr Catherine McKinley

Paediatric Dentistry

Professional Profile

Dr.Catherine Mc Kinley, a native of Belfast, has been practising paediatric dentistry since 1995. Catherine graduated with honors from the Dental School at Trinity College, Dublin in 1990 and started her career with 5 years in general dentistry. In 1997, she completed two-years of full-time specialty training in paediatric dentistry followed by a third year, in a research and clinical teaching fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA.

Catherine remained as a part-time clinical assistant professor at the dental school while joining a group practice in San Antonio in 1999.


In 2004, she was awarded certification by the American Board of Paediatric Dentistry  also becoming a Fellow of the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. 


Catherine McKinley, a paediatric dentist (children’s dentist) is a practitioner who, after becoming a general dentist (often called a family dentist), completed an additional three years of full time post-doctoral training in all aspects of children’s oral health and development. Paediatric Dentistry is an age related specialty dedicated to the comprehensive oral health care of children, from infancy through adolescence including those with special healthcare needs (children with medical, physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities). Catherine’s specialty education included child psychology, behavior guidance, preventative techniques, restorative dentistry, minor oral surgery, management of traumatic oral injuries, interceptive orthodontic care, and the treatment of children with special needs. Paediatric dentists also work closely with medical colleagues and anaesthetists in their provision of hospital dentistry. Catherine has been in both private and hospital dentistry practice consistently since 1990. All children will benefit from attending a paediatric dentist due to their competency and expertise in the specific dental and psychological needs of children which are different to those of adults. Dr. Mc Kinley and her staff aim to make your child’s dental experience safe, comfortable, educational, and fun.



Below are publications by Dr Catherine McKinley. Click on a link to view or download a publication.