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Dr. Frank G Artinian II

Dr. Frank G Artinian II, MD is a board-certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He completed his medical education at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2001 and pediatric residency training at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Artinian began his employment at Akron Children’s Hospital in January 2015 and has provided pediatric care in both the office and hospital settings. He has an appointment with Northeast Ohio Medical University as a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics.

In the summer of 2016, he transitioned into a hospitalist role on the Akron Children’s general pediatric inpatient floor embedded in Aultman Hospital. Dr. Artinian maintains a dual appointment at Akron Children’s Hospital both within the Department of Pediatrics as well as the Department of Orthopedics. In this capacity, he cares for children in the Akron Children’s Hospital Skeletal Dysplasia and Osteogenesis Imperfecta Clinics, where he serves as the medical director.

Susan Starling Hughes

Susan Starling Hughes, MS, CGC is a certified pediatric genetic counselor who works with patients and their families at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Her primary clinical focus includes craniofacial genetics and associated syndromes. Susan is an active member of the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association, where she has given many well- received presentations comprised of novel research. She is passionate about education and rare disease awareness. Susan holds a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dr. Heather M. Hendricks

Dr. Heather Hendricks, DDS, MSO, is the attending orthodontist at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics in Kansas City, MO and adjunct assistant professor at UMKC Dental School, Department of Orthodontics. She obtained her dental degree and orthodontic training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her sub-specialty training in cleft, craniofacial, and surgical orthodontics was attained at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dr. Hendricks specializes in infant orthopedics, growth modification, surgical orthodontics, and the management of eruption disturbances. In addition to her clinical interests, Dr. Hendricks has published papers and won numerous awards surrounding her research on the eruption of teeth. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Hendricks enjoys traveling, being outdoors, catching up on her favorite podcasts, brewing kombucha, and finding DIY projects to complete.

She believes that variety is indeed the spice of life; and she enjoys the uniqueness of each of her patients. Personal relationship, trust, evidence-based clinical decisions, and open exchange of information are the foundations on which she builds her practice; and is driven by the belief that extraordinary patients deserve extraordinary scientist-clinicians.

All information, resources and material used on the CCD Smiles website is for informative purposes only and are not to be used as an alternative to a consultation, diagnosis and/or medical/dental treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider. CCD Smiles is not responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or other information and/or services that you obtain through this site.

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