Dr. Jill Sentlingar
Raised in Santa Clarita, California, Dr. Sentlingar moved to Texas to attend Baylor University. While at Baylor, Dr. Sentlingar met her husband, Pat, a McKinney native, and began to adapt to the Texas way of life. Dr. Sentlingar earned her doctoral degree at Baylor College of Dentistry in downtown Dallas.
While attending Baylor, she developed a love for family dentistry because of the variety of challenges and rewards it brings. Dr. Sentlingar graduated first in her class, earning both the Gold Medal and Alpha Omega Scholar Awards.
Dr. Sentlingar’s professional affiliations include: American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, North Texas Dental Association, American Association of Women Dentists, Texas Association of Women Dentists of which she is the Regional Vice President, Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Academy of Sports Dentistry. Dr. Sentlingar’s professional recognitions include: Gold Medal for First Scholastic Honors at Baylor College of Dentistry, Alpha Omega Scholastic Award, the Eleanor Bushee Senior Woman Dental Student Award, The Academy of Oral Medicine Award, The Texas Academy of General Dentistry Award, The Organization of Teachers of Oral Diagnosis Award, and selection into the Odontological Honors Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon and Phi Beta Kappa. She is also certified by the World Clinical Laser Institute in the use of the Waterlase MD and the EZLase diode lasers.
In her free time, Dr. Sentlingar enjoys camping, water skiing, crocheting, playing piano and spending time with her husband and two boys, Jacob and Nathan.
Dr. Cara Kessler
Dr. Cara Kessler is a native Texan, born and raised in Bedford. She graduated from L.D. Bell High School in 2003, and then studied at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She continued to further her education when she attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas for her Master’s in Biomedical Sciences, focusing on TMJ research.
Thereafter, she continued at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas for her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She was highly involved in research throughout her time in dental school, and even earned the prestigious Hinman Dental Society Student Research Award as well as an AADR Student Research Fellowship Travel Grant Award. She was also asked to participate in the AADR NSRG DENTSPLY/Caulk Competition. She was a member of the prestigious Odontological Honor Society and graduated with honors on the cumulative Dean’s List from Baylor College of Dentistry.
Dr. Cara is a member with the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Dallas County Dental Society, and The Academy of General Dentistry, and participates in a local study club. She enjoys staying up-to-date with current topics in dentistry by participating in multiple continuing education meetings throughout the country. She loves to educate patients on their oral health and treatment. Dr. Cara also enjoys donating her time to help patients in need, including participating in Texas Mission of Mercy events.
Dr. Cara spends most of her spare time with her husband and their baby girl, Kynlee. They enjoy spending time with friends and family, college football, traveling, and trying new restaurants.