Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Dorothy Baker

Dr. Dorothy Baker is a native of the Lowcountry and is very excited to have a pediatric dental practice in her home town!

She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of Charleston, and then obtained a degree of dentistry at MUSC College of Dental Medicine in 2002. After practicing general dentistry for three years, she received her Pediatric Dental Specialty license from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado in 2007. She is trained in conscious sedation, pediatric oral and maxillofacial trauma, general anesthesia and patients with special medical conditions. She is a member of the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cleft-Palate Craniofacial Association, Charleston Dental Society and the Greater Summerville Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Baker was the past Dental Director at the Coastal Center, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and continues to provide dental care to special needs individuals. She serves on faculty at the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, and supervised dental student rotation through the facility. She feels strongly in promoting training awareness for student dentists in both pediatric dentistry and individuals with special health care needs.

Dr. Baker lives in Summerville with her son Josh and daughter Emma, who are the light of her life. She enjoys playing at the beach, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. She feels very thankful that God has blessed her with the ability to practice in the Lowcountry, and seeks to glorify Him through the care she provides all of her patient families.

Dr. Dorothy Baker

Dr. Katie Stroud Bullwinkel

I LOVE my job. I love helping patients and families achieve their dream smile. People come to me with tooth puzzles to unravel and design with their specific needs in mind. The transformation of my patients as they gain confidence and a new outlook on life brings me so much joy. Seeing a person’s inner self change to match the change on the outside is the best reward for a job well done.

I grew up in Chapin, SC and attended Chapin High School. After graduating in 2003, I attended Wofford College where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Biology, earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa honor society. I received my doctorate in dental medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. There I was recognized with first graduate honors and selection to Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a dental honor society. Following dental school, I traveled to Chicago where I completed my orthodontic specialty residency and Master’s degree in Oral Science. My thesis focused on aspects of positive psychology and its link to orthodontic treatment in adolescents.

I am the oldest of four kids and the daughter of an elementary school teacher. Kids, big and small, have always been a part of my life. I am proud to be a part of an office that puts our children’s oral health as the utmost priority. Everyday, Dr. Baker and I work together to give your children a seamless approach to the health and function of their developing mouths. Let us treat your children as we do our own.

My husband, Matt Bullwinkel, and I are blessed with our daughter, Molly and a crazy dog, Hudson. As a mother and a wife, I can’t help but care for my patients. I look at each of my patients, young and old, as if they were my own family. I can’t wait to meet you and see how Summerville Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics can serve you and your family.

Dr. Katie Stroud Bullwinkel

Dr. Katie Polley

Dr. Katie Polley is very excited to join the Summerville Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics team! Dr. Baker brought Dr. Polley to SPDO specifically to provide her older patients with high quality esthetic, and restorative dentistry. Dr. Polley’s passionate energy and attention to high esthetic detail makes her the PERFECT person to take care of all of our teen patients… and moms and dads too!

Dr. Polley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech and obtained her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. After dental school, Dr. Polley took it a step further and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is dedicated to remaining current with her dental education and is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentists, and South Carolina Dental Association.

Dr. Polley has fallen in love with the Lowcountry and enjoys giving back to the community through dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Polley enjoys going to the beach, trying new restaurants, exercising, and playing with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Teddy.

Dr. Katie Polley


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