Dr. Thomas Baker, D.M.D. of Baker Pediatric Dentistry with family

About

Meet Dr. Thomas Baker, D.M.D.

My name is Dr. Thomas Baker and I am passionate about kids. With three wonderful kids, I feel I can relate to your family. Kids are my life! I interact with them every day in the office and my wife might even say I am still a kid at heart! I bring a fresh perspective on pediatric dentistry. I completed my pediatric dental residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City, Missouri) in June 2016. Prior to my residency, I graduated cum laude from BYU-Idaho with a BS in Biology in 2010 followed by a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 2014 after finishing in the top 10% of my class. I was awarded the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry Student Award of Merit and elected into the Beta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. I love to learn and have a particular interest in orthodontics, seeking annual training with the world-renowned Dr. Gerry Samson, a dual trained orthodontist and pediatric dentist, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Returning to Idaho Falls had some mixed emotions for me. It has been a period of challenges, growth, and opportunity. While finishing my last year of residency I was contemplating pursuing an opportunity with a pediatric dentist in a different state for a year and applying for an orthodontic residency. I love what I do as a pediatric dentist but orthodontics was a real interest of mine and I felt like I could bring a unique perspective to the profession with training in both specialties; however, life had other plans for me. In December 2015, my father, Dr. Gregg Baker, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a stage IV brain tumor. I believe we are always divinely guided and this to me was an opportunity I could not pass up. My father had a short window and was given 14 months to live. I knew that with only seven months of residency left I needed to return to Idaho Falls to help my father with the practice. The doctors told my dad to retire but he is a fighter and he continued to work. Less than two weeks after completing residency I joined my father in the practice in July of 2016. I worked side by side with my dad for two months. It was a dream come true! Those two months were invaluable and I feel like I benefited the most. I was able to see the passion my dad has for dentistry and more importantly his patients. He loves dentistry! He loves working with children and his patients love him! It is hard to put into words how much his 30 years of practice meant to him. On September 1st 2016 at the encouragement of his oncologist, neurosurgeon, and my mother, my dad, Dr. Gregg Baker, retired.

Our Mission:

We’re dedicated to promote and provide optimal oral health for Infants, Children, Young Adults, and Special Needs Patients, with a compassionate, qualified, friendly staff. We strive daily to create a positive dental experience for our patients and their families while providing exceptional and individualized dental care

As of Sept 1st 2016, I have taken over full time for my father. I am the only pediatric dentist in the office, but I feel so fortunate to have my dad close by as a resource and friend. I believe that our passions in life are areas where we can excel and as a result I continue to pursue advanced education opportunities in orthodontics. Although not the orthodontic residency I had initially planned, the training with Dr. Gerry Samson has provided me with valuable skills and a unique approach I may not have gained elsewhere. I believe this can provide my patients with comprehensive approach to growth, development, and timely orthodontic treatment.

Returning to Idaho Falls has brought my family and I back to our roots. I was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho while my wife, Janelle was born in Newdale, Idaho. Janelle and I love being close to our family, something we treasure and missed while we were away. I love spending time with my family and telling bedtime stories. As a family we enjoy riding bikes, going on picnics, attending sporting events, and having dance parties in the living room.

Dr. Thomas Baker, D.M.D. of Baker Pediatric Dentistry with family

I am a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, the Idaho State Dental Association, the Wyoming Dental Association, Academy of LDS Dentists, Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and Upper Snake River Dental Society. I am certified by Idaho State Dental Association in Pediatric Oral Sedation and by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. I also hold privileges at Mountain View Hospital and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to provide general anesthesia through certified nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists to kids with extensive dental needs.

Sincerely,
Dr. Thomas Baker, D.M.D

Megan Pena
Megan Pena
Dental Hygienist

Megan graduated from the dental hygiene program at Idaho State University in 2017 and joined the staff at Baker Pediatric Dentistry that same year. Megan has lots of nieces and nephews and always wanted to work with children. Her favorite quote is, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” -Benjamin Franklin. She enjoys coming to work each day and getting to teach the kids about oral hygiene, and how to keep our mouth healthy. Megan grew up in Shelley, ID, but currently lives in Idaho Falls. She got married in2017 to her husband, Alex. They welcomed their daughter, Charlie, in September2020. Megan loves to be outdoors. She loves camping, bikes rides, and walks around their neighborhood with Charlie and their two dogs.

Monica Alonso
Monica Alonso
Dental Assistant

Hello I’m Monica. I started working at bakers pediatric dentistry in April 2019. I graduated form EITC in May of 2012 as Dental Assistant.I have been assisting for 7 years in the pediatric field and I love it.

I’m married to Jose and we have two kids brizeyda and Taeo, we recently added kilo our golden doodle to our family who is super hyper and fun. We love the outdoors going four wheeling, swimming, hiking and doing BBQ with family. We also love to travel to Mexico.

Rachel Barnes
Rachel Barnes
Office Manager

Rachel is the first and last person you see in our office and she always has a smile on her face. She is so willing to help anyone with anything at any time, she does so great working in the font and making sure that everything goes smoothly. She is always making sure that the patient and parent are leaving our office with a smile on their face.

Rachel joined the Baker staff in April of 2003 as a Dental Assistant, and moved to Receptionist/Office Manger. She has enjoyed every part of working alongside Dr. Baker and meeting such wonderful kids and their parents the past 13 years.

Rachel and her husband Mike have been married for since 2004 and have 2 great boys. In Rachel’s spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband and boys, golfing, camping, and going to country concerts.

We are so happy that Rachel is part of our staff she is such a great help and has a fun, bubbly personality.

Stephanie Empey
Stephanie Empey
Dental Assistant

Stephanie Graduated from Eastern Idaho Technical College in the Dental Assisting program in May of 2019. Stephanie did her externship in Dr. Baker’s office and then started working alongside Dr. Baker. She has enjoyed every minute.

When not at the office she spends her time at the gym or outside either camping, hunting or jeeping with her family and friends and can’t wait for the next adventure in her life.

Tauna Abegglen
Tauna Abegglen
Dental Hygienist

Hi, I'm Tauna!

I'm one of the Dental Hygienists here at Baker Pediatrics. Being born and raised in Idaho Falls, I'm committed to taking care of our local community. I'm a mother of four beautiful, energetic little girls, so working with children is a daily part of my life. 

I knew from a very early age that I had a passion for dentistry. I began my education journey at ISU in Pocatello, and finished at the Utah College of Dental Hygiene (UCDH) in Orem, Utah with a Bachelor's Degree in Dental Hygiene. I have been a Dental Hygienist for over 10 years. I joined the team here at Dr. Bakers in 2018.

My life revolves around my family. I've been married to my handsome stud of a man Jeff since 2013. We have an adorable tiny 4 lb. toy poodle named Winston. When I'm not taking care of teeth you can find me playing outdoors with my children, gathered around the kitchen table playing a board game with my family, or curled up in a blanket watching a good movie.

Lexi Olsen
Lexi Olsen
Dental Assistant

Lexi graduated from college of Eastern Idaho in 2020. Lexi is the mother of one son. She loves being able to help kids get on track with dental hygiene. When she isn’t working she enjoys hanging out with friends and family.

Cheyann Abegglen
Cheyann Abegglen
Dental Hygienist

Cheyann joined the Baker staff in May 2017 after graduating from EITC in Dental Assisting. She worked as a dental assistant for 2 years before leaving for dental hygiene school. After graduating from Carrington College with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, Cheyann came back to work with us again. She really enjoys working in Pediatrics. 

On her free time she enjoys going riding at the sand dunes, camping, golfing, and spending time with family.


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