Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Baseball2016
9000 West Wisconsin Avenue
MS 310
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
Phone: (414) 266-6390
Fax: (414) 266-5677
Email: (Administrative Assistant Jill Tab)

Program Length and Number of Positions

This is a 24-month program commencing on July 1 of each year. Mandatory orientation begins mid-June. 
Each year the program will accept four applicants through the PASS/Match Application services. Four residents will be compensated with salary and full benefits as hospital employees. 

Program Type Halloween2014

Hospital-based certificate program


Applicants must have the following to be considered for admission: 
1. D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree obtained at a CODA accredited U.S. dental school 
2. National Boards Part I 

Applicants must: 
1. Submit an application through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS). Application instructions can be found at the PASS website at 
2. Register with the Postdoctoral Dental Matching Service (MATCH). Information about the MATCH can be found at
3. Upon invitation, a personal interview is required. At that time, a 2x2 photo will be requested. No photos are needed before the invitation to interview. Interviews are held in November and December. 

The application deadline for PASS is October 1st of the year preceding matriculation. Program deadline is October 1st. 2016FirstYears
All correspondence regarding program information and application should be directed to: 

Lori Barbeau, D.D.S. 
Director, Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program 
Medical Director, Children’s Dental Center
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin 
MS 310
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
(414) 266-6390 

Externship Opportunity

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric Dental Residency Program offers a well-rounded externship experience for interested applicants. A one week (Monday - Friday) visit is strongly recommended, but a new 3-day option can be accommodated, if needed. The externship is limited to fourth-year dental students or dentists interested in applying to the program. Please contact Dr. Dani Messer ( for more information.


The residency program in Pediatric Dentistry is a hospital-based clinical program with didactic courses provided through the faculty of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Marquette University. The program prides itself in a unique commitment to continuity of care. Each resident follows a specific patient pool during their two years of training and completes comprehensive care for each of those patients. 

Patient Profile


Children’s Dental Center serves the needs of nearly 13,000 unique patients, including more than 35,000 patient visits and is one of the busiest specialty clinics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Every patient gives residents an opportunity to learn pediatric dentistry in a hands-on environment. 

The Children’s Dental Center-Main Campus cares for a very diverse patient population. Approximately 70% of patients are healthy children that come from varied socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The remaining 30% of patients present with complicating health issues and have either a physical/cognitive challenge or medical condition. The resident patient load is significant, but with each encounter, the residents learn about children, families, and ultimately, develop an expertise in delivering dental services to a broad scope of children. The Children’s Dental Center receives direct referrals from the Midwest Children’s Cancer Center, the Herma Heart Center, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, the Child Protection Center, the Emergency Department/Trauma Center, and numerous other departments and providers within the hospital. 

The Children’s Dental Center-Downtown is located in the immediate central city of Milwaukee and the Children’s Dental Center at the Next Door Foundation serves the north side of Milwaukee. Both satellite clinics are associated with primary care medical clinics serving the children living in the surrounding areas. As such, most of these children and families come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The program emphasizes resident community involvement and endeavors to promote the resident’s understanding of poverty and the barriers families with limited financial means encounter in their daily lives. 

Community Service: The program is directly involved with Give Kids a Smile annually. Residents actively volunteer with other organizations, such as Special Olympics and the Hunger Task Force. Residents also may provide educational seminars to area dentists and medical staffs regarding topics in pediatric dentistry.

Program Faculty


  • Lori R. Barbeau, DDS, Medical Director, Program Director
  • Jamie Bass, DDS*
  • Colleen Greene, DMD MPH*
  • Danielle Messer, DDS**


  • Michael Melugin, DDS, MS, Orthodontics (ABO board certified) & Oral Surgery (ABOMS board certified)
  • Amy Getz Niedziela, DDS**
  • Carli DiGioia, DMD** Chad Zambon, DDS
  • Brian Hodgson, DDS**
  • Nicole Simonetti, DDS**
  • Steven Chybowski, DDS
  • Grace Wenham, DDS**