Karen S. McAndrew, D.M.D., M.S. is granting five-year-old Kannon Koser’s wish to get teeth. You can read his story here. Kannon is one of nearly 50 individuals affected by ectodermal dysplasias whom Dr. McAndrew has treated.
Learning About Ectodermal Dysplasias
She first learned about ectodermal dysplasias in her prosthodontic residency in 1997 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her Program Director, Dr. Albert D. Guckes, was very involved with the NFED and patients with ectodermal dysplasias.
“This was my first exposure to treating those with this condition and I have been very interested in the great works of the NFED ever since. I became involved with the NFED many years ago and recognize the wonderful works they provide to so many families on so many levels.”
Using a Team Approach
Dr. McAndrew’s private practice, the Virginia Center for Prosthodontics in Richmond has been an NFED Dental Treatment Center for many years. As a prosthodontist, she says she’s the quarterback of the dental restorative team. She develops a comprehensive treatment approach throughout the lifetime of the patient.
“I work with orthodontists, oral surgeons, periodontists and others to develop a comprehensive team approach to care starting at infancy through adulthood. The needs of our patients change significantly with age and development and we set up a plan to take them through all courses of their lives. It is a lifetime relationship.”
Dr. McAndrew is affiliated with the Cleft and Craniofacial Team at St Mary’s Hospital in Henrico, Virginia. She says this connection helps her have the resources to combine care along with other health care professionals such as plastic surgeons, ENTs, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric dermatology, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric dentistry, psychology, orthodontics, prosthodontics, speech rehabilitation, genetic testing and counseling.
“This (ectodermal dysplasia) is a special condition with special needs and being a member on a team brings about more collaboration and opportunities for treatment. Embracing the entire family ensures ongoing success. Being able to treat these patients is an honor and I am excited about what new success is on the horizon!”
If you or your child is affected by ectodermal dysplasia and are interested in going to the Virginia Center for Prosthodontics, you need to first apply to our Dental Treatment Centers Program.