Who We Are

We have an amazing team among 4 offices, who all understand the importance of making sure each and every child is happy and comfortable. Each doctor and staff member helps make Knoxville Pediatric Dentistry a fun, comfortable environment for children. Our team feels truly blessed to work with such an excellent group of people. Come in and meet us!

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Bo Townsend

Dr. Bo and his wife Minette both grew up in Clarksdale, Mississippi, 75 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. They both graduated from Millsaps College in 1996, and Dr. Bo attended dental school at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis from 1996-2000. After completing dental school, Dr. Bo and Minette moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked in a dental office that primarily treated children. It was there that he discovered his passion for pediatric dentistry. Dr. Bo then completed an additional two-year residency program to specialize in pediatric dentistry at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

Dr. Bo has treated children from around the world. He wants all children to have the opportunity for good oral care and to learn that going to the dentist is not a scary experience. He has been a part of several mission trips to help kids in pain and to spread the love of Jesus Christ. In 2000, Dr. Bo went on his first trip to Russia; in 2002, he went to Chile; in 2004, Africa; and in 2007, Nicaragua. He also treats children from Wears Valley Ranch in Sevierville, TN.

Dr. Bo is active in the dental profession. He has a specialty license to practice pediatric dentistry in Tennessee and he is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), and the Tennessee Dental Association (TDA).

Dr. Bo has three daughters Marley, Emory, and Reed. He stays busy watching them play soccer, run cross country and track. Dr. Bo also enjoys hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors with his family and friends in beautiful East Tennessee!

Education:

Undergraduate Degree – Millsaps College

Dental School – University of Tennessee College of Dentistry

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Dr. Jesse Ellsworth

Dr. Jesse Ellsworth was born in Virginia, raised in Utah, and has been happy to call Tennessee home since 2016. He studied neuroscience at Brigham Young University, then went to Roseman University of Health Sciences for his dental degree.

He and his sweetheart Lindsey are the parents of three wonderful children. He enjoys music, swimming, delicious baked goods, and spending time with his family.

Education:

Undergraduate Degree – Brigham Young University 

Dental School – Roseman University of Health Sciences

Dr. James Wood

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Dr. James Wood

Dr. Wood is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2004 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He then went on to the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in Memphis where he graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2008. Dr. Wood came back to Knoxville in the fall of 2008 and has practiced in Knoxville since dental school.

Dr. Wood trained in areas of oral surgery, prosthodontics, and endodontics, but came to realize that working in pediatrics was his calling. His goal in dentistry is to ensure a positive experience and working environment that will encourage good dental health in children for their future.

Outside of the office, Dr. Wood enjoys outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, hiking, and camping. He also enjoys automotive work and restoring antique cars.

Education:

Undergraduate Degree – University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Dental School – Tennessee College of Dentistry

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Dr. Jessica Tucker

Dr. Jessica Tucker grew up in Memphis, TN. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in 2011 and completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 2015. She left home to complete her post-doctoral residency at Bon Secours Pediatric Dental Associates in Richmond, VA. She practiced for one year in Richmond until she realized nothing is better than home sweet home. She made her journey back to TN and moved to Knoxville to be closer to her identical twin sister and growing family. Dr. Jessica Tucker enjoys everything outdoors including running, biking, hiking, kayaking, listening to live music, and volunteering at local events and charity organizations. She also fosters for local pet rescues including the bulldog and French bulldog rescues.

She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Tennessee Dental Association. She is board eligible with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Jessica Tucker enjoys working with children and making their visits to the dentist a fun and enjoyable experience so they may have healthy smiles for the rest of their lives. Dr. Jessica looks forward to building long lasting relationships with KPD’s patients and their families.

Education:

Undergraduate Degree – Mississippe State University

Dental School – University of Tennessee College of Dentistry

Post-Doctoral Residency – Bon Secours Pediatric Dental Associates

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Dr. Jake Perry

Dr. Jake Perry was born and raised near the Rocky Mountains in the beautiful state of Utah. From a young age, Dr. Perry has always loved helping people, and was especially happy when serving children and those with special health care needs. This led him to intensely pursue a profession that would facilitate both his love of helping children and also the passion he has for having fun and making others feel happy and safe. After many years of study and practicing dentistry, Dr. Perry is thrilled to have had those desires fulfilled while he works with his young patients. Dr. Perry thanks God every day for the blessing he has to serve His most precious children. 

 

Dr. Perry prides himself on practicing dentistry in a way that enables every child he treats to feel comfortable and safe. Rarely he misses the opportunity to take a moment to play around and have a good time. These qualities assist him in connecting personally and effectively with children of all ages to make the dental visit fun and carefree! He is ever learning and expanding his skills and knowledge in the world of pediatric dentistry. This pursuit of perfection is what truly drives Dr. Perry in becoming a clinician that his patients and their guardians can be proud of. 

 

When not helping his young patients build happy smiles, Dr. Perry enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Madison, have three young children and a golden retriever puppy named Ralphie. He is passionate about sports and loves playing golf, football, baseball, and exercising. His favorite sports teams are the Seattle Mariners (baseball), Utah Jazz (basketball), Seattle Seahawks (football), and Chelsea FC (soccer).

We Love Our Staff

Our staff is the best around! They are highly trained, caring, and passionate about pediatric dentistry. We know that children can have a lot of anxiety at the dentist, but we assure you that our staff will do our very best to make your child comfortable and confident in the dental chair, giving you peace of mind that your child is receiving quality care.

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