Dawn Paul, Associate Editor – Ka-Ron Y. Wade BS, RN, BSN, DDS, is known as “The Dental Diva”, having practiced for 18 years, with one of the most successful dental practices in the area since 1999. Her premier cosmetic dental practice, Cosmetic Dental Texas, located in Midtown Houston, has a stellar reputation. She has earned the title, as she has the medical education, training, credentials, and a successful practice in a prime location to prove it. What makes Dr. Wade stand out in a male-dominated field, besides being a female, is that she is not only a dentist, but she is a registered nurse and has an impressive and strong military background, having served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. Her reputation is not only known around Houston and the United States, but her acclaimed dental treatment has been sought out by patients from all over the world, including the countries of Russia, Germany, The Philippines, Africa, Croatia, and India.
Dr. Wade has always had a fascination with teeth, even as a small child. When she was around 8 years old, she had a bad experience at a dental office that traumatized her, so she was obsessed with making sure she never had another toothache. Since becoming a dentist, she has kept her vow to treat patients the way she would want to be treated. Dr. Wade earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the historical Wiley College. After receiving her college degree, she attended Texas Woman’s University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Her work as a nurse at Texas Children’s, working in Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, and Intermediate Care, gave her a wider view into other health care needs and showing her true patient care and compassion. She later had to follow her true passion, which was a career in dentistry. Dr. Wade received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Texas in 1995 and began her solo practice in 1999. In order to stay abreast with state-of-the-art trends, Dr. Wade acquired continuing education and advanced dental instruction through her attendance at the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies, the Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry, and orthodontic training from the American Orthodontic Society. With her education and military background as a veteran of the U.S. Army, where she served as a dental officer and retired with the rank of Captain, Dr. Wade has kept her office as one of the most successful due to a strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills, and problem solving techniques.
Because the patient is number one, Dr. Wade doesn’t waver or compromise when it comes to safety standards. “Patients can trust that Cosmetic Dental Texas is a healthy office, using infection control procedures and precautions to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed special recommendations for use in dental offices. Our office cares about patient safety, and is diligent in our efforts, working hard to prevent the spread of infection,” says Dr. Wade. When it comes to setting the record straight in regards to oral health, she is just as committed. Thinking that brushing teeth more than once a day can harm enamel, thinking no visible problem means no problem, and thinking chewing sugar-free gum is just as effective as brushing, are just some of the myths that Dr. Wade has heard and addresses with patients and the community. She says, “With so much anxiety built up around dental health and dentists, it’s no surprise that there have been myths created over the years. However, when it comes to your dental health, having false information can be very harmful.” Dr. Wade takes her craft very seriously, and her diverse client roster reflects that many are aware and appreciate this fact. “I never put myself in a box when it comes to my career, and I’m the same way when it comes to clients. All are welcome at my office. I’m blessed to serve a diverse clientele of various ages, races, and cultures,” expresses Dr. Wade.
Dr. Wade is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, an organization which fosters their continued proficiency through continuing quality education. She is also a member of:
- American Orthodontic Society
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- American Association of Women Dentists
Honors and Awards
Dr. Wade has received several accolades, including The Kingston’s Group, which is registered in the Library of Congress, and she has published her profile in the Kingston’s National Registry of the Who’s Who 2003 Edition. She is an honored member of the Cambridge Who’s Who. Dr. Wade was the recipient of the Houston Citizen’s Chamber of Commerce 2009 Pinnacle Award and was named Houston Top Dentist in 2009 and 2012. She is also listed in the Who’s Who in Black Houston 2012. Dr. Wade is the first African American female to be featured on the cover of Doctor of Dentistry Magazine for dentists. She was also the recipient of the Steed Society’s 2012 Top 25 Women of Houston and one of the Top 50 Black Healthcare Professionals of Houston. She has also been honored as a d-mars.com Top Woman and a d-mars.com Top 50 Black Health, Medical & Wellness Professional. She is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
With a genuine love for the community, in 2012, more than $40,000 in free dental services to those in socio-economically underserved communities was provided by Houston Medi-Dent Mobile Health Corporation, a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Wade. Her commitment to helping the underserved in the Houston community has been recognized by the Houston Area Urban League, St. Mary Purification Catholic Church, City of Houston District I Mayor Pro-temp Carol Alvarado, and the Positive Black Male Association of Houston, just to name a few. Since 2006, through the Black Male Association, Dr. Wade has sponsored a child with a unique opportunity to have an educational experience by traveling to Washington, DC. She is committed to the community through her sponsoring and participation in numerous community initiatives. Dr. Wade is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Having high standards, ethics, and character is what Dr. Wade is all about. Where many dentists may give the patient the most expensive treatment plan, Dr. Wade gives the patient the choice. “I give them the pros and cons of dental treatments. As a dental professional, my duty is to present treatments to the patient, advising of the best plan for their oral health,” says Dr. Wade. Though Dr. Wade has built a lucrative business, she credits her highly skilled staff as a key to this dental success. Her employees are productive because of their extensive training and passion for the dental industry and the patients. Like her, the staff never compromises when it comes to patient care. Prayer is also a contributing factor, as she silently blesses each patient, asking God to give her wisdom to provide each patient with the best treatment.
What is the best advice that Dr. Wade has for the next generation of dental professionals? Dr. Wade advises, “Follow your dream, no matter what. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you. There is a pot of gold at the end of the storm.” For more on Dr. Ka-Ron Y. Wade and Cosmetic Dental Texas, please visit www.cosmeticdentaltexas.com.