We are thrilled to welcome Jessica De Bord, DDS, MSD, MA and Takish Ziad, two new pediatric dentists to Children’s Village. They both have experience, knowledge, and a passion for providing dental care for children, in particular, children with special healthcare needs. Working with the pediatric dental residents here at Children’s Village, they share that knowledge and passion, growing and nurturing new pediatric dentists who will move on to provide this same level of dental care to children in their communities.
As you can read in their personal information, both Dr. De Bord and Dr. Ziad are settling in well at Children’s Village and the Yakima Valley.
About Dr. Ziad
Dr. Takish Ziad graduated from Salahaddin University College of Dentistry in Iraq, and then went on to complete both an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency and Pediatric Dental Residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.
When asked about his new position, he replied with “Children’s village is my long time dream come true. It is a privilege to work with children who have special health care needs and apprehensive kids who leave with a smile on their face. I am so excited to go to work every day and find great collaborative professionals who enable me to provide the best possible quality care to my patients and staff who strive to put a smile on a child’s face. “
“I love the orchards, the farmer’s market, the lack of traffic, and a million coffee shops in Yakima. My family and I are delighted to be part of the community here and we are enjoying the Valley.”
About Dr. Bord
Jessica De Bord, DDS, MSD, MA received her dental degree from the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. De Bord completed her residency training in Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Washington (UW) and Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she served as Chief Resident. During her residency she earned a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health, an MS in Dentistry, and an MA in Bioethics and Humanities at UW. She is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the UW School of Dentistry in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. De Bord’s career has focused on the oral health of children with developmental disabilities. She serves on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Committee on Special Needs, is a member of the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board of the National Down Syndrome Society, is an Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities Board Member, and has been involved with Special Smiles, the oral health component of Special Olympics, since 2005. The San Gabriel-Pomona Regional Center has recognized her with the Community Service Award for Service to the Developmentally Disabled and the Elizabeth Guinn Memorial Award for Commitment to Improving the Quality of Life for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
Most importantly, Dr. De Bord is the big sister of two young women with Down syndrome. She is excited to be a part of Children’s Village and feels privileged to be able to provide dental care to the children it serves.