Dr. Barnes has been setting the highest standards of excellence in dentistry since 1984. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, then went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Science from the University of Illinois.
An esteemed member of the dental community, Dr. Barnes has been appointed to both the State of Illinois Board of Dentistry and the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners. As a member of the State of Illinois Board of Dentistry, she helped to shape policy and maintain professional standards and licensure for all practitioners in the state She also serves as an Examiner for the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners in such states as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Maine, among others. Dr. Barnes has also been featured in N'Digo Maga Paper and received awards from the Student National Dental Association as well as the African American Association of Dental Hygienists. Among other honors, Dr. Barnes has been recognized for her excellence in practice by Jim Edgar, former Governor of the State of Illinois, the University of Illinois Urban Health Program, City Colleges of Chicago, the University of Illinois - receiving the "Distinguished Alumni Award", ABC 7 News, WGN News and many other civic organizations.
Outside the office, Dr. Barnes has dedicated many of her efforts to helping others who aspire to work in the field of dentistry. Among the contributions she has made in this regard, with the support of the former Chancellor of City Colleges, Dr. Barnes has founded and overseen the development of the Kennedy-King College dental hygiene program, now fully operational from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry site. This program has produced over 100 para-professionals across the city since its inception.
Meet Dr. Kahina Caldwell
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in History, Dr. Caldwell attended the University of Baltimore where she earned a Master’s Degree in Health Administration with Honors. She then attended the Medical College of Georgia, with a scholarship, where she received her Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree in 2007. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, Dr. Caldwell began her career in Community Health. Due to her passion for the profession and love for helping others, she quickly became Dental Director of a large group of community health centers, implementing ideas and improving the quality of dental services provided to her community.
Dr. Caldwell enjoys learning and attends multiple dental conferences every year where she takes many continuing education courses. As a general dentist, she provides all aspects in the field of dentistry with a special focus on restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Currently practicing in private practice, she is a member of The American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois State Dental Society and Illinois Public Health Association.
Dr. Caldwell is a mother and wife and spends most of her free time with her family. She enjoys running and is active in many 5K and marathon events in the city. She is also a lover of books and movies.