Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children and adolescents. About ¼ of children and more than half of teens currently have this illness. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control ...
Meet the Team
Dr. Matthew Karsten
A member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Fox River Valley Dental Society and I am the past-president of the Elgin Dental Society/study club.
Dr. Matt Karsten, pediatric dentist and founder of Kids First Pediatric Dentistry received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Next he attended the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, he completed a 2 year residency in pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. After residency, he started Kids First Pediatric Dentistry. Since he was born and raised in the area, it is an honor to serve the children growing up in the community. His vision for the practice is to nurture and care for children’s oral health from infancy to adulthood. He is an accredited member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Illinois Society of Pediatric Dentistry, Fox River Valley Dental Society and was the past-president of the Elgin Dental Society/study club. His free time is devoted to his loving family. He and his wife Samantha have five children. When he is not spending time with his family, he’s an avid sports fan.
Dr. Cory Grathwol
We are excited to add Dr. Cory Grathwol to the Kids First Family in July. He is ecstatic to join Kids First and looking forward to building lifelong relationships with patients and their families.
Dr. Cory Grathwol is originally from northwest Ohio. He graduated from the Ohio State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. He then went on to attend dental school at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois where he received a Doctorate in Dental Medicine, while also receiving a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences. After graduating from dental school, he completed a two-year specialty-training program in pediatric dentistry at Case Western Reserve University in conjunction with Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as chief resident. Dr. Cory lives in the Chicago suburbs with his Wife Nicole. When not working, Dr. Grathwol enjoys watching his favorite Ohio sports teams, exercising, and spending time with his family. He is excited to build lifelong relationships with patients and their families.
Dr. Amanda Frankel is originally from New Jersey. She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then went on to attend dental school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA where she received a Doctorate in Dental Medicine. After graduating from dental school, she completed a two-year specialty-training program in pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while also receiving a Master’s Degree in Oral Sciences. Dr. Amanda lives in the Chicago suburbs with her fiancé Jared. In her free time, she enjoys doing puzzles, playing tennis with her fiancé, and biking along the many beautiful trails in Illinois. Dr. Amanda looks forward to meeting and working with all the families at Kids First Pediatric Dentistry.