Going to the dentist for regular visits can be as important to your child’s health as going to the pediatrician regularly. Finding the right fit for your family’s comfort level is crucial to developing a lifetime of good oral health. At Explorer Pediatric Dentistry, we want you and your child to feel comfortable and secure. Our services are tailored to your child, and his or her specific needs. We recognize children are unique individuals with their own thoughts (and fears) and we try our best to accommodate every patient in a personalized setting. We offer an array of services designed to grow with your child from infancy through their teenage years.
Dr. Julie Rudgers Croft grew up in Norton, Ohio. After high school, she moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University. Always having a love for children, she spent her college years working as a nanny. After achieving Bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art and English, she became a graphic designer for eight years. Desiring a change of careers, Dr. Julie attended dental school at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC). Upon completion, she was welcomed into the pediatric residency at UIC. Her post-doctoral training focused on caring for all children, with an emphasis on patients who are physically, medically or developmentally compromised or challenged. She earned a Master's Degree in Oral Sciences while pursuing her certificate of specialty in Pediatric Dentistry.
In her free time, Dr. Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, Jay, and her daughters Maeve and Rory. Together, they enjoy traveling, music, and art.