1103 Walnut Drive West, Ardmore, OK 73401 | Phone: 580-226-6290
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About Us

Dr. Litteken, Dr. Worthen, and Dr. Lords are pediatric dentists, specially trained during two additional years of study following the 4-year dental degree. This includes training in the treatment of special needs and medically comprised as well as healthy children.

Dr. Litteken, Dr. Worthen, and Dr.Lords are Board Certified Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. They are members of the American Association of Pediatric Dentists, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Association of Pediatric Dentists, and the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentists. Our dentists are well trained and certified to work with the patients we serve.

The doctors and staff maintain state-of the art quality by attending numerous continuing education courses yearly. All clinical staff members have completed certification courses in coronal polishing, sealant application, radiology and nitrous oxide administration through The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. All staff members are certified in CPR. We observe strict infection control procedures. All instruments used in your child’s mouth are disposable or sterilized according to the guidelines of the American Dental Association.


Dr. Gene Litteken

Pediatric Dentists in Ardmore, OK - Dr. Gene LittekenDr. Gene Litteken, a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, was born and raised in Missouri. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, Dr. Litteken attended the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1982. In 1984, he completed specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry at Baylor University College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. That same year he moved to Ardmore to open his practice—the first pediatric dental clinic in the south-central region of Oklahoma.

Dr. Litteken has served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Pediatric Dentists, as a member of the State of Oklahoma Dental Board representing South-Central Oklahoma, and as a dental examiner of the Western Regional Examination Board. He is an active member of multiple professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, the Oklahoma Association of Dentists , the American Dental Association, and the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentists. In addition, Dr. Litteken was awarded membership in the American College of Dentists, a society of dentists honored for excellence, ethics, professionalism and leadership in their field. Dr. Litteken maintains communications with family practitioners and pediatricians on children’s health issues. He is a former President of the Board of the Good Shepherd Mission Medical-Dental-Optical Clinic in Ardmore, a non-profit organization providing care to indigent persons. He and his wife, Alice, have 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren. They enjoy family travels to beaches and mountain destinations.


Dr. Tamara Worthen

Dr. Tamara Worthen - Pediatric Dentists in Ardmore, OKDr. Tamara Worthen, a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, was born and raised in Ardmore, Oklahoma. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma, in 1995 she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. She then completed a one year General Practice Residency at Saint Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. Dr. Worthen received her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Worthen has served as President of the Oklahoma Association of Pediatric Dentists. She is member of numerous dental organization including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentists, the Oklahoma Dental Association, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Worthen has held the position of Director of Dental Education for the Children’s Hospital of Denver Pediatric Dental Residency, served as the Pediatric Dentist for the Children’s Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Team, and has been published in the “Journal of the American Society of Dentistry for Children.” She maintains professional connections with pediatricians and family practitioners concerning children’s health issues; and she is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Pediatricians. She and her husband, William, have 2 sons and 1 daughter. She enjoys her family time in the backyard which usually involves digging in the dirt, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, gardening, photography and reading a good book.


Dr. Jon Lords

Dr. Jon Lords - Pediatric Dentists in Ardmore, OKDr. Jon Lords, a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, grew up in Idaho, attended Idaho State University, and earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors majoring in Biology. He next attended Creighton University School Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital followed by two years of specialty residency for Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He holds memberships in the American Dental Association, the Oklahoma Dental Association, the Oklahoma Pediatric Dentistry Society, the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentists, and the Arbuckle Study Club. Dr. Lords, his wife Becca, and their 2 sons Mason and Tyson enjoy traveling to visit family members throughout the United States.


Our Staff

Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - AmberAmber

A certified dental assistant since 2000, Amber is our dental surgery coordinator. She also assists with the patient check-in/check-out process. Amber earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, graduating cum laude. She and her family live in Ardmore and are active members of Calvary Christian Fellowship Church.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - AngieAngie

Angie has been a team member since 2001 as a certified dental assistant and front office employee. She assists arriving patients with the check-in/check-out system, schedules return appointments, and manages account payments. She enjoys family time and travels.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - CassieCassie

Cassie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, earning a degree in Dental Hygiene. As a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) she provides preventive and therapeutic services to our patients. Cassie, her husband and son live in Healdton where they enjoy spending time with family and friends.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - CourtneyCourtney

After working 10 years for a general dentist, Courtney joined the Pediatric Dental team pursued her love of helping young children. As a certified dental assistant her bright smile especially helps the timid or apprehensive child. Courtney and her daughters live in Burneyville where they enjoy spending time with family. When not attending little league softball games, they travel to the Waggoner Ranch in Texas.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - DarlaDarla

Darla joined Pediatric Dental Associates in 1999 as a certified dental assistant. After working chair-side with our dentists for many years, she moved to the front office where she greets our families with her smile and gentle voice. She manages appointments and assists parents with the check-in programs on our electronic kiosks and tablets. She and her husband love to travel and spend time with their son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - DeannaDeanna

A certified dental assistant, Deanna joined the Pediatric Dental Associates team in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at East Central Oklahoma University. Deanna especially loves working with our younger patients. Away from work Deanna enjoys family gatherings and supports her boys and their sports teams.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - KaraKara

Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) Kara earned her Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Oklahoma. She loves children, and we love her infectious laugh. Prior to joining our team, Kara worked 10 years for a general dentist. Kara and her husband spend their free time supporting their sons’ sports teams and OU football.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - KelleyKelley

Kelley, a certified dental assistant, has worked at Pediatric Dental Associates since 1998. During this time her easy smile has helped many patients enjoy their dental visits. Kelley and her husband Charles live in Thackerville. They enjoy visits with their son, Caleb who proudly served in the US Air Force, and their grandchildren Addison and Hudson.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - DarlaKim

Kim is a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) who graduated from Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dental Hygiene and Psychology. She joined our practice in 2012 after moving to Ardmore with her husband and 3 children. When not at work, Kim enjoys outdoor activities, watching her children participate in various sports and being an active member of her church.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - LindsayLindsay

Lindsay earned her Associate of Arts degree at Oklahoma City Community College before joining the Pediatric Dental Associates dental team in 2007. A certified dental assistant, Lindsay is also in charge of marketing and public relations for the clinic. With her husband, 2 children and many animals, Lindsay enjoys living the country life and supporting OU Sooners football. She also likes to attend Zumba classes in her free time.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - MaryMary

Mary has been our office manager for 10+ years. She held clinical and management positions in Colorado, New York and Oklahoma City before moving to Ardmore. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and her Master of Arts at the University of Oklahoma. Her travel destinations most always include visits with her children and 3 grandchildren.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - PattyPatty

Patty is the clinic’s insurance specialist working with both paper and electronic claims. She also assists with scheduling and patient check-in/check-out. She and her husband live in Lone Grove where they enjoy visiting family. Avid OU and Texas Rangers fans, they have 2 children, a son-in-law and 2 beautiful granddaughters.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - PattyPepper

Pepper joined our team to manage the sterilization laboratory, an important position in our dental clinic as all utensils and tools are handled according to American Dental Association and OSHA standards. She also assists the dentists with patients. With her husband Ronnie and three daughters, Pepper enjoys family barbeques, swimming, and camping. Colorado is their favorite vacation destination.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - SahidaSahida

Certified dental assistant Sahida joined our team in 2011. Fluent in Spanish, she works with many of our bilingual and Spanish speaking families. She earned an Associate of Arts degree at Murray State College. She lives in Madill with her husband, son and daughter. They enjoy family gatherings and travels.



Pediatric Dental Associates staff member - StephanieStephanie

Stephanie has been a certified dental assistant for this clinic since 1998. In addition to chair-side duties, she manages clinical inventory, working closely with dental vendors for new and improved products. With a focus on fitness and health, she enjoys spending time with her family and attending long-range rifle competitions.