Meet The Doctors

Dr. Michael Holmes

Dr. Michael Holmes has been setting the highest standard of excellence in pediatric dentistry since 2000. He earned his undergraduate degree at Emory University in Atlanta and his dental degree from Northwestern University in Chicago before completing his specialized residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. An esteemed member of the dental community, Dr. Holmes is an active member in many leading dental organizations. He has been practicing pediatric dentistry in Gadsden, AL for 20 years! 

Dr. Holmes and his wife Raleigh have two sons, Michael Jr. and Alexander. For the past 16 years, Dr. Holmes and his family have lived in Trussville, AL. When Dr. Holmes isn’t in the office, he loves golfing, gardening, and travelling to the beach with his family.

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Carol Ann D. Nicrosi

After graduating from Birmingham – Southern College in 1990, Dr. Carol Ann D. Nicrosi attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and received her Doctor of Dental Medicine in 1995. She went on to complete her pediatric specialty at the University of Alabama with a three year Master’s program and served as Chief Resident. Dr. Carol Ann has enjoyed practicing in Gardendale since 1998. 

Dr. Carol Ann is a small town girl at heart growing up in Demopolis, AL. She and her husband, William have two children, Nancy Kate and Charles. She enjoys spending time with her active family, reading, and all outdoor activities.

  • American Academy of pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Birmingham District Dental Society

Dr. J. Barry Burgess

Dr. J. Barry Burgess is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Burgess completed his pediatric dentistry residency at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Burgess founded North River Pediatric Dental (now known as Children & Teen Dental) in 1981.

When not at the office, Dr. Burgess enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, and reading. He also loves traveling with his daughters, Alleigh, Emileigh, and Annika. 

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry – Board Certified, Diplomate 
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Fellow

Dr. Richard A. Simpson

Dr. Richard A. Simpson earned his BS from Auburn University and his DMD from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1987. He completed a one-year Advanced Educational Program in General Dentistry with the US Army in 1988 and is a veteran of 15 years of military service. In 1995, Dr. Simpson completed a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry and hospital dentistry at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Hospital, where he was Chief Resident. In 2012, Dr. Simpson completed the three-year Leadership Institute of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and taught at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

With strong interests in telehealth, dental-medical integration, and improving access to care, Dr. Simpson has been invited to serve on the National Advisory Board of The Teledentists and the International Advisory Board for Holland Healthcare.

When not at the office, Dr. Simpson is happily married to Jan (Breugem), a Tuscaloosa native, and they have two children, Connor and Zoey. He is an Eagle Scout, with over thirty years of scouting service, and an active member of One Hope Church. Dr. Simpson enjoys fitness training, obstacle course racing, and the outdoors

  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry – Board Certified, Diplomate 
  • American College of Dentists – Fellow
  • International College of Dentists – Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Fellow 
  • Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Alabama in Birmingham – Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics – Alabama Chapter Liaison 
  • Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry – Former President 
  • Oral Health Coalition of Alabama – Immediate Past President
  • Alabama Dental Association Most Excellent Fellow Designation
  • Dentist Citizen of the Year Award
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service
  • AAP Oral Health Service Award
  • DentaQuest “Health Equities Heroes” Award

Dr. Donald Norby

For over 30 years, Dr. Donald Norby has been providing children with exceptional comprehensive pediatric dental care. Highly educated, he earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Auburn University before attending the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. He was recognized by the American Society of Dentistry for Children for outstanding interest and proficiency in dentistry for children. After obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD), Dr. Norby completed a pediatric dental residency at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Norby serves as a part-time assistant clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at UAB School of Pediatric Dentistry. While Dr. Norby served as President and Vice President at the Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry he received the Leadership and Service Award. Dr. Norby feels it is important to stay on the cutting edge of pediatric dentistry. Thus, he maintains memberships in many prestigious professional organizations to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and technology.

When not at the office, Dr. Norby is a vintage race car driver who enjoys playing guitar, hunting, and boating with his wife, daughters, and son-in-law.

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Board of Pediatric Dentistry – Diplomate
  • Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
  • University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni
  • Alabama Academy of Pediatric Dentistry –
    President & Vice President (2000-2004)

Dr. Mattie Bennett

Dr. Mattie Bennett joined our practice in July 2018 and works with Dr. Norby. Dr. Bennett is a native of Heflin, AL and is a specialist in the dental health of infants, children, and adolescents. She has a big heart for serving her community and a strong desire to create a lasting impact on her patients.

Dr. Bennett is a summa cum laude honor graduate of Auburn University. She then obtained a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry in 2016. Dr. Bennett continued her studies at UAB in the Pediatric Dental Residency Program, where she has received extensive training in the treatment of children, adolescents and special needs patients.

Dr. Bennett is married to Ellis Bennett and they have a Goldendoodle, named Millie. Dr. Bennett’s personal interests include traveling, kayaking, spending time at the lake, and tailgating for football games.

Dr. Padma Gulur

Dr. Padma Gulur is originally from India and grew up in several small towns in India. After college, she received her bachelor’s degree in dental surgery from the internationally acclaimed Manipal University in India. She then decided to continue her education at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas where she pursued her master’s in public health. Once this endeavor was completed, Dr. Padma went on to achieve her doctorate in dental medicine from Boston University, located in Boston, Massachusetts. As fate would have it, she made a big move to Alabama and worked for a Public Health Pediatric Clinic in Anniston for nine years, and then in private practice for seven years. During this time, she gained expertise in working with children. She came to love working with kids, helping them overcome their fears, relieving their pain, and consequently earning their trust. Her love and enthusiasm for pediatric dentistry is clearly evident throughout the office. 

Dr. Padma is a proud mother of two children: Aditya (13 years old) and Anushka (9 years old). Her husband Ravi is an industrial engineer. When not at work, the soccer mom of a 13-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter is busy catering to their needs. She also enjoys her free time by watching movies.

Dr. Padma enjoys working with children to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles! She is as much a family woman as she is a successful dentist who leaves no stones unturned in order to keep the family and patients in high spirits.

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