Meet The Team at Shelby Pediatric Dentistry

Richard Baxter DMD, MS

Dr. Baxter finds great satisfaction in working with children and helping them have a positive dental experience. He attended Vanderbilt University for his
undergraduate studies where he met his wife, Tara. He graduated magna cum laude, studying human and organizational development with a focus on health and human services, as well as pre-dentistry. He finished a semester early and spent that time as an inner-city school teacher in Nashville.

Dr. Baxter then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry where he graduated at the top of his class and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. After he decided to pursue a specialty certification in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Baxter and his wife chose to move to Columbus, OH so that he could attend the residency program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s top-ranked pediatric hospitals and busiest pediatric dentistry clinics. During his residency, he worked alongside the program’s world-renowned faculty and received extensive training in preventive and restorative care, dental emergencies and trauma, orthodontics, dental sedation and general anesthesia, and care for children with special needs. Dr. Baxter is a Board Certified pediatric dentist and Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Baxter enjoys spending time with his wife, who is a nurse practitioner, and their twin girls, Hannah and Noelle. They’re excited to be back in Birmingham. They are members of The Church at Brook Hills and both have a passion for using medical and dental skills for local and international missions. They enjoy spending time with family, running, and outdoor activities.

Dr. Baxter's Awards and Recognitions

  • 2016: Healthcare Professional of the Year, Shelby County
  • 2016: Small Business of the Year, Shelby County
  • 2015:  Achieved Board Certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
  • 2013: Resident Recognition Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) for innovative work in the field of community service
  • 2012: Academy of Dental Materials Award for research in the field of dental materials
  • 2012: AAPD Predoctoral Student Award for outstanding promise in the field of pediatric dentistry
  • 2012: Leon M. Schneyer Award for highest scholastic achievement in the basic sciences
  • 2012: Inducted into OKU National Dental Honor Society
  • 2011: Awarded first place at the American Association of Dental Research DENTSPLY/Caulk Research Competition

Dr. Taylor McFarland

Dr. Taylor McFarlandDr. McFarland is passionate about helping children and their families feel valued, loved, and cared for when they visit the dentist. She was born in Austin, Texas, but as the eldest child of an Air Force officer she spent her young life moving every few years. She has lived in Alaska, England, and many places in between. After graduating from high school in Virginia, she decided to add North Carolina to the list of states she called home. She attended Duke University (Go Devils!) where she met her husband, Andrew, and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology.

Dr. McFarland decided to stay in North Carolina for her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (the weight of this decision will not be lost on college basketball fans). She graduated from UNC with distinction and was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society. She then returned to Texas with her husband in order to complete her residency in pediatric dentistry at the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where she earned both a Master’s of Oral Biology and a certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. Her training encompassed preventive and restorative dentistry, dental emergencies and trauma, growth and development, dental sedation, hospital dentistry under general anesthesia, and care for the special needs child. Dr. McFarland is a Board Certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Alabama Dental Association, and the American Dental Association.

Dr. McFarland and her husband moved to Birmingham in June of 2016 for her husband’s job. In May just before the big move they welcomed their precious son, Wes, into the world. They enjoy walking their three dogs together and traveling to visit their extended family in Texas and Virginia. In her spare time, Dr. McFarland loves to read, play board games, and try new delicious foods. Dr. McFarland and her husband are getting plugged in to a local church and hope to see you out and about in Birmingham!

We look forward to meeting you and your child!

What Is the Difference between a Pediatric Dentist and a General Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is a dentist who exclusively treats children. He or she has been trained (beyond dental school) to communicate with, educate, and treat children of all ages. Pediatric dentists are also well-trained and prepared to work with children with special needs and/or behavioral concerns. Board certification is an extra step involving a written board exam and oral board exam.

Children are not just “little adults.” They require dental care that is uniquely tailored for their personality and their dental needs. Pediatric dentistry is about more than just bright-colored chairs and a fun atmosphere. Dr. Baxter makes sure all of his patients not only enjoy their dental visits, but also feel comfortable and safe. He helps children understand the importance of taking care of their teeth and encourages them to practice good oral hygiene at home.

Education Matters

General Dentist

Bachelor of Science
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Pediatric Dentist

Bachelor of Science

Dr. Baxter received his Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University. He focused his studies on health and human services and pre-dentistry. He graduated magna cum laude.

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Dr. Baxter graduated at the top of his class from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Specialty Certificate and Master of Science (MS) Degree

Dr. Baxter completed his pediatric specialty training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University. In addition to his specialty certificate, he received a Master of Science degree and board certification in pediatric dentistry.

Special Training

Meet Our Team


Shelby was born in Nashville, TN, although she has lived in Birmingham most of her life. She has always had a passion for dental hygiene and graduated from Wallace State in 2013 with her dental hygiene degree. Shelby loves helping others develop healthy smiles. She is married to Ike and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and shopping!
Fun Fact

She asked for a toothbrush for Christmas when she was 4 years old!


Morgan has a dental assistant certificate from C.A.P. Stone Dental Assisting Program and and Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Columbus State University. She is blessed to be married to her best friend. Morgan has a very bubbly personality. She says, “I always try to see the best in people, and enjoy life to its fullest. God is my creator, and without him I am nothing!”
Fun Fact

Morgan’s husband served three tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army.


Jodi grew up in Columbiana, AL. She received her certificate of Dental Assisting from Jeff State. Jodi is married to her high school sweet heart. She loves spending time with her family and likes to be outdoors as much as possible.
Fun Fact

Jodi has two dogs, Ace weighs 120lbs and Sully weighs 5lbs!


Carlos is originally from Honduras and has been in dentistry for three years. He completed his dental assisting program at Jeff State and has always worked in a pediatric office. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Evelyn, who is a nurse at Children’s Hospital. Carlos is 6 feet 6 inches tall, which not only impresses the kids, but allows him to reach all of the high shelves in the office! He is bilingual and is an excellent soccer and basketball player.
Fun Fact

Carlos can dunk the basketball without even jumping!


Kourtni grew up in Montevallo, AL and went to dental assisting school at Jeff State. She is passionate about assisting and is a third generation dental assistant; her grandmother and mother are also dental assistants! Kourtni recently had a daughter, Ava Claire, who is the sweetest bundle of joy ever!
Fun Fact

Kourtni loves to spend time with her daughter, Ava Claire, and her puppy, Coalie!


Stephanie was born and raised in Birmingham, AL. In her free time she loves to be at home relaxing. She is a self-proclaimed homebody. She is married to her middle school sweetheart and has two amazing kids, Saddi and Siddeeq Jr.
Fun Fact

Stephanie loves to cook and is bilingual.


Abbey’s dental career started 8 years ago as a dental assistant and she continued on to receive her dental hygiene license from UAB. She enjoys being part of a caring team who works together to provide the best possible care for patients. She lives in Gardendale with her husband and three children. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Fun Fact

Abbey loves the beach!


Stefani completed the dental hygiene program at UAB in 2001. She has been married for 25 years and has two girls and the most precious grandson. Stefani is passionate about cleaning teeth and making children feel welcomed and have a positive experience at the dentist. She is originally from Dallas, TX and now lives in Gadsden, AL. Proverbs 17:6 – Grandchildren are the crown of the aged and the glory of children are their fathers.
Fun Fact

Stefani loves working in her gardens, cooking and canning. Keeping her gradnson is her biggest delight!


Katie loves dental assisting and helping with the babies we see that have tongue and lip-ties. Katie is from Hoover, AL and likes to play with her younger sister and go to the beach. Katie has a “mini-farm” at her house: 2 dogs, a kitty, a bunny, two birds, and a fish!
Fun Fact

Katie has twelve siblings! They're ``Cheaper by the dozen``!

We look forward to meeting you and your child!