Comprehensive Dental Treatments for Your Unique Smile

A Dental Practice Dedicated to the Highest Level of Care

Dr. Kate von Lackum is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, an American Dental Association Recognized Specialty. Additionally, Dr. von Lackum trained to become a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), a non-profit continuing education organization committed towards development, research and advanced training in the field of implant dentistry.

She is an active member in the American Academy of Periodontology, International Congress of Oral Implantology, Academy of Osseointegration, American Dental Association (ADA), Kentucky Dental Association, Blue Grass Dental Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Kate von Lackum

Lexington native, Kate von Lackum, graduated from Tates Creek High School in 1996. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hanover College, Hanover, IN. She returned to Lexington to complete a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Kentucky in 2006. Dr. von Lackum attended the University of Florida College of Dentistry receiving a D.M.D. in 2010, while serving her classmates as vice-president for four years and working closely with the College of Dentistry administration. During her senior year of dental school, Dr. von Lackum was awarded the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Periodontics. The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) also recognized her with the Pre-Doctoral Achievement Award in recognition of her interest and commitment to oral implantology and implant dentistry.

She went on to graduate from the University of Florida’s School for Advanced Dental Sciences with a certificate in training in Periodontics. While completing her residency, Dr. von Lackum had the unique opportunity to attend and graduate from several extra-mural educational programs including the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, the Pikos Institute’s course on Advanced Bone Grafting, as well as the Misch International Implant Institute’s complete Implant Surgical Program (120 hours of continuing education on implant surgery, bone and soft tissue augmentation techniques, and implant restorative treatment planing). She was recently honored as a finalist for the prestigious Kramer Award from the AAP Foundation at the Annual AAP meeting in Philadelphia, PA, September, 2013.

View Dr. von Lackum's entire CV here

Dr. von Lackum's dog, Simon

Personally, Dr. Kate is a proud Kentuckian and quite glad to be back in her hometown of Lexington.  She enjoys running, hiking, photography, teaching dental students, and spending time with family and friends including her newest family member, Simon, a boisterous Golden Retriever puppy.

My Golden Retriever, Simon.  Photo by Mark Cornelison, professional photographer


Meet the Team

Dr. von Lackum
Kate von Lackum, DMD, PhD
Office Manager and Financial Specialist Kaye Burton
Kaye Burton, Treatment and Financial Coordinator
Emma Forsthoefel (EDDA)
Emma Forsthoefel, EDDA
Mackenzie Gibson, Practice Liaison

"The vision of this practice is to provide the highest quality healthcare with the latest technology and innovations available anywhere in the world. We will offer meticulous, uncompromising, personalized service and attention to the needs our patients and their families with a commitment to honoring and caring for every person that we have the privilege of serving. We will treat all those with whom we associate, with love, joy, compassion and respect."

- Dr. Kate von Lackum


Our office exists for the following purposes: “To provide the highest level of gentle, conscientious, proactive periodontal, surgical and implant care for all patients that we have the privilege of serving.”

  1. To serve our patients in a courteous, professional, and kind manner. To maintain integrity as the foremost quality of our practice.
  2. To let our patients know that they are valued, and to develop lasting relationships with our patients.
  3. To offer innovative, state-of-the-art care with minimum discomfort.
  4. To promote regular preventive care, periodontal and implant maintenance care in our office and at home so our patients can enjoy a lifetime of good health.
  5. To educate our patients and peers that the evidence for an association between periodontal disease and systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even some cancers is supported with basic science and clinical research. It is our mission as a periodontist and staff to help our patients obtain optimal oral health, which will, in turn, lead to better whole body health.
  6. To have highly motivated, enthusiastic, team-oriented employees. To provide an enjoyable, positive atmosphere for everyone in which to work. To provide fair compensation for their efforts.

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