“I think, more than anything, practicing dentistry has given me a sense of purpose. Dentistry has made me a lifelong student and given me that satisfaction that comes from learning. It has given me the opportunity to meet new people every day, to change some lives and to ease some pain. One of my greatest joys comes from giving my patients the chance to finally feel confident and happy about their smile.
“Mine has been a career full of inspiration. I have been inspired by many of my patients and the roads they have traveled. I have been inspired by my staff and their commitment to our patients, to each other, and to me. I have been inspired by my colleagues: the specialists I depend on to help me deliver the dentistry that I want to do and who continually raise the bar so that we all win. I hope that I serve as an inspiration to them as well.” — Dr. Karen Klocko
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. Klocko earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!). She earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry in Cleveland. During her training at CWRU School of Dentistry, she was recognized as The Outstanding Senior Woman Dental Student, and The Outstanding Senior in Oral Pathology, and she was inducted into the National Dental Honor Society, OKU. She completed her general practice residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, in 1986.
During the early years of her dental practice, Dr. Klocko started her continuing education journey to learn everything she could about making her patients’ bites stable. She wanted to learn how to distribute the forces of a person’s bite evenly so the teeth did not wear away or fracture, and the muscles were comfortable.
She then turned her continuing education journey to focus on developing her cosmetic dentistry skills. While this may sound easy, it takes dedication and attention to detail to learn all the factors that go into making a beautiful smile. She sought out the best in the field and, along the way, met some amazingly talented dental laboratory technicians who now partner with her to deliver artistically beautiful crowns, veneers, bridges, and implants. Patients benefit greatly from this collaboration, and it shows in their smiles!
Throughout her years of practice, she has studied under some of the pioneers in cosmetic dentistry, which has given her the opportunity and skills to perfect her craft:
- The Dawson Academy (Dr. Peter Dawson)
- Seattle Institute (Dr. Frank Spear and Dr. Gregg Kinzer)
- LSU Esthetics Continuum Parts I and II (Dr. Jimmy Eubank)
- The Center for Cosmetic Excellence (Dr. Buddy Moper and Dr. Corky Willhite)
- Fahl Center (Dr. Newton Fahl)
- American Dental Association
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Kinzer East Coast Study Club
- Triple Crown Study Club (Seattle Study Club)
- Professionals Advocate Insurance Company, Board of Directors
Outside the Office
Dr. Klocko was born in South Carolina but lived nearly all her teen years in Maryland. She has lived in Crofton for 30 years, having opened her practice here in 1987. She lives, quite literally, just around the corner from the office. She is the mother of three daughters. Two of them live in Crofton with their husbands and one lives in Washington, DC. She enjoys cooking large family dinners with her daughters.
When she is not at the office or cooking with her girls, Dr. Klocko plays a little golf with her husband and enjoys her book club, of which she has been a member for 20 years.