• About Dr. Kirkland

    I decided in my teens to become a dentist because I’ve always loved to work with my hands. I was also drawn to the scientific, biologic and technologic aspects of dentistry.

    Dr. Rusty Kirkland, Jr., D.D.S., P.C.

    Dr. Rusty Kirkland, Jr., D.D.S., P.C.

    We live in the best era that dentistry has ever known and the advances in the last thirty years have been phenomenal. We are finally able to restore teeth in conservative, strong and aesthetic ways and the knowledge of how dental health relates to overall systemic health is advancing yearly.

    I’ve enjoyed helping people move toward optimal dental health for 30 years; the first 13 years in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas and the last 17 years in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is my home. I will live here for the rest of the time that I practice dentistry and I’m blessed to live and work with my sweetheart, Linda Kirkland.

    Outside of dentistry, I’m a dog and cat lover (3 dogs, 2 cats) and a musician. Music plays an important and fulfilling part of my life, and one of my joys is making and recording music. I’m grateful for the friendships that I’ve found in Santa Fe, many of which began as working relationships with patients.

    Inside dentistry, I love people, love creating great relationships and love providing the best that dentistry has to offer at this wonderful time. I received my dental degree at the University of Texas Dental Branch at San Antonio. My strengths and advanced training are in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and I’ve been fortunate to have trained with some of the best.

    My early mentors were in endodontics and adhesive dentistry and in the last fifteen years my primary influences have been Dr. David Hornbrook and Dr. Frank Spear. At this time the majority of my continuing education is done with Dr. Spear at the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, where the emphasis is on the high quality implant dentistry, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry.