We’re Experts in Dentistry for Children

At Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive and exceptional dentistry for children. Our doctors, dental hygienists, administrative, and support staff all believe visits to the dentist should be a fun experience, and our team is committed to making every child feel welcome, safe, and comfortable.

The goal for our family dentistry practice is to create a positive environment, where your children will learn the importance of proper oral hygiene. To prevent dental problems from ever starting, we teach children, early on, the important skills needed to ensure they maintain healthy, cavity-free smiles for life.

Our knowledgeable team is dedicated to educating every child who steps through our doors. We coach kids and their families on proper brushing and flossing techniques, and how to select the right type of snacks to keep smiles bright.


Meet Your New Family Dentists


Dr. Kim Nixon, DDS

Dr. Nixon graduated from the University of Detroit in Michigan with a BA in Chemistry before going on to earn a dental degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. She received her Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry from New York’s Columbia University School of Dental Surgery. Dr. Putney has practiced in the pediatric field for more than 15 years, and enjoys hospital privileges at Carolinas Healthcare System, University Hospital, where she also serves on the Executive Committee.

An ardent supporter of children in need who is passionate about making a difference in kids’ lives, Dr. Nixon volunteers her time and services for several charitable causes. These include Rowan and Cabarrus Counties’ Head Start programs and Bright Smiles, Bright Future, a program that provides free dental screenings and oral health education to at-risk children. She also volunteers her services for Give Kids a Smile and NC Missions of Mercy, outreach programs that provide access to dental healthcare.

Whether acting as a role model or working to make a child more comfortable and happy while the dentist, Dr. Nixon is committed to bettering the lives of the patients she serves. She has two daughters, and devotes her free time to traveling, cooking, and supporting the arts.

Doctor Kim Nixon Reviews

I have an older autistic child. He struggles with dental visits. Dr. Nixon and her staff are wonderful in getting the job done with the absolute least amount of upset possible. – Paul S.

An amazing first dental experience for my 2 year old. Staff was so kind, caring, and gentle… also it was quick and easy. Dr. Nixon was very kind and gentle, and put us both at ease. I would recommend this practice to anyone for a great dentist for your kids. – Leonard B.

Dr.  Kim and staff are wonderful. They have been very patient and gentle with my 4 year old. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants the best service for their kids – Deeksha M.

Great dentist, friendly and explain everything to me and the kids. My son is very active and he got 4 fillings and did not cry or fuss. Thanks to Dr. Nixon was the best. – Nykima H.

Dr. Nate Shaw

Dr. Nate Shaw, DDS

Born and raised in Union County, North Carolina, Dr. Nate attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with distinction in 2006 and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Dr. Nate next attended UNC School of Dentistry, where he was in the top five percent of his dental class and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors. He then attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, serving as chief resident and receiving his Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Nate is a board certified pediatric dentist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

With a passion for mission work, he has used dentistry to serve others in Ecuador, Kenya, and at dental clinics through the North Carolina Missions of Mercy program. He enjoys playing and watching sports, and is looking forward to starting his own family with his wife Kate.

Doctor Nate Shaw Reviews

Everyone was SO great! From entering into the office to the very end! My girls loved it! Dr Nate Shaw and his team are excellent! I would highly recommend them!! – Kaitlyn H.

Dr. Shaw was amazing with our three year old! He was so patient and kind as he filled a small cavity. Our son loves him!  – Luke B.