Meet Dr. Tunison
Dr. Tunison is so thankful that she has kept her roots in Central New
York, by joining the the experienced team at Valley Dental Pediatrics,
back in 2010.
Dr. Tunison knew that she wanted to become a dentist when she explored
different healthcare careers at the New Visions program through Arnot
Health and Elmira Free Academy in 1999. Dr. Tunison then placed in the
Early Decision Program at the University at Buffalo for early entrance
to be accepted into the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Tunison graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in
Anthropology, with an extra focus on health sciences. Dr. Tunison spent
her summer doing an archeology dig at Fort Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY.
She knew that she wanted to make a career out of helping children from
a very young age. She had started as a "PAL" volunteer mentor when in
high school at Elmira Free Academy, where she also spent summers working
as a camp counselor and a lifeguard. Throughout college she engaged in
another volunteer mentor program in Buffalo, the "Big Brother and Big
Sister" program. Dr. Tunison also loved working as a barista in an
Italian coffee shop, and working at a bakery learning new recipes and
serving homemade baked goods and homemade ice cream. When she talks to
your family about cavity prevention, she understands that sweets and
goodies can be all around us!
Dr. Tunison loved dental school, and enjoyed every opportunity to spend
volunteer hours during the school year and summer working as an
volunteer at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo helping provide
pediatric dental care. Dr. Tunison was so grateful to then continue her
training as a pediatric dental resident at the same hospital upon
completion of her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University at
Dr. Tunison received her certificate of speciality training in pediatric
dentistry in 2010 from the University at Buffalo and Children's Hospital
Program (now John R. Oishei Children's Hospital of Buffalo), and she has
been serving our local community ever since.
Each year we participate in Children's Dental Health Month volunteer
services, and Dr. Tunison acted as the chair for Children's Dental
Health Month for the Sixth District Dental Society from 2015-2020.
Dr. Tunison became a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric
Dentistry in 2011, and has been passionate about continuing her
education with weekend and evening classes focusing on pediatric care
Dr. Tunison loves having the opportunity to provide for our community by
focusing on preventive care by teaching the importance of diet,
homecare, and routine dental visits. Dr. Tunison welcomes every morning
as a gift to show new patient families that their children can feel
safe, have fun, and have a confident and HAPPY visit, even when
undergoing necessary treatment needs.
In her free time Dr. Tunison loves hiking at local parks with her family
and creating new recipes for families that are economical, easy,
delicious, and part of your no cavity plan!
She also loves practicing yoga and building legos with her son Crosby.
She loves supporting the arts in our community, especially music and
dance. You will hear her singing your favorite Disney songs when you
are around the office. You also may see her in a future production of
the Rafael Grigorian Ballet Company.