Dubuque, Iowa native Dr. Kristen Berning is the eldest of Dr. Ted Murray's three daughters. A most distinguished 1998 graduate of Wahlert High School, Dr. Berning graduated summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and competed on the St. Thomas swim team for 4 years. She then went on to receive her DDS degree from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2006.
Much to Dr. Ted Murray's delight, Dr. Berning chose to practice at Exceptional Dentistry, where she enjoys working with patients of all ages.
Dr. Berning is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Berning has attended the prestigious Las Vegas Dental Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), following closely in the footsteps of Dr. Murray's esteemed training. She earned a Fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in 2011, making her one of only 7 female dentists in the state of Iowa to achieve the status at that time. In 2015, Dr. Berning earned the prestigious Mastership award from the AGD for completing 1000+ hours of continuing education in all aspects of general dentistry.
Dr. Berning completed a rigorous 400 hour Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. She is committed to staying current in dental knowledge, and enjoys the continual learning available in her profession.
Dr. Kristen Berning is involved with the local dental groups including the Dubuque County and Dubuque District Dental Societies. She is the current president of the Dubuque County Dental Society. She has served on the Healthy Mouths/Healthy Children Board. She volunteers at the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) dental assisting program helping dental assistants to learn various dental procedures. Dr. Berning also participates in the annual Give Kids a Smile Day by providing free dental work to children in need. She was a volunteer dentist at the 2016 Iowa Mission of Mercy in Dubuque. This event provided free dental care to hundreds of people in need.
Dr. Berning resides in Dubuque with her husband Tim, and their children, Brielle, John, Ted and Clara. In the community, Dr. Berning is a Girl Scouts assistant leader and has been a volunteer youth soccer coach. She is also a member of The Rotary Club of Dubuque. She is a certified swimming official with USA Swimming.
When she is not helping patients achieve better dental health and a more brilliant smile, she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, skiing, yoga, boating on the Mississippi River, and spending time with family and friends.
When you or your family need superior dental care, count on Dr. Berning's gentle touch and modern techniques to achieve a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Please email our dentistry office today or call 563-556-2711 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Berning at Exceptional Dentistry, serving Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa and Galena, Illinois.