Meet The Kidiatric Specialists
Dr. Walter Villanueva, D.D.S.
Walter Villanueva, D.D.S, is a native of Rochester, New York, who moved to Phoenix, AZ to promote healthy smiles in July of 2009. Dr. Villanueva has practiced Pediatric Dentistry for several years across the country prior to bringing his talents in dentistry to Kidiatric Dental. Dr. Villanueva graduated and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the New York University of Buffalo- School of Dental Medicine.
After finishing his dental education, he moved to New York City where he received additional training at an advanced postdoctoral program in the field of pediatric dentistry at Lutheran Medical Center Hospital. Dr. Villanueva holds an active membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, travel, and a multitude of outdoor activities.
Dr. Mike Phillips, D.D.S.
Dr. Mike Phillips is a pediatric dentist with over 20 years of academic experience serving as a clinical attending for CHOB with the University of Buffalo. Dr. Mike joined Kidiatric Dental in December of 2015 and quickly became a member of the Kidi family. Dr. Mike enjoys hiking in his spare time, playing with his dogs, and exploring our glorious Arizona mines for minerals and gems.
Mindi D'Elia, D.M.D., M.S.D., MEd
A native of the Chicagoland area, "Dr. Mindi" moved to Arizona in 2005, where she then completed both her Bachelor's and first Master's degree at ASU. Always passionate about the lives of children, she initially began teaching high school math and science, but soon realized her passion was in medicine.
After Dr. Mindi graduated from Midwestern University Dental School in Glendale, she worked as a General Dentist for a year, then moved to Seattle for 2 years where she attended the University of Washington's Pediatric Dentistry residency program. UW's program trained in both hospital and private practice settings, giving "Dr. Mindi" the best of both worlds.
The day after graduation Dr. Mindi, her husband, and their three labradoodles (Frankie, Johnny and Rufus) moved to Queen Creek. When not providing dental care, Dr Mindi enjoys local Broadway theaters, reading, hiking/biking, traveling the world and considers herself a "professional foodie".
Dr Mindi is Board Certified, a member of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Arizona Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.
Personal Quote: "Every child deserves to be treated with the utmost love and kindness during their dental visits no matter who they are or where they come from."
Dr. Hojae Choi, D.D.S.
Dr. Hojae Choi is originally from Seoul, Korea, where she grew up shadowing her orthodontist father. Having been exposed to the field of dentistry and orthodontics since an early age, Dr. Choi found her interest in serving the community by helping patients realize their dream of having beautiful smiles and decided to pursue a dental career. She completed both her bachelor?s degree in biology and dental degree at New York University College of Dentistry through a seven-year accelerated program.
After dental school, she attended Seoul National University School of Dentistry, where she received a master?s degree for her research on molecular mechanisms in tooth enamel and dentin development. Following her education in Korea, Dr. Choi practiced as a general dentist in Texas.
While helping patients of all ages achieve healthy smiles, she further developed her passion for restoring optimal oral function by straightening teeth. Her unmatched interest led her to specialize in orthodontics, as well as to complete research on the relationship between types of occlusion (or bite) and temporomandibular joint disorder at Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health.
Dr. Choi truly enjoys connecting with her patients and helping them discover amazing smiles they can be proud of. When not providing orthodontic care, she loves to spend time with her husband and her three kittens (Wasabi, Kkongi, and Chili). Her passions outside of orthodontics include traveling, trying new foods/cuisines, making music, and joining fun Zumba classes.