About Me

Hi! My name is Dr. Jennifer Marie, a board certified pediatric dentist and single mama behind Play Eat Grow.


I have two children, ages 10 and 15, and absolutely love my job as a kid’s dentist. There are many great parenting blogs out there, and my wish is to add to the conversation with my personal wisdom and years of experience, both as a parent and pediatric dentist. I hope to inspire you to play, eat and grow together as a family. Pick and choose what makes sense for you and your family, and leave the rest.

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I take your opinions and requests seriously. If there is something you’d like me to cover, or just have a question or want to say hi, please send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


Dr. Jennifer Marie

Education and Qualifications:

American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Member, National Dental Honor Society

Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dental training program completed 2007

Sepulveda VA Hospital, General Practice training program completed 2005

Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Doctor of Dental Surgery completed 2004

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

-Roald Dahl

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