Dr. Karen Cottingham, MSD

Dr. Karen Cottingham, MSD

Orthodontics  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 47
Dr. Karen Cottingham, MSD is an orthodontics practitioner in Indianapolis, IN and has been practicing for 20 years. She graduated from Uab Dental School in 1995 and practices orthodontics, craniofacial orthodontics, and more.Read her story

3916 Shore Dr

Indianapolis, IN 46254

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This content was provided by Dr. Cottingham "As a child, Dr. Cottingham always thought she would pursue a career in the healthcare field, but it was ultimately orthodontics that grabbed her full attention. The results achieved through the orthodontic process are truly amazing, especially when it restores a person's confidence in his/her smile. Today, Dr. Cottingham enjoys getting to know and helping all the wonderful families who visit her office. She strives to make every minute of the day enjoyable for her patients and staff with her warm and fun-loving personality. Dr. Cottingham is truly thankful to have one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, and she shares that enthusiasm and spirit with everyone she meets. A Strong Beginning A strong foundation of education and professional experience is important to instill the confidence and trust of our patients. Originally a native of Alabama, Dr. Cottingham received her bachelor's degree in 1991 from Troy University, in Troy, Alabama. She achieved her doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1995, and practiced general dentistry for one year at the Veterans' Administration hospitals in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama. In 1996, Dr. Cottingham moved to Indiana to work on her master's degree in orthodontics at Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. She achieved her master's degree in 1998 and resided as faculty until joining Clemons Orthodontics in 1999, working closely with Dr. Larry Clemons. Dr. Clemons retired in 2003 and Cottingham Orthodontics was born, with two offices on the west side of Indianapolis, one near 38th Street/I-465 and one in Avon, Indiana. Continuing a Legacy of Knowledge and Advancement To provide our patients with state-of-the-art smiles and the latest treatment techniques, Dr. Cottingham is an active member of several local, regional and national dental and orthodontic organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, the Indiana Association of Orthodontists, the American and Indiana Dental Associations, and the Indianapolis District Dental Society. She exceeds the annual continuing education courses required by the profession. Giving Back Giving back to the community is one of Dr. Cottingham's passions. She donates time, money, and orthodontic services to Smiles Change Lives, Give Kids a Smile, and Donated Dental Services. Over the years, she has also granted several wishes for children of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In addition, Dr. Cottingham supports many local philanthropic organizations, including Special Olympics of Indiana, Riley Hospital for Children, Sheltering Wings (Hendricks County domestic abuse shelter), United Way, Shop-with-a-Cop (providing school supplies for underprivileged children), and several community school, band, and sports programs. Family and Fun Dr. Cottingham and her husband live in northwest Indianapolis. They enjoy traveling and food together, especially any opportunity to combine the two! Whenever possible, these native Southerners love to escape cold Indiana winters and trek to warm places such as Puerto Rico or Florida. The Cottingham's also have a passion for music, performing occasionally in a "garage band" with friends to raise money for charity. Dr. Cottingham loves to sing, so it is not uncommon for patients to get serenaded while in the orthodontic chair! Pets Dr. Cottingham is as passionate about animals as she is about orthodontics. She has a Lhasa Apso named Jackson and two British Shorthairs named Ozzy and Lily."
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This content was provided by Dr. Cottingham "Our friendly experienced team is always caring and accommodating to our patients. If you or your family have been to our office in the past, you will certainly recognize the many familiar faces. Most of our staff have been with our office for over 15 years, some up to 35 years. They have seen multiple generations of families over the years, treating kids, parents, and grandparents. Their combined experience of over 95 years represents their commitment to our patients and to each other. You can be confident that those familiar faces will be there for you on your next visit. And you'll love the wonderful atmosphere they create, as they are always finding ways to make our patients happy and comfortable, while providing the highest level of service possible."
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3  Practice Areas

  • Orthodontics
  • Craniofacial Orthodontics
  • Surgery

4  Procedures

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  • Troy University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1991
  • Uab Dental School
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Va Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Iu Orthodontics
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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What People Say About Dr. Karen Cottingham, MSD
After 10 plus years of suffering with TMJ pain and wearing a splint at all time except when eating, I decided enough was enough. I decided to give Dr. Cottingham a call. This was the best decision ever; within a month of starting treatment my TMJ symptoms were gone. If you or anyone is suffering...Read More
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Heather – Jul 14, 2018
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Great staff! Service is excellent. Showed genuine compassion for my daughter.
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Natalie in AVON – Jun 27, 2018
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743 days ago I started an adventure with Dr. Cottingham and her Fluffy Band of Sweet and Caring Swashbucklers! They were in for a huge challenge with me but I was promised that they would be with me all the way! The predetermined trek was to be long and treacherous but there IS comfort in their...Read More
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Lawrence Higashi in Fishers, IN – Nov 17, 2017
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Dr. Cottingham is an excellent Orthodontist! She is very personable and caring with her patients, spends a great amount of time answering all questions and, most importantly, provides impeccable results with her Orthodontic treatments. I give her my highest recommendations!
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Phillip in Zionsville, IN – Jan 08, 2017
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The entire staff and Dr. Cottingham have always made me feel like a family member to them. I couldn't imagine going anywhere else for my dental care.
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Deanna_H in Hoffman Estates, IL – Oct 05, 2016
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