Dentistry is an art form and science that I love. It’s a perfect outlet for my creativity and it also lets me help bring patients to better health. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect profession! After practicing dentistry for over 15 years, I've come to know what my patients, and their families, expect from their dental provider. I work hard to make sure that my patients are completely satisfied with their dental care and that they love the outcome. I love to defy the old model of dentistry. What excites me the most is changing a patient’s perception how great their smile can look, and how painless and enjoyable the process of modern dentistry can be. Today's treatments are comfortable, efficient, and provide long-lasting results. Dentistry is an art, requiring a strong passion and attention to detail. As a mother, and a dental patient myself, I understand the needs of my patients and their families, and it is my goal to make sure that every appointment is a positive experience. Our entire team works hard getting to know our patients, and providing the right treatments at the right time. Our patients are not just smiles, they are like family, and we strive to treat them as we would our own parents, spouses, and children. When I'm not at the practice making my patients smile, I enjoy spending time, and smiling, with my family! My husband, Tommy, and I have two children, Karen and Katie. I love playing with my kids, and watching as they grow into beautiful young ladies. Every day they make me more proud. In my free time, I also enjoy yoga, working out, cooking, traveling, and gardening. I appreciate being a part of this amazing community, and it is my goal to give back to an area that has given me and my family so much over the years. I am a volunteer with the Northern Virginia Dental Society's Clinic, and participate in various Missions of Mercy projects, Habitat for Humanity, CROP Walk for Hunger, and the Capital Area Food Bank. Sunshine Dentists also contributes to the Robinson Secondary School and Lake Braddock High School Athletic and Prom-to-Dawn programs.
We've been with the practice for many years and it just keeps getting better and better! Dr Donohue cares deeply about her patients and it shows. I recommend patients to Sunshine Dentists all the time- and no one has ever been disappointed. They create a very comfortable atmosphere, and each visit is a positive experience. - Robin W. (Burke, VA)
Dr. Kristen Donohue and the entire Sunshine Dentists team believe that beautiful smiles begin with great dental health. We want our patients to have superbly clean teeth and learn good, healthy habits for caring for their teeth and gums. As our patient, you can expect to receive the highest quality of comprehensive dental care in a family-oriented, non-threatening environment. Our goal is to make your dental experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Medical School | Graduated 2000
U.S. Army, Advanced General Dentistry
Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
American Dental Implant Association
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Donohue has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Donohue has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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