Get to Know
Dr. Julia Peng

Prosper Texas pediatric dentist Doctor Julia Peng

Dr. Peng doesn’t want to just give her young patients healthy teeth, but also instill confidence in them, whether this means being cavity-free or making it through their first filling. She loves seeing her patients grow and develop into thriving individuals and instilling a relationship with dental care that will serve them well into adulthood. She is excited to reside in Prosper and started Little Penguin Pediatric Dentistry for the community with these core values in mind: honesty, empathy, and compassion. Dr. Peng is eager to meet you and your favorite smile, but first, you can learn a little more about her below.

Why Did You Decide to Become a Pediatric Dentist?

Doctor Peng as a young girl with braids and a missing front tooth

When Dr. Peng was in dental school, she volunteered at a summer bible camp where she met 8-year-old Joseph*. Because he was easily distracted by the other kids and fidgety, he often sat in the back during classes with the counselors. While other kids rapidly flipped their books and copied PowerPoint slides, Joseph took notes slowly, often wailing out loud at the pastor for moving on and rewriting letters because he was frustrated by the way they looked.

After observing Joseph, Dr. Peng sat next to him, took out a sheet of paper, and started writing simplified versions of each slide for him to copy. Every time he finished a page of notes, they made an origami star together - Joseph made 16 stars in one week! Joseph helped reveal Dr. Peng’s capacity for patience and acceptance, specifically for those with special needs. From then on, she knew she wanted to be a pediatric dentist and began her journey from there.

(*Real name changed for privacy)

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Exterior of tall academic building

After graduating from the University of the Pacific, Dr. Peng went on to complete her general dentistry education at the UCLA School of Dentistry. She then did her residency in pediatric dentistry at Loma Linda University. In addition to earning her specialty certificate, she obtained her Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry.

Since finishing school, she has become a board-certified pediatric dentist and is a published author on esthetic crowns in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s (AAPD) Journal of Pediatric Dentistry. She also stays on top of the latest advancements in her field through her memberships in the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the AAPD.

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?  

Artist reaching for a basket of paintbrushes

Dr. Peng is proud to be the daughter of first-generation immigrants who came to America for better opportunities. She is the first dentist in her family, and she also has a younger brother currently in dental school! She met her husband, Dr. Louie, while they attended UCLA together despite growing up just 10 minutes away from each other. A professed night owl, Dr. Peng likes to spend her free time teaching the youth at her church. She also enjoys learning new things that involve working with her hands, so you’ll often find her crocheting or even making balloon animals!