Dr. Jody Wrathall, aka “Dr. Jody,” received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2010 and Master of Science in pediatric dentistry in 2012, both from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). Dr. Jody achieved her board certification from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2013 and officially became a Diplomate.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is a pediatric dentist whose credentials have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill. A Diplomate is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.
In January 2015, Dr. Jody joined Dr. John Deppen’s long-established Portage practice. She became the owner in January 2016 and changed the name to Portage Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Deppen retired in May 2017 and the practice moved to its new, custom-built office in 2017.
The office is actually located in the same neighborhood where Dr. Jody grew up, right across from the Portage YMCA where Dr. Jody would spend time during summers as a kiddo.
Dr. Jody graduated from Portage Central High School in 2003 and Western Michigan University in 2006. Her husband Doug teaches Spanish at Mattawan Middle School. They have three children: Dougie, Clark, and Penny.
In her free time, Dr. Jody enjoys chillaxing with those she adores and spending time marveling at all the beautiful universe has to enjoy and ponder. She tells her children all the time how amazing it is to be able to look up any question they think of with the Internet! She is a big fan of Bluey for its delight in imaginative play and the comical truth of parenting. She also highly recommends Mystery Doug and Colossal Questions on YouTube Kids — great short videos to watch with your kiddos!