Dr. Kenneth J. Yost (Ken) has been practicing dentistry in the Wilmington, Delaware, area for 30 years. He was born and raised in the heart of Pennsylvania and attended Mahanoy Area High School, graduating Valedictorian of his class in 1980. While in high school, he had the opportunity to observe his own dentist on many occasions, and he very soon learned that the artistry and creativity of dentistry interested him very much.
After High School, Dr. Yost attended Albright College in Reading, PA, and earned a BS in Biology in 1984, graduating magna cum laude. While at Albright, he developed an interest in all things science-related and had great interest in botany and astronomy, worked in the college’s greenhouse and was a student teacher in botany and anatomy. Following graduation from Albright College, he immediately moved to Philadelphia and worked as a cardiac laboratory technician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and continued to work there while attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. At “Penn,” he again was a student teacher in histology, anatomy and physiology. With much hard work, he graduated in 1988 in the top 10% of the class and won numerous awards in Prosthetic Dentistry.
Following graduation, Dr. Yost entered a general Practice Residency at the Medical College of Philadelphia, and received valuable training in hospital-based dentistry, rotating through all fields with medical students. It was here that he was introduced to the field of implant dentistry and was in one of the first classes to be trained in the Branemark technique. Single day hospital cases were the specialty and he worked with many well respected surgeons in the field, being exposed to all types of surgical cases from trauma to oral surgery. Following completion of the one-year program, he was invited to continue as a coordinator of the entire general practice residency for another year while the director was on leave.
In 1989, Dr. Yost moved to Delaware and worked in a group practice environment for 8 years; he then started his own practice and moved in 2008 into the current facility.
Dr. Yost is married to his very understanding wife, Patti, and has three children; Kerry 30, Bryan 29 and Sasha 13. When not playing with his young daughter, his hobbies include carpentry (has his own work shop), landscaping, astronomy and fishing (when possible). He credits his father, a general contractor with whom he worked from the age of 14, for a strong work ethic and sense of perfectionism. He is well trained in all the building trades and has completely renovated two houses in the past 10 years. That sense of perfectionism and caring has served him well in the practice of dentistry.
Dr. Yost is a current member of the ADA and Delaware State Dental Society. He completes many hours of continuing education each year and is devoted to keeping up with the everchanging advances in dental technology. In fact, while the average dentist spends 25 hours of continuing education a year, Dr. Yost accumulates over 150 hours of advanced education a year, most of it at the Spear Institute in Arizona. The Spear Institute is one of the most respected advanced education programs in the country. He also is a member of two study groups, one a Spear study group, and he occasionally lectures at these events.
Meet Our Team
Advanced Dental Artistry takes great pride in its staff. They are a dedicated group of office and clinical professionals and are an essential part of our organization and daily functioning. Our staff is available to assist Dr. Yost as well as our patients in making their treatment a positive experience. Our team members speak English, Spanish and Italian to serve our patients. They are available to answer questions, schedule appointments and help make financial arrangements for our patients. Advanced Dental Artistry makes it a priority to continuously develop their skills and abilities in order to maintain the highest standards of care. Give us a call today at 302-477-1888 to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Wilmington, Delaware, and learn more!
Vinni is the business office manger and is available to assist you with whatever is required to make your visit not just a dental visit but “An Experience”. She has a degree in Dental Hygiene and Science and had several successful dental related businesses over the years. She has been in the dental field for almost 25 years and attended the York University in Toronto, Canada; Queen Elizabeth University in Birmingham, England; and Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is very proud to say, “Dr. Yost is by far the best dentist I have ever aliened myself with! Together, we have selected the best caring team to help our patients with all their dental needs.” She also adds, “The staff is continually learning through the Spear Institute, which is an innovative dental education program. This is to ensure we stay current in our field.” Her favorite times outside of work are spent with her loving husband, Bob, and their daughters. She adores her pets, enjoys traveling to faraway places, dazzles the dance floor with her ballroom moves and loves to cook exotic dishes.
Daisy has recently joined the team as assistant to our office manager and brings with her both dental and customer service experience. She attended the University of Delaware after graduating from Delcastle Technical High School in 2013. Daisy has been with her high school sweetheart, now husband, for 9 years. They enjoy their evenings at the park with their (very social!) toddler, Joey, as well as running after their mischievous Siberian Husky puppy, Goku. Daisy is fluent in Spanish, greets everyone with a smile and is always willing to help her coworkers. She is excited about this new chapter in her life, working with all the wonderful staff and Dr. Yost.
Jessica has been an asset to our practice for the past two years. She is our Dental Assistant, who graduated from Delcastle Technical High School in 2013. Jessica will make sure you receive quality service and attention. In her spare time, she enjoys taking impromptu road trips and spending time with her family and friends. Jessica will gladly help you navigate through your dental issues.
Born in Rome Italy, fluent in Italian, Fran graduated St. James High School in Carneys Point, New Jersey. She is a graduate of Temple University School of Dental Hygiene and a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association as well as the New Castle County Dental Hygiene Association. “Over 40 years’ experience and I’m still passionate about the quality hygiene therapy. I provide for my patients, because I understand how it impacts their overall health, not just their oral health.” “Married with two grown children and two grandsons that are the loves of my life, I have enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Arizona and Italy to visit friends and family.” Fran enjoys walking, hiking and golfing.