United We Smile.
Your child’s smile is
our highest priority.
Our team makes each
visit fun and easy.
Our quick visits get your kids back to school fast.
Rain or Shine, Our Office
is Here for Your Child.
We see kids from their first tooth through college.
Our Children’s Dental Team
From the moment you walk in our front door, our goal is for you to feel comfortable and informed. We have a highly trained and friendly team with years of experience with childrens dentistry. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We are constantly keeping up with the latest trends and techniques through continuing education courses. Our priority is the comfort and safety of our patients. We never lose sight of this and hope you will feel it every time you visit us.
Your First Visit
When you arrive for your first visit, please be prepared to complete all insurance and health information forms that will allow us to begin your dental treatment. We will ask you to fill out several forms that will get you acquainted with our office.
Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. Oral hygiene instructions will also be given with suggestions to help your child care for their own teeth. In most cases, we will also clean their teeth on this visit, and provide an evaluation that will outline any existing dental problems and proposed treatment.
Please complete our New Patient Forms.
General Dentistry Limited to Children
Dr. Collins and Dr. Kelley are general dentists limiting their practice to infants, adolescents, and teens. Their focus is in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Dr. Collins and Dr. Kelley are qualified and experienced in the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents.
Dr. Guram is a board certified pediatric dentist.
Pediatric dentists like Dr. Guram specialize in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs.
A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include orthodontics, dental sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education. We like to feel that you and your child do not come to our office to have their “cavities fixed” but rather to prevent them.
Our mission is to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.
We love what our patients have said.
Dr. Kelley is the perfect Dentist for little ones. She is gentle, kind, and understanding and was a blessing to my wife and I and to our family!
Her staff is also "first rate". Bravo and well done!
It simply doesn't get better than Dr. Walker, Dr. Kelley & their team. They're so very patient & are the sweetest! Also, the doctor personally calls & checks on my daughter each time she has work done... even when it takes severals times to get us! We're blessed to have them!
I love taking my children to Capital Children's office. The dentists and their staff are very nice, polite, & gentle to their patients. I would recommend this office to anyone... Keep up the good work!
Avarie was such a big girl. She had a wonderful experience at Capital Children's in Columbia!
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
Meet Our Dentists
Dr. Kristi Collins grew up in West Columbia, SC where she graduated from Brookland Cayce High School. She then attended The University of South Carolina and pursued her Dental Degree from the Medical University of South
Carolina in Charleston.
Dr. Collins was in private practice after dental school and worked with the SC Department of Disabilities and Special needs for over eleven years. Dr. Collins is a member of and an officer for SALD, a benevolent group of
dental professionals whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities and special needs. She is also a member of the SC Oral Health Coalition.
Dr. Collins currently lives in Saluda and has three children - two children are attending the College of Charleston and one is a student at Saluda High School. She is also the proud owner of two rescue dogs. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling. She is also a member of Butler United Methodist Church.
Dr. Darby S. Kelly is a native of Columbia, SC where she attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and Cardinal Newman High School. After graduating from Cardinal Newman she went to Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC and finished with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Having always wanted to be a dentist, she went on to pursue her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
Dr. Kelley worked for six years after dental school in a very busy general dentistry practice in downtown Columbia. Over those six years, she realized that what she liked most about dentistry was working with children. She realized that so many adults were afraid of going to the dentist because of a bad experience as a child. She decided that she could make the most difference by providing calm, positive dental experiences for children.
Dr. Kelley started working with Smiles For A Lifetime, providing dental care to school children in underserved areas of Manning and Dillon, SC, where she worked for 7 years. In 2012, Dr. Kelley had the wonderful opportunity to work at Capital Children's Dental Clinic in Columbia, SC, where she has been ever since.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four beautiful children, attending their sporting events, learning new things, crafts, reading, and traveling. She and her family are members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
We are open to serve you, answer questions, or schedule an appointment during the following hours:
8am – 1:45pm Monday thru Friday
For after-hours emergencies or questions, please call our office 803.252.7725 and follow our instructions.
Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We request 24 hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment. After missing your second appointment, we implement our broken appointment policy.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary greatly, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith, but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time
We have helpful financing options available. We are currently accepting new patients and are also a Medicaid provider.
Ways to Request a Visit!
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655 St. Andrews Road, Suite 8
Columbia, SC 29210
We are available Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 1:45 pm
Dr. Sukhi Guram is a South Carolina native, born and raised in Charleston, S.C. When she was eleven years old her family relocated to the mid-state, where she graduated from Irmo High School and attended the University of South Carolina Honors College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She moved back to the Lowcountry for dental school, attending MUSC’s College of Dentistry, where she graduated in the top 15% of her class and received the “Award in Pediatric Dentistry” for her class. Her enthusiasm to work with children started early in college when she volunteered her time weekly with an after-school tutoring program for under-served children.
After dental school, Dr. Sukhi started her residency training at the University of Florida and spent two years in Gainesville, Florida to become a Pediatric Dentist.
Dr. Sukhi lives in Charleston, SC. During her spare time she loves enjoying all the city has to offer with her family, friends, and her dog Gigi! Whether it’s attending the local farmers market, enjoying Sullivan’s Island and Folly beach, or going on runs around the Battery and downtown area, you will see her out and about enjoying the community. She is so excited to be back in South Carolina and treating patients in her favorite city!
655 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Kristi Collins, DMD
Darby Kelley, DDS
Sukhi Guram, DMD
”United We Smile.”