AboutKernan Family Dental

Kernan Family Dental is a Jacksonville based family dentist practice that treats patients of all ages. We are committed to delivering the highest quality dental care and do so using advanced dental equipment. We are a cosmetic dentist that offers services like checkups, teeth cleaning, crowns, veneers and more.

We also perform emergency dentist services that include bonding, root canals, crowns, and bridges. As a local dentist, we create lifelong relationships with our patients and their families and work to ensure that they receive treatments in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Dr. Prater and our staff invite you to schedule an appointment by calling 904-775-4255 and experience why our patients think Kernan Family Dental is the best dentist in Jacksonville.

The Doctor

Dr. Susan Prater

Dr. Susan Prater grew up in Roswell, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia from 2001-2005 and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2009. Dr. Prater devotes her time to providing the highest-quality care for patients of all backgrounds. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Southside Dental Society, Zimmer implant study group and Jacksonville Women’s Dental Society.

Dr. Prater enjoys exercising and watching UGA football. When she’s not with patients, she enjoys friends and family time with her husband, David and sons, Sam and Jacob.


Dental Assistant

Yari has been a dental assistant since 1999 and loves her job to this day! She strives to make every patient experience as comfortable as possible. When she’s not spending time with patients, she enjoys the company of her husband, Luis, and children, Javier and Alexandra.


Dental Hygienist

Tonja has been a member of the Kernan Family Dental team since 2015. Tonja is a Certified Register Dental Hygienist, practicing dental hygiene since 1999. She truly enjoys educating her patients on how to maintain a healthy smile, treating them with kindness, gentleness, and TLC. When she's out of the office, she and her husband love traveling. She also enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends.


Dental Hygienist

Stephanie has been practicing as a dental hygienist since 2013. She has a passion for building long-lasting relationships with her patients and teaching them ways to keep their smile for a lifetime. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, instructing indoor cycling, and watching FSU football. GO NOLES!


Office Manager

Lisa is our office manager and has been with the office since 2004. She loves seeing our patients in the office and all over town! It is always fun catching up with friends when they come for their appointments. Lisa has a bachelor’s in nutrition from UNF and to keep herself busy in her off hours, she is also a licensed Realtor. She likes reading, walking her dog, Punky, caring for her parrot, Pete and spending time with her husband, Wayne.


Dental Hygienist

Leslie has been a registered dental hygienist since 2008. She hopes to motivate her patients with their oral hygiene and tries to provide gentle care. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two little boys. Her motto: “Floss the ones you want to keep!”


Dental Assistant

Julia is from Chico, California and is new to Jacksonville Florida. She loved going to the dentist at a very young age and decided to make a career out of it! Julia has been a dental assistant for Kernan Family Dental since June 2019. She went to school in Ponte Vedra Beach at Dental Careers Academy. In her free time, she loves to explore Florida with her boyfriend and go to the beach with her German Shepard.